Strategic Planning Design Team: Community Report

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

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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

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School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month in Oregon.  Creswell School District is joining with other districts throughout the state to recognize the important contributions school board members make to our communities.

School board members contribute their time and talents toward advancement of public education. They represent a continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education.

The students of Creswell School District are served well by their School Board of Directors. Their commitment and dedication to our community is greatly appreciated.

It is with high regard that we give this recognition to our dedicated local leaders: Board Chair Mike Anderson, Board Vice Chair Lacey Risdal, Director David Eusted, Director Kandice Lemhouse, Director Mark Parker, Director Debi Wilkerson, and Director Ashley Miller