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Clarkston Community School District

Strategic Plan 2014-2019

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Section I

Overview

Clarkston Community Schools’ Strategic Plan document outlines the district’s Focus Areas for the years 2014-2019, including its mission, vision, and strategies that will lead the district to its preferred future.

By 2020, Clarkston Community Schools will:

  • Be recognized for exemplary attainment in county and state measures of student achievement.
  • Be totally committed as a student-centered, interdisciplinary, performance-based educational system.
  • Operate within a balanced, student-centered, priority-based budget.
  • Work as one with our community to reach a shared vision for our children.
  • Continue our high standard of maintaining and operating the community’s educational infrastructure.

Mission Statement

The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors in a global society.

Vision Statement

Each Clarkston Community Schools’ student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in her/him a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution.

Clarkston Community Schools Learner Profile

Clarkston Community Schools’ students are thoughtful, contributing members of society who possess behaviors, skills and attitudes as independent learners and the ability to adapt to a diverse and dynamic global environment. Our curious and imaginative students exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills, are effective oral, written and visual communicators, effectively use technology, can access and analyze information, and understand their unique talents and capabilities.

Clarkston Community Schools students display a strong work ethic and perseverance in their quest to discover and further their unique talents. Our students know how to work independently and interdependently. Our students achieve at the highest levels and apply the skills they have learned throughout life in academic, social, and emotional situations, as successful 21st Century citizens.

Section II

Focus Areas

Clarkston Community Schools has identified six critical Focus Areas to be addressed in the Strategic Plan for the years 2014-2019.

I. Student Performance: Clarkston Community Schools maintains a culture that both values and supports student achievement, learning, critical thinking, creativity and individuality.

II. Technology: Clarkston Community Schools will integrate technology tools to engage students and staff, assess achievement and operate effectively and efficiently as a school district.

III. Operations: Clarkston Community Schools strives to provide safe, secure and energy efficient facilities to support our students and community.

IV. Finance: In the tenuous state of school finance in Michigan, Clarkston Community Schools is committed to fiscal integrity and living within our means, while providing an exemplary academic program for our students. The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education will provide rigorous and responsible oversight of the district’s budget.

V. Human Resources: Clarkston Community Schools will continue to value and work collaboratively with all staff members, maintaining and building upon a productive and open relationship which furthers the district’s vision and mission.

VI. Communication: Clarkston Community Schools encourages every resident to invest in our children’s future and participate in their education through community engagement, parent involvement and open dialogue.

I. Student Performance: Clarkston Community Schools maintains a culture that both values and supports student achievement, learning, critical thinking, creativity and individuality.

Strategies

1.A Share and report data to accurately reflect student academic growth and guide instructional decisions. Use data as a tool to generate conversations, investigate student achievement and inform practice.

1.B Embed creative learning, collaboration and reflection on best instructional practices into teaching and learning.

1.C Develop and implement learning tasks that expand thinking, encourage student interaction, and require students to demonstrate learning.

1.D Incorporate program evaluation processes that include purpose, timeline, rubric, data collection, monitoring, and evaluation. Collect and analyze data at the student and program levels to ensure meaningful and timely evaluation of student achievement by subject, grade and program.

1.E Improve each student’s achievement in all subject areas at all grade levels as measured through local, state and national assessments.

1.F All Clarkston Community Schools teachers will implement best practices as measured by the district’s teacher evaluation instruments. The use of best practices will result in increased student achievement at the local, state and national levels.

1.G The Board of Education and administration will study instructional initiatives such as: Magnet School; Middle College; Expansion of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning; Year-Round School; Special Education Program Delivery and Resource Allocation; Elementary World Language; Increased Art, Music and PE Offerings; as well as other programs deemed appropriate during the 2014-2019 time period. Studies will include academic and programmatic impact, cost for implementation and sustaining initiative, staffing implications, and training.

1.H Review and adjust all Student Performance plans periodically for consideration by the Board of Education.

II. Technology: Clarkston Community Schools will integrate technology tools to engage students and staff, assess achievement and operate effectively and efficiently as a school district.

Strategies

2.A Assess current district network and wireless infrastructure to support instructional programming and operational requirements.

2.B Develop a rolling Network and Wireless Infrastructure Plan which addresses current and future needs for instructional initiatives, including a timeline, associated costs, replacement and maintenance, staffing needs, evaluation and training.

2.C Develop a long term Network Infrastructure Plan (including hardware, software and support), to reinforce administrative initiatives in the areas of accessing data, student information system, reporting, record keeping, etc. Include evaluation, maintenance, acquisition timeline, replacement, training, and associated costs.

2.D Develop a long term Technology Plan to support instructional initiatives and best practices currently and those that are to be considered for the future.

2.E Align instructional, administrative and infrastructure plans with the Clarkston Community Schools Strategic Plan.

2.F Design professional development to assist staff in integrating technology so that it’s meaningful to instruction and supports the best practices.

2.G Ensure administrative technology assists in district effectiveness and efficiency.

