Hattiesburg leaders plan for future of school district

Published: Jun. 22, 2015 at 11:16 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2015 at 11:43 PM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Community and education leaders have begun brainstorming for development of the Hattiesburg School District's strategic plan.

"We feel that we have the foundations in place, now we have something to build on, and we want the community to come in and be a part of it," HPSD Superintendent James Bacchus said.

The district contracted with P3 Strategies, LLC last month, who began group meetings Monday with district stakeholders to create a collective vision of what is wanted and needed in the district. That group is called the Strategic Plan Initiative Working Group.

"We're trying to collect as many voices as possible out there and weave them all together for a narrative to tell about where this district is going," P3 President Pamela Shaw explained.

P3 Strategies is a consulting firm based in Jackson, and they have created two surveys to gauge opinions of parents, teachers, administrators and the community.

The group who met Monday will continue to meet throughout the summer to discuss high school success, career and college readiness, classroom technology, reading achievement, among other things.

"It shows the total relationship of how everyone is committed to all children here in this city," Bacchus said of the group, which comprised of parents, students, administrators, teachers, community, business and civic leaders.

Shaw's consulting firm will facilitate those group sessions and will work with the district for the next few months until implementation of the plan is made for the district.

To take the parent and community survey, click here.

To take the teacher and administrator survey, click here.