District 49 will engage with its community. That means being present outside district offices and schools, as well as connecting with local agencies and nonprofit organizations. The district has a lot to offer, including facilities, insights and professional partners in advancing education and strengthening community bonds. Likewise, District 49 leadership recognizes that their community has a lot to offer back to their district, and encourages its patrons to be present in schools and programs. That reciprocal relationship offers a powerful multiplier for student success. The fundamental bedrock is re-establishing District 49 as a trustworthy recipient of taxpayer investment. The district's leadership genuinely believes their community members want to support education. However, they want the district to be efficient, to do the right things and do things the right way. District 49 will work to earn its community’s trust, not by telling its patrons that its trustworthy but by demonstrating it.
District 49’s board-approved strategic plan provides unified vision, goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before. Its strategic plan is organized around a a big rocks metaphor. If the district identifies and focuses on what's most important – its big rocks of trust
, best district
, portfolio of schools
and every student
– and then adds other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally works in the pebbles, everything better fits together. District 49 has applied this metaphor in its strategic plan, which identifies the district's Big Rocks. These strategic initiatives will be emphasized over the upcoming years, representing the district’s commitment to its community. These five rocks are its foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.