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Public can help MSD plan strategic vision

 

April 18, 2018 | View PDF



The Marysville School District is inviting local families to a community meeting on April 21 to discuss the future direction of local schools.

The district has been working on a plan for their schools over the past year and been talking with many different community members about a variety of topics, including whether high schools should continue be structured the way they are, equity across schools, career and technical education, and community engagement.

District officials hope April’s meeting will be one of the final steps to drafting a vision for the future.

“This meeting is a culmination of all the research we’ve been doing with our community,” said Emily Wicks, communications and community relations coordinator for the school district.

The meeting will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Francis Sheldon Gymnasium at the Marysville Tulalip Campus at 7204 27th Ave. NE, Tulalip.

It will begin with a presentation on what the district has already heard.

After that the community members will be able to go various tables, each set up with a specific subject, to give their input.

“So they can go to what they are most passionate about,” said Wicks.

District officials have met one-on-one with individuals, done group community meetings and released a couple of surveys over the last year.

There will also likely be some breakout sessions so that community members can talk about what they want.

The end goal for the district is to create a strategic vision for the district that can strongly define the direction the public wants the schools to go.

“We will clarify our vision and how we’re going to get there,” said Wicks.

The Marysville School District is gathering opinions about a number of different topics.

“One of the biggest questions was how are our schools structured,” said Wicks.

The question of whether the school district should continue with their Small Learning Community model or switch to a comprehensive school model is one that there have a variety of opinions about, said Wicks.

Middle school structure was also a concern for some, said Wicks, who added that some parents are worried about overcrowding and school culture.

Cultural respect was another topic which brought a lot of responses.

“A lot of people mentioned that they wanted cultural competence at the schools,” said Wicks, especially those who wanted a more multi-cultural approach from schools.

Community members hoped that access to quality programs was equally spread across the district.

“A lot of people urged equitable programs across the district,” said Wicks.

Parents also wanted more options for career and technical education.

“We do a lot of things around the trades,” said Wicks, who said the district’s goal is preparing students for careers even if they don’t plan to go to college.

Survey responses also showed that parents hoped for more engagement with the schools and communication, although they noted that it has been better than in the past.

Wicks hopes to learn the best ways to stay connected with community members.

More information about the Marysville School District’s strategic vision planning is available at http://bit.ly/MSDPlanning.

 

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