The Board of Education of Riverside Elementary School District 96 has launched a strategic planning process to gather community input about what our district’s priorities should be over the next five years and to then to use this input to formulate our district’s goals. 

The first step is to survey the community. An online survey is now available on the district website ( and is also available as a hard copy from the district office by request. We encourage everyone to respond by the deadline of Sept. 15. 

After the survey data has been gathered, we will solicit volunteers to participate in one of five focus groups. Using the survey data as an input, each focus group will work to identify the top district priorities in the areas of instruction, climate and culture, finance, facilities and human relations. 

There will be feedback between the members of the different focus groups to ensure broad participation in setting district priorities. The focus groups will meet in two sessions of roughly four hours each on the evenings of Oct. 15 and 16. 

The outcome of this process will be a strategic plan expressing the community’s aspirations and priorities for our school district. The quality of the plan depends on getting accurate, high quality, and representative input from our community. So please take the time to respond to the survey (the more detail the better) and consider serving on one of the focus groups. 

If you are interested in serving on a focus group, please contact our interim superintendents, Mr. Patrick Patt ( and Dr. Griff Powell ( 

Jeff Miller, president

District 96 Board of Education