Chatham Schools seeks participation in focus groups

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PITTSBORO — Chatham County Schools is planning a series of focus groups throughout February to help lay the foundation for the district’s new five-year Strategic Plan, themed One Chatham.

Any member of the community interested in the future of education in Chatham County is invited to attend.

The district will be focusing on the five key areas identified in feedback from the Relationships Matter: Superintendent’s Listening and Learning Tour, which was held in fall 2021.

Those areas include Curriculum and Innovation, Faculty/Staff, Facilities and Infrastructure, Student Health and Safety, and Communications and Information Sharing.

There are four opportunities to participate:

• Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (1192 U.S. Highway 64 West Business, Pittsboro, 27312). Topics: Faculty/Staff, Facilities and Infrastructure, and Student Health and Safety.

• Tuesday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., via Zoom (a link will be posted on the CCS website closer to the date). Topics: Curriculum and Innovation, Faculty/Staff, Facilities and Infrastructure, Student Health and Safety, and Communications and Information Sharing.

• Tuesday, Feb. 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m., St. Julia Catholic Church (210 Harold Hart Road, Siler City, 27344). Topics: Curriculum and Innovation, Faculty/Staff, Facilities and Infrastructure, Student Health and Safety, and Communications and Information Sharing.

• Thursday, Feb. 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (1192 U.S. Hwy. 64 West Business, Pittsboro, 27312). Topics: Curriculum and Innovation, and Communications and Information Sharing.

Community participation is vital in helping CCS identify ways to best serve our students and to create pathways and goals to fulfill those expectations for the district’s future.

“Updating our Strategic Plan provides an opportunity to re-envision education in Chatham County and how we can best meet the needs and desires of our students and their families,” said Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. “We have a very strong district, and this will provide the building blocks to continuing evolving and providing excellence in education.”

The One Chatham Strategic Plan process will take about 12 months to complete. The district will compile information from the focus groups and meetings with key stakeholders to begin formulating the plan. CCS will update its mission and vision and establish measurable goals to achieve during the next five years.

The current Strategic Plan can be found here.

—CN+R staff reports

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