A summary review on the first of three Strategic Planning meetings held by school district

A summary review on the first of three Strategic Planning meetings held by school district

On February 6, a total of 73 members of the Bridgewater-Raritan Community came together to initiate the strategic planning process, which New Jersey School Boards facilitated.

The meeting theme was Determination: Strengths, Accomplishments, and Challenges.   The evening commenced with a welcoming address and introduction by Barry Walker, President of the Board of Education, followed by a comprehensive State of the Schools presentation by Superintendent Robert Beers.  

State of Schools

During the session on February 6, community members were familiarized with the consensus process integral to strategic planning. Participants were grouped randomly and engaged in brainstorming sessions to identify the district's key strengths and challenges.

Following a thorough discussion, each group identified and presented their top 10 strengths and challenges for the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. New Jersey School Boards subsequently identified common themes from these discussions.

Key Strengths identified include:

  • Dedicated and high-quality staff
  • Full-day kindergarten
  • Diversity within the school district
  • Robust programming
  • Diverse learning opportunities
  • Engaged parents and parent organizations
  • Co-curricular programs
  • Effective communications

Challenges identified include:

  • Expansion of Career and Technical Education
  • Mental health support services
  • Facilities needs
  • Transportation challenges
  • Communications improvements
  • Teacher retention
  • Guidance services enhancements
  • Special services

The following strategic planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 29, at 7  p.m. at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School. The gathering theme is Dare to Dream: Vision and Expectations for the Future.  

If you still need to register, go to: Strategic Planning meeting registration