Hilliard school board members voted unanimously Oct. 28 to adopt new mission and vision statements for the district.
Both statements are more succinct than the previous incarnations.
The district's new vision statement is: "Hilliard City Schools will embrace, empower and inspire students, family and community in an active partnership."
The former vision statement was: "Hilliard City Schools is a school system centered around the students and the work provided to them."
The three keywords of embrace, empower and inspire were introduced Oct. 22 during Superintendent John Marschhausen's first state of the schools address.
The words were chosen at a summer session with administrators when Marschhausen asked for three words to best embody how the district works with students.
The district's new mission statement is: "Hilliard City Schools will ensure that every student is Ready for Tomorrow."
It replaces: "In concert with family and community, the Hilliard City School district will empower all graduates to thrive in the 21st century."
The mission statement dates back to 1993; the vision statement was last revised in 2000.
"The (former) mission statement referred to preparing students for the 21st century and was appropriate for its time, but now needs to address the next step," said district spokeswoman Amanda Morris.
"Ready for Tomorrow" already was widely used as the district's motto before officially being made part of the mission statement.
Meanwhile, the three keywords of the vision statement are being illustrated on signs at multiple buildings, Morris said.
The district is in the process of updating both statements on the website, Morris said.
In other activity at the Oct. 28 meeting, board members recognized the district's seven National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and 21 commended students from Bradley, Darby and Davidson high schools.