Over the course of the 2018-19 school year, Deer Park Community City School District, in partnership with EPIC Impact Education Group, engaged with students, staff, parents, community members, and other district stakeholders to begin the development of a new strategic plan. The district obtained feedback by conducting listening sessions, multiple focus group meetings, and providing targeted surveys which produced nearly 700 responses.
The culmination of all this feedback resulted in a strategic planning process that began to shape a new district mission, vision, core values, and goals that will drive the district’s work over the coming years.
“Through all the feedback, we validated that our schools are the center of this community and high expectations and accountability are a must,” Superintendent Jay Phillips said. “It is our #1 duty and priority to provide our students with a safe place to gain an education while also preparing them with the academic, social, and emotional skills necessary to have a meaningful and productive future.”
The Deer Park Community City School District’s Strategic Plan focuses on five essential elements:
- High Expectations for Student Learning and Success
- School Safety and Positive School Culture
- Effective Communication and Community Engagement
- Developing and Retaining High Quality Staff
- Fiscal Responsibility and Sustainable Funding
Each goal is outlined with clear objectives in the Strategic Plan, including key performance indicators and measures of success.
“I’m very proud of our Strategic Plan, but now the hard work begins,” Phillips said. “We’ve set ambitious goals and we will be holding our administrators, staff, and students accountable to very high expectations. I firmly believe that we are all up to the challenge and I look forward to seeing the results of everyone’s hard work.”
The district’s strategic plan was officially rolled out to the public at the Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, September 18.
“I would like to thank everyone who gave their time, energy, and thoughtful feedback over the last year to help guide our Strategic Plan,” Phillips said. “I’m excited about the future of our schools and I'm looking forward to a great 2018-19 school year!"
For more information on how you can become involved or for questions about the process, contact Superintendent Jay Phillips by phone at 513.891.0222 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.