Capital School District’s third Strategic Plan meeting tonight

DOVER — Capital School District has entered the early stages of developing a new Strategic Plan, as the last was capped off by the completed renovations at Booker T. Washington Elementary.

“We want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly,” said Capital School Board Vice President Sean Christiansen. “All the meetings are being recorded and transcribed verbatim, so if you come out to share your opinion, the board will hear it.”

Two public meetings already have taken place and the third will be held tonight. Capital School District welcomes the opinions of the students, parents, staff, teachers and the community.

“We are starting with a blank piece of paper,” said Dr. Dan Shelton, Capital School District superintendent. “We are all in this, and all of us have ideas around what should be included.”

After the conclusion of public comment, the board will sit down and discuss the comments in early April and then continue to meet on a monthly basis.

“The process will take the ideas that are being captured during the discovery phase and build connections between each of the ideas,” Dr. Shelton said. “Then upon looking at the connections we can find the strategies that will have the greatest impact in reaching our vision.”

Once the board hears all the feedback submitted from the public, a prioritization process will begin to determine what should be included in the five-year strategic plan and how the ideas rank in importance.

“In the end, the board will make a decision based on the recommendations that come out of this first phase,” Dr. Shelton said. “We hope to capture those ideas and then prioritize them to spend our time on those ideas that will have the greatest impact.”

Tonight’s meeting is at 6:30 at Frontline Ministries at 516 Jefferic Blvd. in Dover. If you’re unable to make the meeting but would still like to voice your opinion, you may fill out an online form anonymously at Click on “Family and Community” then “Tomorrow’s Senators.”

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