School System Embarks on Strategic Planning Process

WCCUSD Superintendent Dr. Bruce Harter
Andrea Bailey, Community Engagement Manager, Chevron Richmond.

West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), with support from Chevron, is engaging the community in an unparalleled way to develop the district’s  next five-year strategic plan.
Throughout April and May, the school district will host six public town hall meetings, one town hall with its teachers and one town hall with its classified employee, giving participants an opportunity to shape the district’s strategic direction.
“Engagement with families, funders, businesses and the community organizations that support our schools and students is critical to crafting our strategic plan,” said WCCUSD Superintendent Dr. Bruce Harter.
The  planning process will be led by a diverse 17-member steering committee of leaders of local education, community, business, and social service organizations. The steering committee will help guide the discussions and craft the strategic plan that will ultimately be presented to the board for approval at the end of the summer.
“The district is engaging the public in a way I have never witnessed before, and I am confident that this emphasis on public input and discussion will lead to a bold and thoughtful five-year plan for the District,” said Todd Groves, WCCUSD School Board member and member of the steering committee.
The district has prepared a few, broad guiding principles to help direct the discussions. Number one on the list is that the strategic plan has improving student achievement as its highest priority.
“We would like participants to remember that this is a schools plan, and our highest priority will always be the academic achievement of all of our students and how we prepare them for college, career and life after school,” said said WCCUSD School Board President Madeline Kronenberg.
In addition to focusing on student achievement, the district would like to develop a plan that aligns important programs   like science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Linked Learning and school-based health centers.
“Chevron remains committed to supporting STEM programs in our local schools to help students get the skills they need to find well-paying career jobs,” said Andrea Bailey, Community Engagement Manager, Chevron Richmond.
Town Hall Schedule:
Richmond, Ford Multipurpose, April 13, 10 a.m.; DeAnza, Crespi Library, April 17, 6:30 p.m.; Hercules, Hercules Library, April 18, 6:30 p.m.; El Cerrito, ECHS Multipurpose, April 27, 10 a.m.; Pinole Valley, Pinole Middle Multipurpose, May 9, 6:30 p.m.; Kennedy High, Kennedy Library, May 11, 10 a.m.