Future Search Update | by Will Paradise, Board Chair

will_paradise2015Over the past months since the Future Search and the All School Community Meeting we have been working with the results and feedback we gained to develop the future direction of the school.  In the spring of 2015 the Board of Trustees formed a Strategic Planning Task Force.  This group’s assignment was to develop a five-year strategic plan for the school.  This group has been meeting weekly to develop recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

It has been quite a journey to wrap our minds around the future of SMWS.  When we first started meeting after the Future Search and the All School Community Meeting the task was clear, but the path was anything but.  Over the past two months we have made progress across all five of the Future Search goals:  Financial Sustainability/Physical Improvements, Retention, Parent Education, Vibrant Community and Tell Our Story.  Today we have a much better understanding of the current state of the school and the future we would like to create.  This all came out of our work together as a community.

The Strategic Planning Task Force will be presenting its initial strategic plan recommendations to the Board of Trustees and Governance Council this week.  The full board and GC will offer feedback and suggestions on the plan.  The task force will have an additional month to complete the plan and bring it back to the board for a vote in the December meeting.  The board will then bring the plan to the community in the January All School Community Meeting.

Thanks to all the work done in the Future Search and the fall All School Community Meeting, we are on the precipice of a new vision for the school; one that will fundamentally shift our course towards the future we all have designed for the school.  I for one am very excited by what we are doing together.

Stand by for more updates and for the future of Shining Mountain Waldorf School.