PLAISTOW – The Hampstead School District is in the process of updating its Strategic Plan. Strategic planning is a process that brings stakeholders in education together in an effort to develop a plan that significantly improves the schools. Primary stakeholders include students, parents, educators, school board members, community members, employers, and other entities interested in the state of education in the community.

Strategic planning looks into the future through honest assessment of current practices and anticipation of emerging trends affecting education. It addresses three major questions: “Where are we today?,” “Where do we want to be tomorrow?,” and “How do we get there?”

A steering committee has been formed to help answer those questions. The steering committee consists of educators, parents, school board and budget committee representatives, school staff, and administrators. Dr. Richard Lalley, a retired New Hampshire superintendent, will help coordinate the effort as an independent consultant.

In the next few weeks, the steering committee will contact various community members and invite them to participate in one of three task teams. Anybody interested in contributing to the creation of the strategic plan is invited to contact Assistant Superintendent Winfried Feneberg (382-6119, ext.216) or Director of Curriculum Doris Buco (329-6743, ext.110) for further information. Meetings of the three task teams are scheduled for January 10 (Team 1: Current Practices and Future Trends); January 16 (Team 2: Student Follow-Up Study); and January 16 (Team 3: Mission/Vision/Beliefs and Instructional Practices).

It is expected that the strategic planning process will be completed by June 2008. Additional information and updates will be provided on the district website at www.hampstead.k12.nh.us.

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