Sunday, September 20, 2015
R-8 Board to hear update on strategic planning
It appears unlikely that R-8 taxpayers will have to pay a cent for the first year. Interim Superintendent Norm Ridder says outside funding sources have been found to cover the $55,000. He will detail those sources Tuesday night.
The Board approved the services at a special meeting September 1. Ridder asked for authorization to hire Marc Maness of Opinion Research Specialists in Springfield, who worked with him in Springfield and Mehlville.
Maness has already begun gathering feedback from the community.
At the September 1 meeting, Maness detailed a three-phase plan that begins with extensive one-on-one interviews, lasting about an hour and a half each with teachers and staff, students, parents, and community members, with a secondary group, including board members, administrative staff, and teacher representatives also being interviewed.
Focus groups will be held during the second phase, and the ones who were interviewed during the first phase will be consulted again.
Feedback will come from additional channels as needed, Maness said.
The final phase features the development of surveys based on the information that has been received during the initial phases. A random phone survey will be used, as well as an on-line survey of parents and staff.
After the surveys are completed, Maness indicated, the board will be able to develop targets for the strategic plan, which will be developed by December 1.
"You won't believe how easy it is to be a board member when you know what the public wants," Ridder said. "We have a community that will respond to a sharp focus."