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Strategic plan update on agenda

Nearly one-quarter of the activities the Steamboat Springs School District included or added to its Strategic Plan, which was developed three years ago, are complete.

Superintendent Donna Howell will be reviewing those 70 completed items and the other 205 activities that are ongoing, abandoned, in progress or deferred during the Steamboat Springs School Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Centennial Hall Meeting Room on 10th Street.

“This was our blueprint for improvement in the district,” Howell said, explaining the purpose of the Strategic Plan.

The Strategic Plan’s format has been changed to make it easier for board members to read and understand, Howell added.

The following categories have been placed in the Strategic Plan: systems and structure, curriculum, assessment and instruction, student success, community relations/communication and facilities and safety.

Within each category is a list of several or multiple activities that the district has either completed, is in the process of completing or abandoned or deferred for one reason or another.

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For example, under the systems and structure category in the finance subhead, attending training and implementing a plan for performance-based budgeting and pay has been deferred. It will remain in the Strategic Plan, but the deferral means the district has decided to explore that activity at a later date.

An example of a completed item is the successful creating and implementation of curriculum and instruction days for district staff, which is under the curriculum, assessment and instruction category.

Tonight’s presentation is scheduled for the end of the board meeting and is meant to be an update before the 2006-09 Strategic Plan is submitted to board members at the January meeting.

Subsequent reports will then be provided quarterly.

A presentation of the Strategic Plan is one item of business scheduled for tonight’s meeting. The board also will hear an update on the collaboration ongoing between the district and the city to bolster after school program opportunities.

Dan O’Connell, director of fixed income banking for U.S. Debt Markets at RBC Dain Rauscher Inc., will be at Monday’s meeting to update the board on the bond sale, which took place Dec. 15.