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Mapping Our Future

Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is preparing to engage the community in a districtwide strategic planning process to guide and direct the future of the school system. Students, parents, staff, and community members are invited to participate in a community forum discussion to provide feedback for the plan on April 18, 2024, at South Hagerstown High School from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The community forum is planned as an opportunity for students, parents, WCPS staff, and community members to provide feedback in an interactive and engaging way. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in small group activities and discussions around topics related to the school system, the community, and public education in Washington County. In the days following the forum, a public survey will be made available to gain additional broad input from the community. 

The plan will incorporate feedback from diverse audiences, with opportunities for stakeholders to provide input through various methods. The strategic plan that is developed will provide guidance and direction for the school system to follow when making decisions to prioritize initiatives, allocate resources effectively, and adapt to evolving educational needs and strategies. 

“As we begin to build our strategic plan, it's critical to include the voices of our students, staff, families, and community members and empower them to actively shape the future of our schools,” says Dr. David Sovine, Superintendent of Schools. “Their feedback is not just valued; it is essential in developing an innovative roadmap for success. Together, as we lead our school system forward, we're creating a culture of collaboration, partnerships, and excellence that will provide our students with learning opportunities and the necessary supports to achieve their fullest potential."

WCPS has contracted with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) to develop the strategic plan. The consultants are currently working with WCPS to outline engagement efforts, and they will direct the gathering and collection of stakeholder input that will shape the district plan.

The strategic planning process will be driven by a 50-member design team, comprised of stakeholders with various roles and involvement in education and the Washington County community. In addition to the community forum and survey, HMH will also be organizing individual and small group discussions with stakeholders to ensure we have a full picture of the current strengths of our school system and our growth opportunities. 

HMH and WCPS staff will be providing updates about the strategic plan to the Board of Education at public business meetings in April, May, and June with the final plan to be submitted in July 2024.