Hemet Unified School District governing board workshop focuses on district goals

Hemet Unified School District Governing Board of Education members attend a workshop focusing on the district’s vision and goals. Courtesy photo

HEMET – The Hemet Unified School District’s Governing Board of Education attended a workshop facilitated by Kent Bechler, Ph.D., the lead partner for executive leadership development of Leadership Associates recently, because the district thinks that students shouldn’t be the only ones learning.

The workshop focused on the district’s vision and goals and how to set the district up for success. Throughout the workshop, the trustees learned about the two requirements for a successful district and how to ensure their employees feel valued. They talked about their overall leadership personality and how they can work together to ensure students are succeeding. They delved into what makes a great district and what they can do to continuously improve the district as a whole to become a smarter and healthier organization.

“The district is fortunate to have the leadership of this board. They are cohesive and share a common mind that focus on student success,” Bechler said.

The board will use this conversation to provide input to staff as they create the district’s vision and goals. Throughout the school year, Superintendent Christi Barrett has asked all employees to participate in a “See, Hear, Feel” activity. Every staff member within the organization is being asked what they always see, hear and feel in a good school district and what they see, hear and feel in a bad school district. This input will be collected and used to create the district’s vision and goals. During the board’s “See, Feel, Hear” activity, they stressed the importance of providing a safe learning environment, a place where students are challenged academically and an organization that is student centered.

“This workshop provided the opportunity for our governing board to gain a better insight into the leadership work the cabinet team has been engaged with. It is important that we are able to align our leadership philosophy with the governing board and provide them the opportunity to contribute to the development of the shared vision of the District,” Barrett said.

The board walked away from the four-hour workshop with a more concrete idea of employee expectations and responsibilities as well as the board’s role and participation.

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