MCSS Strategic Planning Survey
The Meriwether County School System is beginning the process of revising / creating the District Strategic Plan. The five-year improvement plan will begin in January 2021 and conclude at the end of 2025. In developing the plan, we want and need feedback from all stakeholder groups (students, parents, staff, community members). Your input on the future direction for our school district will be used as a critical source of information as we begin the planning process.

The attached 7 question survey will provide the information needed to help move the district forward to greater levels of success. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

Thank you,
1. Identify your role in the community. Check all that apply.
2. What are the greatest challenges or issues this school district will face over the next five years in order to provide a quality education for all students? [Please select 5 from the list below and number them from the highest priority (#1) to the lowest priority (#5)].
• Providing consistent student programs and services with a declining enrollment
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• Hiring and retaining quality educators in an increasingly competitive market
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• Continuing to meet the yearly progress goals set forth by the Georgia Department of Education
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• Meeting the increasing health issues of students
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• Maintaining physical facilities as buildings age
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• Maintaining enrollment
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• Meeting the broadening academic and social needs of an increasingly diverse student population
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• Keeping up to date with technology (hardware, software, applications and support)
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• Meeting the needs of special education students
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• The growing outside stressors on families that impact parental support and quality of student work and behavior.
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• Responding to state and national economic conditions that affect the levels of financial support the district receives.
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• Providing rigorous educational programs that will prepare student for college and career
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• Access to quality programs
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• School / industry partnerships
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• Improving school climate scores
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• Maintaining communication with parents and community stakeholders
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3. What are the most important skills and abilities students need to know or be able to do to be prepared for a successful future? [Please select 5 from the list below and number them from the highest priority (#1) to the lowest priority (#5)].
• Mastery of Core Curriculum (Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies)
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• Mastery of communication skills (writing, speaking, listening)
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• Mastery of fine arts’
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• The ability of use computer technology to extend learning and master subjects.
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• Consumer and financial skills
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• Application of basic life skills (budgeting, time management, people skills)
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• Volunteerism and community service
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• The ability to collaborate, work productively with others, and resolve conflict when it arises.
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• The ability to organize, prioritize, set goals, and manage time
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• Learn a foreign language
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• The ability to work with a team (be a team player)
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• The ability to do research and seek out answers to questions
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• The ability to be a self-reliant learner
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• College and Career Ready skills and competencies
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• Other:
4. What evidence do you use to judge the quality of education in our school district? [Please select 5 from the list below and number them from the highest priority (#1) to the lowest priority (#5)].
• Amount of community involvement in school and student activities
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• Number of students in each class per teacher (class size)
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• How well students perform in high school (graduation rates, ACT/SAT scores
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• The number of extracurricular (clubs, sports, etc) activities that are offered.
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• The awards and recognition the district, schools, teachers, or students receive.
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• Facilities available to students
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• Test scores (state tests and other state or national tests)
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• Comparisons to the results of other school districts.
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• CCRPI score from Georgia Department of Education
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• School safety and management of discipline
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• Newspaper articles about schools / district achievements and recognition.
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• Your perception and satisfaction with district schools
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• The number and quality of special programs available to meet student needs
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• Success at the college and university level.
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• Successful employment after leaving high school.
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• How well the district's educational programs reduce the achievement gap between subgroups of students
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• Communication with parents
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• Other:
5. What should the financial priorities be for this school district during the next five years? [Please select 5 from the list below and number them from the highest priority (#1) to the lowest priority (#5)].
• Maintain clean, well-repaired, secure buildings
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• Maintain up to date technology
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• Provide training and development opportunities to keep staff skilled and competent
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• Wisely invest tax revenues in quality education
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• Be a good steward of taxpayer money by balancing the budget
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• Maintain and improve current instructional programs
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• Maintain low class size.
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• Keep salaries and benefits competitive.
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• Keep libraries and media services up to date
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• Make sure students have quality instructional materials (books, resources, technology)
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• 1 to 1 accessibility to technology at each school
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• Continued emphasis on providing service programs for special needs students.
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• Opportunities for career technical education
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Other:
6. What could the school district do that would increase your satisfaction and approval?
7. What information or advice would you give the strategic planning team as they make decisions about long-term priorities and goals?
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