Strategic Plan 2013-2018

The Dexter Board of Education hired an external consultant to assist with the development of the district’s five year strategic plan. As a precursor to the development of the district's strategic plan, the leadership team went through a SWOT analysis process to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Another component that was used in the process was that the district held a community needs assessment and invited community members to participate in the process. The information that was collected in the needs assessment was then used to develop the district vision, mission, core values, and strategic issues (goals) that compose the district's strategic plan.

The key components of the strategic plan included the affirmation of the district's vision, mission, core values, and strategic issues.

  • Vision:  Outlines what the district wants to be, or how it wants the world in which it operates to be (an idealized view of the world). It is a long-term view and concentrates on the future. It can be a source of inspiration and motivation for the district and community.  
  • Mission: Defines the fundamental purpose of the district, succinctly describing why it exists and what it does to achieve its vision.
  •  Values:  Beliefs that are shared among the stakeholders of the district.  Values drive the district's culture and priorities by providing a framework in which decisions are made.
  •  Strategy: A strategy is the logical approach that will be employed by the strategic plan to help achieve the plan's goals. The most important part of implementing the strategy is ensuring the district is following a road map which will lead it in the right to accomplish the district’s vision.

It was felt that for the district vision and mission to be effective, they must become assimilated into the district's culture. They should be assessed internally and externally. The internal assessment should focus on how members inside the organization interpret the vision and mission statement. The external assessment, which includes all of the stakeholders, is a extremely valuable tool since it offers a different perspective of the vision and mission statement for the leadership team. These discrepancies between these two assessments can provide insight into their effectiveness.

The Dexter Strategic plan is a very important District activity. Strategic planning and decision processes have been developed and will serve as a means to accomplish the defined objectives and serve as a road map of how to achieve them. The plan can be used by the Board of Education, administration, staff, and community to increase specificity in the district’s operations. The plan was developed in a way that is easily translatable into specific action plans for the district. It isrecommended that each of the school sites take time to develop site specific plans that support the district goals, objectives, and strategic plan. As with any strategic plan it should be a living document that will need revisions to keep being relevant.

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