It’s back to the drawing board for the District 200 Board of Education after members opted not to hire the three strategic planning firms it was considering.

Some members were not impressed with any of the firms — Cambrian, ECRA and SPC Consulting. But school trustees acknowledged that they may need to do some deliberating among themselves about what they want out of a strategic plan before hiring a firm.

The three firms made presentations at the board’s April 12 regular meeting. Some members had issues with one or more of the firms and for various reasons. Terry Finnegan thought none of them offered the kind of broad community support that the board hopes to see. Dietra Millard, the board’s president, took issue with the summer timeline offered by one firm, which wouldn’t allow for enough community members to be involved.

The board hosted a special meeting on Monday to deliberate on the firms but decided against hiring any. During the lengthy discussion, members generally agreed that they needed to brainstorm more about what shape they want this strategic plan to take.

Trustees had hoped to hire a firm this spring and conduct their strategic planning process during the 2012-2013 school year.

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