SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Consultant Hired To Help Facilitate District’s Strategic Planning Process

WILMINGTON, MA — On Wednesday night, the Wilmington School Committee unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Lori Likis, the Principal Consultant of Creative Coaching for School Improvement, to serve as the facilitator in the development of the school district’s next strategic plan.

“Dr. Likis has recently assisted the Weston, Concord-Carlisle, and Saugus Public Schools (amongst others) with their strategic planning,” Brand wrote in a memo to members. “She has been described as someone who is well organized, responsive, and does a great job synthesizing information. Equally important was the fact that she helped districts build a plan that was not a ‘boiler plate’ document and listened carefully tow hat the needs of the community warranted.”

Likis, who will be paid between $10,000 and $15,000, was unanimously selected by the Central Office Leadership Team and School Committee Chair Julie Broussard after a review of proposals and reference checks. Other consultants considered were New England School Development Council (NESDEC) and Future Management Systems.

Brand also shared with committee members an initial list of stakeholder groups he is considering in the composition of a strategic planning committee. Groups include: Community Representatives, Parents/Guardians at each level; SEPAC; High School Students; School Committee; Town Manager or his designee; Wilmington Community Fund; Administrators at each level; Teachers; Student Services Staff; Support Staff; Related Services; CARES Staff; and Central Office Leadership Team.

“The primary purpose of the strategic planning process is to collectively develop a thoughtful, comprehensive and detailed plan that clearly identifies the priorities that it is believed will help drive our district forward in the coming years,” Brand added. “I believe it is vital that we have key stakeholders in the process.”

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