Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan Public Input

Throughout the challenging year of 2020, our Board of Education was tasked with re-examining and refining the strategic plan previously adopted in November, 2016. This process included reassessing the district's existing mission, vision, and values. The Strategic Plan below will serve as a guide for everything we do in our school district.

The MISSION of Comstock Public Schools is to serve our community by empowering, inspiring, and challenging every person within the school district to reach their full potential, and to ensure all students learn and thrive in a safe and healthy environment.

The VISION of Comstock Public Schools is to be an inclusive, high performing learning community where we foster dreams, explore possibilities, and create futures.


  • Academic Excellence
  • Equity
  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Stewardship
  • Data-driven decisions
  • Safety

Learning Environment & Culture

Goal Statement:
Comstock Public Schools will foster an educational and school community that develops the whole child.

Priority Goals:

  • Deepen student-centered learning
    • Real-world connections
    • Cross-curricular content integration
    • Project- and place-based learning and performance-based assessments
  • Promote a vision of equity, diversity, inclusion & justice
    • Anti-Bias / Anti-Racism (ABAR) programming
    • Restorative justice
    • Anti-Bullying 
  • Develop universal support systems.
    • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
    • Trauma support
    • Leader In Me


Academics & Programs

Goal Statement: 
Comstock Public Schools will improve educational outcomes for all students.

Priority Goals:

  • Strengthen curricular alignment and rigor through planning and data-driven instruction.
  • Grow hybrid and virtual learning opportunities.
  • Enhance college and career readiness.
  • Expand STEM programming throughout the district.
  • Improve early childhood education programming.
  • Enrich reading and math initiatives to provide intervention and acceleration opportunities for students.

Communications & Community Engagement

Goal Statement:
Comstock Public Schools will positively, effectively, and transparently promote the district and its programs.

Priority Goals:

  • Celebrate and recognize the successes of individuals and groups. 
  • Promote the district’s image to the public.
  • Encourage volunteering in the educational programming of the district.
  • Attract and retain students and families to the district.
  • Ensure clear and timely communication.
  • Develop diverse partnerships with the community.

Board of Education

Goal Statement:
Our Board will provide leadership and direction for the district, maintaining a focus on student achievement and growth.

Priority Goals:

  • Annually evaluate the Superintendent.
  • Annually review progress toward the Strategic Plan.
  • Annually review and adopt the Board Governance Guidelines.
  • Annually evaluate its collective and individual performance.
  • Prioritize ongoing professional development. All Board members will complete either two MASB classes, one full day of MASB, or another source of training.
  • Maintain and review written policies and procedures for the District.

Facilities, Operations & Technology

Goal Statement:
Comstock Public Schools will maintain and modernize facilities and operations.

Priority Goals:

  • Support the use of innovative technology.
  • Maintain attractive and high-quality facilities and grounds.
  • Provide equipment to meet facility and maintenance needs.
  • Promote fiscally responsible and environmentally friendly practices.
  • Enhance safety and security.

Personnel & Leadership

Goal Statement:
Comstock Public Schools will recruit, hire, develop, and retain the most qualified staff.

Priority Goals:

  • Recruit, hire, develop, and retain a highly skilled and diverse staff.
  • Create opportunities for staff to develop leadership skills.
  • Promote and empower student leadership opportunities.
  •  Grow staff through meaningful, progressive, and research-based professional development.

Budget & Finance

Goal Statement:
Comstock Public Schools will meet district goals and needs with fiscal responsibility.

Priority Goals:

  • Make financial decisions based on strategic priorities.
  • Develop short- and long-term financial goals.
  • Seek new grant opportunities.
  • Grow new sources of revenue.
  • Align staffing with student enrollment and budget.
  • Communicate transparently about budget and finance.

This strategic plan was adopted in December, 2020 by the Comstock Public Schools' Board of Education:

Pamela Dickinson, President
Shirley Amos, Vice-President
Dorinda Scholly, Secretary
Karen Howes, Treasurer
Saralyn Brown, Trustee
Paul Lamphear, Trustee
Matthew Schreiner, Trustee

Superintendent: Dr. Jeffrey J. Thoenes