The Meriwether County School System has a proud tradition of success and a long history of community support and productive involvement. As we continue to transition into the 21st century, we have many new opportunities and face exciting challenges for our students and their future. This year, in compliance with our school system accreditation, we areexamining our system mission statement, guiding principles, and goals for the next five years (January, 2021 – December, 2025). Just as each school engages in continuous improvement efforts, our school system must also regularly monitor, reflect, revise, and reframe plans to focus our efforts and the efforts of our students, parents, and other stakeholders on maximizing student achievement.
We want our system to be the best and our students and employees to be their best. We feel ready to challenge ourselves, our students, and our community to new levels of success. Successful organizations never rest on their accomplishments – they identify new goals and prepare for new challenges.
A representative steering committee will began the planning process in October, 2020 by reviewing our current system mission, vision, and guiding principles. Several citizens from all segments of the school community will provide valuable ideas, suggestions, and feedback at our steering committee forums. To gather additional input, parents and employees have an opportunity to respond to survey questions about the current status and future goals of our school system during the final weeks of September, 2020.
As school administrators and teachers are doing in our schools, we here at the central office are also studying the latest research on school improvement and want our system to employ all current best practices. We also encourage innovation and creativity as we continue to move confidently into 21stcentury schooling. Our students will need it, our community expects it, and our success depends upon it.
We will be analyzing and discussing specific data from all these sources as we move forward with our future plans. We are confident that the responses and data we collect will show us where we are doing well, how and by whom we are supported in our efforts, and where there are opportunities to take our system to the next level of excellence.
We believe expanding our vision, focusing on the success of all students, and defining higher standards for our system will challenge us, stretch us, and propel us to higher achievement. The bar has been raised for our students; we must raise the bar for our school system.
The steering committee’s next task is to incorporate the forum information and survey feedback, the desires and needs of parents and community members, and current research on best practices into a set of guiding principles that lets everyone know of our determination and dedication to the success of each student, to equipping these students with future-oriented skills and abilities, and that we are a public school system dedicated to high quality education for all students.
Let me encourage each parent of a Meriwether County School System student, as well as each employee, to participate in the online survey. Your answers will provide us valuable data as we seek to complete our strategic planning. Our goal is to create achievable, measureable benchmarks for success. I am certain that we will identify new ways to work together to create and support a public school system of the highest quality, with the best employees, with community support, and in exciting environments to produce the most successful graduates who aim high, achieve, graduate, and succeed.
The surveys are available athttps://forms.gle/8rQ7DTtYynKgZMHdA. There is a link to the survey on the System and Schools’ Home Page. The survey must be completed on or beforeMonday, September 28, 2020. The survey takesaround 15 minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. The survey results will be included in the final strategic plan documents. Participation in the survey is encouraged and appreciated!