Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is inviting parents, students and members of the community to help create Strategic Plan 2014, a blueprint to guide the district’s work through the next four years. CMS is hosting a series of community forums to share information and gather feedback about the draft plan.
The East Learning Community will meet Thursday, September 10 at Independence High School in the Mall Area (just inside main entrance).

In Nov. 2006, Superintendent Dr. Peter C. Gorman unveiled Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Strategic Plan 2010: Educating Students to Compete Locally, Nationally and Internationally. With the conclusion of that plan in sight, CMS leaders are creating a new framework to increase student achievement.
“We have made great strides in accomplishing many of the goals we set out in Strategic Plan 2010,” Dr. Gorman said. “Now it’s time to build on our successes and strive for greater achievement in the classroom, in our community, in the high-tech world of tomorrow, and in the environment.”
Like its predecessor, Strategic Plan 2014 includes seven recommended goals to guide the district’s work:
Highly Effective Educators
Highly Effective Leaders
Performance Management
Support Services for Positive Choices
Parent & Community Connections
Developing Digital Citizens
Environmental Sustainability
Each proposed goal includes objectives to measure performance and strategies to reach those objectives. Strategic Plan 2014 will enable CMS to monitor progress in reaching each objective and to determine where additional efforts are needed.
Dr. Gorman said the economic environment makes it even more critical that we remain focused on our priorities. “We must provide the best possible education for our students and make responsible decisions. Therefore, only those strategies with an identified funding source have been included in Strategic Plan 2014.”
Community feedback is a vital element in the process and district officials have planned a series of forums so parents, students and anyone with a stake in the school system can learn more about the next strategic plan. The forums begin on Tuesday, Sept. 1 and one will be held in each of CMS’ seven learning communities:

West Learning Community
Tuesday, Sept. 1
Phillip O. Berry Academy

North Learning Community
Thursday, Sept. 3
North Mecklenburg High

Northeast Learning Community
Wednesday, Sept. 9
Vance High
Orchestra Room (E103)

East Learning Community
Thursday, Sept. 10
Independence High
Mall Area (just inside main entrance)

South Learning Community
Monday, Sept. 14
Providence High
Media Center

Central Learning Community
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Myers Park High

Achievement Zone
Thursday, Sept. 17
West Charlotte High
Media Center