What is a Vision Statement? On Monday, July 9, 2018, teachers,
administrators, and community members met in the Byron-Bergen District Office
to discuss exactly that. This meeting was just one step toward updating the
strategic plan which was last revised in 2015.
“Creating a Vision Statement for the district seems easy. We all
want the students to succeed. But, it’s more than that. This process will take
into account our shared values as well as our goals and expectations,” explains
District Superintendent Mickey Edwards.
The session, led by Assistant
Superintendent for School Improvement for Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Dr. Marla
Iverson, focused on the group’s collective goals for the district and the steps
towards realizing those goals. During her introduction, Iverson explained the
purpose and importance of a strategic plan with a literary reference to Lewis
Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. “Much as the Cheshire Cat instructed
Alice, if you don’t care where you’re going, it doesn’t much matter which way
you go. The importance of the strategic plan is to keep the educational
community focused on the district’s collective goal and deliberately moving in
that direction together,” said Iverson.
The next phase for the strategic plan will take place later
this summer when the Board of Education is presented with the collected data
from the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) focus groups
conducted in March. The new Strategic Plan roll out is expected in 2020.