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Areas of focus in Envision Estacada Schools 2030 include student success and community engagement

Members of the Estacada School Board recently approved a new strategic plan for the district.

During a meeting on Wednesday, July 10, board members said yes to the guide that has been in the works since January.

The title of the plan, Envision Estacada Schools 2030, is a reference to when last year's first-graders will graduate from high school.

"We want to continue to have a really strong system in 2030," said Maggie Kelly, communications director for the Estacada School District.

With Envision Estacada Schools 2030, district leaders hope to plan for their future while ensuring all students receive a high quality education and preserving elements that community members value.

At the beginning of this year, district leaders formed a committee with staff and community members to develop the plan. There was also a community visioning summit in March where further ideas could be developed.

"We really wanted a broad representation of our community," Kelly said.

The plan, which the district will begin utilizing this fall, focuses on student success, engaged families and communities, up-to-date buildings and facilities, sustainable finances and developing a strong and inclusive culture.

Kelly noted that the district's previous set of guidelines provided a valuable focus on student learning, which they are eager to build upon.

"Our last strategic plan helped us focus on what matters a lot. This plan helps us focus on what community members and staff told us matters," she said. "We're using a lot of improvement science to make sure we're getting to those goalposts."

Envision Estacada Schools 2030 will continue until 2024, at which time the district will develop another set of guidelines.

"This is a strong start that we can build off in 2024," Kelly said.

For more information about the new strategic plan and its creation process, visit www.envisionestacadaschools.org.


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