SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta community will once again be asked to give input on long range goals for the school district. Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi announced a second round of strategic planning meetings at the July Board of Education meeting.
The district sent out an invitation this week for parents, staff, municipal leaders, members of civic groups and residents are invited to participate in the three strategic planning sessions in the media center at Sparta High School.
Rossi will be presenting a synopsis of the Sate of the District to open the meeting, the invitation said.
“Our last Strategic Plan proved to be very successful in driving the district forward,” says Dr. Michael Rossi, Superintendent of Schools. “Moreover, we completed it a year ahead of schedule, which is why we are starting a new one.”
The goal of installing a turf field has not yet been achieved, part of Goal 4.
The previous superintend Dennis Tobin held the first round of strategic planning meetings in 2014, moderated by New Jersey School Boards Field Service Representative Al Annunziata. The initiative called 3D Determination, Dreams and Destiny drew more than 100 people, including high school students.
Over the course of three sessions they created the previous strategic plan. The community developed four goals:
Goal 1 Student Achievement; focused on improving student achievement by providing resources to the school community.
Goal 2 Community and communication: improve community communications with all stakeholders including students, parents, staff, community members, colleges and businesses to better support our schools to generate continued participation and maximize student success.
Goal 3 Student Skills for the 21 Century; provide our students with multiple opportunities to develop a foundation of communication, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration and apply these skills.
Goal 4 Culture and Climate including upgraded facilities and technology; Create a district-wide climate of learning that encourages individuals and sustains physiological, emotional and academic need while promoting a safe and tolerant educational community.
Reaching out to the community also led the reconstruction of the high school. Superintendent Dr. Thomas Morton brought the Community Facility Task Force initiative to Sparta after a failed referendum to build a new elementary school in 2002.
The meetings will be held on September 20, October 18 and November 15 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. Check-in will begin at 6:40 p.m. People can attend any or all of the meetings.
According to the district web site, the first session will be to discuss the district’s strengths, challenges and opportunities. The second session will be creating a vision and roadmap for the future. The goals will be developed in the third meeting.
In his invitation Rossi said, “Education is the most powerful weapon we have to change the world. In Sparta our belief is that we must continuously strive to stay current, make instruction relevant; having a long-term roadmap is critical toward that aspiration. Without a destination any road will get you there.”