Speak up about the future of Yellow Springs schools
- Published: May 30, 2011
It’s your turn to give input about the future of the Yellow Springs Exempted Village Schools. The school district is currently in the final stage of its Class of 2020 10-year strategic planning process, and is asking for the community’s input on what village schools should look like by the year the Class of 2020 graduates from Yellow Springs High School.
A survey soliciting villagers’ opinions about what they want for village schools will be arriving at the homes of residents this week. The district will collect responses for the next 10 days through June 5. Then on Wednesday, June 8, 6–9 p.m. at the YSHS cafeteria, the district will hold a community forum to discuss the priorities that emerge from the survey. Based on all the data collected over the past six months, the 2020 Steering Committee hopes to draft a strategic plan to present to the board by the end of the summer.
The district is implementing change for two major reasons. The school budget is experiencing a significant shift: income tax and state funding revenues are down due to the recession, while expenses are expected to keep climbing. But in addition, according to the school board, updating the village’s public school system to reflect the needs of today’s students is a necessary step toward making education in Yellow Springs relevant and appropriate for its youth.
The strategic planning process began last fall with a series of presentations, films, and speakers addressing the issue of contemporary public school education. This current and final phase of the process is the creation of a plan for the local school district. While its completion is scheduled for this summer, the implementation of the plan is expected to take up to another year or more.