Thomasville Times Enterprise

February 12, 2014

Public input sought

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — The Thomas County School System is nearing the end of a yearlong strategic planning process that will establish goals and priorities to guide the system for the next three to five years.

The draft plan is available for public input before it is completed and adopted by the school board in March.

System officials began the strategic planning process with a Community Engagement Meeting involving more than 300 representatives from student, teacher, parent and community stakeholders in March 2013.

The comprehensive process developed by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) and the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) helped the school system create universal ownership and support for both district and school improvement.

A diverse planning team that represented stakeholder groups met in June 2013 for two days. Team members analyzed strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of the school system, as well as threats to the school system.

In September, five action teams met for a day and developed the mission, vision, beliefs, goal areas and other elements of the strategic plan. On Jan. 23, 2014, members of the planning and action teams met for the presentation of the Strategic Plan report presented by Action Team Leaders  Beth Adams, Dr. Bob Dechman, Carol Sprague, Dr. Scott James and Lisa Williams.

"Our school system belongs to the people of Thomas County, and it is important for the community to have a voice in the work of our system. This process began in March with the Community Engagement Meeting, where several hundred people had the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas as we set the goals and priorities for guiding our district for the next five years,” said Dr. Dusty Kornegay, Thomas County School System superintendent.

"It is evident that you are involved in the right work when you work for a year to develop a comprehensive, transparent plan with true involvement from all stakeholders," said Melanie Chavaux, school system associate superintendent.

“The numerous conversations that were shared during the days of planning this past year created an understanding for what we want for all students in the Thomas County School System,” Chavaux added.

The Strategic Plan was presented to the board of education on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. The Strategic Planning report is available for public review online at

The public is asked to provide feedback by completing the accompanying online survey by Feb. 20, 2014. The report and survey are available on-line.

The final strategic plan report will be presented to the Thomas County Board of Education in March 2014 for final approval.

Citizens who would prefer to review a paper copy of the strategic plan and to complete a paper-pencil version of the survey may pick one up from the Thomas County Board of Education Office at 200 N. Pinetree Blvd. or from the office of any Thomas County school.

"I am grateful to the Georgia School Boards Association for their partnership in this effort and for their professional expertise that was invaluable as we navigated this process. I am also especially proud that our planning and action teams included parents, other community members, school system partners, teachers, administrators and board members," said Kornegay. “I would also like to thank Melanie Chavaux for leading the district through this process.”