Two open houses have been scheduled to inform district residents about the next step in the New Albany-Plain Local Schools' strategic-planning process.

Two open houses have been scheduled to inform district residents about the next step in the New Albany-Plain Local Schools' strategic-planning process.

The meetings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb 1, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, both in Mershad Hall at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.

At the request of school board members, the community-awareness meetings will focus on the draft of the plan that the 35 members of the planning committee had created during their three-day workshop Jan. 8-10. Members of the planning committee will be on hand to answer questions about the draft and the rest of the planning process.

The meetings also will touch on the Cambridge Strategic Services planning process. Cambridge was hired to facilitate the entire planning process.

"We basically want to make sure the community has the opportunity to learn as much as they can about the strategic-planning process and the results that came from the planning session to make sure we are providing clear information and that people understand the direction we are going in," said district communications director Jeff Warner, who is serving as one of the two strategic-plan coordinators and as internal liaison for the plan.

Warner said the two sessions are designed to educate community members about the plan, not to change the plan.

Debra Lowery, the other plan coordinator and community liaison, said she and Warner are in the process of finding action-team members. They are looking for about 100 people -- 50 residents and 50 NA-PLS staff members -- to serve on the 10 action teams that will study and recommend a course of implementation for the 10 strategies the planning committee had developed earlier this month.

Action-team members will meet weekly on either Sundays or Wednesdays from February to May and then will present their recommendations to the planning committee.

The groups will begin to meet in the week of Feb. 7, after action-team leader training Feb. 3.

Warner said they still are looking for people to serve on the action teams. Those interested should visit the district's Web site at www.new-albany.k12.oh.us or call (614) 855-2040.

"We want people to volunteer and get involved," Warner said.

School board member Laura Kohler, who is also a member of the planning committee, suggested during the board's Jan. 14 work session that she thought Warner and Lowery should organize the community-awareness meetings.

"I would imagine, if we could engage the community, helping them understand the process and product, it would be time well-spent," Kohler said.