Walton’s wish for long-range school plan proving true

October 6, 2012

For years Granbury School Board member Don Walton has been pushing for a long-range plan for the school district.

It looks like he’s finally getting his wish.

The school board held a workshop with Superintendent James Largent on Tuesday to focus on a long-range strategic planning initiative.

“I’m really excited about it,” said Walton, a board member since 2008. “You’ve got to have a vision. It’s the best way to improve. Amazing things can happen.”

Assisting with the team building workshop was Teresa Tate of Engage! Learning Organization, which will facilitate the strategic planning to establish goals in areas such as academics, extracurricular programs, technology and facilities.

The collaborative process is designed to build shared beliefs, vision, mission and priorities utilizing input from a variety of constituents with the goal to clarify goals through constructive discussions and dialogue, school spokesman Jeff Meador said.

Parent and community input will be solicited through a district-wide summit and a survey. Small group meetings will also be convened with parents, community members, students, teachers and staff.

Walton said he wasn’t the only one wanting a long-range plan. He said other trustees and Superintendent Largent share the idea.

“Jim Largent is the catalyst for this thing,” Walton said. “This is one of the things he wanted to do. Hopefully the district and the community can be on the same page as we try to improve the learning experience for our children.”

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