BRAINARD – East Butler Public Schools is taking another step in planning its future.

The school will hold a community engagement meeting Tuesday, April 24 in the East Butler High School gymnasium from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

East Butler Superintendent Sam Stecher said the meeting is open to district patrons and other individuals with interest in the school.

“This is an open meeting for any stakeholders in our communities,” he said.

Will Jones, associate director of board development for the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB), will lead the meeting.

“He will be running the meeting and will ask three questions to guide our discussions,” Stecher said.

The discussion will identify the school’s points of pride and accomplishments and challenges which may impact the district in the next three to five years, he said. Attendees will also be asked to share their expectations and priorities for the district.

“We want to identify our various assets as defined by our stakeholders and at the same time, identify our challenges,” Stecher said. “Then knowing what those are, we can identify everyone’s expectations for East Butler’s future.”

This will not be the first time the district has worked with NASB. Stecher said the East Butler Board of Education has met with Jones multiple times.

“The community-wide meeting is another step in the process,” he said.

NASB has also surveyed East Butler students, staff members and administrators.

“It’s been an ongoing process,” he said.

Stecher said the ultimate goal is for the school to have guidance going forward, based on the feedback given during the meeting.

“Ideally, it will have an influence on everything we do, from our day-to-day operations to our larger-scale decisions,” he said.

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