Lincoln-Way community leaders reconvene for strategic planning
Friday, December 15, 2017

On the evening of Thursday, December 14, 2017, leaders in the Lincoln-Way District 210 community met at Lincoln Way East High School to again participate in a strategic planning process. After the regular Board of Education meeting, volunteers gathered to hear updates and offer suggestions regarding goal progress in six key focus areas.

The Strategic Planning initiative began in December of 2016 and was facilitated by Dr. Robert J. Madonia, who volunteered all of his services at no cost to the district. Recommendations from the Strategic Long Range Planning Committee were adopted by members of the District 210 Board of Education in January of 2017. Community members who helped create goals at the initial 2016 session were invited back to gauge progress at Thursday’s meeting.

Dr. Madonia began the meeting by dividing the community members into their designated focus areas. Focus areas included: finance; building and grounds; community and public relations; curriculum and assessment; human resources; and technology. Volunteers were able to review goals from their 2016 session, see progress, give feedback, and offer their expertise in furthering each initiative.

“We are extremely proud of the progress we’ve made thus far,” says Superintendent Dr. Scott Tingley. “We had over 60 participants return to discuss next steps and offer their input. The support and engagement of our community is outstanding.”

In each group, participants discussed “strengths and opportunities for growth” in their specific focus area. The volunteers were then able to hear progress from the facilitators of other focus areas.

"The Lincoln-Way Plan is an excellent plan and the outcomes that were exhibited in last night's annual review were commendable,” says Dr. Madonia. “I have completed many plans and conducted many annual reviews throughout the Chicagoland suburbs and Lincoln-Way's plan and work is among the best. The district is on a continuous path of improvement and our work only insures transparency and a guide to being the best that they can be. It has been a pleasure to be part of this process."