As school districts are being asked to do more with less, Chadron Public Schools is undertaking a new strategic planning effort, seeking community input on several issues to aid in the district’s two to five year planning.
A community-wide rollout of the district’s strategic planning outreach will include a screening of a new film by Nebraska Loves Public Schools that features the Chadron, Omaha and Schuyler districts.
“Seeds of Hope” will be screened Sept. 27 at noon at the Chadron State College Student Center Ballroom. The film focuses on English language learning programs in the three districts. Chadron’s work with a blossoming Marshallese population is highlighted.
“It’s not just about the kids,” said Superintendent Dr. Caroline Winchester. “You’re really dealing with the families.”
Nebraska State Board of Education member Molly O’Halleran will be present, and News Channel Nebraska will film the screening and panel discussion that follows. The discussion will be incorporated into the district’s strategic planning.
“We’re really trying to get at the heart of what people want,” Winchester said.
There are four themes around which the district is starting its process:
*What is particularly satisfying to you about Chadron Public Schools? What is concerning?
*What value does CPS bring to the community?
*How might the district increase its collaboration in the community?
*Given the declining approval of schools in the media, what’s your hunch about what is producing that?
In addition to the rollout planned for Sept. 27, the district wants to present to other groups and organizations that have regular meeting times in the community, both that day and at other times. Given that a majority of the residents in the district do not have a direct connection with the school, Winchester said it’s important to meet with as many people as possible and hear their ideas. Any group that would like the district to visit one of its regular meetings should contact the central office at 432-0700.
Barring that, Winchester encourages everyone in the community to attend the Sept. 27 screening of “Seeds of Hope” and the panel discussion.
“Please come. We value your thoughts,” she said.