Strategic Plan 2013-2018 taking shape; thanks for your input.

February 22, 2013

What are the core beliefs of the Northside ISD community?

What should we be working towards in the next five years? 

Almost 4,100 community members gave their input on these important questions by completing the online Strategic Plan survey. The survey results will help shape the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan currently being developed by approximately 600 NISD parents, staff and other community members.

 “Northside’s Strategic Plan will be more meaningful because of the input from thousands of our community members and staff,” says Dr. Marissa Pena, School Improvement Specialist. “We appreciate everyone who completed the survey and will take those results back to our committee as we continue to work on the Strategic Plan.”

Meeting over a two-month period, parents representing every school in Northside, as well as community leaders, school administrators, teachers, counselors, students and others are having meaningful conversations as they position this school district to serve the needs of students in the state’s fourth largest public school system.

“It is so important” says Superintendent Brian Woods, “that we have a clear road map of where we want to be in the next five years, as well as, know what is important to our community.  Input from our staff, parents, business folks, senior citizens, students, and all interested people is so important.”

“It is challenging,” says Pena, “because of the diversity of this school district and because some of the future is unknown.  So the plan has to be forward looking and flexible, and always have the interests of all our stakeholders in mind."

"But mostly,” Pena says, “it must be dynamic and meaningful.  It is not a document that sits on a shelf, but rather it is the core beliefs that generate action plans to achieve goals that are set forth.”

The current plan (2008-2013) was also penned by hundreds of community and staff members who undertook a similar process five years ago.

“That plan has served us well,” says Woods.  “NISD has become a premier school district because of the forethought and hard work of the folks who crafted that strategic plan.”

Once adopted by the Board of Trustees in April, the document will be posted at www.nisd.net.

For more information, please contact 397-8540.

Almost 4,100 community members gave their input on these important questions by completing the online Strategic Plan survey. The survey results will help shape the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan currently being developed by approximately 600 NISD parents, staff and other community members.

 “Northside’s Strategic Plan will be more meaningful because of the input from thousands of our community members and staff,” says Dr. Marissa Pena, School Improvement Specialist. “We appreciate everyone who completed the survey and will take those results back to our committee as we continue to work on the Strategic Plan.”

Meeting over a two-month period, parents representing every school in Northside, as well as community leaders, school administrators, teachers, counselors, students and others are having meaningful conversations as they position this school district to serve the needs of students in the state’s fourth largest public school system.

“It is so important” says Superintendent Brian Woods, “that we have a clear road map of where we want to be in the next five years, as well as, know what is important to our community.  Input from our staff, parents, business folks, senior citizens, students, and all interested people is so important.”

“It is challenging,” says Pena, “because of the diversity of this school district and because some of the future is unknown.  So the plan has to be forward looking and flexible, and always have the interests of all our stakeholders in mind."

"But mostly,” Pena says, “it must be dynamic and meaningful.  It is not a document that sits on a shelf, but rather it is the core beliefs that generate action plans to achieve goals that are set forth.”

The current plan (2008-2013) was also penned by hundreds of community and staff members who undertook a similar process five years ago.

“That plan has served us well,” says Woods.  “NISD has become a premier school district because of the forethought and hard work of the folks who crafted that strategic plan.”

Once adopted by the Board of Trustees in April, the document will be posted at www.nisd.net.

For more information, please contact 397-8540.