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Schenectady school district seeks input for strategic plan through focus groups


NEW YORK – The ⁢Schenectady​ City School District is reaching out to‌ the community for input on its upcoming​ 2024-2030 strategic plan. The district has opened a public survey and scheduled seven focus groups for January to gather feedback from residents, taxpayers, parents, students, ⁢and staff members.

Two virtual focus groups will be held on ⁣Jan. ⁤8 ​and 19, with the ⁤first of five in-person focus groups set for Jan. 9 at⁣ the Keane Elementary School Library ‍from 6⁤ to 7:30 p.m.

The ⁢district is eager to hear ‍from the community about its strengths⁣ and areas for improvement, with the feedback being incorporated into the ‍strategic plan that will guide the district’s direction for the next several ⁣years.

Community Engagement

Board of Education President Bernice Rivera emphasized⁣ the importance of community input,⁣ stating, “It’s ​an⁣ opportunity to listen and to get constructive‍ feedback from our ⁣community. These discussions are critical in ⁣helping us plan and identify‌ our‌ vision and goals moving forward. It’s really important to all‍ of us on the ⁢board and the superintendent that we get ‍an authentic feel for ⁤what the community wants.”

Additional focus groups will⁣ be‌ held on Jan. 11, 13, 17, and 18​ at various elementary school libraries, all led by Dr. Carlos Cotto, assistant superintendent of innovation, equity, and engagement.

Aligning Goals

Superintendent Anibal Soler, Jr.​ highlighted the importance of aligning the strategic plan with the district’s plans for school ‌building renovations included in the‌ $300 million capital project ‌approved by voters in May. “We don’t want to have different goals or​ visions that⁤ are siloed,” said ⁤Rivera. “So, we want to make sure‌ that we have a clear ‌connection between everything that we⁣ do for our district.”

Online Survey

In⁤ addition to the focus ‌groups, the district has made an online survey ⁣available on its website. The survey asks participants to rate categories critical for student success ⁤and to provide input on specific ⁣services or support programs that should⁣ be expanded‌ or⁤ enhanced for students.

Board members are​ encouraged to attend the focus​ groups and⁣ actively participate in the discussions. The ⁤school board plans to hold additional conversations at ‌future meetings regarding the strategic plan following the focus groups.

Juniper Li
Juniper Li
Juniper Li, with her roots in documentary filmmaking, brings a unique narrative style to local news reporting. A graduate of NYU’s Journalism program, Ava has a keen eye for stories that capture the essence of community life. Her reporting often highlights local achievements and challenges, drawing on her experience in visual storytelling.
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  1. Agree The school district’s decision to seek input through focus groups shows their commitment to involving the community in the strategic planning process, ensuring that all voices are heard and considered.


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