Friday, January 20, 2017
The Poland Board of Education voted on Dec. 19 to approve the hiring of Dr. Ronald Chordas to facilitate and help the board and community develop a five-year strategic plan for the Poland Local School District.
Chordas is an instructor at YSU who teaches strategic planning and evaluation and fiscal management for nonprofits. His Youngstown firm, Chordas Studios, has led similar community-involved strategic plans for the Diocese of Youngstown, the United Way of the Mahoning Valley, Ursuline High School and the Rich Center for Autism at YSU.
The Poland Plan will create a vision for the future of Poland Schools and identify the critical issues to be addressed to achieve that vision. It will identify short and long range goals and the necessary strategies to meet those goals.
The Board of Education desires community involvement as it continues to work in the “Tradition of Excellence” established by the Poland Schools. The Board is currently recruiting community members to participate in the strategic planning process. Anyone interested in being part of the stakeholders group that will help shape the direction of the Poland Schools, or for more information about the process, contact Larry Dinopoulos via email at LDinopoulos@polandschools.org.
“The Board is determined to provide our students with the best in curriculum, staff and school facilities,” said Board President Richard “Beau” Weaver. “We believe this plan will help everyone remain focused on the needs of the district, while continuing to be cognizant of the type of school district our community and taxpayers desire.”