The Strategic Journey: Expanding Our Horizons
SPOTLIGHT: Community Conversations to Envision Our Children's Future
Every important journey begins with a destination in mind. As we reflect on our strategic direction, we imagine what the world will be like when our entering kindergarten students graduate. For Albemarle County Public Schools, our destination is a place where every graduate leaves our schools prepared for a lifetime of learning in a world much different from that experienced by the generations before. Successful navigation of the route requires unity of purpose among those making the journey and dedication to following an established roadmap. The Albemarle County Public Schools Strategic Plan serves as our roadmap for this journey.
“Today’s learners must have every chance to walk through that door of opportunity as graduates who are ready to contribute positively to their community, prepared for post-secondary education, and competent to enter the workforce.”
Superintendent Pamela R. Moran, Ed.D. (January 2012)
Our Strategic Planning Process
In Albemarle County Public Schools, the Strategic Plan is not a static document. Our strategic planning process guides the actions of Albemarle County Public Schools using stakeholder input, data analysis, and a continuous improvement approach. The School Board selects priorities biennially for the specific purpose of reaching organizational goals. Using Board priorities, Division leaders establish measurable targets and key performance indicators (KPIs) which are monitored on a quarterly basis and updated in the balanced scorecard. The Division’s strategic planning process and annual budget process are closely aligned. Goals and priorities from the strategic planning process are used to develop the Superintendent’s annual budget request to the Board and to guide school-level, department-level, and individual action plans. Board priorities are reassessed every two years in order to determine their effectiveness in meeting the School Division’s goals.
The Vision, Mission, Goals, and Core Values at the center of our Strategic Plan were unanimously adopted by the School Board in 2005. A team of people representing different groups with a stake in local public education worked together to develop them. The diverse 23-member Strategic Planning Team included representatives from higher education, area employers, local community organizations, teachers, and parents.
Click here for a printable copy of the 2011-2013 Strategic Plan.