Use District resources effectively and efficiently. Facilities and services meet the needs of our diverse and growing student population and community.
Six Years of Continuous Improvement
During the 2013-2014 school year, the Sun Prairie Area School District embarked on a new initiative, the development of a strategic plan. After more than 60 SWOT analysis meetings with different community stakeholders. The findings of the SWOT analysis found the district markedly behind in technology with no 1:1 computer initiative. The lack of a long-range facilities plan with or district-wide capital maintenance plan was putting the district’s facilities at risk. Overcrowding at almost every school in the district was disrupting student access and opportunity, and with no district Facebook page or a communication engagement plan, the community felt the district was not fulfilling its obligation to communicate and engage the community. Additional SWOT analysis results included concerns about the school lunch program, a lack of gifted and talented programming, concerns about the lack of curriculum revision and outdated materials, a poor performing compensation system, and lack of any plan for staff growth and student equity.
After Community Conversation with more than 50 community members, the SPASD developed its first Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan was launched in the 2014-2015 school year. Over the last five years, Sun Prairie has worked through our strategic plan which was focused on four main pillars: Teaching & Learning, Workforce Focus, Community Engagement, and Facilities & Operations. Within each of these pillars, our District has achieved many goals to evolve and improve for our community and children we serve.
By working collaboratively and staying focused on our strategic plan and priorities, the future is bright for the SPASD.
No student will be turned away from breakfast or lunch due to a lack of funds in their lunch account.
The School Nutrition Program is offering a more diverse menu from different cultural backgrounds.
Lunch and breakfast menus also include more healthy options, such as daily salad bars at all schools, so that students can incorporate more healthy fresh fruits and vegetables into their diet.
We distributed meal boxes, which included seven days of both breakfast and lunch, to children 18 years of age and under in our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
We implemented Visitor Management Systems, the security system that accurately identifies individuals who come to our buildings, at all of our fourteen schools. Visitors have to present a valid government-issued ID as they enter the building.
The Secondary School Planning Committee was created to explore ideas about how to serve a growing enrollment and our community’s high expectations for student achievement and opportunity for all students. Through this space planning process, we solved space issues for 15+ years.
We invested in geothermal heating and cooling in the five newest school buildings (soon to be six) when Sun Prairie West High School opens in the fall of 2022. This, coupled with equipment and operational upgrades at our existing buildings, allows us to continually use less energy overall than we did even 15 years ago, despite adding over 750,000 square feet since then.