Dear Creswell Community,
This will be my final community report on the Strategic Planning Design Team work.
Prior to the winter break, the Strategic Planning Design Team met on December 4th, to complete our work with Vision Creation Consultant, Mike Dugas, on developing the Strategic 5 Bold Steps to improving student achievement and success in the Creswell School District. Over the last three months, stakeholder representatives from all groups in Creswell and beyond have unselfishly devoted their time to this very important and critical work for the future of our district, community and most importantly, our kids.
In addition to the perspectives and voices of the Design Team members, input and feedback from the Community Forums and Community Surveys were also facilitated by the Design Team and included in the development of the 5 Bold Steps as well. After many nights and hours together, shared with laughter and tears, I am excited to present to you (our community) our collective draft vision developed from a comprehensive community-wide needs assessment.
Our Design Team Vision Themes:
- Pathways with Purpose
- CSD Exceeds All Student Needs
- Community Involvement and Collaboration
- Relevant Learning
- Academic Achievement
- Prepared for Life
Once we finalized the Vision Themes, we then worked in our groups on the 5 Bold Steps and what the outcomes for each step would look like. These 5 Bold Steps are really the actions we want to take to achieve our vision for Creswell School District. Each team then reported out to the whole group, then we all voted on which steps embodied our ideas of how to accomplish our vision for success.
The following Bold Steps received the most votes:
- Add an additional academic counselor at the high school.
- Develop “life” skills. Ex: Budgeting, parenting, building a resume, etc.
- Develop a training program and continuing education for students around mental health and support for themselves and their peers.
- Provide school staff the tools, resources, training, and support to inspire learning for ALL students with ALL needs, at ALL levels.
- Attract and retain highly qualified staff.
As we move forward, the District Steering Committee will continue the work with Systems Development Consultant, Bill Kentta to formalize the district’s mission, vision and action plan drafts to present to the staff and community for final input and then to the School Board for approval. The final step in the process will be submitting the School Improvement Application with our vision and strategic plan to the Department of Education for approval to access the Student Success Act funding.
Thank you everyone for your participation in the Needs Assessment process! You have contributed to what will genuinely be the community’s vision for the future of our school district.
I would also like to acknowledge and extend a very special thank you with much appreciation, gratitude and affection to the Design Team members listed below.
Mike Johnson, Superintendent
Strategic Planning Design Team Members:
Amy Aguero, District Director of Special services, Creswell School District
Doug Allison, Parent, Creswell High School
Mike Anderson, Board Member, Creswell Board of Directors
Shirley Burrus, Principal, Creswell Middle School
Dawn Dean, Teacher (CES), President, Creswell Education Association
Patrick Doyle, Teacher, Creswell High School
Megan Foote, Parent, Creslane Elementary School
Deron Fort, Dean, HS Connections and Cooperative Education, Lane Community College
Kristina Gonda, Student (12th grade), Creswell High School
Michaela Gross, Student (10th grade) Creswell High School
Kyle Guthrie, Student (10th grade), Creswell High School
Amy Halley, Principal, Creslane Elementary School
Sarah Hanson, Transportation Director, Creswell School District
Joel Higdon, Facilities/Technology Director, Creswell School District
Sherry Duerst-Higgins, Board Member, Lane Education Service District
Rob Jerome, Teacher, Creswell Middle School
James Johnson, President Oregon School Employees Association
Mike Johnson, Superintendent, Creswell School District
Amy Knudsen, President, Creswell City Council
Carter Kruger, Student (10th grade), Creswell High School
Kim Kuhnhausen, Teacher, Creswell Middle School
Debbie Larson, Teacher, Creslane Elementary School
Skye Leach, Student (12th Grade), Creswell High School
Noel Nash, Owner, Creswell Chronicle Newspaper
Lacey Nendel, Technology Specialist, Creswell School District
Amanda O’Reilly, Student (11th grade), Creswell High School
Mark Parker, Board Member, Creswell Board of Directors
Crystal Perdue, Student/Family Services Coordinator, Creswell School District
Devin Pixton, Assistant Principal, Creslane Elementary School
Brian Popp, Deputy, Lane County Sheriff’s Department
Paul Randall, Principal (retired), Creswell Community Member
Lacey Risdal, Board Member, Creswell Board of Directors
Tony Scurto, Superintendent, Lane Education Service District
Natalie Smathers, Parent, K-12
Bill Spencer, Owner, Point S Tires
Brandon Standridge, Athletic Director, Creswell High School
Kathy Thompson, Creswell District Employee (Retired), Community Representative
Kim Varo, Education Assistant, Creslane Elementary
Cayle Walker, Student (10th grade), Creswell High School
Sierra Walter, Student (9th grade), Creswell High School
Adam Watkins, Principal, Creswell High School