Mohawk Trail Regional School District begins strategic planning process

  • Mohawk Trail Regional School in Buckland. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 1/5/2021 3:20:19 PM

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District began the process in December of creating its first-ever strategic plan to understand the challenges it faces and position it for future success.

“What (the strategic plan) does is helps us make sure we are aligned in really reaching our goals that we share as a community,” said Superintendent Sheryl Stanton. “And it’s an opportunity to take a pause and evaluate our strengths and our opportunities for growth, and really set the district on a path.”

The district’s comprehensive strategic plan makes sure the available resources — like time and talent, for example — are directed toward the goals that have been developed, Stanton added.

According to a press release, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has contracted TMS, a Massachusetts-based education management firm, to facilitate the planning process.

“Strategic planning is one of the more important projects for school leaders to undertake,” James Martin, TMS senior vice president and chief strategy officer, said in the press release. “It helps a community understand the challenges a school system faces and ensures that a school system is positioned for future success.”

Martin will serve as the lead facilitator.

The plan itself will identify long-term district goals, the action steps needed to achieve those goals, the resources required and the benchmarks of measuring success. It will also identify the individuals assigned with the responsibility of making sure the action steps are followed through.

Stanton said some of the goals she would like to see considered include working with the district leadership team, making sure the district has a consistent understanding of instructional leadership, and making sure teachers are brought into the conversation to empower them in decision-making.

“For example, if we, through this process, think about innovation as a critical part of what we want to do ... we would be looking for specific evidence of that in classrooms,” Stanton said. “We’d be listening to that in grade level meetings.”

The process, which Stanton said typically takes a few months, will involve parents, students, faculty and staff through surveys, according to the press release.

“We are excited to begin the process with the school district and community,” Stanton said.

She said she hopes to have a plan implemented by spring.

Mary Byrne can be reached at or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne

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