The Johnston County Board of Education began a strategic planning process in September, 2009. The process sought input from principals, teachers, student leaders, town mayors and councilmen, law enforcement, faith-based community members, and classified employees. During the strategic planning process, the direction of the school system was reviewed and revised. This was done by reflecting on the vision, mission, core values, and goals of the school system. The strategic planning process was formally concluded at the 2010 Spring Planning Board Retreat. During this session, the vision, mission and core values were reaffirmed and the four district goals were adopted. Upon Dr. Renfrow’s transition in 2016, the direction of the school system was revisited through stakeholder discussions. It was through these discussions that the JoCo 2020 vision evolved to proactively determine what quality classroom instruction will look like in the year 2020.
In an effort to refine the school improvement planning processes of Johnston County Schools, an emphasis has been placed on establishing a unified, foundational understanding regarding the “why” of school improvement--- and most importantly how it has a direct impact on the students of this school system. With this emphasis comes numerous forms of support to promote consistency and accountability in the school and district improvement process. To effectively model this expectation, a district continuous improvement team has been established. The team will serve as a support system for our schools and district to ensure all improvement plan components are breathing documents that will be consistently reviewed and revisited to ensure the district and its schools are meeting the needs of the students, and ultimately aligning to the JoCo 2020 vision.
Since both the District Continuous Improvement Plan and the School Improvement Plans are aligned around the same vision, mission, core values, and goals, we are all “pulling in the same direction”. This alignment, along with our reflective practice of reviewing our successes and making adjustments as needed, will ensure another successful year for you as a school and for us as a district.