So a Gilbert School District is going to hire a firm to help them with strategic planning. In the real world (outside education) this is code for throw-away money.
"Every private, corporate, non-profit or public company needs a vision to guide it, so pieces of the future can start coming together." So says the consultant who has the "vision" for the Gilbert School District for a tidy $100K. With this pricey vision, the district can "focus on education."
Call me crazy, but aren't the teachers the ones who are hopefully already focusing on education, and the well-paid staff of the district the ones who should be focusing on whatever vision is needed. Riddle me this: How many school supplies can you buy with $100K? My sense is this is a question the good people of Gilbert should be asking themselves when they get one of those "needed supply lists" for junior in the first week of school and when the good city asks for their next bond issue.
Perhaps we should be looking at this on a different angle. Maybe there is a consulting firm out there that may be able to set the "vision" and perform whatever other tasks the district employees currently do. I would bet that tab would come in a lot less than what they are currently paying.
Ed Glancy, Mesa