There must be a good plan behind the Strategic Plan, school board members agreed at a Thursday leadership meeting.
To help Superintendent Kevin Skelly review proposals from outside firms about how to conduct the drafting of the important document, the board appointed Camille Townsend and Melissa Baten Caswell.
The three will hear presentations about different processes and decide which will best suit the school district.
The Strategic Plan is often called a "road map of priorities" and is intended to help guide board decisions.
At a board meeting in early December, Skelly presented a timeline to complete a 12-year plan open to periodic revision by mid-March.
But board members struggled to define how to gather community input and go about writing the document.
Spending three days in a crowded room trying to share concerns is not an ideal method, Board member Melissa Baten Caswell said Thursday, referencing the last strategic-planning process.
She pushed for Skelly to review a panel of consultants, pick a "tried-and-true" process that worked for other districts and then stick with it.
But the board should not leave all oversight about the process to Skelly, Board member Camille Townsend said.
"I feel responsible for it," she said, noting it was a document to guide the board.
Yet bringing all proposals before the board would be a lengthy process and slow things down, Baten Caswell said.
But letting only a select few board members decide was undesirable, Townsend said.
"I don't feel comfortable deferring to different board members," she said.
The group ultimately appointed Townsend and Baten Caswell as a subcommittee to assist Skelly.
"I would trust the work of two other board members," Board member Barb Mitchell said.
The rest of the all-day meeting was spent discussing behavioral protocols such as how to respond to parent complaints and how to work together as a team, Board President Dana Tom said.
"I feel very positive that this group is going to work well together," Baten Caswell said.