Dr. Judi Jones, the district’s chief academic officer, led board members through a 15-minute activity during Wednesday’s work session to narrow down a list of values.
“When we think about our district as a whole, what are the core values that we want to make sure permeate our organization — all the way from the board room to the classroom and beyond — so that every employee knows and understand what it is in Cobb County Schools stand for?” Jones asked.
The group started with a list of 11 values and narrowed that list down to four: achievement, integrity, creativity and innovation and accountability.
The school board will meet again at 8:30 a.m. May 21 to further discuss the values and begin incorporating them into the belief statements that will make up the plan, Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said.
“We’ll get any review and guidance from the board on what the next steps are … so that they have a lot of ownership of what we’re doing,” he said.
The meeting is open to the public.
The current Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 2009 and set to run through 2014, is being rewritten because Hinojosa said didn’t believe that he, his staff or the school board has shown much ownership of it.