(Seguin) -- As the new superintendent of schools for the Seguin ISD, Dr. Matthew Gutierrez says he can't help but be excited about where the district is when it comes to drafting out its strategic priorities for exceptional learning.
"I want the community to know that they can trust the process. It was a highly collaborative one where we had a lot of input from multiple stakeholders both from in the district and outside of the district. That's the one thing I want the community to know. Another note is that most of our board was not there during that two day retreat. So this was all new to them. The board seemed to have responded pretty positively to what they saw, the belief statements, the vision, the mission and the strategic priorities. That allows us as the district administration to move forward on really fine tuning our actions that fall within these strategic priorities and really beginning the work to create those action steps that we're going to take and move from draft -- it's going to always be a fluent document, but a final product that we can share with the community and public forums and take to the board for adoption," said Dr. Gutierrez.
Dr. Gutierrez says he believes these new strategic priorities will also help to redefine the Seguin ISD's reputation for learning. He says like with any plan, he too has his own personal goals for the district -- one in which will help draw more attention to the learning that will be taking place.
"As a superintendent and being my first year, I'm excited about the opportunity to have something that's going to guide my work and guide the work of the team. Today, we worked on an activity with our principals. We did an activity where we just wrote one word down, basically what our resolution was for our work. My one word was 'inspire.' What I hope to do is to inspire hope in where our district is going and a belief that we can be a 'destination district.' That we have exceptional students and we can create exceptional citizens. I believe that through this strategic plan, that will happen," said Dr. Gutierrez.
Although a strategic process is not new for the Seguin ISD, Dr. Gutierrez believes this particular document has been designed to better align actions with district beliefs. Plus, he says it offers a more positive environment for both the teachers and students -- allowing for more meaningful, relevant learning.