GUILFORD, Maine — Finishing up the last year of a five-year strategic plan, SAD 4 directors now are focusing on goals for the next five years.
A task force is being formed to help that process and volunteers are being sought.
SAD 4 Superintendent Paul Stearns said anyone in the district interested in serving on the task force should call his office at 876-3444.
Earlier this week, Elaine Bartley of Greenville led SAD 4 directors through brainstorming activities in the first stage of developing a new strategic plan. As part of that process, ideas and recommendations will be sought from the public, staff, students, parents, businesses and organizations. A survey will be mailed to residents and public meetings will be held during the process, Stearns said.
Once the comments have been received, the task force will begin its work. “It’s almost like boiling sap. [The task force] will sift through all those ideas and the resulting document will be a guide for the district for the next five years,” Stearns said. It is hoped the plan will be completed by June 2010.
Stearns called the strategic plan an important tool for the district. “It has really guided a lot of our decisions and we’re very happy to be able to look back at that and look at the number of initiatives that we’ve started and programs we’ve put in place and physical, structural things that were on that list,” he said.
As part of the district’s plan to close and consolidate the remaining two elementary schools, directors on Tuesday gave Stearns approval to apply for the Department of Education’s lease-purchase program. The district plans to install two portable classrooms at Piscataquis Community High School in anticipation of the closings. If residents, in a referendum vote, support the closing of the schools, the portable classrooms will be used for seventh- and eighth-grade pupils. If the state approves the lease-purchase of the units, the Department of Education would reimburse the district for the cost of those buildings over five years, Stearns said.