Whitfield County Schools assess strategic plans

Whitfield County Board of Education members and administrators took stock of their progress on their current strategic plan as they begin the process of plotting the next strategic plan during a school board meeting Monday.

The district is in the fourth year of a five-year strategic plan that focuses on instruction and assessment, highly qualified personnel, finance, community involvement, operations and technology. The next strategic plan will be for three years, rather than five.

"We just feel like things change so much" over time in education that three years is preferable to five, Superintendent Judy Gilreath said. As the district starts the process of a new strategic plan, it will seek input and feedback not only from teachers and staff, but also from the community.

In year four of the current strategic plan, the district made strides in several areas, according to school officials.

For example, in the high quality personnel category, staff members logged nearly 40,000 hours of professional learning time. The district also hosted more than 100 student teachers from myriad colleges and universities, including Dalton State College, Georgia Southern University and Liberty University.

On the operations front, the district has enhanced several buildings, from flooring at Westside Elementary School to stormwater and drywall repairs at Southeast Whitfield High School to a new security vestibule at the front entrance of Pleasant Grove Elementary.

Construction work also continues on schedule at two new buildings in the district, Gilreath said. Valley Point Middle School is poised to receive students next fall, and the new North Whitfield Middle School is set to do likewise in the fall of 2021.

The district's next school board meeting is Monday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the central office at 1306 S. Thornton Ave., with a work session at 5:30 p.m.

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