Schools Seek Solutions

By: George McDonald
By: George McDonald

The Sumter County School District is in the process of developing a strategic plan that must be submitted to the Alabama Department of Education by October.

Part of the process of developing the plan, calls for the gathering of information from the community the district serves.

The district organized a series of community meetings, the first at North Sumter Junior High, to gather that data.

"How can you do a plan without hearing from the stakeholders?" asked Harold L. Bishop, a strategic planning consultant. "The citizens all over Sumter County are the stakeholders of this school district."

"We heard some strengths, we heard some weaknesses," said superintendent Lula Larkin. "And this is what we want to hear. We want to find out what we're doing good, things that we are not doing, how we can improve."

But the information gathered will only be one source of data that will contribute to the school district's final strategic plan.

"We are going to look at archival also. We have to look at enrollment figures. We have to look at disciplinarian reports. We have to look at where teachers are. We have to look at the condition of facilities. All
of this will contribute to the board's decision regarding what the strategic planning area should be," Bishop said.

Community meetings are scheduled for Thursday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m.
at Sumter County High School and Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Livingston High School.

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