Strategic planning is a disciplined effort to produce and organize information that will guide fundamental decisions and actions by the Board of Education, administration, and staff. If everyone knows, understands and believes in the importance of what the District envisions its purpose to be and the methods to reach and maintain this vision, success will prevail. As a result of strategic planning and communicating its results to all District stakeholders, everyone understands what the District deems important and the direction in which it is moving.
The strategic plan process used by District 31 in the spring of 2015 included 15 comprehensive steps that progressively led to the development of the District's mission, vision, core values/beliefs, five major goal areas, and twelve corresponding strategies. These guide the District's improvement process for the next seven years.