On Monday, July 11, 2022, the school board approved the RSU 71 long-range strategic plan -- our "Education Plan"- which was developed during the spring of 2022:
March: We surveyed the community seeking input about our school system's top strengths, competencies, and areas of need. We also sought feedback on the core competencies needed by RSU 71 graduates.
April - 191 community members (including students, parents, teachers, support staff, board members, community partners, and leaders in the community) convened for a Friday afternoon and evening followed by a full-day Saturday Future Search, an invigorating experience in which we articulated the values and future goals of RSU 71.
June - A smaller group of teachers, administrators, parents, and our board chair met at the Belfast Free Library for two days to hammer out a new Motto, Vision, Mission, and Goals for the 2022 - 2023 school year.
July 11 - School Board Voted in Approval of the Plan.
Summer 2022: Principals and Assistant Principals are meeting with their leadership teams to create a work plan for each school.
August 30 - Mary Alice and the Administrative Team will share the plan and collect feedback and questions from staff during our whole-district meeting in the BAHS gym.
September 2022 - The Directors' Team will create draft work plans with their respective departments (SpEd; Technology; Finance; Instruction/Curriculum/Assessment; Food Service; Transportation; Maintenance; and Adult Education.
Our essential question was, “What must RSU 71 do to best prepare all of our students to respond to current and future needs in a rapidly changing world?”
Our collective vision is to “Foster the individual strengths of students and staff through learning that engages all.” We want all 1,442 students to experience their strengths and interests while in school and to develop into adults who can use these productively to create lives full of meaning and fulfillment. Even students – especially students – who struggle academically, socially, behaviorally, or financially – need to regularly get feedback about what they are good at and be provided with the opportunity to learn about the subjects and activities they most enjoy.
Below find a copy of the RSU 71 Educational Plan and infographic for the plan.