2016-2021 Strategic Plan

Background Information

The 2010-2015 St. Johns County School District’s (SJCSD) Strategic Plan, which was approved for five years, ended in December 2015. Planning for a new 2016-2021 St. Johns County School District’s Strategic Plan began with the selection of a 12 member Planning Team and a 16 member Implementation Team. The teams represented the community, district and school-based personnel including students. Collaborative Labs, affiliated with St. Petersburg College in Florida, was contracted to facilitate and help develop a roadmap of goals and strategies for 2016-2021 including a first year Tactical Plan of implementation. Four over-arching goals for 2021 were developed along with five Strategies that included Academic and Student Services, Operations, Community Relations, Human Resources and Superintendent and School Board. The 2016-2021 St. Johns County School District’s Strategic Plan was presented at a School Board Workshop on April 5, 2016 seeking recommendations for successful implementation.

Strategic Plan Impact

The Strategic Plan for 2016-2021 aligns with the vision, mission and core beliefs of St. Johns County School District and is focused on four overarching goals supported in five strategy areas; Academic and Student Services, Operations, Community Relations, Human Resources and Superintendent and School Board. The tactical plans assure all decisions are correlated to student achievement.

Educational Impact

The 2016-2021 SJCSD Strategic Plan is based on the belief that all students will choose a learning path that leads to a well-rounded graduate who demonstrates good character and leadership.

Fiscal Impact

Upon approval, implementation of the 2016-2021 St. Johns County School District’s Strategic Plan will be incorporated within yearly capital or operational budgets.

2016 Planning Team

  • Superintendent – Joseph G. Joyner, Ed.D.
  • Principal of the Year – Kyle Dresback, Nease High School
  • Deputy Superintendent for Operations – Tim Forson
  • Deputy Superintendent for Academic and Student Services – Brennan Asplen
  • St. Johns County School District Board Chair – Patrick Canan
  • Community Member/Parent – Dwala Willis, Sheriff’s Department
  • Chief of Community Relations – Christina H. Upchurch
  • Volunteer of the Year/Parent – Lyn Gabrielsen (former PTO Chair at OPES)
  • Teacher of the Year – Charles Moseley, Switzerland Point Middle School
  • Union President for Non-Instructional – Carole Gauronskas, SJESPA President, Ketterlinus Elementary School
  • Union President for Instructional – Michelle Dillon, SJEA President
  • Business Partner of the Year – Jenielle Billy, Digital Marketing Specialist/Community Outreach Leader at Beaver Toyota

2016 Implementation Team

  • Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction – Dawn Sapp
  • Associate Superintendent for Accountability & Intervention Services – Scott Sherman
  • Associate Superintendent for Student Support Services – Cathy Mittelstadt
  • Associate Superintendent for Human Resources – Cathy Hutchins
  • Middle School Principal – Jewel Johnson, Landrum Middle School
  • Elementary School Principal – Nigel Pillay, Otis Mason Elementary School
  • Director for Career & Professional Education – Chris Force
  • Director for Instructional Resources and Media Services – Kim Dixon
  • Rookie Teacher of the Year – Hank Samuels, Hartley Elementary School
  • Coordinator for Governmental Relations – Beth Sweeny
  • Executive Director for Planning and Governmental Relations – Nicole Cubbedge
  • Chief Financial Officer – Michael Degutis
  • Student – Junior in High School (Sunshine State Scholar) – Zachary Villaverde, Bartram Trail High School
  • Student from Advisory Group – Jack Leonard, Creekside High School
  • Chief Information Officer – Bruce Patrou
  • Executive Director for Facilities and New Construction – Paul Rose

Core Values

  • Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship are essential to the well being of individuals and society.
  • All individuals have intrinsic value.
  • Every individual can contribute something of worth to society.
  • Individuals are responsible and accountable for their choices and decisions.
  • In order to grow and thrive, individuals need caring relationships and a nurturing environment.
  • Supportive family relationships are the foundation of the community.
  • High expectations lead to higher performance which, in turn, empowers the individual and strengthens society.
  • Continuous learning is a lifelong process that is essential to a productive and enriched life.
  • A safe and orderly environment is conducive to learning.


The St. Johns County School District will inspire good character and a passion for lifelong learning in all students, creating educated and caring contributors to the world.


All students will choose a learning path that leads to a well-rounded graduate who demonstrates good character and leadership.

Strategic Delimiters

We will not initiate any new program or service unless:

  • It is consistent with and contributes to our mission
  • It is accompanied by the training, staff development, and resources needed to assure its effectiveness


  • Goal A: College and Career Readiness Student Success Goal for 2021:
    All students will graduate with a skill set prepared for college or a career.
  • Goal B: Flexible Learning and Success Goal 2021:
    All students will have the choice and flexibility to customize their learning path.
  • Goal C: Well-Rounded Student Success Goal 2021:
    All students will have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and character, strengthen their life skills and participate in service to the community.
  • Goal D: Growth Management Success Goal 2021:
    St. Johns County School District will proactively manage systemic growth.


  1. Tasked with developing a new Strategic Plan because the current one ended in 2015.
  2. Selected 12 members for the Planning Team and 16 members for the Implementation Team. All 28 members represented community, district, and school-based personnel including administrative, instructional, non-instructional and students.
  3. Planning Team met on January 8, 2016 and developed a draft for the survey. Andrea Henning from Collaborative Labs facilitated the meeting via WebEx.
  4. Survey was sent out on January 25 – February 2, 2016 and responses were sent to Collaborative Labs. The feedback/comments from the survey were sent from Collaborative Labs to us on February 4.
  5. An all day Strategic Vision and Roadmap Meeting was held on February 8 with both Planning and Implementation Teams. The vision and 2021 Goals were established as well as the format for building a 1-year Tactical Plan.
  6. A follow-up meeting was held on February 17 to cross-walk the goals with the strategies for the Planning and Implementation Teams and to formalize the work of the Implementation Team via virtual WebEx.
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