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NCSS seeks community input for vision statement
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The Newton County School System is updating its strategic plan and is asking the community for input on a vision statement for the school system.

The district’s current mission statement is “providing educational excellence for all students.” Samantha Fuhrey, NCSS deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said the system, in updating its 5-year strategic plan, wants a vision statement as well.

“Our mission statement describes whatwe are doing, and our vision statement describes how we see ourselves in the future. It’s our goal,” Fuhrey said.

“Our leadership staff has been working on this for some time now, and we would like the community to provide input as well. The school system belongs to the community, so we definitely don’t want to leave our residents out of this very important decision. We want the community to weigh in on how they envision our school system.”

The draft vision statement is as follows:
“The Newton County School System envisions students who, through a rigorous and relevant education, will be able to think critically in order to produce, perform, create, and communicate their knowledge competitively to a hyper-connected, global audience.”

The community can make suggestions about the vision statement by emailing no later than May 31.

“This really is an important step for us,” Fuhrey said. “We do hope parents, employees, businesses and community residents will take this opportunity to provide feedback.”