Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approves Destination 2021 strategic plan

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Five-year Comprehensive School Improvement Plan developed by staff and community team

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approved the district’s five-year strategic plan, called Destination 2021, at the Board’s Aug. 18 meeting. This Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, which covers 2016 through 2021, was developed by a team of approximately 55 staff and community members who worked together throughout the 2016 spring semester. The district also included approximately 70 participants in focus groups that provided input toward the development of the plan.

The plan focuses on five areas – governance; student performance; highly qualified staff; facilities, support and instructional resources; and parent and community involvement. Destination 21’s major emphasis continues to be on instruction, learning and student success. The complete plan is posted at http://www.lsr7.org/district/news-publications/ under “R-7 School District 5-year plan.”

“The R-7 strategic plan is focused on meeting the unique needs of each student in our district and providing the necessary support to the professionals working each day in schools to make that happen,” said Dr. Kevin Daniel, associate superintendent of instruction and leadership. “We were pleased to double the number of stakeholders involved in the development of the new strategic plan from the previous effort. In fact, multiple stakeholders were able to provide additional input into Destination 2021 throughout the course its development. The input, effort and time commitment of our staff and community members to ensure we continue to meet our mission of preparing each student for success in life was both appreciated and impressive.”

Following approval at the August Board of Education meeting, Lee’s Summit R-7 district and school leaders are discussing key components of the newly adopted strategic plan. To ensure accountability, the plan’s components are placed on a timeline and reviewed annually by the community and staff team, the Superintendent’s Leadership Team and the Board of Education. The plan, which is considered a living document, can be updated to reflect changes in areas such as educational technology through the input of these teams.

Information about the new plan is being shared with a variety of district stakeholders, including staff, parents, community members and students.

Lee’s Summit R-7 has a tradition of long-range, comprehensive planning, and the current R-7 document is actually the R-7 School District’s sixth five-year strategic plan. Previous strategic plans were also developed by community and staff members in 1990, 1995, 2001, 2006 and 2011.

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