Thank You to Everyone who has Completed the Strategic Plan Survey

The Steering Committee, district leadership, and School Board will use the results from the survey, the feedback from focus groups, and other district data as inputs to draft components of the strategic plan in May. The community will have an opportunity to review a draft of the strategic plan and provide feedback in June. Read the full message from Superintendent Duran.


In March, the Bellevue School District launched our Strategic Planning work. Through creation of a new Strategic Plan, we will set the course for the district for the next three to five years, defining our vision and values, refining our mission, solidifying our priorities, and providing a framework for aligning our work with those priorities.

The Strategic Plan will build on the Entry Plan that Dr. Duran completed during his first nine months in the district. What he learned through his Learning and Listening tour provided a good picture of our district’s strengths and opportunities for growth. Our strategic plan will build on that work.

Our goals for the Strategic Planning process are:

  • To create an actionable 3-5 Year Strategic Plan
  • To build shared understanding of our vision, values and priorities
  • To align our resources, programs, and initiatives to our priorities, with a focus on improving outcomes for ALL students
  • To incorporate input from multiple stakeholders – both internal and external


February – March
Strategic Planning Prep

  • Select strategic planning consultant and finalize contract
  • Identify planning team and steering committee
  • Develop high-level milestone schedule
  • Hold steering committee kick-off meeting

March – April
Conduct Needs Assessment

  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data, including interviews and focus groups
  • Analyze data
  • Administer survey to test findings

April – May
Develop Strategic Plan

  • Share findings from needs assessment
  • Articulate our vision and values
  • Steering committee to develop:
    • Theory of action
    • Priorities
    • Measurable goals
    • Begin to align initiatives to priorities

June – August
Conduct Community Meetings

  • Share draft plan with board and community
  • Hold series of community meetings to invite feedback on strategic plan
  • Revise and finalize plan
  • Launch plan and initiatives at Leadership Institute

Team Members

Planning Team

  • Dr. Duran, Superintendent
  • Eileen Harrity, Chief of Staff
  • Eva Collins, Deputy Superintendent of Student Academic Performance and Instructional Leadership
  • Melissa deVita, Deputy Superintendent of Finance & Operations
  • Jeff Thomas, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
  • Melanie McGee, Project Manager

Steering Committee

  • Dr. Duran, Superintendent
  • Eileen Harrity, Chief of Staff
  • Shomari Jones, Equity Lead
  • Judy Buckmaster, English Language Learners (ELL) Lead
  • Heather Edlund, Special Education Lead
  • Sharon Kautz, Curriculum & Instruction Lead
  • Patty Siegwarth, School Support (Exec Director) Lead
  • Jeff Thomas, Human Resources Lead
  • Dina Davis, Parent representative – student receiving special education services
  • Monica Webster, Parent representative – Black scholars
  • Alma Gonzalez, Parent representative – NISO
  • Melissa Young, Parent representative – student receiving gifted services
  • Jess Garcia, PTSA member
  • My-Linh Thai, Board Director
  • Nicole Hepworth, Elementary Administrator
  • James Peterson, Middle School Administrator
  • Scott Powers, High School Administrator
  • Allison Snow, Elementary Teacher
  • Kim Hay, Middle School Teacher
  • Rob Wood, High School Teacher
  • Torry Gower, Classified Staff