Strategic planning for the District is planned, participants invited

Members of the Otselic Valley Central School District community are invited to participate in strategic planning for O V on November 6/7, and November 28/29 from 8 AM - 3:30 PM (including lunch) each day.  Sean Brady, an experienced facilitator and President of Prism Decision Systems, will work with 20-25 who will together look at the District, imagine its future, work on collaborative evaluation and decision-making, and arrive at what Brady has described as “group genius.”  

Those interested in participating are invited to email District Secretary Gail Burpee at gburpee@ovcs.org or call her at 315-653-7218.

“During my tenure in the District,” said Superintendent Rob Berson in the September District newsletter, “I have observed a longing within the school community to have a voice within and connection to our District through growing positive relationships. My vision for initiating this process is to bring in a strategic planning facilitator to lead a process that will enable all stakeholder groups to have a voice, be listened to, and heard.

The outcomes of the strategic planning process will provide clear direction for our District next year and for many years to follow. It will also assist the District by aligning current and future initiatives. This will all enhance the level of transparency within our school community.”

The working group’s size will be limited to 25 to ensure that its work can be accomplished with efficiency, clarity, and equal representation. Participants are asked to commit to all four days so that a consistency of effort and a deep dive into the strategic planning work at hand can be accomplished. 

As significant as the time commitment, is the composition of the working group.  Mr. Berson explains that voices from all stakeholder groups should be at the table:  students, parent and community members, non-instructional and instructional staff, administration, and the Board of Education.

The strategic planning process will reflect basic values described on the Prism Decision Systems website, including the following:

All organizations possess within them the creativity, knowledge, and skills to achieve their full potential.
Every individual deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.
All groups can be trained to think more efficiently, plan more creatively, and implement more effectively.
Every challenge has an ethical solution.
All individuals are connected and interrelated.
Even the most difficult and intractable challenges offer new opportunities.
A little more humor never hurt.


Brady’s experience includes public school teaching, management, and board and corporate leadership. The Prism Decision Systems client list includes a full roster of area school districts as well as the Cornell University Center for Rural Schools, Arizona Department of Education, the National Institute of Health, BOCES, Mercy Health System of Philadelphia, Rural Schools Association of New York State, Syracuse University, Roberson Museum and Science Center, The Los Angeles Times, and WSKG Public Broadcasting.

For more information, contact Mrs. Burpee or Mr. Berson at 315-653-7218.

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