When you fail to plan, you are planning to fail, so the saying goes.
People associated with Dixon Public Schools are well aware of the concept.
A Strategic Planning Committee has been involved in preliminary work, so that a long-term plan can be created to deal with looming problems.
Residents and district staff have met periodically since last year to study the district’s buildings – one of which, Lincoln Elementary School, will be closed soon.
Their main finding?
Current buildings – Dixon High, Reagan Middle, and Washington, Jefferson and Madison Elementary – are inadequate for 21st-century learning.
Safety and security were deemed a problem, along with athletic and performing arts facilities, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
With the advice of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Dixon School Board decided to pursue more planning.
District officials have been on the lookout for potential strategic planning consultants to further guide the process.
A vote by the school board on a preferred consultant is likely in June. And then, the planning process will continue.
We can’t emphasize enough the importance of such planning for the school district’s future.
We wish the school board good luck in selecting a consultant.
We encourage the community to be involved to ensure that the final plan represents the will of the people.
By planning to succeed, the community – and its students – will be far better off.