Pub­lic en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in school board strate­gic plan de­vel­op­ment

New­found­land and Labrador English School board has be­gun con­sul­ta­tion on the 2017-20 strate­gic plan; en­cour­ag­ing pub­lic to par­tic­i­pate

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE - BY RANDY EDI­SON

“In­put from our school com­mu­ni­ties and the pub­lic at large is ex­tremely im­por­tant as we em­bark upon the next stage of our plan and set the course for the fu­ture ed­u­ca­tion of our stu­dents,” Goronwy Price, chair of the board of trustees of the New­found­land and Labrador English School Dis­trict

The New­found­land and Labrador English School board has be­gun con­sul­ta­tion on the 2017-20 strate­gic plan.

The strate­gic plan will set the di­rec­tion of the board for the com­ing three years and in­put is be­ing sought from school com­mu­ni­ties.

Re­gional fo­cus group ses­sions are on­go­ing with school ad­min­is­tra­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of school coun­cils, and school-based ses­sions are also be­ing held with school coun­cils, teach­ers, sup­port staff and stu­dents.

In ad­di­tion, the board has posted on on­line sur­vey through which par­ents and guardians and the gen­eral pub­lic are in­vited to pro­vide feed­back.

“The cur­rent strate­gic plan of the board of trustees in­cor­po­rated feed­back from the pub­lic and has been a true guid­ing doc­u­ment for our pro­gres­sion as a school dis­trict,” said Price.

“In­put from our school com­mu­ni­ties and the pub­lic at large is ex­tremely im­por­tant as we em­bark upon the next stage of our plan and set the course for the fu­ture ed­u­ca­tion of our stu­dents.”

The feed­back sur­vey is ac­ces­si­ble on the Dis­trict web­site (www.nlesd.ca) un­til March 10, 2017. Ar­eas of fo­cus in­clude stu­dent suc­cess, par­tic­u­larly lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy and aca­demic in­ter­ven­tions, and safe and car­ing schools.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to iden­tify pri­or­i­ties within these fo­cus ar­eas and to pro­vide their sug­ges­tions on other po­ten­tial ar­eas of fo­cus.

“We need to con­tinue this im­por­tant work, with a fo­cus on core lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy within our schools,” con­tin­ued Price.

“While we must build upon our suc­cesses and feed­back from our school com­mu­nity mem­bers will greatly in­flu­ence the di­rec­tion we set for the next three years. Along with stu­dent suc­cess, a con­tin­ued fo­cus on safe and car­ing schools is im­por­tant to en­sure all stu­dents feel safe and com­fort­able in their learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. The views of the pub­lic will cer­tainly help us estab­lish how we move for­ward in the best in­ter­est of stu­dents in our school dis­trict.

The new strate­gic plan for the New­found­land and Labrador English School board will be ready for im­ple­men­ta­tion in Septem­ber 2017.

The board of trustees for the New­found­land and Labrador English School Dis­trict is com­posed of 17 elected trustees re­spon­si­ble for the gov­er­nance of 66,300 stu­dents, 8,000 em­ploy­ees and 254 schools.

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