Surveys, meetings lead to school district mission statement

Strategic plan consultant Jerome Colonna, right, at a winter meeting of the Seaside School District.

Seaside School District laid out its mission and vision statements for its upcoming strategic plan. “This is kind of the ‘what do you believe’ and ‘why are we here,’” Seaside School District Superintendent Sheila Roley said. “The next part is what are we going to do.”

In their “Beliefs and Values statement,” committee member Lori Lum said “The Seaside School district is dedicated to providing equitable safe learning environments and engaging well rounded education and focus on collective wellness and community partnerships.”

In the mission statement, “the Seaside school district is committed to ensuring opportunity, strengthening community and inspiring possibility.”

The two statements are a prelude for the upcoming five-year strategic plan, approved by the school district board in December.

With a new campus ahead after the approval of a $99.7 million bond last November, the time is now for a strategic planning process, members felt, as building and relocation will likely dominate discussions in years to come.

Twenty committee members have been meeting monthly to develop the statements and plan, under the director educator Jerome Colonna.

Colonna, who brings more than 45 years experience in Oregon education, is the former superintendent of Beaverton and Redmond schools. He served on the board of the Oregon Department of Education until last year.

The group received input through online surveys, public meetings, staff, parents and focus groups.

“We received over 200 responses of what people would like to see us do better,” Lum said.

The strategic plan committee will continue to meet, with a vision statement anticipated in November regarding, strategic goals, performance indicators as well as how we will implement it and, how we will monitor it.

Seaside School District expresses values:

BELIEFS AND VISION STATEMENT: The Seaside School district is dedicated to providing equitable safe learning environments and engaging well-rounded education and focus on collective wellness and community partnerships.

MISSION STATEMENT: The Seaside School District is committed to ensuring opportunity, strengthening community and inspiring possibility.

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