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 CAB School Board Developing Belief Statements

April 15, 2009 - The Charles A. Beard School Board continued its strategic planning efforts during a special meeting last Wednesday.

After spending the first 30 minutes of the April 8 meeting dealing with the aftermath of Business Manager David Bundy’s resignation, board members got back to their strategic planning work. Picking up where their March 23 meeting ended, the board went on to develop belief statements for two final planning categories and begin work on coming up with mission and vision statements for CAB.

With respect to the Health, Safety and Nutrition category, the board came up with the following belief statement: “The health, safety and nutrition of the school community is a priority for the corporation.”

Board member Tim Wehr, who had proposed the addition of this category at the last meeting, said he thought there should be a separate belief statement dealing with nutrition. Board member Leah Kopp said she thought health and nutrition go together, and Superintendent Gary Storie said he believed nutrition was implied by health.

Storie said concerns about nutrition could be referenced in the more specific goals the board will eventually develop as part of its strategic planning framework. Board member Tom Schaetzle, who has been chairing the planning meetings, said that he would make a footnote to remind the board to develop specific goals dealing with nutrition when that time comes.

The board next moved on to the final planning category, community relations. The board’s belief statement for this was: “Routine input from the community is essential to proper allocation of corporation resources.”

After much discussion, the board came up with the following mission statement for the school corporation: “CAB will provide the highest quality educational experience possible by engaging and empowering students to become responsible members of society.” While individual board members had concerns about its wording, this statement will be used as a draft and is subject to change.

Finally, the board worked on development of a vision statement, which Storie said should identify what CAB’s ideal end result is for students who go through the corporation. As a draft statement, board members came up with: “Students graduate CAB with mature minds, good character and real life experiences.”

Storie encouraged board members to give more thought to the mission and vision statements they came up with that night. “You need to live with them a little bit,” he said, reminding them that its OK to change the statements if needed.

The board also briefly discussed at last week’s meeting surveys that Storie has prepared to get feedback from students, parents, and teachers and staff to help the board with its strategic planning. Storie said CAB would make use of online resources and hard copies to distribute the surveys in coming weeks.

The next meeting of the CAB School Board will be its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 21. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. and be held in the media center at Knightstown High School, 8149 W. U.S. Hwy. 40. The next strategic planning meeting will be Tuesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at CAB’s central office, 345 N. Adams St., Knightstown.


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