Diverse Stakeholders Driving Strategic Planning For District

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By Staff Reports

(Adelanto)– Adelanto Elementary School District (AESD) is developing a strategic plan, including the voices of community stakeholders: parents, students, faculty, and community members. The process kicked off this week with a two-day session facilitated by Performance Fact, an organization with extensive experience leading school districts through this process.

Over 60 participants were broken up into groups to evaluate the past experiences of the district, and develop a forward-looking plan. Groups included principals, parents, business leaders, Rotarians, and others who offered input based on their varied perspectives and strengths. One group was composed entirely of students, who embraced the process and shared strong opinions in a group of their peers. Comments from participants revealed that they view the goal of turning around student performance and other district outcomes is a daunting, but achievable goal. One parent explained “It is a challenge, but we are the right people to make it happen.”

Parents were especially vocal in their praise of the process. “This is something I have been looking for since 2008,” shared another parent. A parent with students in the district for 12 years, Maria Orozco credits the shift in conversation to the leadership of Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux. “In the past 12 years, I never knew what the name of the Superintendent was,” she explained. “In the last 11 months, Dr. DeBlieux has asked the parents to be involved. Now there are nutrition classes, PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education), 12 Powers of Family Business, and parents are more involved with the District. With this kind of leadership, we can change things.”

Other stakeholders include staff at the District, including Child Welfare and Attendance Secretary Ireri Gomez. “I was surprised and happy to see so many people from the community attend,” she shared. “I hope we can come together and improve our students’ test scores.”

The planning process will continue over the next several weeks, culminating in a plan that can guide all stakeholder involvement and growth for the District. As staff members from consulting firm Performance Fact shared, “with follow-through, this process can change things.”

Through a comprehensive strategic plan process, the AESD can benefit from a disciplined effort that produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what are school district “is”, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future. The result will be an increase in student achievement by analyzing the areas of strength and areas of concern along with the “Root cause” of the current state of student achievement.

Please contact the District office at 760-246-8691 for more details.

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