FAQs

Why is the district doing a strategic plan?
The Shawnee Mission School District is taking steps to create what the future of learning looks like in our school district. It is our community’s responsibility to ensure that all students have the foundation for their life’s journey. We are working on the plan as a community, to determine the best ways we can help all students prepare for their futures. 

How can I provide input?
There will be numerous opportunities for members of the community to participate in the strategic planning process. 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.

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

Who is creating the strategic plan?
Administrators, staff, students, parents and community members will be Invited to participate and provide input to the school district’s strategic plan.

A Steering Committee of approximately 30 school and community members, appointed by the superintendent, will oversee the work of the strategic plan. 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.

What is the timeline for the plan?
Here is a link to the plan timeline.  The Steering Committee will begin their work with a three-day retreat February 21-23, 2019. The Action Teams will begin their work in early March. The work of the Steering Committee and Action Teams will be presented to the Board of Education in June 2019 for adoption. Individual schools will begin work in the fall of 2019 to develop school plans aligned with the district strategic plan.