Strategic Plan Summary

Letter from Board President and Superintendent

Manistee Area Public Schools 2012-2017 Strategic Plan: Participants Help Shape Vision and Goals for Future of MAPS

The documents below contain the 2012-17 MAPS Strategic Plan. We’re excited about this plan and the possibilities it provides for our students, parents and community to improve education at MAPS.

This plan is the culmination of three community forums, four staff forums, one student forum, one Strategic Planning Team retreat and an electronic survey of more than 109 students, parents, staff and community members.

Throughout the planning process the community expressed high expectations of MAPS becoming a world class school district and having all students graduate from high school. Even though some of the goals are extremely high, they reflect the strong desire that has been expressed to embrace significant change and dramatically improve the school system.

There were several clear and consistent themes that emerged from this process.
  1. While much more work needs to be done, MAPS is headed in the right direction with positive momentum behind the academic growth, instruction reforms and innovative new school choices.
  2. The future of growth and success of MAPS must be a top community priority that requires support from all stakeholders (students, parents, taxpayers, businesses, non-profits, foundations, government agencies, etc.).
  3. As a district, we must do a better job of positively engaging and aligning internal (students, parents, staff and the school board) and external (taxpayers, community organizations, businesses, non-profits, government agencies, elected officials) stakeholders around common goals and strategies to significantly improve academic achievement and high school graduation rates.
Our Strategic Planning Team, comprised of a very broad and diverse group of more than 30 stakeholders, developed the goals. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with all sectors of our community to implement these goals and suggested strategies.

President of the Board                                                                Superintendent