WSD Seeks Community Input to Help Shape Five-Year Plan
The Wentzville School District has been seeking input from all stakeholders – students, parents, employees, and community members – to help shape the District’s next five-year Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). The District held three community engagement meetings called Guiding Principles for our Schools (GPS), to help inform stakeholders and provide a platform for feedback to set positive goals, define priorities and determine standards for the students and schools in the WSD.
Because of its sustained growth, the Wentzville School District faces some unique challenges but also has some unique opportunities. The goal of GPS was to bring together a diverse, thoughtful group of residents who could provide input that will be used to create the next CSIP, which is used to guide curriculum, professional development, financing priorities, staffing and the overall culture and strategic focus for the Wentzville School District.
The structured, “results focused” GPS sessions were each attended by approximately 75 stakeholders who worked collaboratively to reach a consensus on the topics and questions presented. Stakeholders also had the opportunity to follow along at home, as each meeting was live-streamed on the District's Facebook page. The meeting topics (click on to view presentation) included:
- November 27th – Teaching and Learning
- January 15th – Finances, Facilities, and Staffing
- February 12th – Community, Culture, and Safety & Security
“I’m so proud of where we’ve been and what our students and staff have accomplished over the last five years,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “The time has come to realign our focus and our priorities and this strategic process will only be effective if our stakeholders take the time to weigh in. Our growth certainly presents challenges, but it also presents opportunities. I’m confident that together we can develop a plan that will continue to move this great District forward, providing world-class learning opportunities that will prepare our students for success.” The recommendations from the GPS meetings, along with the data gathered from the CSIP survey, will be incorporated into the District’s five-year plan, which will be presented to the Board of Education in May for consideration.