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At the District 65 School Board’s meeting on Nov. 18, Maria Allison, chief strategy officer, provided an update on the process to develop a three-year strategic plan for the District. She said the five working committees have each held two meetings and would receive input obtained from focus groups at their next meetings. The working groups are in the process of refining and prioritizing their proposed strategies, and they will present their emergent strategies to the External Advisory Committee at its meeting scheduled for Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. That meeting will be open to the public.

Thirteen focus groups have met to provide input for the strategic plan, said Dr. Allison. Seventy-five teachers and 135 parents or community members have participated in the focus groups. One more focus group meeting is scheduled. Superintendent Paul Goren and Dr. Allison are also in the process of gathering teacher and student input at each of the District’s schools.

An online survey to gather input for the strategic plan is also underway. All faculty, staff, parents, and community members are invited to take the survey which will be available through Nov. 26. Almost 900 persons have already responded. Persons interested in taking the survey may access it through a link on District 65’s home page, www.district65.net, or by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ycm9cqv.

Candance Chow, School Board member and strategic planning laision, said the process is engaging the broad community and added, “I don’t think we could have imagined anything more energizing.”


Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...