Strategic Plan

Updates...

January 26, 2024

 

GLPS Families,

It was another wild weather week, with ice and fog. I want to reiterate how much I appreciate everyone’s flexibility and willingness to help on Wednesday, as well as how thankful I am that the road commissions were able to get those gravel roads cleaned up for Thursday and today. As we head into next week, it will feel more like spring than winter, so hopefully you won’t be hearing from me about the weather for a while!

In my video last week, I mentioned that my next couple of communications would highlight new positions, board policies, and strategic plan goals. So for today, I am going to focus on the new building and district goals that we updated and developed during the first half of the school year. As you know, we are progressing through a multi year strategic plan, and part of that process is continually monitoring, assessing, and as needed, updating goals in each of our five focus areas. This ensures that our goals are constantly monitored to align to our mission, vision, and beliefs, which are included in this graphic, along with our focus areas, that you see around the district.

Our district school improvement team, comprised of administrators, teacher leaders, and instructional coaches, review our goals and plans monthly to ensure we are on the right track.

By working within this framework, we are able to update our goals annually. The board reviews and approves them as well, which they did in December. Each building has its own goals, and there are also district wide goals that we track and monitor. To see our most updated targets, please click here. These will also be available soon on our board of education strategic plan page, which can be found here. There are many, many ways to measure the success of a school district, and our comprehensive set of goals gives us clear and measurable outcomes to ensure that we are meeting our students’ needs and creating an effective, supportive, and inclusive learning environment for our students and families.

As I wrap up, I want to remind you that we released next year’s calendar this week, and it can be viewed here. We are always open to feedback, which is helpful as we plan future calendars, so if you have thoughts or comments on this one, please reach out and let me know. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I would be remiss if I did not add a “Go Lions!” to this week’s update! As always, we appreciate the opportunity to work with your children every day and are thankful that we are able to serve such a wonderful community.

As always, I am #proudtobeacomet!

Dr. Bill Barnes
Superintendent of Schools

Strategic Plan

At their June 13, 2022 Meeting, the Grand Ledge Public Schools Board of Education approved the Mission, Vision and Belief Statements, as well as the Goal Statements for the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan as developed by the Strategic Planning Team during a retreat workshop held on May 14, 2022. The Strategic Planning Team consisted of 35 parents/guardians, community members, board members, educational partners, students and staff members.  

GLPS Mission, Vision, Beliefs, & Focus Areas

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

"Growing Learners, Preparing Students (GLPS)"

 

VISION STATEMENT:

"Grand Ledge Public Schools will provide every student a high-quality education, critical thinking skills, and social development to reach their highest potential in a safe and inclusive environment."

 

BELIEFS:

 
  • "We believe all students can learn."
  • "We believe it is the role of the school district to provide support and access for all students."
  • "We believe in an inclusive learning environment where every person is valued."
  • "We believe the GLPS staff are professionals who are vital to the health and future of the Grand Ledge community."
  • "We believe in a safe, inclusive environment where students can explore their interests and learn the skills they need to thrive in their communities."
  • "We believe in partnerships between the family, community, and education stakeholders for the success of GLPS."

 

2022-2027 Strategic Plan Focus Areas 


Click the image below to view the Strategic Plan SMART Goals Board Presentation from December 12, 2022.  The Board of Education approved the SMART goals on December 12, 2022.

                                Strategic Plan SMART Goals Board Presentation

 

Focus Area 1:  Academics & Programs

GLPS will align academic programs to meet individual needs and improve student achievement.  Here are the SMART Goals for this focus area, as updated at the Board of Education meeting on December 11, 2023.

 

Focus Area 2:  Learning Environment & Culture 

GLPS will develop and maintain a robust and sustainable culture focusing on diverse goals, needs, and experiences for all individuals.  Here are the SMART Goals for this focus area, as updated at the Board of Education meeting on December 11, 2023.

 

Focus Area 3:  Communication & Community Engagement

GLPS will provide concise, regular, and proactive communication to all stakeholders and will foster meaningful community engagement. Here are the SMART Goals for this focus area, as updated at the Board of Education meeting on December 11, 2023.

 

Focus Area 4:  Personnel & Leadership

GLPS will recruit, develop, and retain high quality staff who meet the growing and diverse needs of students and the district. Here are the SMART Goals for this focus area, as updated at the Board of Education meeting on December 11, 2023.

 

Focus Area 5:  Operations

GLPS will continuously assess and improve operational needs to support a safe learning environment. Here are the SMART Goals for this focus area, as updated at the Board of Education meeting on December 11, 2023.

 

DEFINITIONS of Strategic Plan Terms

These terms appear in the strategic plan mission, vision, beliefs, focus areas, and/or SMART goals. Common definitions help to clarify the intent of the language, and ensure that everyone understands the terms. View the definitions here.

 

2022-2027 Strategic Plan Summary Document

Click the image below to view the full 2022-2027 Strategic Plan Summary Document.

                                2022-2027 Strategic Plan Summary Document

 

 

 

 

 

Stragtegic Plan Updates

New Positions, Board Policies & Strategic Plan Goals
Strategic Plan Update - August 14, 2023

 

GLPS Mission, Vision, Beliefs, & Focus Areas

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

"Growing Learners, Preparing Students (GLPS)"

 

VISION STATEMENT:

"Grand Ledge Public Schools will provide every student a high-quality education, critical thinking skills, and social development to reach their highest potential in a safe and inclusive environment."

 

BELIEFS:

 
  • "We believe all students can learn."
  • "We believe it is the role of the school district to provide support and access for all students."
  • "We believe in an inclusive learning environment where every person is valued."
  • "We believe the GLPS staff are professionals who are vital to the health and future of the Grand Ledge community."
  • "We believe in a safe, inclusive environment where students can explore their interests and learn the skills they need to thrive in their communities."
  • "We believe in partnerships between the family, community, and education stakeholders for the success of GLPS."