Lancer Letter … 04-05-2011

Strategic Planning Core Values
by Richard Scaletta

As most people in the district know, we have been working this year to develop a strategic plan. We invited the public to 13 meetings in the fall and also met with all our employees to discuss our strengths. In January and February, we went back to those groups and shared our draft of a mission statement and the core values we thought we heard expressed at those meetings.

Based on the feedback on the draft mission statement, we went back to the drawing board and still do not have a mission statement that we feel says what we need it to say; but, we will keep working on it.

We have finalized the core values. Core values are those things that we feel are essential to keep GM successful. These are the values we hope are still in the district in 50 years and the values to which we will hold our employees and residents. Here they are for your review. To all those who came out and helped us, thank you for our input.

GMSD Core Values

1. Community: We value a sense of community within the district and with the community at large.
2. Caring: We value personal relationships in a caring environment.
3. Respect: We value respect for self, for each other and for property.
4. Responsibility: We value responsible action and expect personal accountability and fiscal responsibility.
5. Collaboration: We value collaboration and expect all parties to work together for the betterment of our students.
6. High Expectations: We value holding high expectations for ALL.
7. Individual: We value every individual and provide ample opportunity for them to develop their skills and talents.
8. Safety: We value a school community that is safe and secure.
9. Leadership: We value quality leadership throughout the district.
10. Commitment: We value long term commitment from employees, graduates and residents.

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The Lancer Letter is a weekly editorial by Richard Scaletta, Superintendent of Schools, General McLane School District. Opinions expressed are Mr. Scaletta’s views on the issues and subjects of discussion.

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