As members of St. Charles School Board work to develop a new strategic plan for the district, they discuss the values ​​that will guide the plan.

“The council will work collaboratively to develop three core values ​​that will guide the strategic plan,” District 303 Superintendent Paul Gordon said while addressing council members at their Aug. 11 meeting. “When I work with strategic plans, I really like working from within. And those values ​​are one of the most fundamental things that a strategic plan really needs to lead to.”

Schaumburg-based Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates is assisting the district with its strategic plan. The firm also led the search that resulted in Gordon’s hiring, which began with the district on July 1.

“It’s the board’s obligation to really think about the values ​​of the organization as a whole,” Gordon said. “What holds us together?”

As a result of the discussion, board members tentatively decided that belonging, perseverance and achievement should be the values ​​that guide the new plan. The plan will be discussed in more detail at future meetings.

“You can be successful, but you don’t have to be innovative,” said board chair Heidi Fairgrieve. “I wish we were both.”

Board Vice Chairman Joseph Lackner said he would like students to feel like they belong.


“I would like every student who attends D303 to feel that they belong here and not only that they belong here, but that their school experience belongs to them,” he said.

Board member Matthew Kuschert argued that perseverance should be one of the driving values ​​of the new strategic plan.

“Without perseverance, you won’t achieve success,” he said.

Part of the strategic plan is titled Portrait of a Learner/Graduate. According to district officials, the purpose of Portrait of a Learner/Grad is to provide a framework that informs the strategic plan and helps the district decide how to provide students with the experiences and opportunities that help them develop the skills they need. they need when they graduate.

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates collected community feedback on important academic skills. Strong written and oral communication skills along with reading comprehension top the list.

Lackner wants to ensure that Portrait of a Learner/Graduate speaks to all types of learners.

“We know that every student has their own path,” he previously said. “One of the challenges when we homogenize everything in this kind of hole is that we lose sight of the fact that their backgrounds in the neighborhood are going to vary and their ambitions after graduation are going to vary.”

Board member Ed McNally agreed.

“We always want to remember that we’re talking about diversity in learning,” he said.