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November 19, 2017

Strategic Planning and the Future of Duanesburg Schoolsphoto of boy at a desk

YOUR INVOLVEMENT IS VALUED

 

 

Supporting Our Future:
2014-2017 Strategic Plan

 

Supporting Our Future: Duanesburg Central School District's 2014-2017 Strategic Plan was formally approved by the Board of Education at their regular meeting on Sept. 16, 2014.

The plan discusses the district's:
- Vision, Mission and Values
- Strengths to Grow On
- Challenges
- Strategic Plan Target Areas
- Goals

The Strategic Plan is a living document that is updated to reflect progress made by the board and district leaders. DOWNLOAD THE PLAN (PDF)

The Strategic Plan was developed after extensive outreach to and communication with district residents, businesses, students, families and staff, community groups and other stakeholders. The district is appreciative of all of the input received through the 2013-14 online and newsletter survey, January 2014 Education Summit, Board of Education meetings, various school and community events and one-to-one interactions with school leaders. 

 

DCS thanks the community for Education Summit success

 

Duanesburg's Jan. 9 Education Summit was a great success, thanks to the participation of nearly 100 members of the community, who provided valuable ideas and feedback as the district looks to the future.

 The district received a great amount of information from the community at the summit and from the survey sent out in December. There were a number of themes that were expressed in the survey and the summit results that resonated with the Board. READ MORE

Why a Summit?

 

It is the mission of the Duanesburg Central School District and the responsibility of the Board of Education to provide an educational program that meets student needs while also being responsive and accountable to all residents. The district has been fiscally responsible, its students are performing at a high level, and DCS continues to keep its local share of taxes at one of the lowest levels in the region.

The Board of Education is working to develop a district-wide strategic plan to ensure the long-term viability of the district and the success of our students.

As rising costs that are outpace state and federal school aid and stress their taxpayer base, schools across the state have made serious program and staffing cuts. However, this comes at a time when much more is demanded of graduates not only to succeed, but to survive in a highly competitive, economically turbulent, global society.

DCS wants to determine how to best preserve opportunities for all students – and particularly for those who will soon make the transition from high school to the workplace, college or military service - while also making decisions that align with the community’s priorities.

Summit provided a forum for discussion, brainstorming, commentary

Ninety-eight local residents attending the strategic planning event, including parents of current and graduated DCS students, alumni, current high school students, local business owners, faculty and staff. Board of Education members were on hand to greet and speak with summit participants, including Board Co-Vice President Tina Gamache and Member Christina Loukides, who handled registrations.

Duanesburg Board of Education Robert Fiorini and Superintendent Christine Crowley welcomed all to the summit, followed by a PowerPoint presentation about the state of the district, the results of the recent district wide survey, opportunities and challenges, and questions for discussion.

Each participant received a handout including the questions and related background information, and a history of facilities construction and renovation in the district.

Participants broke into 9 groups, facilitated by BOCES communications specialists, to address three key questions:

Question #1:
What do you value most about the academic program of the Duanesburg Central School District?

Question #2:
The results of our recent community survey indicate that our facilities play an important role in helping to meet the needs of our students and community. Should the district consider taking a closer look at improving its facilities to benefit the overall program?

Question #3:
What would you like to see the district do to further enhance opportunities for community involvement?

At the close of the small group discussions, the facilitators reported out each table's comments about the questions. Their notes and further questions were provided to the Board of Education and district leadership, who are addressing each point of discussion. Read the group discussion notes

DCS is proud of its schools, students and community, and committed to moving forward as a place where people want to live, raise and educate their children. The district encourages the community to be a part of that process and help prepare students for the future.

Residents are encouraged to stay involved by attending Board of Education meetings and upcoming school advocacy events.

Education Summit Resources at a glance

 

The Strategic Plan - why it was developed
The Duanesburg Board of Education worked to develop a district-wide strategic plan to ensure the long-term viability of the district and the success of our students. A strategic plan is a critical tool used by all organizations to make sure that day-to-day progress leads directly and efficiently to where we want to be in the future.

The plan was developed as a road map to guide the district through times of financial, regulatory and educational challenges. Duanesburg has been fiscally responsible, its students perform at a high level when compared to districts around the region, and it continues to keep the local share of taxes at one of the lowest levels in the region. All of this is a testament to the past work of district leaders, the hard work of students and parents and the dedication of  community members.

The world and opportunities available to graduates have changed dramatically.  Preparing today’s student for the future is vastly different from the past.

“Our children are growing up in a global, complex and highly competitive society that demands much more than a basic education,” said Duanesburg Superintendent Christine Crowley. “It is our duty and mission to provide students with the depth and breadth of educational programs and services so they have the skills and knowledge to be college and career-ready, whether their plans include higher education, the workplace, a trade or craft, family business or the military.”

DCS is proud of its schools, students and community, and committed to moving forward as a place where people want to live, raise and educate their children. The district encourages the community to be a part of that process and help prepare students for the future.

Budget Challenges

 

The Duanesburg Central School District, like many small, rural districts, is challenged by rising expenses (e.g., state mandates, health insurance premiums), revenues that can't keep pace (e.g., reduced or flat state aid in recent years), and an annual tax levy limit/'cap'.

 

Each budget season, all programs and services are reviewed to find where savings can be found. In recent years, the district has made numerous cuts and consolidations, but care must be taken: cutting too much funding from non-mandated programs and services degrades the district’s educational program.

Developing a school budget is an ongoing process, with much activitiy occurring from January to May, when local residents vote on a proposed budget. For details, visit the DCS budget page.