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FCS seeks input for plan
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County school system is giving parents, students, staff and the community an opportunity to have a say in helping build the district's strategic plan.

By helping develop new approaches, school district spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo said, such stakeholders can "give us their best ideas and we'll take all those ideas and build them around goals for schools."

Caracciolo said participants can pass their ideas along to administrators by using online surveys and in message boards and blogs on the school's Web site during October.

"Any ideas people have, big or small, this is their opportunity," she said. "If there's something students or parents or the community want in their education, this is their opportunity to give us their best ideas."

The system is in the first phase of the three-year plan. Those interested in taking part have until Sept. 12 to fill out a survey on the school system's Web site.

Additional opportunities for feedback, including focus groups and meetings, will run until March.

The same surveys were used in 2006 as the system sought Southern Association of Colleges and Schools District Accreditation. Caracciolo said viewing these past surveys with present ones may help track progress.

Superintendent Buster Evans said "quality planning is a must" in a county as rapidly growing as Forsyth.

"With this understanding, we are excited to begin strategic planning for our new plan," Evans said. "A major and important part of any strategic process is gathering feedback from stakeholders.

"I'm excited to invite all FCS stakeholders -- parents, students, staff and the community at large -- to participate in several opportunities to help us."