The Ottawa Hills Board of Education on Wednesday (Feb. 9) unanimously adopted the district's proposed Five-Year Strategic Plan.
Since July, an appointed team of parents and other Villagers researched and wrote the plan, which is updated every five years. The Strategic Plan guides administrators and faculty in making major financial and academic decisions through 2027.
The plan creates four Focus Areas, each with specific goals and action items, where most of the district’s attention and energies will be directed.
The four areas are:
- Nurture a Joyful Pursuit of Learning;
- Create a Lifelong Sense of Belonging;
- Leverage Partnerships for Transformative Experiences; and
- Support a Comprehensive Approach to Modernization.
The Strategic Plan can be found at ohschools.org/strategicplan. It also will be translated into multiple languages on the website.
“I believe this plan represents a bold new vision that amplifies many of the district’s traditional strengths, challenges us to adapt and modernize, and reflects best practices from current education research,” said Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske, who appointed the committee and served as an ex-officio member.
The process was led by three parent co-chairs: Dr. Rupali Chandar, an astronomy professor at the University of Toledo; Katie Talbott, a local attorney; and Chelsey Gupta, a stay-at-home mom. The co-chairs were part of a 15-member core community committee.
The group solicited input from many parts of the community, including the Village of Ottawa Hills, students, and faculty and staff. The group also conducted in-person listening sessions and online surveys, including of students in grades 7-12.