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RISD strategic planning survey available online

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Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy holds up a poster thanking voters in the recent special bond election during the Roswell Independent School District’s school board meeting on Feb.12. McIlroy also addressed strategic planning efforts at this meeting. A survey related to those efforts is now live at risd.k12.nm.us and can be found under a digital version of the poster pictured in McIlroy’s hands. (Alison Penn Photo)

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Community input sought for determining school district’s goals

Roswell Independent School District (RISD) has launched a survey for the community to provide feedback for the district’s strategic planning efforts.

Titled “RISD Strategic Planning Project Community Survey” it is accessible on the district’s website, risd.k12.nm.us, near the colorful “Thank You Voters” banner on the main webpage. Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy said the survey is available in English and is in the process of being translated to Spanish.

At the school board meeting on Feb. 12, McIlroy said the survey will be sent out to every email address on file in the RISD database.

“Every single parent will have an opportunity to weigh in on a series of questions and answer those questions about what they like to see in the schools and what they think the priorities are …” McIlroy said.

In the “survey background” section of the online survey, McIlroy states various stakeholders’ “perspectives on some of the important issues facing the district” are an important part of strategic planning.

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According to the survey background, the survey has three sections covering RISD’s vision and mission, strengths and challenges related to the district currently — and the final area is potential priorities for the district to address in the future.

McIlroy also wrote that the survey is anonymous, takes about eight to 10 minutes to complete and will be reviewed by the strategic planning task force.

During her reports on Feb. 12, McIlroy said the task force was scheduled for its first meeting on Feb. 13. Including herself, she said the task force is comprised of 20 members — ranging from community members, principals, teachers, parents and RISD’s three assistant superintendents.

On March 16, McIlroy said the task force will have an all-day meeting to review and discuss community responses to the surveys. After the surveys are reviewed, McIlroy said the task force will recognize them to turn into focus areas for RISD. McIlroy said the strategic plan may be finalized in time for the school board to consider for approval at its meeting in April.

“It really is an impressive process,” McIlroy said of strategic planning. “I’ve seen it work before and it’s just amazing how people say the same things over and over again in different ways — but you begin to really see those patterns emerge and you really see what people’s priorities are.

“I think it is a really great way to allow as many people across the community to have a voice in charting our path and helping us see how we’re going to move forward as a district. Then we have a way of knowing that we’re being responsible to the community and their desires for what they want to see in their school system.”

In other news, McIlroy said RISD has received information that the district will see an additional $550,000 increase in the State Equalization Guarantee (SEG) distribution. According to documents on the New Mexico Public Education Department website, the SEG accounts “for more than 90 percent of school districts’ operational revenue, the SEG is the largest state distribution.”

With the extra funds, McIlroy said the plan is to support education programming and ongoing intensive work for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study by improving instructional materials.

Board Member Mona Kirk asked if the funds are one time only for this year, and McIlroy confirmed that.

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.