Strategic Planning 2024-2029

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UPDATE: Version 1 Strategic Plan & Stakeholder Feedback

March 15, 2023

As you may know, Skokie School District 73.5 has been engaged in a strategic planning process during the 2022-2023 school year. The plan focuses on four areas of strategic priority for our district:

  1. Welcoming environment
  2. Hiring and retaining a high-quality workforce
  3. Fiscal responsibility and infrastructure
  4. Teaching and learning

Our process so far has included two primary phases of work with individuals across all stakeholder groups: parents/guardians, teachers, non-teaching staff, district and school administrators, and community members.

PHASE ONE: Gaining stakeholder insights to inform our strategic plan. To do this we:

  • hosted a series of four community engagement events that were open to families, community members, teachers and staff, and Board of Education members
  • electronically disseminated a survey to parents and made the survey available online for community members to complete
  • held a designated teacher/staff engagement event where participants worked in two of the four priority areas to generate insights
  • compiled insights from these stakeholder engagement approaches

PHASE TWO: Organizing and engaging a Phase Two Planning Team comprised of parents/guardians, teachers, non-teaching staff, district and school administrators, and community members.

  • We solicited names of individuals across all stakeholder groups who would be interested in engaging in Phase Two planning. A group of 20-25 individuals was formed.
  • This group met for a series of meetings to review the compiled insights and to develop a Version 1 (v1) Strategic Plan.

We are excited to share and invite your feedback on Version 1 (v1) of the Skokie District 73.5 Strategic Plan. The plan is organized into three primary sections:

  1. Big Aims: What are the big issues that we are seeking to impact as a result of our strategic plan?
  2. Strategic Objectives: What are the specific goals that we would like to achieve and how would we know whether this goal has been achieved?
  3. Strategies: What are the key strategies being suggested; strategies that are envisioned as necessary for achieving our Strategic Objectives/Big Aims?

At this time we ask that you please review the Version 1 Strategic Plan document and then use the v1 Strategic Plan Feedback Form to provide your insights for strengthening any part of the plan. The document and the form can be Google translated into several languages.

The Version 1 Feedback Form closed on March 31st.

NEXT STEPS: The Phase Two Planning Team will review all of the Version 1 feedback and work to integrate that feedback into a Version 2 Strategic Plan. We expect to share this plan with the Board of Education for their discussion at their April 11th meeting and for final vote at their May 2nd meeting.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this important work!

Meet the Phase Two Planning Team!


Angela DeMay

Carrie Eccleston

Joann Eisenstein

Matthew Gliebe

Vicki Wolfinger


Marty Behm

Heather Haggerty

Karen Hayes

John Matthews

Kelli Nelson


Anne Bond

Zipporah Hightower

Maureen Jacob

Odessa Molina

Kristine Paulson

Dan Swartz


Katie Hollenberg

Richard McDonald

Emily Miller

Samantha Peterson

Maggie Price