The Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees began the preliminary stages of strategic planning during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Representatives of Horn, Smith, Wood and Preston, Educational Consultants, LLC presented trustees with a brief overview of the planning process.

“The goal is that the strategic plan is the over-arching plan,” said Dr. Jenny Preston, adding that it ties into other plants at the district, campus and administrative levels. A strategic plan outlines the district’s goals for five years. “Each district has its own strategic plan.”

If the firm is hired by the district, a the strategic plan will be developed and implemented in five stages, at a cost of $20,000.

The first process of the strategic plan would be to form a supervisory group consisting of approximately 30 individuals, including several trustees, teachers, administrators and members of the community to develop five-year plan goals, which would then be presented to the board. The group would likely conduct a two-day retreat this fall.

Second, action teams would be created to develop strategies to implement the goals. The teams would work independently for approximately three months.

Third, the action teams would present their recommendations to the supervisory group, which would most likely occur next spring. At that time, trustees would vote to accept the strategic plan.

Once accepted, the superintendent would determine the time order in which strategies are implemented, and then delegate supervisory duties to school administrators.

The final step of the process would be the implementation of the strategic plan, which would begin during the 2010-11 school year.

There was a consensus among trustees and administrators that the strategic plan, if approved, will highlight the positive developments happening within the district via the partnership between school officials and members of the community.

“It will give us some insight into the community’s perception of the district,” said Superintendent Don Jefferies, adding that the plan would also educate the community on the positive programs and developments in the district, “We have a lot to be proud of.”

That sentiment was echoed by Trustee Charles Sivley.

“We have a district that we should be very proud of,” said Sivley, particularly referencing the Destination Imagination and Robowranglers.

Trustees also received a brief financial update from Chief Financial Officer Shelly Tubbs, highlighting the upcoming budget calendar.

A budget workshop is scheduled for Aug. 11, during which time trustees are expected to discuss potential raises for classroom and support staff, set the public hearing date for the budget and discuss revenues and expenditures. The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled for Aug. 18.

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