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Mendon-Upton Regional School District. Strategic Plan 2007 and Beyond. Mission Statement. …to provide all students with an education that promotes intellectual rigor, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. Vision Statement.

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Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Strategic Plan

2007 and Beyond

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Mission Statement

  • …to provide all students with an education that promotes intellectual rigor, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning.

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Vision Statement

  • We are a district of engaged independent and collaborative learners where high standards and the pursuit of excellence motivate students and staff. Our strong partnership with parents and the community provides a safe, supportive learning environment. Our school community is committed to the personal growth and academic success of our students.

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Strategic Planning MeetingThursday, December 14, 2006

  • Welcome and Introductions

  • Strategic Planning Overview

  • Conducting the External Environmental Scan to identify trends and change forces that are likely to impact the future direction of the school district

  • Conducting the Internal Environmental Scan - Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Establishing Strategic Goals

  • Developing Objectives for Each StrategicGoal

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Strategic Planning Committee

  • Facilitator

    • Antonio J. Fernandes, Jr., Superintendent of Schools

  • School Committee

    • Judy Leonelli

    • Donna Coakley-McGowan

  • Administration

    • Melissa Earls, Assistant Superintendent

    • Shirley Taylor, Director of Pupil Personnel Services

    • Joan Scribner, Principal, Nipmuc

    • Vin Rozen, Clough principal

    • John Clements, Assistant Principal, Nipmuc

  • Staff

    • John Campbell, Memorial

    • Patricia Crowley, Nipmuc

    • Gary Perras, Nipmuc

    • Kim Pike, Memorial

    • Kristen Raymond, Miscoe

    • Melonie Washburn, Clough

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Strategic Planning Committee

  • Elected Officials

    • Sharon Cutler, Mendon Selectwomen

    • Marsha Paul, Upton Selectwomen

    • Ken O’Brien, Mendon Finance Committee

    • Herman Meisner, Upton Finance Committee

  • Parents

    • Carl Ambrosino, Upton Police Department

    • Paul Harmon, PAC Member

    • Mary Ellen Kennedy, President, MUEF

    • Michele Leduc, Clough PTO President

    • Steve McCaw, Upton Resident

    • Anna Morin, Mendon Resident

    • Karen Tuttle, Miscoe PTO Co-President

    • Rebecca Welch, Memorial PTO

    • Sue Pelland, Memorial PTO

    • Diane Willoughby, Miscoe PTO Co-President

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

External Environmental Scan


Economic: unfunded mandates, globalization, aging population, cost of higher education, deficits, foreign manufacturing, population trend, Mendon vs. Upton economics, infrastructure issues in towns, growth, age demographics, proposition 2 ½, income/wealth gap, etc….

Political: changing legislature, aging population, war in middle east, overrides, apathy, tolerance, unfunded educational mandates, DOE commissioner, etc…

Social: changing family structures, character education, diverse culture, substance abuse,sense of entitlement, parenting styles, safety concerns, working in teams, lack of personal responsibility, etc…

Educational: longer school day, special education, globalization, critical thinkers, gifted and talented programs, staff shortages, magnet schools, technology, Computer based learning, etc…

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Internal Scanning

  • Strengths

    • Teacher initiatives

    • Atmosphere/culture/climate

    • Administrative visibility

    • Safe environment

    • Fortunate system

    • Parental involvement

    • Current facilities

    • MUEF

    • “Great Kids”

    • Extracurricular offerings

    • Support for working families

    • Sport teams

    • Faculty/staff/administration

    • Creative teaching

    • Special Education

    • Team approach

    • Innovative programs

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Internal Scanning

  • Weaknesses:

    • School finance

    • Organizational structure administrative support

    • Community information to the public

    • Public relations

    • Communication between departments (town, school)

    • Student-community relations

    • Need to be specific

    • Safe/locked schools

    • On-site special education (space)

    • Textbooks

    • Special Education communications

    • Curriculum alignment

    • Literacy/math specialists

    • World Language

    • Guidance/staffing caseload

    • Corporate partnerships

    • Professional Development

    • Class size/growth

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Goals and Objectives

  • Goal 1. To continuously improve the process of teaching and learning through examination of curriculum, instruction and assessment Pre K-12

    • To develop and implement a coherent and articulated Pre K-12 curriculum

    • To implement and expand instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners

    • To demonstrate improved student performance through the use of a variety of assessment tools

  • Goal 2. To continuously improve communication between, among and with the school, home and community

    • To improve vertical and horizontal communication and collaboration among school staff

    • To engage families to be proactively involved in their child’s education Pre K-12

    • To reach out to the community to involve them in the educational process

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Goals and Objectives

  • Goal 3. To continuously work with the community to develop a realistic, fundable multiyear financial plan for the school district

    • To explore additional funding and partnership options

    • To develop a plan to address continuous population growth

    • To work with the community to develop a plan to address operational needs

  • Goal 4. Establish a committee to research and articulate an educational model

    • To develop an effective and viable educational model that supports the present and future developmental and learning needs of all our students

  • Goal 5. Develop a space needs plan

    • To develop a plan to address the facility needs as a result of the changes in population

    • To develop a plan to address facility needs that reflect the district’s educational model

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Next Steps

  • Establish Action Committees

    • Develop the specific course of action needed to accomplish each goal.

  • Communicate the Strategic Plan

  • Report back to the School Committee with the results from the action committees

  • Maintain a strong commitment to our Strategic Plan

  • Periodically present a status report to the school committee on the Strategic Plan

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