In 2018, the Bexley City School District will welcome newly-elected board member Michelle Mineo, elect a new board of education president and vice president, and embark on a strategic plan that will encompass all areas of the district.

The district will begin the strategic planning process by gathering community feedback from residents about their satisfaction with Bexley City Schools, Superintendent Kimberly Pietsch Miller said.

"We will gather this information via a scientific, telephonic survey conducted by a professional firm," she said.

Miller joined the district on Aug. 1, 2017, replacing Michael Johnson, who left the district after 16 years.

The community survey and strategic plan is an extension of an overall assessment of the district that Miller began when she assumed the post, said Melissa Lacroix, current school board president.

"Any time a district like ours -- we consider ourselves high-performing -- any time you change leadership at the top, we do a lot of self-analysis," Lacroix said. "We, as a board, appreciate this. It's a fresh look at what we do."

The district also will develop a profile of qualities that Bexley High School graduates should possess, Miller said.

Bexley will "identify the knowledge, skills and dispositions that we want to develop in each of our graduates," she said. "We will solicit input from staff, students, parents and the community at large develop the profile of a Bexley graduate."

Determining what graduates need will enable the district to narrow down the elements that should be included in the strategic plan, Miller said.

"We will use the information gathered from our community satisfaction survey and the profile of a graduate to guide our strategic planning," she said.

The board of education is scheduled to swear in Mineo and elect a new president and vice president at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at the Cassingham complex, 326 S. Cassingham Road.

The board's new leadership will work with Miller to ensure the strategic plan includes feedback from as many sources as possible, Lacroix said.

"It will include all of our community," she said. "We'll look at everything and move in the direction that our community wants us to."

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