What an Important Week - 01102019

I have entitled this  “What an Important Week!” for a variety of reasons.

  1. I pray that this will be the first week in several that we will have NO weather-related school closings. I say that realizing that the forecast is showing the possibility for wintery conditions at the beginning of the week. The weather the past several weeks has almost created a new norm for us. I remind myself as a rather newbie to the Michigan Lakeshore weather conditions that last year we had 100 plus inches of snow and only missed five days of school, and one of them was heat related. I am hopeful that whatever Mother Nature throws at us is more the norm.
  2. A Crusader Forum will be held on Wednesday evening beginning at 6:30 PM in the 7-12 Cafeteria. The main purpose of the forum is to share the road map, or strategic plan,  being utilized to drive Muskegon Catholic Central toward a vibrant and sustainable future. Adopted by the Board of Trustees earlier this year, we are eager to share a plan with you that is dynamic, forward thinking, and laser-focused on moving MCC ever forward with excellence, Catholic character, effort, and opportunity. Pillar Teams in the areas of Academics, Catholic Identity/Mission Effectivement, Finance, Extracurriculars, Advancement, and Operations developed objectives to help achieve a vision statement provided by the Board and an overarching set of BHAGS (big hairy audacious goals). Each team also shared tactics or strategic initiatives to achieve the objectives. An up-to-the-minute version of the plan is available by clicking on the following link - MCC Strategic Plan. The work of implementing the plan has begun. A secondary purpose of the forum is to enlist your help in implementing the plan.
  3. On Wednesday morning, I will host the first Creating Connections - Building Bridges ...Together with Ken session in the 7-12 Cafeteria from 8:15 to 9:15. Embedded in my personal goals for 2019 is a desire to provide more opportunities for conversation and the sharing of information. The agenda for the session will be - a short presentation followed by conversation and Q & A. I look forward to sharing with the participants. My hope is to keep the size of the group to 15. Please contact Barb Antekeier at bantekeier@muskegoncatholic.org to reserve a spot.

Please prayerfully consider attending the Crusader Forum and the Creating Connections- Building Bridges session on Wednesday. They are incredible opportunities for you to be updated and stay in the know. It is also a chance for me to gain important feedback and insight.

Earlier this morning as I was preparing to sit down and share my thoughts and musings for this week, I found myself reflecting on the importance of having a dynamic and comprehensive Strategic Plan. I sat at the computer and googled strategic planning. I wanted to find a definition or excerpt that would capture my thoughts. On the Balanced Scoreboard Institute’s website, I found the following:

What is Strategic Planning?

Strategic planning is an organizational management activity that is used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment. It is a disciplined effort that produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future. Effective strategic planning articulates not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how it will know if it is successful.

What is a Strategic Plan?

A strategic plan is a document used to communicate with the organization the organization's goals, the actions needed to achieve those goals and all of the other critical elements developed during the planning exercise.

Thanks to a comprehensive and aggressive planning process facilitated and managed by Board member Matt Dugener, in conjunction with Don Kalisz, we have a dynamic plan that provides focus, energy, and direction. For me, the plan is alive and very much a part of every activity and discussion that I participate in. I carry a copy of the plan with me into every meeting and conversation that I participate in. I am committed to its success and want to ensure that the decisions being made utilizing the foundation laid by the plan will be transforming and positive for Muskegon Catholic Central.

I know that the number of snow days accumulated so far this year is on everybody’s mind. To be honest, that would be true for me also. Our mission requires us to provide an excellent educational experience rooted in the Catholic tradition for each MCC student. To accomplish that, we are committed to providing those who choose us as their Catholic education partner, the full value of that Catholic educational experience for their children. We are discussing how we can best provide that expected value with so much time out of the classroom. Any decisions made will be based on that expected value. As decisions are made, you will be notified.

May God continue to bless all Crusaders!

Ken

St. John Paul II pray for us!


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