In 2009, the Cheyenne Mountain School District Board of Education began working on a comprehensive long-range plan designed to help guide future governance, practice, and decision-making in the District.
Designed as a four-stage process, it is the Board’s intent that the plan will enable the District to further its mission of providing a safe learning environment that empowers each student to be a contributing citizen by assuring personal and intellectual development, and to meet our expectation that every school, every classroom, and every student achieves…no exceptions…no excuses.
Five Priorities Driving the Need to Develop a Long-Range Plan
- Ensuring our graduates are prepared to the best of their abilities to be highly successful at higher levels of education or in the workforce.
- Supporting a safe and healthy learning environment.
- Continuing to maintain both high levels of achievement and high levels of growth on external measures of accountability.
- Learning, along with our community, what it will take for the Cheyenne Mountain School District to appropriately adapt to an ever-changing future.
- Realizing the Superintendent’s Vision of building on Cheyenne Mountain’s tradition of being a district of excellent schools and establishing an excellent school district.
Technology and Facilities Capital Investment Plan
Working to develop the long-range plan goals of (1) incorporating technology into classroom instruction and (2) providing facilities that reflect and support our value for academic achievement and growth is the focus of an extensive strategic plan and public process that began in January 2013. Specifically detailed in the focus areas of Academic Achievement and Growth and Fiscal Responsibility, these two goals will be addressed through two parallel processes facilitated by professional consultants. Led by facilitators from Accelerating Potential, LLC, a District 12-based firm specializing in community engagement, this process will result in a single report by fall of 2014 that will integrate both goals to inform decisions on technology plans and expenditures, capital improvements, and potential bond issue requirements.
Stage Four: Implementation, Evaluation, and Recalibration
Time Line: On-going
Stage Four will span the implementation of all action plans and will include application of all measures of success and accountability. The results of these measures will result in the recalibration of each goal and measure in order to ensure continued work toward fulfilling our mission and meeting our expectation.
A full listing of goals, work priorities, and work accomplished identified for each focus area can be viewed by clicking on the following links:
Stage Three: Action Planning
Time Line: Fall 2010 / Winter 2011
Stage Three required the Board of Education, the District’s Leadership Team, and key staff and community stakeholders to identify initial work priorities in each focus area. This work was conducted through a faculty academic summit held in December 2010 and a number of community forums held during January 2011.
Stage Two: Setting Direction
Time Line: Spring 2010
Stage Two of the plan involved the Board of Education and key stakeholders developing focus areas, value statements, and visions of success in response to data collected in Stage One. The specific focus areas and supporting value statements and visions of success are:
Highly Effective Instruction
Safety and Wellness
Stage One: Taking Stock
Time Line: December 2008 – May 2010
Stage One of the long-range planning process included a number of District and community-wide data gathering activities designed to help establish a baseline to understand our strengths, challenges, and possibilities. These activities included Board of Education interviews with Cheyenne Mountain High School graduates, accountability surveys submitted to all District parents, an electronic survey of recent graduates, the 2009 Colorado Student Wellness survey, the District’s inaugural academic summit, a community survey of budget priorities, and multiple community forums. Summary results from many of these activities are included below: