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BRASHER FALLS - The incoming superintendent of the St. Lawrence Central School District has asked his board of education to consider embarking on the development of a strategic plan that would guide the district in the future.

Stephan J. Vigliotti Sr., who took over leadership of the district on July 1, said the effort would involve all stakeholders, including representatives from the district and community.

“The idea is it’s a year-long process involving all constituents,” he told board members this week. “It’s a road map for what we believe in and where we want our kids to end up at the end of the day.”

As someone who is new to the district, Mr. Vigliotti said the process would help not only the district, but also him as he gets accustomed to his new role.

“It’s really good for a new person to become more familiar with the culture and involvement of the community,” he said.

Over the course of the year, the district’s mission and vision would be reviewed and discussed, its core values would be discussed and adjustments would be made to the plan.

“Over a series of 12 months, the plan is developed and documented and shared. After the groups go through with a facilitator, the process is presented to the board. Then the work starts on developing strategic goals for the school,” Mr. Vigliotti said.

As they develop goals for students, they would look at not only the educational aspect, but also the social role the school plays in development of students. He said they would want to address areas such as test scores and social activities they would want students involved with. The end result would be “strong recommendations on best practices,” he said.

“When you’re done you have a plan that can guide the board’s decisions and teachers’ actions in the development of students, what is most important to us,” he said.

Administrators and board members can then have a monthly and annual look at where the district stands based on the goals that were set.

“It ends up being the group’s documents. It’s consensus built. It’s been very successful in previous instances,” the superintendent said.

Mr. Vigliotti said that someone other than a district administrator or board of education member should act as the facilitator for the process and that would cost approximately $20,000, which he conceded was “a lot of money.”

However, the work would be aidable through the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, he said, meaning the cost to the district would be $4,000.

“That’s not a lot of money in the big picture of things,” he said.

While board members supported the concept, Jonathan Burnett said he wanted more information before they committed to the proposal.

Mr. Vigliotti said that he could provide them with a brochure, but suggested that because there were certain benchmarks to meet in the process, he might need to call a special meeting to approve the proposal once board members had an opportunity to study it.

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