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Board of Education approves district's strategic direction

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 20, 2007) -- The Board of Education approved the City School District of Albany's newly drafted strategic direction at its Dec. 20 meeting, continuing progress toward the development of a strategic blueprint for the future of the City School District of Albany.

The strategic direction was drafted Nov. 29-Dec. 1 by the 25-member Strategic Planning Team, which is comprised of leaders from the district and community. The team built a vision and goals for the district’s future, and strategies to achieve them.


The strategic planning process has been underway since June,      Dr. Joseph (center) discusses a component of the

including a series of presentations at board meetings this fall.       strategic plan during a Nov. 30 session of the Stra-

With the Strategic Planning Team's initial work complete, the       Strategic Planning Team.

board provided a report of this first phase of the strategic planning

process at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Albany High School before voting with no dissenters to approve the strategic direction at its Dec. 20 meeting at North Albany Academy.


Consultants SoarPoint Associates, engaged by the district to facilitate this process, provided guidance on the composition of the Strategic Planning Team and the process itself. The Strategic Planning Team is comprised of a broad range of representatives from the district and community, and represents diverse experiences, perspectives, skills and expertise. Click here for a list of team members.


“This is an exciting – and at the same time challenging – time for the City School District of Albany as we continue our progress toward success for all students,” said Superintendent Eva C. Joseph, Ed.D. “Bringing together a collective team of community stakeholders dedicated to the long-term improvement and progress of our city’s public schools to develop a strategic vision that will guide the district to best meet the needs of our students is essential.”


With the strategic direction set and approved, the process now will be turned over to action teams, again comprised of repsresen- tatives from the district and community. The teams will work over the next several months to develop a plan for the district's future.   City of Albany Commissioner of Youth and Family

                                                                                                                                Services Faye Andrews (left), Board of Education

The strategic direction was drafted over the course of three eight-   member Mark Barth, Ph.D. (center), and Cathy

hour sessions at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Albany       Corbo, an Albany middle school teacher and pres-

on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, SoarPoint Associates representatives guided    ident of the Albany Public School Teachers Asso-

the team through facilitated decision-making, alternating large-       ciation, participate in a small-group discussion

and small-group discussions and written exercises. The product    Nov. 30

of the team's work is the result of consensus-driven decisions

and is considered the initial phase of the strategic planning process.


The team reviewed relevant reports and materials, analyzed materials and made informed decisions, and developed the following strategic plan components:

  • Enduring value statements

  • Mission statement

  • Strategic boundaries

  • Student performance objectives

  • Strategies

The City School District of Albany serves approximately 9,000 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. The district   includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other   innovative academic opportunities for students in addition to neighborhood schools. The district is more than halfway through   

its comprehensive facilities project to newly build and/or renovate nearly all of its elementary and middle schools. The ultimate goal of the facilities project is to provide schools with the resources necessary to help students succeed in the 21st century.


                                                                                                                                Albany attorney and public-school parent John

                                                                                                                                Higgins (center) shares his thoughts on the dis-

                                                                                                                                trict's future during a large-group discussion Nov.



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