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Education

Downers Grove District 58 to initiate strategic plan's execution phase

DOWNERS GROVE – A strategic plan that features more than 1,900 comments gathered from focus group participants and more than 200 pages of responses to questions posed in an online survey was approved May 14 by the Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education.

“We’re so excited to begin the next phase of the plan, which is the execution phase,” Superintendent Kari Cremascoli said. “We’re really excited about what the future holds.”

The first step of the execution phase will be the creation of an accountability framework by the strategic plan's planning team, said Megan Hewitt, District 58’s community relations coordinator.

“The framework will designate who will create performance metrics for the strategic plan's goal areas, who will support the work of these goals and who will provide oversight over the goals' progress,” Hewitt said in an email.

That step will be followed by development teams working over the summer to fully build out the strategic plan, she said.

Each of the strategic plan's three goal areas will have a development team of about 10 people comprised of teachers, administrators and parents, who will take the approved goals and objectives and add performance metrics, deadlines and assign individuals or groups responsible for completing each task, Hewitt said.

“We plan to regularly report progress toward our goals to both the board and the community,” she said.

The report was authored by Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, who was hired by the district to conduct the strategic plan. A summary of the plan was presented to the board in April.

The 23-page report summarizes in significant detail the responses of more than 2,400 community members, teachers and students who participated in the district's online survey and 575 people who took part in interviews and focus group discussions.

Ultimately, the strategic plan will serve as the district's planning blueprint, Hewitt said.

"All of our decisions and recommendations must be supported by the strategic plan," she said. "While we will give regular strategic plan progress reports to the board, we will also reference the strategic plan when making future recommendations to the board."

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