The Benton Harbor Area Schools Board has moved forward with a strategic plan for the district. At a meeting last week, administrators approved a document developed with help from the Michigan Association of School Boards that sets out the school district’s beliefs, vision, mission, and goals for schools in the Benton area. Harbour. The language came out of an eight-hour retreat with about 40 community members. Administrator Trenton Bowens was delighted to see everyone coming together.
“That atmosphere was inspiring,” Bowens said. “The excitement, the energy. Then you looked on social media and the energy was on social media. People left feeling like – let’s be real – a lot of people have lost hope, and the people left there feeling like they can believe again and that we can restore that pride.
Superintendent Andrae Townsel recommended the drafting of the strategic plan last year, saying it will guide the district as it seeks to improve and be second to none. It covers the areas of academics, learning environment, facilities and operations, communications, personnel and leadership. It is a living document that will be updated. The plan states that the district’s mission is “to educate, guide and inspire students by developing their skills and knowledge to compete globally.”