In the summer of 2015, the Gatesville School Board and Superintendent Eric Penrod initiated conversations around the development of a Strategic Plan for the school district. Gatesville ISD contracted with Cambridge Strategic Services to facilitate the strategic planning process. The district created a 33-member Strategic Planning Committee comprised of school employees, parents, business leaders, and administrators. This group met for a three-day planning session in late February 2017. As a result, the group developed a Strategic Plan to include an updated district mission, vision, core beliefs, goals and strategic objectives.
On March 2, 2017, representatives from Cambridge Strategic Services met with over 50 volunteers serving on 6 action plan subcommittees. This group's work continued throughout the Spring of 2017. These groups researched best practices, brainstormed new ideas and formulated action plans to address each specific strategy area. Their work continued throughout the second semester until the DRAFT Strategic Plan was presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. GISD staff has been working diligently since June to initiate individual elements of the Strategic Plan. This five-year document serves as the foundation for the work of the Administration and campus staff.