North Country Supervisory Union

Strategic Plan




Why plan? We engaged in strategic planning because of our desire to ensure that every student in every school in the North Country Supervisory Union has the opportunity to learn well and prepare for their future hopes, dreams, and develop as responsible and productive citizens.  We strongly believe that we must be strategic in accomplishing these goals. The fulfillment of our mission cannot be left to chance.


In addition, changing demographics and scarce fiscal resources are creating new challenges for all of us.  We have great pride in our schools and communities.  Yet, we must become even more creative and intentional in how we go about our business of educating children and youth if we are to sustain success.  This Strategic Plan is intended to provide a map to frame future implementation efforts in ways that accomplish challenging goals with efficient and wise use of resources.


How was the plan developed?  In March of 2008 the North Country School Board voted to commence the development of a five-year strategic plan.  The process started in April 2008 with a public forum involving approximately seventy people who explored two important foundational topics important to strategic planning.  The first was to establish a clear understanding of the current realities and current status of the students and staff within the North Country Supervisory Union.  The second area stretched the group thinking about future financial, social, technological and demographic trends and the potential implications of these trends on our schools.  This forum resulted in collaboratively identifying five most important areas for strategic planning: 1. Academic Performance, 2. Early Education, 3. Equity in Education, 4. Improving Management Systems, and, 5. Technology.  Approximately 60 citizens, parents, faculty, administrators, and staff volunteered to serve in developing the strategic plan.  From the inception, the Focus Group planners worked diligently over seven months in developing goals, strategies, indicators of progress, resources and time lines that addressed the Mission and each of the five focus areas.  This document represents a culmination of the work of these devoted and public spirited individuals.  This work serves both as a call for school board action in considering it for formal adoption and as a guide to chart the work of individual administrators and staff in implementing specific strategies. 


Acknowledgement: As superintendent of schools and in behalf of the North Country Supervisory Union Board of Directors and education communities, I express sincere appreciation for the hard work and dedication extended by these members of the Planning Committee.  Their deep reflection and insightful thinking about the needs of our students, schools, and communities is commended.  Together, the work of these five focus groups has the potential of bringing about growth and development in our schools that will enable our students to flourish and launch successfully into adulthood.

Robert W. Kern, Ed. D.


Adopted: November 2008


Please click on the attachment below, "Strategic Plan Focus Areas", for the Goals, Strategies and Indicators of our Strategic Plan.