GISD Asks Public to Plan District's Future

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A district with more than 100 years of history, Garland ISD is filled with tradition, trophies, legends and legacies. Because GISD would like to extend that excellence for another 100+ years, the district will launch a strategic planning process to help guide its future.

By definition, a Strategic Plan is a document that outlines long-term goals and the means of achieving them. GISD has partnered with a company called Engage! Learning Inc. to facilitate its creation. More importantly, the district would like to partner with students, staff, parents and community members to develop the document’s content. Public participation will be encouraged through community forums, focus groups, design teams and surveys.

Kicking off its strategic planning process in November, GISD has scheduled three Education Summits for Nov. 14, Nov. 18 and Dec. 3. These community forums will invite opinions about current district operations, as well as what the public would like to see in the future. Topics of discussion can include curriculum, course offerings, technology, college and career planning, school facilities, safety, etc. Mark your calendars to attend one of these events from 6-8 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center, Lakeview Centennial High School and Rowlett High School, respectively.

“We want to make sure that Garland ISD is not only preparing our students with the knowledge and skills needed for success, but that we are also meeting the needs of our tri-cities,” said Bob Morrison, superintendent of schools. “This Strategic Plan will unite Garland, Rowlett and Sachse in collaboration of a shared educational vision—one that defines the characteristics and experiences a GISD graduate should have, incorporating what has worked well in the past and what is best for students moving forward.”

Stay tuned to the district website and Twitter for more Strategic Plan information, as well as survey links, videos and event announcements.

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