2016-21 Strategic Plan


The Old Saybrook School District utilizes a strategic planning process as a preparation and decision-making strategy to ensure that our students are ready to meet the diverse demands of a changing world. The development and implementation of a Strategic Plan serves as a primary guide for determining which programs and services will be retained, added or revised. The Old Saybrook School District Strategic Plan was last revised in 2010.

Development of 2016-2021 Plan

The development of the 2016-21 plan commenced in February 2016. The first phase of work consisted of stakeholder input. Stakeholders included students, parents, community leaders and citizens, faculty and staff, administrators and the Board of Education. Stakeholders were invited to participate in focus groups and in an on-line survey. Approximately 140 people participated in the focus groups and over 500 stakeholders responded to the on-line survey.

Following the input phase, the District Leadership Team analyzed the input data and identified the suggested priorities. These priorities were then framed into three goals, which were presented to and approved by the Board of Education. The Board approved the goals in June 2016.

The development of plan detail was a major unit of work for the District Leadership Team (DLT) during the summer of 2016. Their work consisted of exploring the goals in depth, developing action plans, setting criteria for evaluating the goals, reviewing the language from the last strategic planning process and making recommendations for language revisions. The DLT's work was informed by literature on current and future trends.


The mission of the Old Saybrook Public Schools is to educate and prepare students to achieve their highest aspirations, care for others and the environment, and contribute to a global society by working in partnership with families and the community, and by engaging each learner in a rigorous, personalized, and meaningful educational program.

Goal #1: Consistent implementation of a well-developed, state-of-the-art and fully articulated series of standards and outcomes for learning.

Goal #2: Innovative and highly focused instructional design and practices that maximize student engagement while streamlining student work to that which is meaningful and essential.

Goal #3: Proactive and flexible plans that respond to changing demographics including:

  • declining enrollment,

  • increasing numbers of students who speak English as a second language

  • increasing social and emotional needs of students

  • Increasing expense of education in a setting where the number of households with school-age children is declining