By Gary Lloyd
PINSON — The final Jefferson County Schools community zone forum will be held at Pinson Valley High School on Tuesday, Oct. 28.
It will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The forum’s purpose is to discuss the school system’s strategic plan with employees, parents, students and members of the public.
The Jefferson County Schools strategic planning sessions will focus on six hallmarks to make them effective, according to a presentation made to the Jefferson County Board of Education by Burke Enterprises, LLC.
The 20-slide PowerPoint presentation by Marcia Burke begins by asking three questions: Where are we now? Where do we want to be? How will we get there?
Burke then lists six hallmarks of an “effective” strategic plan:
• Collaborative development
• Regular monitoring and evaluation
• Measured against recognized standards and benchmarks
• Changes to meet emerging needs and newly identified challenges
• A framework for decision making
A tool for demonstrating accountability
The board in July voted to award an $80,000 contract to consulting firm Burke Enterprises, LLC to oversee the development of the five-year strategic plan. The goal of the development of the strategic plan is to include all municipal mayors, stakeholders, parents and school employees.
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