Strategic Plan Overview

  • Big Rocks
    Our vision is to be the best choice in public education. We envision a future when every time a student, parent, or educator chooses a school district, we are the best choice they can make. We have a mission to Learn, Work, and Lead. Our commitment is to be the best place to learn, to work, and to lead. Every day, we create environments so that everyone associated with the district is always learning, working, and leading us to be the best.
    District 49’s board-approved strategic plan is integral to the vision and mission, providing unified goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before. The strategic plan is organized around a big rocks metaphor, which comes from the work of Stephen Covey.

    Covey illustrated that if you fill your life with the small things, trivial things, then you might not have room for what's really important, what he called the big rocks. But if you first fill your life with what's most important – the big rocks – and add other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally work 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 next three to five years, representing the district’s commitment to its community. District 49 will use these five rocks as the foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.

    Establishing Enduring Trust

    We endeavor to establish and maintain enduring trust throughout our community, not by telling our patrons that we're trustworthy, but by demonstrating it.

    Engage Our Community

    The district has a lot to offer our community and we recognize that our community has a lot to offer back. That reciprocal relationship offers a powerful multiplier for student success.

    Host a Robust Portfolio of Schools

    We commit to offer high quality, exceptional schools in all of our zones - schools that are different from each other and superior to the options students might have in neighboring districts and communities.

    Build a Firm Foundation

    The success of every student begins with a firm foundation of academic knowledge and mastery of skills that ensure a successful progression through school and beyond.

    Launch Every Student to Success

    We launch every student to success by building individualized pathways that guide each student toward a valued future. By the time they finish their pathways, every student will be prepared to learn, work, and lead our communities into the future.