In October and November 2018, over 1,000 members of the Yankton Community (including parents, patrons, students, support staff, and teachers) participated in an online survey. The participants shared their thoughts regarding the Forward 2024 focus areas – facilities, funding, school safety, and student achievement along with questions focused on communication, school environment, quality of education, and school support within the Yankton School District.
In November 2018, over 65 members of the community attended Collaborative Strategic Planning Session 1. During this session, the following information was presented: 2014-2019 Strategic Plan goals and accomplishments, statistical data regarding the Forward 2024 focus areas, and the online survey results. In addition, the participants identified strengths, challenges, and needs-to-be-addressed in Forward 2024 to continue to achieve the Mission and Belief Statements of the Yankton School District.
In December 2018, about 40 members of the community gathered for a second collaborative session to categorize the needs identified during the first session. Each group then prioritized the categorized list of needs. The session concluded with visioning statements for the Yankton School District upon the completion of Forward 2024.
In January 2019, the Yankton School District Administrators met to develop focus area goals using the visioning statements written at the second collaborative session meeting. Also, Steering Committee groups were formed for each of the five focus areas. Steering Committee members included administrators, teachers, parents and community members, and a school board member.
The Steering Committees met throughout February and March to develop a 5 year action plan to carry out the focus area goal. Committee members collaboratively wrote objectives and action items with target dates to ensure progress and implementation.
The Forward 2024 Strategic Plan was presented to the community at an informational meeting in April 2019.
A draft of Forward 2024 Strategic Plan was presented to the School Board for a first read on April 8, 2019 with final approval and board adoption on May 13, 2019. Implementation of Forward 2024 Strategic Plan will begin with the 2019-2020 school year.