The Solana Beach School District (SBSD) is gathering staff, students, families, and community members to share in a year-long planning process, which it is calling "Imagining Our Vivid Vision."
A focus group of more than 80 participants from across the district is meeting four times during the school year to explore and update the district's mission, create a vision statement, embed LCAP goals, and create a student promotion profile. This information will be discussed and considered as the district's board of education sets direction and long-term goals in fall 2020. The next Imagining Our Vivid Vision meeting will be Nov. 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The first two-hour meeting was held earlier this month at Skyline School. Participants gathered to listen, discuss, and brainstorm. During the session, two SBSD alums took the stage and answered questions about their own elementary experiences. They spoke openly about what they felt worked and offered suggestions for the district's future work in supporting students as they progress through elementary school. Both students, now high school seniors at nearby schools, will be attending four-year colleges next fall.
"Since our first meeting, I have heard positive feedback about the process as well as about the topics we planned and those that came up organically during our session," said Superintendent Jodee Brentlinger. "The broad representation and the open, honest environment are incredibly empowering, and I believe the outcomes will be even stronger and more inclusive as a result."
Photo: High school seniors and SBSD alums Marina and Ben are greeted at the first session by Superintendent Jodee Brentlinger.