Forty-four key stakeholders of the East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) engaged in a strategic planning process from February to April 2007. The participation was characterized by commitment, energy, and a vigorous sense of personal and collective investment in the District. A suburban school system characterized by a strong tradition of parental and community involvement, the planners understood strategic planning as vital to creating its intentional future. The District had stated its mission as: "The ELPS, in partnership with the community, will implement and sustain an educational program which develops knowledgable, responsible, and productive citizens."
The East Lansing Public Schools initiated strategic planning at a time of organizational challenge because of internal and external environmental factors. The District has been long recognized as having a tradition of excellence and being a vibrant learning environment for students and families. It is determined to retain and grow that reputation. The shared vision, mission and core beliefs/values position ELPS for a future of regional and state leadership as an outstanding environment for meeting the needs of learners, and engaging the larger community in that pursuit.
Preparatory to the strategic planning sessions, consultation occurred with key stakeholders by way of pre-planning surveys in January 2007 and a focus group meeting in February 2007.