The Lenox Public Schools has been a beacon of success in the Berkshires and across the state for decades. But, with shifting educational expectations, wavering resources and changing demographic trends in the region and throughout New England, district leadership has chosen to reflect on strengths and examine opportunities that will allow the district to continue to serve students and the broader community well into the future.
The resulting Strategic Plan – the first in nearly 30 years – was initiated by the Lenox School Committee at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Nearly 22 months in the making, this document derives from broad community participation in the form of surveys, focus groups, community meetings, and goal-centered subcommittees. The work of creating this plan took place in two phases. The first was a thorough identification of district issues and successes and community concerns and aspirations. Following this initial phase of fact-finding, the process shifted to the identification of action-oriented goals that would address identified opportunities and issues. This second phase was conducted mainly in subcommittees throughout the fall and winter of 2014-2015.
The document that follows is intended to be a pathway toward the outcomes and achievements that our community has identified as priorities. The five strategic goal areas (Leadership, Professionalism, Academic Excellence, School Culture, and Financial Stewardship) serve to focus these priorities around discrete yet interconnected themes. The many action steps within the goal areas have been carefully chosen to balance ambition and feasibility. The overarching aim of goals, action steps, measures and expectations are to sustain a high-quality educational system.
Our students’ successes are dependent upon an active and involved community. I encourage all community members to participate in making our schools great.
Timothy Lee, Superintendent