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On Tuesday, the district presented its draft strategic plan to the Caddo Parish School Board for review. The plan, called “Big Dreams Start Here,” defines the district’s priorities over the next three years and was developed over an 18-month period using feedback from thousands of stakeholders through focus groups and surveys.

“As we have built out the vision of what we see as our roadmap for the next three years, we were adamant that community feedback was essential to the creation of a strong plan,” said Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools. “The plan we have presented echoes the voices of students, parents, teachers, administrators, support staff and community members and asks all of our stakeholders to partner with us to achieve these goals together.

“Ultimately, we’ve made great progress in recent years, but know we have more work ahead of us. We’re asking our community to join us in dreaming big to provide every child with the pathway to success.”

Proposed in the draft plan are five district goals to address the academic success of students and operations of the school system. They are:

  • Ensure achievement of high academic standards for all students
  • Develop students to successfully compete in a global economy
  • Actively engage family and community partners in helping students reach potential
  • Ensure efficiency, effectiveness, and high ethical standards of business practices
  • Recruit, retain, and develop a high-performing diverse staff

The goals were developed using the district’s core values as a foundation which include equity, excellence, integrity, service and innovation. These cornerstone characteristics will drive the strategy and decision-making for the school system.

From May 5 to May 13, community members can visit www.caddoschools.org/bigdreams to read the draft plan and submit their comments. The feedback will be reviewed and incorporated into the final proposal which is scheduled for a Board vote on May 18.