Danville Public Schools' 2021-2026 Strategic Plan

Danville Public Schools' 2021-2026 Strategic Plan
The Danville School Board approved the division’s 2021-2026 strategic plan during their June 3 meeting.

Since the beginning of the year, Danville Public Schools staff has been working to create a strategic plan for 
the next five years that will serve as a roadmap to success and address the division’s gaps to become a better school district.

In collaboration with the Virginia School Boards Association, the division started the process by surveying 
teachers, students, staff and community members, as well as holding community meetings. In reviewing the data collected, stakeholders established goals, objectives and a mission.

“Some of the most powerful community meetings we held were with the students,” Superintendent Dr. 
Angela Hairston said of the planning process.

Feedback allowed staff to come up with a mission statement, which is to “inspire, educate, and develop 
students in collaboration with families and the community, to ensure students graduate college and/or career ready.” The division’s vision is to create a school division that cultivates excellence for all.

The plan, as approved by the board, identifies five goal areas of improvement:

● Student achievement: Danville Public Schools will raise student achievement, close the 
achievement gap, and enable students to take ownership for their learning.

● Operations and internal processes: Danville Public Schools will ensure efficient and effective 
operations and processes aligned with board policy and supportive of improved working and learning conditions.

● Staff learning and growth: Danville Public Schools will recruit, hire, develop and retain highly 
qualified staff and provide opportunities for continued learning and professional growth.

● Stakeholder engagement and communication: Danville Public Schools will strengthen partnerships and communication with families, local businesses, community agencies and advocacy groups in order to engage families and community stakeholders to support improved academic achievement.

● Culture and climate: Danville Public Schools will foster an inclusive climate that values the safety 
and well-being of students, faculty, and staff and fosters an equitable environment that creates a sense of belonging.

These strategic goal areas are “big buckets” of work that shape DPS’ map for success.

“These goal areas were derived from a review of data, listening sessions, and survey data,” Hairston said.

“They’re gaps we need to fill in a large area.”

Each of these goal areas has specific objectives, such as increasing the graduation rate for all students in 
the area of student achievement, and initiatives and action steps to achieve that objective.

For increasing the graduation rates, an example of an initiative would be for the division to develop a high

school-to-work plan. An action step for this would be to develop a career pathways plan for students who will enter the workplace directly after high school graduation.

Each of the objectives also has “indicators of success,” which are measurable performance indicators to let 
the division know they are improving, such as the graduation rate.

Now that the plan is approved by the board, the division staff will work towards improving the five goal areas 
by using the Strategic Plan to guide them.

The full Strategic Plan can be viewed here. To give feedback in regards to the Strategic Plan, please fill out

the survey here or reach out to us on Let’s Talk via the home page of danvillepublicschools.org.