Worcester school board takes careful approach to strategic plan

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WORCESTER – After nearly a year of crafting the document, two city groups are poised to submit the district’s first long-term strategic plan in a quarter-century to a School Committee that, according to some members, may not be completely sure yet what to do with it.

“I don’t know how we’re going to attack this,” said committee member Jack Foley, who added that the strategic plan is nonetheless a much-needed guide for a school department that hasn’t updated its long-term plan since before the state’s last major education reform in 1993.

Announced by the Worcester Education Collaborative and Worcester Regional Research Bureau last June, the plan is the product of an unusual development process that saw the district take a back seat to community leaders as the primary planners. While some school officials, such as Superintendent Maureen Binienda, did serve on the advisory committee and other subpanels that oversaw the project, the School Committee next month will receive a document that they did not play a major role in putting together.

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