On March 18, 2021, a group of community leaders representing various key stakeholder groups came together. Their task? To design and lead a community event that would help school district leaders understand the vision of Altoona 2040 and how students should be prepared to thrive and lead in their future community.
Members of the Leadership Team Included:
Rick Risler - Elected official, parent, health care
Wendy Heffernan - Real estate
Sue Rowe - Health care, elected official
Reagan Conklin - Student
Colleen Chmelik - District staff member, alumni, parent
Tyler Tomesh - Business community, parent
Kristin Dexter - Community at large
Marci Boyarski - Parent
Kristine Lenberg - District staff member
Ben Coenen - Alumni, parent
The team organized invitations to the event and prepared to facilitate the activities planned for the event.
On May 1, 2021, 60 members of the community of Altoona came together to provide their input. Through facilitated activities, they answered two key questions:
What is the vision for Altoona 2040?
What knowledge, skills, and experiences do our graduates need to thrive and lead in 2040?
Themes among the answers to these questions can be found here.
District leaders gathered around the community stakeholder themes to consider how the vision of the community could be braided with educational best practices to result in a school district plan that uses its resources and expertise to pursue the vision of the future of the community.
The result? Four key areas, or strands, on which the District can focus its efforts:
Future Ready Outcomes
Personal Success Outcomes
These four strands became the foundation of the School District of Altoona 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.
On June 28, 2021 40 staff members representing various workgroups in the district came together to implement the Strategic Plan. The staff broke into Strand Leadership Teams and identified specific measurable outcomes that will be pursued during the 2021-2022 school year along with the strategies that will be used to attain them. The Strand Teams will meet throughout the school year to check progress and adjust strategies as needed.