DELAWARE VALLEY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Strategic Planning Process Begins!
The Delaware Valley Regional High School District is enthusiastically beginning a strategic planning process that will result in a recommendation to the Board of Education at a meeting in January/February 2014. The final plan will be very comprehensive, and the process will involve a Core Team of approximately twenty (20) representatives from the school district, area businesses, parents, associations and the community at large. Additionally, based upon the results of the Student, Staff and Community Survey Data Collection Triangle, highly focused Task Forces will be identified to explore particular areas of need and/or interest.
A Powerful Model
PLC Associates, Inc. based in Florida and New York will be facilitating the activities of the strategic plan and will serve as resource throughout the process. According to Daria Wasserbach, Delaware Valley Superintendent, “This is a very powerful model in that it features significant levels of stakeholder participation and involvement, with a focus on the use of data, research, and best practices. A comprehensive, ongoing, open line of communication will keep our community apprised of our progress along the way. This process will intentionally build a strong guiding coalition of positive support, and unite the community in its implementation.” In addition, this model of planning has received rave reviews from participating school districts and is endorsed by New Jersey Association of School Administrators.
“Expectations are extraordinarily high,” according to Penny Ciaburri, principal of PLC Associates, Inc. who will operate as Lead Facilitator of the entire initiative and has worked with over 400 schools. According to Ciaburri, “Delaware Valley is in a superb position to begin this process. They have diligently gathered data from staff, students and the community as first step. Data is critical to our work. We must make certain that our thinking and findings are predicated not only on the school-specific data, but also the voluminous research available for what works in schools.”
High Performance Starts With Strategic Action
Superintendent Wasserbach indicated “We look forward to the focus-forward strategic planning process, the building of leadership teams and learning communities, and the development of the action plans that will deliver us to our desired outcomes. This will take teamwork, and there is room for everyone!” Board President Ellen Gordon commented “We look forward to the development and implementation of a Strategic Plan that is a collaborative effort with our constituents. We expect that the plan will provide solid direction for Del Val over the course of the next several years.”