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District's strategic plan debated

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A strategic plan for the Oklahoma City School District stalled Monday night as board members called for a more in-depth planning process that may bring in an external firm to help draft the plan.

After holding several workshops, the board had drafted a “framework” for its strategic plan. However, that plan failed to get approval Monday night.

“I can’t vote on this if I don’t know who is going to take charge of the process,” Board Member Lyn Watson said.

Member Phil Horning called for external help in the process.

“I think that this document may be the best that we can do ourselves, or very close to it, so the question may seem to me are we going to get an outsider to check our work,” Horning said.

Chairwoman Angela Monson urged the board to approve the framework Monday, and then move forward at a later date with creating a strategic plan.

A review of the district’s progress released last month by the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation noted that the district had no strategic plan or direction for the future. The foundation offered to support the process.

Monson called for the district to pull together a strategic plan in 30 days, following the report.

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