REDMOND, OR -- The Redmond School District is looking for parents, students and other members of the community to take part in a new advisory committee. Kelly Jenkins says it’s part of the district’s goal of increasing involvement. "This is a committee that would report to Mike McIntosh, our Superintendent. And, we would bring a number of things to them from policy to maybe some nutrition services menu ideas, different things that we might want to get community feedback. It’s really an important lens for us to look through as we look at our diverse community; we want to ensure we’re including everyone’s feedback in some major changes we make through policy."
Jenkins tells KBND News the new committee is part of a renewed effort to engage the community in decisions that impact local kids. "We spent some time this summer researching how could we reach out and get more feedback from our families and from our community members. We worked with some folks at the state level and also across the country to look at models that will work, and developed a model for a District Advisory Committee." She adds, "With School Board meetings, the community has an opportunity to come and give a three-minute discussion. With this parent, district advisory committee, we have the opportunity to go really in-depth with families and community members and really discuss issues at the core."
Volunteers will serve two-year terms and are expected to meet at least three times during the school year. Those interested in serving on the committee must apply either at the district office or online at the district's website.