The Board of Education joins me in extending best wishes to everyone for a productive school year filled with many promises and possibilities. Working together, we will educate, empower and inspire success and a lifetime of learning in Elementary School District 159.
As we open this new school year, I am proud to present the Elementary School District 159 Strategic Plan, and I am especially grateful to the students, parents, staff, teachers, administrators, and board members who worked several months creating the plan. Elementary School District 159 Board of Education has approved our new strategic plan that will help guide the District over the next four years. Having such a plan is important because it helps focus the District’s efforts on the strategic priorities that has been identified as most critical. It also provides direction for how the District uses it resources.
The strategic plan is grounded in our core values, and implements our mission and vision through four key areas under which specific goals and objectives are aligned. These four pillars are:
- Student Achievement
- Transparent Communication
- Improved Business and Operations
- Enhance 21st Century Education
This will be a living plan and we will regularly update and report progress to our Board, families, and community. We will launch the Strategic Plan by hosting sessions in our community beginning in mid-September. The Strategic Plan is our commitment to making a long term, collective investment in our students and their future. We look forward to your ongoing support and participation as we embark on this journey.
As we embark upon the new school year, we will also strive to work as a unified team to deliver quality educational programming that is built upon the strategic plan. Our core values will help to guide our every decision this school year. Our core values are:
- Student Centered
- Mutual Respect
I look forward to this outstanding school year at Elementary School District 159 as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of our illustrious school district. I honor those who come before me and I am proud of this opportunity to contribute to the success of our school district.
As we move forward with our reform efforts, I invite you to think about something written so long ago, but that still resonates today. Emerson said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” I am confident that we will blaze a trail filled with success and 21st Century accomplishments as, together, we launch the best year ever!
Welcome to a brand new and innovative school year in Elementary School District 159!
Dr. Mable Alfred
Superintendent of Schools