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MSBA to hold planning meetings at USC

By Staff | Sep 24, 2017

Strategic planning was the hot topic at the United South Central School Board meeting last Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The Minnesota School Boards Association will be visiting the USC school system a handful of times before the end of the year. From now until the end of the year, the MSBA will be making multiple campus visits to the USC school site in order to make the most of the district’s new school building.

On Nov. 2, a listening session will be open to the public at 6:30 p.m. The MSBA will also meet with high school students, the superintendent and administration, USC staff, and the USC School Board.

Then, the MSBA?representatives will be back at USC to host the first planning meeting to hear a state of the district report, go through the stakeholder engagement summary, and do an “environmental scan” which focuses on the strengths, opportunities, and barriers of the USC School District.

At the end of November, USC?will host its second planning meeting and work on thinking about the future and other “vision-related activities.”

A few weeks after that meeting, the MSBA will prepare some summary documentation before the School District will host its third planning meeting with the group where they will discuss goals and objectives, as well as indicators and measures of progress.

After meeting with MSBA, there will be two or three more meetings where the board will go through, and eventually approve, the strategic planning governance document.

During the Nov. 2 meeting with the community, there will be a special committee to speak with the MSBA representatives.

“Those serving on the committee will help develop the district vision, and establish priorities and main objectives,” says superintendent for USC School Keith Fleming.

Anyone interested in being on the Strategic Planning Community Committee is asked to contact Fleming.

The objectives to focus USC’s efforts are still to be determined by the MSBA?consultants who, once they gather and analyze input from all the stakeholders, will distill the results and present the information to committee members who will give further input to help establish goals and objectives for the school.

“Student achievement and district enrollment will likely be identified as priority objectives, but there will also be other areas identified,” said Fleming. “Usually there are about five or six main priorities identified.”

The School Board approved all of the dates and timelines for the strategic planning process.

The board also approved the sale of some surplus property. The 25-item list of property the USC?School is selling varies from desks to an abacus, to Coca Cola plates.

The board also heard from Stacie Whiteside, USC’s finance manager, regarding the school’s E-Rate discount. The board approved to have the company E-rate Complete, out of Knoxville, Iowa, to help with the school’s future E-rate eligibility and status when Whiteside and USC’s IT?technician Matt Bird encountered some issues this past year with the process.

“By using E-rate Complete’s services, we will have the proper expertise to make sure all documentation and procedures are done properly,” said Whiteside.

The board also certified the preliminary 2017 payable 2018 levy and set their date for the truth in taxation hearing, which will be Dec. 19, at 6 p.m., prior to the School Board’s regular meeting.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m.