Winton Woods District Holds Visioning Meetings for New Facilities


Over 100 people participated in Winton Woods City Schools’ first educational visioning meeting as the district starts its journey toward building new facilities. “This is the most exciting time in Winton Woods City Schools’ history,” said Superintendent Anthony G. Smith.


Led by Educational Planner Frank Locker and Education Facility Planner and architect Jeff Parker, those attending gave feedback on the district’s performance currently and where they’d like to see the district in ten years in 10 key areas: academic excellence; global citizens; community connections; celebrating diversity; creative expression; monitoring, assessment and accountability; teaching that engages, culture that empowers; outcomes that matter; technology that enables. 


“We want to see the pulse of the community on each issue,” said Locker. “At the end of the night our questions are: ‘What did I believe when I walked in the room tonight?’ and ‘What do I believe now?’”


“Our core business is education, and we want to serve as a launching pad for all of our students,” said Steve Denny, executive director of accountability and business affairs for Winton Woods City Schools. “We want to determine what our buildings are intended to do. We want to design facilities to make our vision thrive.”


Table discussions were led, in many cases, by student representatives from Winton Woods High School and Middle School and were set up randomly to represent a balanced way of thinking.


A second visioning meeting was held on Tuesday, February 21, and a third is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Winton Woods High School media center, 1231 W. Kemper Road in Forest Park.


PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods Superintendent Anthony G. Smith kicks off the district’s first educational visioning meeting.


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