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ICC Long-Range Planning Committee Gets to Work

(Oct. 24, 2013) The Ichabod Crane Strategic Planning Committee came together for its second of four meetings on Thursday, October 24 at the McNary Center at St. Paul's Church in Kinderhook.  The group continued its work to develop a long-range strategic plan that will guide the future of the Ichabod Crane Central School District.

Superintendent George Zini thanked committee members for taking the time from their busy schedules to attend these important planning meetings. He introduced Questar III BOCES Assistant Superintendent Andrew DeFeo who is facilitating the district’s strategic planning process. Dr. DeFeo reviewed what was shared at the committee's first meeting on October 7 and reminded everyone that the process is designed to give everyone a voice.

"It's like college," DeFeo said. "What you put into it is what you get out of it."

The stakeholder group comprised of parents, residents, school faculty and staff, retirees, board members and business professionals got right to work spending the morning engaged in a process working toward a collective set of belief statements for the district. Team members worked on identifying their own individual beliefs about the district including fundamental values, deep and abiding convictions, non-negotiable ethical principles and moral imperatives and then discussed their beliefs in small groups. The small groups merged into larger groups and drafted belief statements they shared with the larger group. The committee came away from the day with a set of beliefs they supported as a whole.

Next the committee moved toward crafting a mission statement for the district. Members moved about throughout the day to provide each stakeholder an opportunity to meet and collaborate with other members of the committee. The next activity was structured around creating a vision statement (where the district should strive to be in the future). More group activity solicited every member's perspective on what the district's vision statement should be. Once again, table ideas were shared and discussed with the group as a whole.

The committee will continue its work on Friday, Oct. 25 at the McNary Center where they will define district strengths and weaknesses, identify competing outside forces that are factors to the district and define objectives and initiatives.

The final meeting will be held on November 4 when a draft plan will be shared with the committee.

Read the summary from the committee’s first meeting here.
















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