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    Director's Blog - April 2014

    April 2014 Director's Blog - Reviewing the Strategic Plan

    What is the purpose of a Strategic Plan? Who uses it? Where would I find it? How can I influence it? When or how often is it updated? These may be questions you will ponder when reading this blog.

    The Education Act, Section 169.1, outlines the Board’s responsibility for student achievement and well being. Section 169 further dictates that Boards should engage in the creation and annual review of a multi-year strategic plan that guides the actions of the organization.

    The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines strategy as (1) a careful plan or method for achieving a particular goal usually over a long period of time (2) the skill of making or carrying out plans to achieve a goal. The Lakehead District School Board’s Strategic Plan certainly flows from this definition.

    In June 2011, the Board approved the 2011-2014 Strategic Plan. The plan was developed following focus groups that included elementary and secondary students, employees, parents and community stakeholders and partners. A cross sectional group of staff and community representatives met to provide input to the plan. The Strategic Plan is then followed up with an Operational Plan to put actions to the major areas of emphasis.

    In January 2014, I announced my intention to retire effective August 31, 2014. To ensure continuity and to afford a new Director of Education the opportunity to lead, with the Board, a process for establishing a renewed strategic direction of the Board, I am seeking a one year extension to the current Strategic Plan. The Board has asked that I review the current Strategic Plan with advisory groups, employee groups and Senior Administration with consideration to extend the Plan to include the 2014-2015 school year.

    The Strategic plan is available at http://www.lakeheadschools.ca/board/strategic_plan Please take the time to consider the following questions:

    • Is the current strategic plan evident in the actions and activities undertaken at the school and system level?
    • What do you see as the critical components to be emphasised or improved upon?
    • Do you think that extending the plan to the 2014-2015 school year is a good decision for the organization?

    I would like to hear your thoughts. Please send me your thoughts at director@lakeheadschools.ca