Lamar Consolidated ISD has put out a vision for its future in five years with the approval of a strategic plan.
The district’s board of trustees approved the plan at their monthly meeting in April after a committee comprised of local parents, teachers, staff, students and community members to comprise the district’s strengths and weaknesses, and what can be improved on.
The committee came up with five main points to put the district in the right direction.
Goal 1: Evolve the student learning experience – making sure that students have access to engaging and real-world learning opportunities, as well as identify and eliminate achievement gaps in their education.
This also includes providing parents and guardians with the same tools and resources to support their children.
Goal 2: Equip students with knowledge and skills for a changing world – making sure every LCISD student graduates with critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills, as well as provide a range of career options, which include an expansive career and technical education and access to college prep.
Goal 3: Promote a safe and healthy environment – Student and staff safety is part of this goal, which includes providing mental health resources, disciplinary practices that are equitable, and facility safety with up-to-date technology.
Goal 4: Planning for rapid growth while preserving culture – while LCISD continues to expand, the district should maintain its “small town feel” in its schools. That includes communication and engagement with stakeholders and community partners.
Also, the goal asks that the district build equitable buildings with shared support, while prioritizing budget and staffing allocations.
Goal 5: Focus on talent – the key for LCISD’s success is the faculty and staff, so the district should make sure they bring in the top talented teachers and staff by offering a competitive salary and benefits package. Also, the district should allow professional development and advancement opportunities throughout the district to attract and retain talent.
“The committee did a lot of heavy lifting on this,” LCISD Supt. Dr. Thomas Randle said.