Two newcomers win in District 161, Flossmoor village incumbents re-elected

As Flossmoor School District 161 continues work on a five-year strategic plan, parents and other residents are being asked to weigh in on areas of concern in the local schools.

In a March 27 message to the district community, Superintendent Craig Doster asked stakeholders to complete a survey on several issues that will be analyzed as the new strategic plan is written.

“The input you provide will help the district set a vision for the next five years,” Doster said. The survey was designed to solicit feedback on five focus areas of study: finances and facilities, student achievement, curriculum and assessment, culture and climate and professional resources.

District 161 will gather the data from this survey and use it with staff members and a group of community members to write the strategic plan, Doster said. The plan will be written over two days at the end of May. As many as 50 community members are expected to take part in the meetings.

Persons who are interested in participating in the strategic plan meetings can contact Doster at [email protected].

“We truly appreciate your input and we look forward to collaboratively working together to develop a long term strategic plan that will benefit all of the stakeholders of Flossmoor School District 161,” he said in a message posted on the district website.

School board members and district administrators are meeting with consultant Robert Madonia to discuss the five-year plan, and to prepare for the meetings on May 27 and 29. The 2015-2020 strategic plan is scheduled to go into effect July 1.

Surveys should be returned by April 27.  Doster said the surveys can be returned to drop boxes in the Flossmoor Library, Homewood Library, Chicago Heights Library or Grande Prairie Library in Hazel Crest. The survey can also be completed on the District 161 web homepage, or on school websites. It can also be returned to Cathy Perino at the District 161 administration center, 41 E. Elmwood Drive, Chicago Heights.

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