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The current draft of the plan prioritizes creating a culture of belonging, promoting health and resiliency and more

Lake Oswego School District is one step closer to having its five-year strategic plan squared away for the coming years.

The plan is a framework for decision-making in the district.

"We develop a strategic plan every five years and it really helps set the course for the district," Director of Communications Mary Kay Larson said. "A strategic plan tells people know who we are and what we intended to be, and then it also provides that strategic direction."

A district's strategic plan can affect anything from how funds are allocated to hiring and curriculum choices.

The district presented the draft to the board at a work session Monday, Nov. 2.

With this plan the district will be prioritizing the creation of a culture of belonging, achieving equitable academic outcomes, promoting health and resiliency and teaching and practicing sustainability.

The priorities stem from the district's existing vision and were determined with feedback from the board at an earlier work session in conjunction with an external consultant.

Larson said the construction of new buildings, for example, is affected by the strategic plan in that the district plans to build new structures with sustainability in mind.

After the presentation, the board discussed opportunities to fine-tune the draft.

Suggestions from the board mostly consisted of ensuring the metric by which they measured progress on each priority was an effective one. For example, in this draft of the plan, the district would assess progress in creating a culture of belonging by looking at qualitative data from the Youth Truth survey, which elicits feedback from students on topics of mental health, school culture and overall school experience.

Several board members suggested that might not be the best measure, especially considering that the district wants to create a culture of belonging for teachers and staff as well as students, which the current survey would not measure.

Based on the feedback at the board meeting, board Chair Sara Pocklington said, the district will continue to work on the plan and bring forward another iteration in a future work session.


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