Muscogee superintendent to unveil 120-Day Plan at board retreat

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 24, 2014 

The Muscogee County School Board voted Tuesday to name Polk County's David Lewis, 56, as the finalist for the job of superintendent. 07/09/13

MIKE HASKEY — mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com

The Muscogee County School Board will gather Saturday for a planning retreat.

The highlight is expected to be the first glimpse of new Superintendent David Lewis' much-anticipated 120-Day Plan he vowed to give the board when he was hired July 23 from Polk County, Fla., where he was an assistant superintendent.

Although it will be 186 days since he made that promise, Lewis has earned widespread praise from the board and community leaders for what he calls "deliberate urgency" -- his methodical yet relatively fast pace in analyzing the school district.

Lewis also is scheduled to share his plan Thursday and Friday at luncheons with local business leaders, then with the community at-large at public forums to be announced.

"I want to get input and feedback based on additional strategies or questions they may have," he said.

The plan contains Lewis' initial assessment and recommendations, he said. It has four overarching goals, six logistical areas, and is broken into three tiers:

• Immediate (already implemented or within the next year).

• Near-term (within 2-3 years).

• Long-term (within 10 years).

"I plan to be here at least a decade," he said with a smile. "I hope everyone feels that way."

IF YOU GO

What: Muscogee County School Board planning retreat

When: 9 a.m.

Where: Empire Mills Room, Columbus Marriott, 800 Front Ave.

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