Deepening Our RootsIn the spring of 2014, The Gillispie School launched a strategic planning process. The strategic plan, created through a highly inclusive and participatory process, was developed to provide a long-range view of future school priorities. A steering committee was formed to focus on research, environment scans, SWOT analysis, committee exercises, and trends in the both the independent school and education world.
In order to build a base of sound information and to guide the planning process, the school enlisted the assistance of a research and planning firm, Ian Symmonds & Associates. A comprehensive research effort was completed, including stakeholder surveys, competitive and educational landscape analysis, market segmentation, and demographic trends.
In the summer and fall of 2014, the strategic planning steering committee worked collaboratively through a series of exercises designed to establish priorities based upon the findings of the research. This process culminated in November 2014, with the steering committee developing a small set of priorities for future focus. As strategic priorities were developed, the steering committee expanded upon them, breaking into work groups and engaging a larger portion of the community to outline specific initiatives, action plans, and immediate priorities.
Each of these strategic goals contains several strategic initiatives and numerous action plans. The strategic initiatives and action plans benefit from having additional implementation details, such as costs and metrics of success, recorded in the planning process.
These will be utilized as the school executes the strategic plan. The planning process was completed in March 2015 as the steering committee recommended the following strategic plan to the Board of Trustees.