Policy 951





    I.       General Statement of Policy


             The Board of Education recognizes the value of parent, student, and community involvement at the building and district level to enhance and support school effectiveness and student achievement.  In order to facilitate a collaborative partnership, the Board, working through the administration, is committed to:


    A.     Involving parents, students, and community members in advisory groups and committees at the school and district level.


    B.     Maintaining an ongoing effort to provide parents, students, and the community with information about our schools.


    C.     Establishing effective two-way communication with all families, respecting their diversity and differing needs.


    D.     Providing multiple ways in which parent, student, and community volunteers can support our schools and contribute to our students' education and well being.


    E.     Developing strategies and learning experiences to enable parents to participate actively in their children's education.


    F.      Providing support and coordination to implement and sustain appropriate parent involvement from kindergarten through grade twelve.


    G.     Utilizing schools to connect students and families with community resources that provide educational enrichment and support.



    II.      Advisory Committees


             The Board of Education recognizes the value of including parent, student, and community representatives on advisory committees at the school and district level.  Such committees must operate within clearly defined parameters that are consistent with the mission, goals, and policies of the school district.  The Superintendent is authorized to develop administrative guidelines pertaining to the organization and operation of advisory committees.




    III.     Solicitation of Community Input


             On a periodic basis, the Board of Education will solicit community input regarding matters of Board concern through such means as written surveys, telephone surveys, and focus group discussions, designed and conducted in a way that ensures reasonable accuracy.  Following Board review, a summary of the input received will be shared with the public.



    Cross References:      Board Policy 926 (Public Relations)

                                           Board Policy 954 (Parent Support Organizations)

                                           Board Policy 203 (Organization of the Board)

                                           Board Policy 208 (Open Meetings and Closed Meetings)


    ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:    October 17, 1977


    REVISED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:      July 21, 1997, October 15, 2001






951.1 Administrative Guidelines





    These administrative guidelines pertain to the organization and operation of advisory committees involving parents, students and community members at the school and district level.


    I.       School and district committees involving parents, students, and community members are advisory in nature and must operate within clearly defined parameters that are consistent with the mission, goals, and policies of the school district. 



    II.      The Superintendent or designee will assign an administrative liaison to each advisory committee.   The responsibilities of the liaison will include the following:


    A.     Provide or arrange for committee orientation and training, including an explanation of the committee's purpose and operational parameters.  


    B.     Facilitate committee access to school supplies, equipment, and personnel as needed to accomplish the committee's purpose(s), provided that no un-budgeted expenditure of District monies or commitment for expenditure by an advisory committee shall be made without prior approval of the Superintendent.


    C.     Provide periodic updates regarding committee activities to the school or district level administration, and convey subsequent feedback and direction to the committee.


    D.     Submit the committee's final report and recommendations to the Superintendent or designee.



    III.   When a committee submits a final report and recommendations, it is helpful if the report outlines multiple alternatives for action, particularly when there are cost implications.  



    IV.    Appointments to advisory committees shall be made by the Superintendent or designee, with the goal of selecting parent, student, and community members who are reflective of and sensitive to the diverse backgrounds, interests, and values within the broader community.  Key criteria for consideration in selecting committee members include:


    A.     Demonstrated interest in the public school, community, and every child.


    B.     Background and interest in the specific topic(s) or issue(s) being addressed by the committee.


    C.     Willing and able to attend committee meetings and participate in other committee-related activities.


    D.     Demonstrates knowledge, experiences, and/or skills that would be of potential assistance to the committee in achieving its purpose(s).



    VI.    The Superintendent or designee is responsible for informing the public regarding the organization, membership, operation, and recommendations and conclusions of advisory committees.



    Dated:            October 1977

    Reviewed:     November 2005

    Revised:        July 1997