Strategic Planning Process

Strategic Plan Update – January 2020

Community input requested once again for strategic plan – online survey available 1/17-2/9

Inspire Success logoSince 2018, the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District has been actively involved in a strategic planning process that resulted in a multi-year district wide plan. The plan includes guiding principles and goals that support the vision and mission adopted by our Board of Education, with a long term goal of inspiring success in our students. As the district begins year three of the five year process, we are once again asking our school community to share insights and ideas in an online survey.

The school district distributed the first anonymous survey in January 2018 to all members of the community. This survey resulted in more than 6,000 responses from parents, students, staff and community members. Responses from the initial survey served as the driving force behind the formation of four task forces: Curriculum & Instruction; Social Emotional Wellness; Student Engagement; and Communications. The task forces are comprised of students, staff, parents and community members and are charged with deeper examination of these topics. Ultimately, they make recommendations to the district’s Strategic Planning Core Team.

Since the inception of the strategic planning process, the district has introduced new social/emotional initiatives district wide; implemented enhanced communication strategies among our buildings and with the broader community; and has established regular meetings with students to hear firsthand the issues they are facing. There is more work to be done and the district needs the community’s help in identifying next steps.

We are encouraging all students (grades 3-12), staff, family members, business owners and community members to complete an anonymous online survey, identical to the one distributed in 2018. Responses to this online survey will help the district assess the work we have been doing. The survey responses will further help identify the district’s strengths and weaknesses and guide district leaders as we continue to evaluate focus areas in years to come.

The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available from Friday, January 17 – Sunday, February 9, 2020.

Students in grades 3-12 will have an opportunity to conduct the survey during school hours. For families with out of district placement students, please check the “other” box when asked to identify a school building, and then fill out only what is applicable to you. When you get to Step 4 of the survey, the questions are open ended and we invite you to share information about your personal experiences.

Thank you for your time and insights. Your input is invaluable.

Please select the appropriate link below and complete the survey:

For residents/business people in the community:
2020 M-WCSD Community Member Engagement Survey

2020 M-WCSD Community Member Engagement Survey – español

For parents/guardians:
2020 M-WCSD Parent/Family Engagement Survey

2020 M-WCSD Parent/Family Engagement Survey – español

For students:
Grades 3-5 – 2020 Elementary Student Grades 3-5 Student Survey

Grades 6-12 – 2020 Secondary Student Survey Grades 6-12 Student Survey

For district employees:
Faculty and Administration – 2020 M-WCSD School Performance Survey

Support staff – 2020 M-WCSD Support Services Survey

If you prefer a hard copy, please call the district communications office at 845-460-6200, ext. 6262 or email your name and mailing address to [email protected]. Please be assured that survey responses will remain anonymous and be compiled by PLC Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that is serving as an advisor to the district throughout the strategic planning process.

“We have learned so much in the past few years from the work we have done as a result of the first survey,” said Superintendent of Schools Elsie Rodriguez. “I encourage members of the community to please take a few minutes to complete the survey and help us to continue and build a district that meets the needs of our students, families and community members. This exchange of information is critical to the strategic planning process as it helps us identify key areas that require attention. We are committed to doing what is right by our students and we need your help,” she added.

Please contact Mrs. Rodriguez directly at [email protected] or at 845-460-6200, ext. 6201 if you have questions related to the strategic planning process.

Where it all began

In 2018 the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District embarked upon a strategic planning process that resulted in a multi-year plan with guiding principles and goals that support the vision and mission adopted by our Board of Education. This process actively involves students, parents, community and business representatives, as well as district staff and administrators. The school community’s input is invaluable throughout the process as the district proceeds with long-term planning. It’s important to note that this process is fluid and the long-term plan will be evaluated and updated on an annual basis based on the needs of the school community.

In January 2018 the district distributed an anonymous survey to all stakeholders including parents, students, staff and community members. Topics of importance identified by the 6,000+ stakeholders who responded to the survey were the driving force behind the formation of four task forces: curriculum and instruction; student engagement; social and emotional wellness; and communications. These task forces work throughout the school year to examine these areas more closely and determine changes, enhancements or additions to better support our students, families and staff.

A Strategic Planning Core Team is charged with oversight of the process. This Strategic Planning Core Team consists of representatives from all stakeholder groups. The Core Team is charged with detailing strategic intents, or specific, measurable 5+ years organizational results related to student achievement/organizational productivity; vision; mission; beliefs; and parameters.

The 34-member Strategic Planning Core Team evaluated the findings of the survey and identified the following four focus areas, based on responses by district stakeholders:

  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Student Engagement
  • Social/Emotional Wellness
  • Communications

Task forces consisting of students, staff, administrators and community members work throughout the school year to gather research, evaluate existing programs/offerings and plan for enhancements or new offerings to enhance the educational experience for M-W students and build a more cohesive school community. For more information about survey results and the long term plan, please review the Strategic Planning Process Overview.