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Board of Education Seeking Community Input for Strategic Planning

Submission Date: January 23, 2020

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0025-1-2020)

Board of Education Seeking Community Input for Strategic Planning  

Board of Education Seeking Community Input for Strategic Planning

Multiple meetings being held across district over the next month

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Members of the Henry County Board of Education and district leaders are interested to hear your thoughts and ideas around the long-range strategic plan for Henry County Schools.  In an effort to capture the community’s voice, public meetings are being held district-wide to allow community members the opportunity to weigh in on the strategic direction of the school district.

The first meeting took place at Eagle’s Landing High School on Thursday, January 23, and a strong turnout of community members was able to provide valuable feedback to district officials on their thoughts and ideas for the strategic direction of the district.

The Community Conversations being hosted by the school district are open to all stakeholders regardless of if they live in the school zone in which the meetings are being held.  The additional meeting locations, plus their dates and times, are as follows:

  • Luella High School – Tuesday, January, January 28 – 6 p.m.
  • Stockbridge High School – Thursday, January 30 – 6 p.m.
  • District Office – Monday, February 10 – 6 p.m.
  • Ola High School – Tuesday, February 11 – 6 p.m.

School host sites will conduct their town hall-style meetings in the school’s respective commons area.  The meeting at the district office will take place in the boardroom in between the two regularly scheduled board meetings slated for February. 

“The development of our district’s strategic plan is the last component for our board as it relates to their pursuit of becoming a high-performing board of education,” said Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis.  “I personally encourage families and community members to participate in this Community Voice campaign.  Continuous growth and planning for Henry County Schools requires continuous community engagement.”

Community members have had many opportunities in recent years to lend their voice to district priorities such as budgeting and school safety.  The latest request has the same importance while touching on a wider array of topics for district leaders to consider.  At the heart of it all is still a focus on supporting and increasing student achievement.

“Our board has made some great strides to get to this point in our district’s growth and development,” said Board Chair Josh Hinton.  “We have had many successes as a district over the past year and a half, and this is just the next step to get extensive community feedback around the incredibly bright future of our students, staff, and community as a whole.”

Community members may attend any of the meetings, but only one is necessary to attend, as the content covered will be similar at all stops on the schedule.

“Some of the key questions we are going to be asking are meant to garner the priorities, values, and perspectives from the community to build a roadmap for Henry County Schools into the next decade,” added Davis.

The board and district leaders are working on a timeline for completion of the strategic plan sometime late in the spring or early in the summer.

In the meantime, it is important to get as many voices added to this process as possible.

Board Vice-Chair Holly Cobb added, “We are successful and will be successful in the future because of the commitment our community has to making us better.  It’s a team effort, and we want everyone to be able to feel like they contributed a solid portion to this vitally important compass for our district.”

For more information on Henry County Schools and the board’s strategic planning process, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.

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