Along with the School Board and the D36 Administration, the PTO joins the effort in growing active community engagement in Board activities.
The Board’s work with the District is critical to Winnetka’s vitality. Consequently, it also is critical that community members stay informed, ask questions when considerations are unclear, and even challenge assumptions used in decision making.
So, what are your options for increasing your engagement with the Board?
First, attend the Board Meetings. Each meeting has a Public Comment section in which community members may voice opinions and request feedback to be provided subsequently.
Second, in lieu of Board Meetings, read the summary notes provided by the Administration. If the meetings are not your style of inquiry or your schedule is restrictive, the notes are a play by play (albeit black and white). The Board also provides guidance for formal communication via email on the website here.
While these options provide a cerebral approach to staying current, neither is real-time interactive (or let’s face it, very fun).
Third, for a more social approach, the Board has set up several Community Outreach sessions at Peet’s in Winnetka. The casual setting and copious caffeine should coax some lively discussion. Dates can be found here.
To facilitate engagement, the PTO has recruited two Board liaisons to attend both the Board and the Community Outreach meetings. While not formally trained as baristas, the liaisons will serve a couple functions at the Outreach sessions. The liaisons will parlay questions or comments provided in advance from community members unable to attend as well as return feedback to the PTO. Finally, the liaisons will be a friendly face hopefully not too pumped up on espresso (#parentsinGreeleygettingcoffee).
Please keep in mind that school administration questions or comments should be discussed directly with Greeley’s administration. Greeley or District personnel will not be present at the Outreach sessions. These coffee talks are meant to offer community members opportunities to ask questions about Board governance issues and build general understanding of Board activities.
If you would like to submit questions or comment for the liaisons to present at the Outreach meetings, please email either Carrie Ruzicka or Liesl McDonald at least one day ahead of the scheduled session. They will assemble the questions, raise them at the session, and follow up as needed.
We hope you agree that offering a broad representation of ideas and perspectives in our community to the Board is a goal worth pursuing. To that end, we encourage everyone to select at least one option above to increase your engagement. If you have other ideas on how to spur connectivity (or have a clever hashtag), please reach out to Carrie or Liesl.