Oshkosh4Education plans annual report to community - September 16 2013

Event introduces new watchdog panel, outlines progress on OASD Strategic Plan

OSHKOSH, WI -- Oshkosh4Education, the communitywide visioning project focused on the city's public schools, got its start in January and already has a report to share with the community.

A free, public event will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at the Oshkosh Convention Center. The event will serve as the Oshkosh4Education 2013 Annual Report to the Community, which will include a presentation on progress made on the Oshkosh Area School District's Strategic Plan and an introduction of members of the newly formed Education Commission.

Register to attend the Oshkosh4Education 2013 Annual Report to the Community.

"After all of the planning, we are ready to announce the strategic plan, what action steps are being taken this school year, and the measurable outcomes that we will use to determine our progress," says Beth Wyman, chairperson of the Education Commission. "This is a great opportunity for the community to see exactly how their vision, which resulted in the OASD Strategic Plan, is being carried out, and what they can expect to be accomplished during the current school year and in the future."

The presentation will outline how much progress has been made on each of the five priorities and corresponding action steps set forth in the OASD Strategic Plan, as well as a look at baseline data that will be used to track success. In addition, data from this year's State Report Card, which is expected to be released on Sept. 17, will be distributed.

"It's impressive what's been accomplished in a very short time since Oshkosh4Education presented us with the vision and community input," says Stan Mack, OASD superintendent. "The district staff has worked very hard over the summer to develop a plan that will not only provide the best education possible, but also one that gives a level of accountability to our community never seen here before."

The Education Commission, a 27-member panel of business, community and school district representatives, will serve as a watchdog for Oshkosh4Education, monitoring progress on the OASD Strategic Plan and ensuring its relevancy.

The plan, along with information presented during the Annual Report to the Community, will be available on the Oshkosh4Education.org website after Thursday's event.

This event follows a public meeting in May at which community members signed the Oshkosh4Education Community Agreement. The document spells out the five priorities determined during a visioning process that involved more than 1,700 residents during January, February and March.

Oshkosh4Education is a continuation of the 2009 Visioning and Branding, directed by a committee that includes representatives of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, Oshkosh Area School District, Chamber of Commerce, City of Oshkosh, Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Valley Technical College, the Oshkosh Northwestern, Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh and Propel.

It is the largest community engagement project in support of the public education undertaken in Oshkosh. Oshkosh4Education is supported by the Oshkosh Community Education Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.


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