Since my appointment as Superintendent I have heard from several people about the need to establish a clear vision for BCS. I agree. Proverbs 29:18 is often paraphrased as “Without a vision, the people perish.” That wisdom certainly can motivate strategic planners with its dire warning. The English Standard version may be more instructive: “Where there is no prophetic vision, the people cast off restraint…” In other words, without a clear vision, people wander off the main point and do their own thing. Everyone recognizes the importance of keeping the main thing the main thing, but we often lack the discipline required to do so.
In recent days, we have populated five committees with faculty, staff, and Board members. Each committee is charged with generating action steps the Board will consider in the following areas:
– Academic Performance
– Spiritual Development
– Faculty Recruitment and Retention
– Educational Delivery and Content
These areas were identified by the BCS community in the lead-up to the superintendent search. An ad hoc committee to look at our facility needs has been working since November.
The Board will evaluate the recommendations applying simple criteria: do they advance the mission and enable us to pursue excellence. Once we have settled on initiatives in each area the administrative team will develop plans to implement them in a timely manner. We are working to produce a document that will outline this strategic vision for BCS by the end of the school year. You are welcome to participate in this process as well. Please send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your ideas and I will happily direct them to the right committee.
Of course, we are trying to remodel this plane in mid-flight. Important initiatives in technology integration, resource development, Teaching for Transformation and teacher evaluation are underway and will need more time to become truly impactful. Our “to do” list is long, but I know our community has the passion and knowledge to get these things done. Thanks in advance for playing your part.