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New Hartford school district seeks input on new strategic plan

Mike Jaquays
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Posted 9/14/22

The administration of the New Hartford Central School District wants stakeholder input on the creation of the district’s first-ever five-year strategic plan.

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New Hartford school district seeks input on new strategic plan

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NEW HARTFORD — The administration of the New Hartford Central School District wants its stakeholders to offer their input into the creation of the district’s first-ever five-year strategic plan. Once adopted, that plan will guide its board of education in making decisions that fit the priorities of concern to the district’s residents.

“At the end of the day, this plan isn’t mine — it will come from the community. It will come from our district residents,” said district Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr.

The administration is compiling data to determine where it is doing well and where there is the need for additional support to ensure all students have the chance to reach their full potential. Tangorra said he has enlisted the help of district residents Larry Gilroy, president of Gilroy, Kernan and Gilroy insurance agency in New Hartford, and Mohawk Valley Community College President Randy VanWagoner as facilitators for the plan development.

“I believe in Benjamin Franklin’s words: ‘By failing to plan you are preparing to fail,’” Gilroy said. “When Dr. Tangorra invited Dr. Randy VanWagoner and me to join in the process I welcomed the opportunity to contribute. The district already has a strong reputation and I applaud Dr. Tangorra and the board for not accepting the status quo and instead looking forward.”

“Coming out of COVID, school districts have many important challenges and opportunities to consider as they consider the accelerating changes in technology and society as a whole — all of which make the future more complex and uncertain,” VanWagoner added.

“The district is interested in engaging all their stakeholders in a thoughtful and comprehensive planning process that should result in clear priorities for the future.”

To collect stakeholders’ input, the district is releasing a series of survey questions for residents’ input, with the goal of using that information to compose a proposed strategic plan to present to the board of education for their final approval. Feedback will be sought from all avenues, including students, teachers, staff members, caregivers, community members and business owners in the district.

Tangorra plans to share regular updates on the planning process at board of education meetings and information will also be shared with the community via the district website at www.newhartfordschools.org.

He expect to have it in place before budget development begins in the spring to have a guide to make budgetary decisions.

“We want to do it right,” Tangorra explained. “We want to engage as many stakeholders as we can to the greatest extent possible. Our goal is to create a document that forces us to be laser-like focused as we accomplish what we set out to accomplish.”

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Strategic plan input can be offered through the following  platforms offered through ThoughtExchange:

Families, Students, Community ThoughtExchange —  https://my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/439115598/welcome

District Staff ThoughtExchange —  https://my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/708733821/welcome

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