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Seaside School District to launch strategic plan

Consultant contracted to direct study
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 28, 2017 7:49AM

Educator and consultant Jerome Colonna.

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Educator and consultant Jerome Colonna.

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As Seaside School District looks ahead to a new campus, members of the district’s board of directors set their sights a little further out Thursday night with unanimous approval of a contract with consultant Jerome Colonna to provide a strategic plan for the district.

The cost is estimated at $15,000 and will be paid by existing areas of the budget, including the district’s professional training budget, Superintendent Sheila Roley said.

“The cost of a consultant for creating a strategic plan will come from those existing areas and will not increase our overall expenditures as an addition to the budget,” she said. “Any contract that we will negotiate will include the maximum amount we would intend to spend, but the actual costs could be less.”

The board met with Colonna, principal of Colonna Strategic Planning Services, based in Bend, last week to consider a presentation intended to take the district “to the next level of effectiveness.”

Colonna, with 45 years in education and a former board member of the Oregon Board of Education, told board members the nine-month process would help identify goals for the district for the next five years.

As the district develops the campus relocation project, board members felt now was the right time to embark on the strategic plan.

Services are described in the contract presented Thursday as to “provide facilitation, background work and shared production of a multiyear strategic plan.”

The Seaside school board was “very supportive” of the project, Roley said.

The next step will be to invite public input.

“We’ll try to pull together members of the business, nonprofit community, parents, a group from our Latino community, our own staff and parents,” Roley said. “Our first step will be identifying the important constituents in the district we need to reach out to.”

A strategic planning team will be established to take data and start drafting the plan, she said.

The North Bend plan

North Bend School District 13 met once a month from September 2016 to May of this year to create a strategic plan guided by Jerome Colonna, the consultant contracted by Seaside School District. The North Bend team’s initial task was to organize a district and community-wide series of focus groups to collect baseline information for the team to utilize for the creation of the overall plan. The team started developing five individual components of the report: values and beliefs; mission statement; vision statement; strategic goal, performance indicators and measures; and implementation and accountability strategies.


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