Strategic Plan Overview

Our community is taking steps to create what the future of learning looks like in the Shawnee Mission School District by embarking on strategic planning.

The strategic plan is designed to engage the community, providing multiple and varied opportunities for public input, in order to ensure the ultimate plan serves the needs of all students in the Shawnee Mission School District.

Our planning process will rely on input, data, and research to benchmark where we are as a district, and challenge us to address critically important issues. 

The process will be led by a Steering Committee, appointed by Dr. Mike Fulton, superintendent, and will be made up of a diverse cross-section of Shawnee Mission stakeholders, including parents, community members, students, and staff. This committee will develop beliefs, a mission, objectives, strategies and parameters.

The Strategic Plan webpages will be continually updated to include information on timelines, strategies, committee work and outcomes.

Strategic Plan 2019 Overview

Board of Education 
The board of education will oversee the process of strategic planning, which will include final approval of the Strategic Plan. Their oversight will include:

  • Outlining intentional and explicit outcomes and definitions of process to guide the work.
  • Defining factors for the steering committee to consider.
  • Approving the final plan

The superintendent of schools is responsible for engaging a stakeholder-rich process that results in the effective development and implementation of the strategic plan. The superintendent will be an active participant on the district steering committee, and will bring final recommendations to the board of education for consideration and action.

District Steering Committee
The district steering committee will be comprised of approximately 30 district stakeholders representing both the school and district communities. This committee, representing a broad range of stakeholder groups (parents, students, classified and licensed staff, PTA representatives, business leaders, community services, etc.) and representative of the district’s demographic profile, will work to implement the strategic planning process, including: 

  • Overseeing the work
  • Developing a mission, beliefs, objective, strategies and parameters
  • Supporting continuous improvement

Members of this committee will need to commit to attend the scheduled meetings. Steering committee members serve with defined term limits and meet as needed but at least annually. View steering committee members.  

Stakeholder Input
The Shawnee Mission School District values input from all stakeholders. Through this process we hope to gather input from interested participants. Stakeholders will be invited to contribute throughout the process in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: online quantitative surveys; qualitative feedback loops (e.g. ThoughtExchange); participation on district strategic planning committees and action teams, building site councils, and other defined avenues for input and engagement. Additionally, the district believes transparency is very important in this process and will provide updates monthly at board of education meetings. 

If you are interested in becoming involved, please talk to your school principal or email Terry Wintering, clerk of the board at

Strategies emerge from student outcome data, research, on-going defined needs/issues (e.g. facilities) and community input. The steering committee will use this information to inform the creation of action teams. The steering committee ensures recommendations from the action teams meet beliefs, mission, objectives, and parameters and propose a strategic plan to the superintendent. 

Strategy Action Teams
These teams (25-30 people) will work on the identified strategies to establish action plans as well as costs associated with these plans. These plans should be reflective of current and projected resources available to the District and be fiscally responsible and sustainable. These teams will be appointed by the superintendent and/or designee. Action team memberships will include community volunteers, building and district level leadership team members, teachers, classified staff, site council members, students and parents. Action teams will have a specific task and exist for a defined period of time, with recommendations presented to the district steering committee. Work by the action teams will support meeting the requirements of the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) process, which include: 

  • Academic Readiness - Kindergarten Readiness, High School Readiness, College/Career Readiness  
  • Student Success
  • Facilities
  • Connecting Community