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October 21, 2017

A small-group team of community members and MISD staff work to develop a specific result for a set goal in MISD during Thursday's session of the district's Strategic Plan Design Team.

MISD nears completion of five-year strategic plan


MARSHALL, Texas — A process to create a new five-year, focused Strategic Plan for Marshall ISD is nearing a close as a team of over 40 people comprised of community members, MISD staff and students wrapped up the fourth of five scheduled meetings Thursday.

The process began back in December with a series of community meetings, focus groups and an online survey to allow stakeholders to provide input into the needs and desires of the community in regards to the school district. A team of community members and district staff and students was then tasked to take that data and formulate a strategic plan that will map out a focused direction for the district for a minimum of five years.

MISD has partnered with Engage2Learn, a firm specializing in education processes and strategic planning.

“The result of this work will be the development of a strategic design which includes a set of Beliefs, a Call to Action, Goals, Specific Results and an Action Plan for Year 1,” said Dr. Steve Waddell, facilitator with Engage2Learn. Dr. Waddell recently retired after 22 years as a Superintendent of Schools, most recently in Lewisville ISD, and he was awarded Superintendent of the Year recognition while at Birdville ISD in 2008.

“The design will provide a focused direction for the work of the district for the next several years,” Waddell added. “Unique to the process is its focus on students and engagement of the community and staff to design the district’s future.”

In December, the district hosted three public summits attended by several hundred members of the community, an online public survey was conducted along with two days of focus groups. The purpose was to engage the entire community about its opinions and hopes regarding the education of children and the future direction of Marshall ISD.

A Design Team of approximately 40 people, including teachers, administrators, parents and community members, began meeting in January with four day-long sessions reviewing data and public input, while engaging in intense, focused discussions that will lead to the production of a final strategic plan for the district.

A final meeting in February will finish their work, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.

“I want our district to be very prescriptive, proactive and strategic in what we are doing,” said Dr. Jerry Gibson, MISD Superintendent. “This process provides us an opportunity, as a community, to identify our greatest needs and how we are going to meet those needs going forward in the next five years.”

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