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Supervisors’ goals, mission being put into a written strategic plan

The King George Board of Supervisors agreed at a special meeting in early October with suggestions from staff to let it develop a draft strategic plan to codify the board’s vision, mission and strategic goals for the county.  
This exercise is not intended to change the county’s direction.  
It is instead intended to put down onto paper the goals that continue to be the guiding principles the board has been following. 
. . .   press here to see a pdf of the document  . . .

This type of exercise is often referred to as “strategic planning.”
As such, some groups have found that if they allow it, this type of exercise can take up a tremendous amount of their time.
That’s not the path the King George supervisors intend to take.  
Instead, after discussing ideas at a special meeting in October, county staff was allowed to spend some of its time coming up with wording that would spell out some draft ideas to guide the county forward and ways to implement the steps along the way.
Deputy County Administrator Donita Harper has been working with County Administrator Travis Quesenberry to come up with appropriate wording.  
A draft copy of a proposed vision statement, mission statement and strategic priorities was distributed at a special meeting ear lier this month on Dec. 2. Proposed performance measures were also suggested in the draft document.
Work session meetings tend to be more informal than regular meetings.  Supervisor-elect John LoBuglio was present at the meeting and invited to the table to take part in the exercise by Chairman Joe Grzeika. 
Supervisors made a few wording changes, but also agreed they all needed more time to digest it. 
“I’m gonna need some time to review and think about it, but I like the structure,” Grzeika noted.
Supervisor Dale Sisson had some wording changes.  Sisson also stressed the need for dating the final document and including timeframes for accomplishment of the goals.
One section is headed “Education.” Quesenberry said it was important to include it. 
Saying that education is a large part of the county’s budget, Quesenberry also stated, “We know the school division has very specific goals for education.”
Sisson agreed that the county can and should include education, but as a broader concept, in addition to Kindergarten through 12th grade. 
 “Education includes more than the school system; the library is an educational resource,” Sisson said. “Building a new library may be one of your tasks that allow you to meet ‘support lifelong learning.’”
Sisson noted other outreach efforts might also fit under the education category, saying, “Some local governments have a class that they teach to citizens.”
Supervisors like the idea and Grzeika noted that educating residents on the budget process might be in order, so residents might not jump to the false conclusion that a budget is simply presented by staff and ‘rubber stamped’ by the board. 
The staff’s first pass at a draft document is available online at www.journalpress.com.
Supervisors are far from placing their imprimatur on the document, but did give permission for the draft to be shared with county department heads and constitutional officers.
. . .   press here to see a pdf of the document  . . .
 

Phyllis Cook
Staff Reporter

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