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A New Way to Define Student Success:Lombard District 44 Shares Vision for the Future

Following five months of work by a 44-person team of stakeholders, officials in Lombard District 44 are ready to unveil what they are calling a new future outlook in the form a 5-year Strategic Plan.
At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Ted Stec shared with members of the Board of Education an overview of this new plan, which still remains in draft form. Stec will be meeting with community members and staff from throughout the district during the month of February to gather additional feedback before finalizing the plan.
“We are incredibly proud of what we were able to accomplish through the Connect 44 Strategic Planning Process. However, we want to remain open to additional ideas and insights from our community that can further strengthen this critical roadmap of priorities for our district,” Stec said.
Meetings have already been scheduled at every school in the district for Stec to discuss the plan with staff members. He also encourages parents and community members to attend the February 26 PTA Council meeting where he will also share more information and seek their input. This has been scheduled for 7 pm at the John Schroder Early Childhood Center.
He will then incorporate any additional ideas into the final plan that will be presented to the Board of Education for approval in April.
Stec noted that at the heart of Lombard 44’s Strategic Plan is a much more meaningful way to determine the success of a school and school district. The team spent several months defining important behaviors and attributes that need to be present in order for students to succeed, and then built the plan around ways to support or achieve these.
“By increasing home/school connections, increasing student engagement or improving communications, to name a few, we will be able to better support our students in finding their own success, and it is important that we understand and all collectively work toward that,” Stec said.
To view a draft copy of the plan, please view the document below.