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Robert Westbrook
Milano ISD Superintendent

Milano ISD recently formed a strategic planning committee to reset the focus for the district for the next five to seven years. The planning committee included parents, teachers, administrators, students and community members. The committee members deliberated in both large and small group settings before coming to consensus on a draft vision statement, mission statements and strategic goals.

A vision statement is sometimes called a picture of your organization in the future, but it’s so much more than that. A vision statement is your inspiration, the framework for all your strategic planning.

In creating our vision statement, in essence, we articulated our hopes and dreams for Milano ISD. It reminds us of what we are trying to build. The vision and mission statements, as well as the strategic goals, will be presented to the board of trustees for their consideration Thursday night at our regular board meeting.

Our strategic planning committee went through a process of identifying key words that should or could be part of our vision statement. Next, we developed belief statements that we felt reflect the beliefs of our community and the school district. The focus was to come together on common beliefs that the community and district hold to be true. These belief statements are vital in how our community and school district view ourselves and what is most important to us.

The vision statement the committee drafted is as follows: “Inspiring, Encouraging, and Empowering our Children to Achieve Excellence.”

A mission statement helps to define the purpose of an organization, or its reason for existing. The mission statement should guide the actions of the organization, spell out its overall goal, provide a path and guide decision-making. It provides “the framework or context within which the organization’s strategies are formulated.” It’s like a goal for what the company wants to do for the world.

Our Draft Mission Statement is as follows: “The mission of Milano ISD, in partnership with the parents and community members, is to develop individual strengths that encourage students to become responsible, productive citizens in the 21st century.”

In developing the Strategic Goals, the committee discussed, debated and came to consensus on the critical issues facing the school district. There was conversation regarding the positive things taking place in Milano ISD and areas that need to be addressed now or in the future. The critical issues identified by the committee were the following: Security, Technology, Facilities and Staffing.

As a result of this process, the significant areas that surfaced became the basis for the goals that the committee developed. These goals will provide a focal point and help drive the district for the next five to seven years.

The strategic goals as drafted by the committee are as follows:

• Milano ISD will ensure the safety and security of students and employees.

• Milano ISD will provide technology to promote student achievement.

• Milano ISD will provide facilities that enhance a positive learning environment.

• Milano ISD will recruit and employ highly qualified and effective staff.

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