School board vision plan seeks public's bouquets and brickbats

News May 12, 2015 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is inviting the public to grade its job performance as part of a plan to set a new vision for the future.

“We’re saying, ‘Tell us the good, the bad and the ugly,’” board chair Todd White said of this week’s launch of the first step of “Reimagine HWDSB,” which will solicit input through online surveys, public meetings and focus groups.

“We don’t want any type of filtered or sugar-coated responses. We want the raw feedback.”

White said public consultation phase runs to the end of June and will help trustees create new strategic directions that they hope to launch by early next year.

He said the initiative will help complete some key changes to the board, including a revamping of its governing structure to allow for more public input and scrutiny, a long-term management plan for its schools and the hiring of a new education director, expected by mid-June.

“We’re basically rebuilding a completely new organization. We have seven new trustees. We’re going to have a new director,” White said.

“The whole face of the organization and vision and focus is going to be reenergized and refocused, so it’s going to be very exciting to see the steps we take between now and January.”

White said the board wants to know how well its focus on student achievement, engagement and equity filters down to the school level and where it can make improvements, like on openness and transparency.

“We want a culture change,” he said. “We want to operate differently.”

School board vision plan seeks public's bouquets and brickbats

News May 12, 2015 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is inviting the public to grade its job performance as part of a plan to set a new vision for the future.

“We’re saying, ‘Tell us the good, the bad and the ugly,’” board chair Todd White said of this week’s launch of the first step of “Reimagine HWDSB,” which will solicit input through online surveys, public meetings and focus groups.

“We don’t want any type of filtered or sugar-coated responses. We want the raw feedback.”

White said public consultation phase runs to the end of June and will help trustees create new strategic directions that they hope to launch by early next year.

“We’re saying, ‘Tell us the good, the bad and the ugly.”

He said the initiative will help complete some key changes to the board, including a revamping of its governing structure to allow for more public input and scrutiny, a long-term management plan for its schools and the hiring of a new education director, expected by mid-June.

“We’re basically rebuilding a completely new organization. We have seven new trustees. We’re going to have a new director,” White said.

“The whole face of the organization and vision and focus is going to be reenergized and refocused, so it’s going to be very exciting to see the steps we take between now and January.”

White said the board wants to know how well its focus on student achievement, engagement and equity filters down to the school level and where it can make improvements, like on openness and transparency.

“We want a culture change,” he said. “We want to operate differently.”

School board vision plan seeks public's bouquets and brickbats

News May 12, 2015 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is inviting the public to grade its job performance as part of a plan to set a new vision for the future.

“We’re saying, ‘Tell us the good, the bad and the ugly,’” board chair Todd White said of this week’s launch of the first step of “Reimagine HWDSB,” which will solicit input through online surveys, public meetings and focus groups.

“We don’t want any type of filtered or sugar-coated responses. We want the raw feedback.”

White said public consultation phase runs to the end of June and will help trustees create new strategic directions that they hope to launch by early next year.

“We’re saying, ‘Tell us the good, the bad and the ugly.”

He said the initiative will help complete some key changes to the board, including a revamping of its governing structure to allow for more public input and scrutiny, a long-term management plan for its schools and the hiring of a new education director, expected by mid-June.

“We’re basically rebuilding a completely new organization. We have seven new trustees. We’re going to have a new director,” White said.

“The whole face of the organization and vision and focus is going to be reenergized and refocused, so it’s going to be very exciting to see the steps we take between now and January.”

White said the board wants to know how well its focus on student achievement, engagement and equity filters down to the school level and where it can make improvements, like on openness and transparency.

“We want a culture change,” he said. “We want to operate differently.”