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Wanted: your voice to weigh in on strategic plan 

Godfrey-Lee — Superintendent Michael Burde is inviting the Godfrey-Lee family to use their voices and come together to plan for the future.

The district has begun the strategic planning process to serve as a “north star” for all school and district improvements.

“We need your help,” Burde said in a social media video. “Malcom X once said ‘The future belongs to those who prepare for it today,’ and that’s what strategic planning is all about.” 

One of the first opportunities for the community to share their feedback during the planning phase is through a survey.

“Whether you’re a parent, caregiver, an employee or community member, please know your feedback is valued in this process,” Burde said. 

In an overview presentation, the district explained the plan to provide a structure for the community to monitor and measure progress. They also outlined four phases for the process and an estimated timeline:

Phase 1: Planning (September 2022 – November 2022)

Phase 2: Data Collection (December 2022)

Phase 3: Plan Development (January 2023 – August 2023)

Phase 4: Plan Implementation (Ongoing beginning September 2023)

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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