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Community Members Lending Voices to Strategic Planning Process

Submission Date: February 3, 2020

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

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

(Release # 0026-12-19)

 Community Members Lending Voices to Strategic Planning Process

Community Members Lending Voices to Strategic Planning Process

Parents and various community members adding their thoughts, ideas to district’s future

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Optimism. Inclusion. Excitement.  Those were a few of the keywords elicited from participants at the most recent strategic planning town hall meetings hosted by Henry County Schools during stops at Eagle’s Landing, Luella, and Stockbridge high schools.

With three Community Voice meetings complete, two additional opportunities remain for various school district stakeholders to take part in sharing their thoughts about the future of Henry County Schools.  The information being gathered will culminate with the development of a long-range strategic plan. 

District officials, along with board members, have developed a schedule aimed at meeting with a multitude of different school community members of the next few weeks.  In addition to meeting with members of the broader school community, visits have been set up for every school’s faculty meeting and school council meeting.  The targeted goal is to secure as many voices as possible to provide a comprehensive guide to the school district’s efforts over the next five to ten years.  So far, participation has been strong and generated great feedback.  Participants have welcomed the opportunity to have their voices heard.

“It has made me feel better that the school district is listening to us and we get to be involved in planning for the future,” said Celeste Sims, parent of two students in the district.  Sims attended one of the first meetings and shared her thoughts about being involved in the process with other community members while also reflecting on the importance this opportunity has for her family.

“With students in Henry County Schools, I am invested in the future of Henry County.  This is important for everyone.”

The Community Voice meetings 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 upcoming meeting locations, plus their dates and times, are as follows: 

  • District Office – Monday, February 10 – 6 p.m.
  • Ola High School – Tuesday, February 11 – 6 p.m.

The town hall-style meetings being conducted consist of a short presentation, which is then followed by activities designed to actively include stakeholders to solicit comments, thoughts, and ideas.  All information collected is then being compiled by district officials for the purpose of developing a long-range strategic plan.  As shared by Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis, “Some of the key questions we are 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.”

 

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. 

Parents are not the only ones attending these larger community meetings.  Grandparent Ivey Webb showed his support for the planning process by being in attendance at the recent meeting at Luella High School.  While his grandchildren attend a school in a different part of the county, this meeting worked for his schedule.

“The school system is allowing us multiple opportunities to take key ownership of the future by involving everyone,” state Webb.  “Parents, grandparents, or the community overall – the decisions made will be reflective of the community’s voice, and more ideas mean a better outcome for children.”

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

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