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Strategic plan to include student, community input

Kentwood — An updated district strategic plan will serve as a guide for the next three to five years – and its focus will depend on input from students, staff and the community.

“The process will have high degrees of stakeholder engagement to really listen and understand what our students, staff, families and community want Kentwood Public Schools to be for our children,” said Superintendent Kevin Polston. 

Kentwood Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Polston

The current strategic plan hasn’t been updated since 2016. People will have opportunities to weigh in on programs, use of resources, facilities, staffing, parent engagement and more.

“We don’t start with the solutions in mind. We really want to be authentic in our engagement with stakeholders to best identify where our strategies should lie,” Polston said. “It will be all-encompassing, but it will be student-centered.” 

The district will use feedback to create a draft plan, on which the community will continue to provide input. The goal is to complete the final plan in April.

Engagement efforts could include surveys, focus groups, individual interviews, town hall style meetings. Times and dates are to be announced.

“This is truly about designing the educational experience for our children at Kentwood Public Schools to be the lever for transcending their life through education,” Polston said.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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