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Education

Downers Grove District 58 takes next step in strategic planning process

Community members will be selected to join working groups to advance plan

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 is looking for parents and community members to join working groups associated with the strategic plan, which was approved Sept. 17 by the Board of Education. The plan addresses the future of district curriculum, finances, facilities and enhanced communications with district stakeholders.
Downers Grove Grade School District 58 is looking for parents and community members to join working groups associated with the strategic plan, which was approved Sept. 17 by the Board of Education. The plan addresses the future of district curriculum, finances, facilities and enhanced communications with district stakeholders.

DOWNERS GROVE – Advancing the strategic plan in Downers Grove Grade School District 58 will require "many hands," Superintendent Kari Cremascoli said at the Sept. 17 Board of Education meeting. The district is in the midst of seeking those hands.

Specifically, the district is looking for parents and community members to join working groups associated with the strategic plan, which was approved Sept. 17 by the board. The plan addresses the future of district curriculum, finances, facilities and enhanced communications with district stakeholders.

"The new strategic plan outlines how our community envisions our school district's future, and the strategic plan action steps provide us with a guide to achieving this vision," Community Relations Director Megan Hewitt said in an email.

The next step in the process is to form the working groups to complete the work, Hewitt said.

"To ensure we achieve our goals with fidelity, we hope these working groups will represent all major stakeholder groups and all schools," she said. "We encourage the community to review the different working groups and the available positions and select a group that they might best serve."

So far, more than 75 people have expressed interest in serving on the committees, Hewitt said. The next step is to decide which applicants are best suited for the committees.

If a community member does not join a working group but would still like to engage with District 58, there will be future community engagement opportunities planned, particularly in relation to the facility planning council, she said.

The working groups include:

• Curriculum Council (teachers and staff, with limited parent spots)

• Professional Learning Council (teachers and staff)

• Superintendent's Community Advisory Council (parents and community members)

• Superintendent's Staff Communications Council (teachers and staff)

• Resources Review Council (teachers and staff, with limited parent spots)

• Communications Feedback Council (staff, parents and community members)

• Facilities Planning Council (staff, parents and community members)

More information on the working groups, including the group descriptions and meeting schedules, can be found by visiting d58.org or calling the district office at 630-719-5800.

In addition, the school board is seeking one or two parent representatives to join its Policy, Legislative and Financial Advisory committees.

Anyone interested in joining a strategic plan working group or a board committee is asked to complete a brief interest form, which can be found on the district's website.

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