Strategic planning is a management tool. As with any management tool, it is used for one purpose only: to help an organization do a better job - to focus its energy, to ensure that members of the organization are working toward the same goals, to assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment. In short, strategic planning is a disciplined effort to produce fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future. (Adapted from Bryson's Strategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations)
A strategic plan is a document that summarizes, why an organization exists, what it is trying to accomplish, and how it will go about doing so.
The overall objective of the assessment was to provide the administration of Marietta City Schools, the School Board and other key stakeholders with an understanding of
(1) how well the district fulfills its mission,
(2) the areas/issues that are educational priorities, and
(3) the system’s performance on measures of success.
Highlights of the process include:
To prepare all students within a supportive, engaging, student-centered learning environment that ensures continuous academic achievement.
Culture of Excellence
To foster a culture of excellence that values learning in a safe environment, engages the community, and incorporates the voices of students and stakeholders.
To attract and retain the best teachers, leaders, and support staff.