(Seguin) -- The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees is expected to get its first official glimpse at the district's future. Trustees on Wednesday will be meeting for a Team of 8 Training board workshop. During that training, the district's efforts in it's strategic planning process are expected to be shared by Consultant N2Learning.
The workshop session, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, in Oak Park Mall, is said to be the district's next big step in moving forward and adopting its 3 to 5 year strategic plan -- a plan that has been in the works since the beginning of this year and a plan initiated under the leadership of new School Superintendent Dr. Matthew Gutierrez.
Dr. Gutierrez says he's excited to share the results of this draft document.
"I feel that it's important for the community to be aware that we have been pretty transparent about the process since it was initiated back in October during our Key Communicators meeting where we laid out the strategic planning process and at that moment with that group of key stakeholders, solicited some open and honest feedback so that it could guide us in the work for developing that blueprint for the next five years and the purpose of the Team of 8 training and on a regular basis, we meet as a team of eight -- the superintendent and the board of trustees -- to do team building, to better understand policy and the purpose of (Wednesday) is to introduce to the board the work that was completed at the retreat that included about 40 individuals both staff and members of the community. We had some board members who were able to attend and were in and out but we did not have our entire board there. So this really is going to be the first time that the board has the opportunity to lay their eyes on the plan. It's going to include the vision of the district, the mission of the district and strategic goals that we will be working on," said Dr. Gutierrez.
Dr. Gutierrez says once adopted, this strategic plan will immediately be put into place district wide.
"The hope with that is that the board will see all of the work that was done collaboratively and utilize all of that information that was shared to really weave into the board's goals rather than having a separate board goals and separate goals for the school district -- we want to really combine that effort and so it's really more of an informative session for the board. It will give the board an opportunity to ask questions about why that committee came up with these conclusions. It will also, most importantly, give the board an opportunity to provide some input. Again as I mentioned earlier, it is a draft document. We will work on using the feedback that we obtain from the board to take it to the board for adoption ," said Dr. Gutierrez.
Dr. Gutierrez again thanks all those who came together to develop this plan. He says a variety of people volunteered their personal time and put in the hours of work needed to pave this successful pathway for each Seguin ISD student.
"We are talking about two full workdays that individuals had to commit to. We felt very strongly about those days being back to back so that at the conclusion of day one, when the committee came back that everything was still fresh on everyone's mind. But we were able to receive the commitment from the individuals who served on that committee. Again, it entailed about 40 individuals. We had principals, teachers, we had three students from Seguin High School as well as a middle school student, we had parents, we had city officials and it was amazing how everyone came together and really had some productive dialogue to really get a better understanding of where we are as a district and what the perceptions are so that we could move forward and really focus on the work that needs to be done so that we can be that 'destination district' -- and I'm not going to quite give it away as far as what are vision is ultimately for the district. But we want to be a district that is certainly committed to excellence," said Dr. Gutierrez.
After sharing the strategic plan during tonight's board workshop, the district will look at a future date to officially adopt the document.That adoption could come as early as Jan. 23, the district's next regular school board meeting.