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Wyckoff Schools Seeking Volunteers for 'Strategic Planning Committee'

Deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 15. The first meetings are scheduled for Oct. 18, and Dec. 6 and 12.

The Wyckoff Board of Education is reaching out to township residents to serve on a Strategic Planning Committee that will define many long-term priorities and goals within the K-8 school district, officials said Friday.

District staff members, parents, and residents of Wyckoff are invited to participate.

"The Wyckoff Board of Education began constructing a Strategic Plan last year to develop a vision for the education of Wyckoff's children that includes long-term priorities and goals," said Wyckoff Board of Education Superintendent Richard Kuder.

"With the input of the Board of Education, staff members, parents and community members a 'white paper' is being developed that identifies that vision," he said. The goal of our Strategic Plan is to crystallize that vision, assess where we are currently and to identify strategic pathways that can lead to the attainment of our goals and vision."

In a statement issued on its website, the Wyckoff BOE said that the committee is "essential to assess the current state of our district through the eyes of our community."

Members of the committee "will serve alongside others whose perspective may differ but share your interest in helping our schools realize our vision," the statement read. 

Kuder added the purpose of the Strategic Planning Committee is to assist the district in assessing the current "state of the district" in major areas such as educational program, finance and facilities.  

"The community's input and assistance is essential to obtain an informed view of 'how things are,' which will guide the development of strategic pathways to achieve a desired vision of the future," he said.

The committee is also essential to establish a consensus among district stakeholders regarding the schools' future direction, he said.

"Strategic Planning members will be put into sub-groups to identify, analyze and evaluate specific areas of the district using a SWOT analysis," Kuder said. "Members should be willing to attend three to four meetings over the next three months to organize, research, collect and present their findings."

The first organizational meeting is on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Eisenhower Middle School. Subcommittees will set their own calendar of meetings between October and December. Two additional meeting dates have been set for the committee: Dec. 6 and Dec. 12.  

If interested register online by Oct 15.

For further information contact wyckoffstrategicplan@gmail.com or by phone at 201-848-5700 x6202.

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