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Help plan Edina Public School’s future! Opportunities for strategic plan input offered to community

Oct. 24, 2018 - Edina Public Schools is seeking community input for a strategic plan that will be the district’s roadmap for the next five years.  In early November, the district will offer opportunities for families and community members to be involved in the planning process.

“We want to make it easy and inviting for anyone and everyone to participate,” said Superintendent John Schultz. “We need to hear from as many stakeholders as we can.”

The strategic planning process began last spring when MGT Consulting Group was selected by the School Board to guide the process. MGT’s clients are public and non-profit organizations across the country, including many school districts, institutions of higher education, as well as local, state and federal government organizations. Dr. Fred Seamon, MGT executive vice president, is leading the work at EPS, in collaboration with an ad hoc committee of the School Board consisting of Board members Matt Fox, Ellen Jones and Sarah Patzloff. They have identified a process for developing a new strategic plan and Seamon has already spent weeks gathering information about the district, meeting administrators, parents, and community members.

The next phase is to gather broad community input, an “essential” part of the process, said Seamon. Four Community Forums will provide opportunities to gather and to offer ideas. The forums will be facilitated by Seamon who will guide participants in conversation about the strengths and challenges facing the district, and to imagine what the educational experience in Edina schools should be like in the future. Community Forums are open to everyone.

  • Monday, Nov. 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Edina Community Center, Room 350
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5-7 p.m., South View Middle School, Cafeteria
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Valley View Middle School, Cafeteria (Geared to Edina’s business community)
  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 9-11 a.m., South View Middle School, Cafeteria

In addition to the open forums, dozens of district parents will participate in Focus Groups. These gatherings will hone in on specific educational levels and programs. School principals and PTO leadership worked together to invite focus group participants that are representative of the district’s students and families. A stakeholder survey is also being planned for release over the next several weeks.

The School Board will use work sessions and regular meetings to discuss the process and progress of the strategic plan throughout the next several months, with approval of a final five-year strategic plan expected in early 2019.