What are your educational priorities? What would you like to see changed, improved, or kept the same in LMSD? Where do you see education heading in the next 5-10 years? What skills and qualities should our graduates possess? If you’re interested in sharing your thoughts with us (and we hope you are), here are four ways to get involved:
Community Forums: The District will convene a series of community discussions to gather public feedback. These events are open to all members of our community. Dates and locations are as follows: April 22nd 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Bala Cynwyd Middle School; April 24th 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Welsh Valley Middle School; April 27th 2:30 PM -5:30 PM at Lower Merion High School.
Focus Groups: The District will convene focus group conversations in April and May with several constituent groups. These meetings will be facilitated by District administrators. To see a list of focus group dates and contact information for participation, click here.
Surveys: Online surveys will be available to students, staff, parents, and community members beginning in April. Staff, parents and students will receive an email with links to the surveys. These surveys, as well as the community survey, will also be accessible via a new Strategic Planning section of the District website. Hard copy surveys will be distributed throughout the community and will be available upon request from the District.
General Feedback: General community feedback about strategic planning should be directed via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail c/o Dr. Wagner Marseille, Lower Merion School District, 301 E. Montgomery Ave., Ardmore, PA 19003.We also encourage you to follow @lmsdplanning on Twitter and use the hashtag #lmsdplans in your tweets about planning. You can also share your thoughts in person at public school board meetings. For a list of upcoming meetings, click here.
Steering Committee: Feedback and data collected from focus groups, surveys, email, social media, and public comments will be synthesized by District staff and will guide the work of a Steering Committee made up of community members that will meet throughout the month of May. The Steering Committee will review public feedback, identify key themes and priorities, and develop a set of recommendations for the strategic direction of the District. If you are interested in serving on the Steering Committee, please email Esther Novak (email@example.com) with a brief note of interest and a resume by Friday, April 4. Please note that this will need to be a small committee and we regret that it will be impossible to include all who express interest. Participation in this committee will require a significant time commitment: a minimum of 35 hours of meeting time, some of which will take place on May 5th, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM; May 15th, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM; and May 22nd, 3:30 PM - 8:30 PM.