2.H Include Technology Plans in all current and future budgeting, and create a process to fund future technology investments on an annual basis.

2.I Share information regarding technology planning with the community.

2.J Utilize technologies as a medium to foster interactive partnerships between the district, parents, community, private and public agencies, and business partners.

2.K Review and adjust all Technology plans periodically for consideration by the Board of Education.

III. Operations: Clarkston Community Schools strives to provide safe, secure and energy efficient facilities to support our students and community.

Strategies:

3.A Develop a short and long term facilities plan including buildings, grounds, transportation and nutrition services, addressing current and future maintenance, repairs, upgrades and replacement needs. Include a timeline, associated costs and schedules.

3.B Develop and maintain short and long term plans to address upgrades of equipment and school buses. Include a timeline, associated costs and schedules.

3.C Conduct and continue comprehensive assessments of all buildings and grounds to include building usage, safety, security and enrollment projections, including necessary upgrades, associated costs and timelines.

3.D Maintain and improve energy management practices to ensure efficient operations and pursue cost savings.

3.E Maximize community usage and access to buildings and facilities within policy guidelines.

3.F Explore opportunities for collaboration with neighboring districts, local municipalities and government agencies, to identify areas of duplication and potential cost savings.

3.G Pursue revenue opportunities by expanding the energy management program to other entities.

3.H Include all Operations initiatives in budgeting process.

3.I Align Operational initiatives with the Clarkston Community Schools Strategic Plan.

3.J Review and adjust all Operations plans periodically for consideration by the Board of Education.

IV. Finance: In the tenuous state of school finance in Michigan, Clarkston Community Schools is committed to fiscal integrity and living within our means, while providing an exemplary academic program for our students. The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education will provide rigorous and responsible oversight of the district’s budget.

Strategies:

4.A Develop and implement a long term financial plan which allocates resources to student learning, including financial forecasts, financial trends and their current and future impact on Clarkston Community Schools, as well as recommendations for cost savings and maximizing resources.

4.B Review Clarkston Community Schools reserve fund balance and develop an appropriate policy to address same.

4.C Monitor and manage future debt including refinancing options.

4.D Develop and expand finance parameters as a framework for Board of Education discussion and financial decision-making.

4.E Develop and maintain long term financial forecast that includes prior year actual, current year budget and two-year forecast that aligns with the Clarkston Community Schools Strategic Plan.

4.F Regularly update the financial forecast subsequent to budget adoptions, audit results and school funding developments.

4.G Review all potential revenue sources and all necessary and planned expenditures, including athletics, community education, facilities and shared time partnerships, to maintain fiscal integrity and educational programming.

4.H Explore financing mechanisms for funding technology, equipment replacement, repair and maintenance schedules.

4.I Explore future funding streams.

4.J Review and adjust all Financial plans periodically for consideration by the Board of Education.

V. Human Resources: Clarkston Community Schools will continue to value and work collaboratively with all staff members maintaining and building upon a productive and open relationship which furthers the district’s vision and mission.

Strategies:

5.A In collaboration with district representatives, develop and implement a meaningful teacher evaluation process, meeting state requirements.

5.B Provide for periodic review and adjustment of teacher evaluation process and utilize the information for future staff development.

5.C Provide a meaningful and timely Professional Development Plan for current and future initiatives which includes a timeline and associated costs.

5.D Recognize the importance of reaching appropriate labor agreements with all stakeholders while continuing as a district to operate in a fiscally responsible manner.

5.E Develop a long term forecast analyzing financial trends that directly impact Clarkston Community Schools employees to share and educate staff.

5.F Review and adjust all Human Resources plans periodically for consideration by the Board of Education.

VI. Communication: Clarkston Community Schools encourages every resident to invest in our children’s future and participate in their education through community engagement, parent involvement and open dialogue.

Strategies:

6.A Conduct a comprehensive Communication Audit as a basis for developing a short and long term district-wide communication plan.

6.B Develop a timeline and associated costs for the implementation of the Plan.

6.C Develop and implement a district-wide promotion plan for consideration by the Board of Education.

6.D Strive to strengthen community involvement and support of the Clarkston Community Schools vision and mission.

6.E Utilize technology to extend and emphasize community connections.

6.F Create and maintain strong school/business partnerships.

6.G Develop a communication plan to engage business and community members, and students, as volunteers and participants in Clarkston Community Schools events and programs.

6.H Communicate points of pride as well as local, state and national trends and issues which impact the district.

6.I The Board of Education will foster an environment that values transparency and communication with its stakeholders and the participation of its citizens.

6.J Review and adjust all Communication plans periodically for consideration by the Board of Education.

Adopted: March 10, 2014

Mission & Vision

Our mission, vision and goals, set annually by the board, district and superintendent, are designed to advance the mission and success of Clarkston Community Schools. The district’s strategic plan offers direction for the long-term vision of the district and guidance for new initiatives and programs.

Mission Statement

The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors in a global society.

Vision Statement

Each Clarkston Community Schools’ student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in her/him a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution.

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