Lyme-Old Lyme Schools to Host Forum Tonight on Strategic Planning


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LYME-OLD LYME — The school district will be hosting its first open community forum tonight to discuss a strategic plan outlining the district’s goals for its students and hear community members want from the schools going forward.

Superintendent Ian Neviaser said the last time the district developed a strategic plan was seven years ago, and that the plan needed to be updated. 

Neviaser said that after initial meetings with employees and representatives from the town, parent groups and the Board of Education, a few major focus areas appeared. He said that members of the group wanted the students to be “well-rounded” and to be able to “persevere.” He said the group discussed the importance of a strong core academic program, but also the need for students to “develop healthy lifestyles.” 

At the forum, Chip Dumais, executive director of Cooperative Education Services, will give a presentation and then ask community members to give input. Neviaser said he hoped parents and community members would come out to the forum to share their thoughts with the district.

“We want to know what people’s goals are for our students going forward. What do they want to get out of the Lyme-Old Lyme schools … and what should we really put our efforts toward over the next 5-10 years?” said Neviaser. 

The forum will be held in-person at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School at 6 p.m. The forum will also be streamed online through the district’s YouTube channel.

Emilia Otte

Emilia Otte covers health and education for the Connecticut Examiner. In 2022 Otte was awarded "Rookie of the Year," by the New England Newspaper & Press Association.