New Concepts! Join Us Oct 23 & 24 for a Community Conversation

A Message from Superintendent Doug Van Zyl:

A few months ago, our school district started the process to shape a new vision for the future of our schools. We partnered with leading architects, engaged our community, and spent many hours in discussion and analysis around the dynamic education, enrollment, and financial needs of our district. 

We have had dozens of conversations, including several community focus group discussions, as well as many staff and leadership-based discussions to develop several concepts for our future, with particular focus on the high school level, where we are poised to make the most immediate and impactful changes. 

We are ready to share our latest round of concepts for a community-wide conversation about the future of St. Joseph School District. The St. Joseph School District and architecture and planning partners will host conversations about our community’s vision for how to best to prepare St. Joseph students for academic and career success.

Below are details for each event. 

Dates: October 23 & 24
Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (New conversations at the top of each hour)
Location: emPowerU, 518 S 6th Street, Saint Joseph, MO

Join us for new breakout discussions at the top of the hour at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., or 7 p.m. Stay for the whole event, or come and go as you please.

Conversations will center on our concepts and related issues, including strategic planning for education and our city and school district finances.

Thank you for your commitment to our students and the St. Joseph community.



Results from Our First Survey

This summer, we kicked off the SJSD Master Facilities Plan process by seeking community feedback through our first online “Introduction” survey to help us develop a vision to improve our school facilities and better prepare our kids for success in school, the workplace, and life.

We are pleased to share the results of survey with you, which you can download by clicking here. We are grateful to all who took the time to share their thoughts and ideas with us.

We will launch our second survey during the first week of July, which will be open for two weeks. Questions in our second survey build on the results from our first survey to help us hone in on specific priority areas we should consider in our MFP. Additionally, we will soon begin recruitment for several targeted focus group discussions to dig into “big ideas” that will inform the recommendations that lead to our final plan. 

Thank you for time and engagement in this process! Please stay tuned for more updates.

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