The Watauga County Schools system is inviting public input on the development of a new strategic plan for the district.
“We began requesting input last year and received some useful comments, but we have now streamlined and simplified the strategic plan survey to encourage more people to participate,” stated Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott. “We know the plan will be stronger if it reflects input from a broad range of stakeholders in our schools and we encourage all of the community to take part in its development.”
The three-question survey for the strategic plan is available online through links under the WCS District and Parents and Students headings of the Watauga County Schools website, and at the top of the Parents and Students page of the website. Paper copies of the survey are available on request from any school office.
The strategic plan will focus on five priority areas that are based on the goals for NC public schools set by the State Board of Education. When complete, the plan will include specific objectives to help shape the school system’s priorities and programs in coming years.
Most objectives will emerge during the plan’s development, but one priority will be to continue increasing the graduation rate. The graduation rate at Watauga High School has risen from less than 70% eight years ago to nearly 88% for 2015.
As another way to encourage public participation in developing the plan, Dr. Elliott is glad to speak with and hear from civic and business organizations, church groups, andany other gatherings in Watauga County. If you would like to invite Dr. Elliott to speak with a group, call 828 264-7190 and ask for Kerin Kiser.
The Watauga County Schools system consists of eight K-8 schools and one comprehensive high school for grades 9-12. The system has a total enrollment of 4,400 students and is consistently one of the highest performing districts in the state.