COUNCIL ROCK >> Council Rock's Strategic Planning Steering Team met on Tuesday, May 7 to kick off work that will include setting district priority areas for the next three years.

While state requirements call for approximately 20 stakeholders to sit on a Strategic Planning Steering Team, Council Rock exceeded the number by inviting a team of 60 to take part in the process. Steering Team members include Council Rock students, teachers, administrators, parents, community partners, and community members.

The May 7th Steering Team meeting opened with remarks from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Fraser who referred to the strategic planning process as "an opportunity to dream and envision new possibilities."

Dr. Fraser challenged participants to think about what's not in place today that will make a significant impact once incorporated.

Bucks County Intermediate Unit's Director of Strategic Services, JoAnn Perotti, provided a high-level overview of the strategic planning process and introduced three bucket areas - Student Wellness, Redefining Student Success, and School Safety and Security - that will serve as strategic planning priority areas.

After hearing Perotti's overview, the Steering Team broke into smaller groups and cycled through each priority area, covering such topics as school start times, mental health services, Professional Learning Communities, alternative assessments and next steps for ALICE active shooter prevention program implementation.

Participants came back together as a full team after robust small group conversations. Group representatives reported out on discussion themes and connecting concepts.

The next meeting of the Strategic Planning Steering Team is scheduled for early June. At that time, the team will further discuss strategic plan visions and review priority area action steps.

Once approved, Council's Rock's Strategic Plan will be in effect from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023. A draft version of the plan will be available for public review on the district's website before it undergoes school board and state approval processes.

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