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District advisory council meeting set for next week

October 23, 2003

The formation of an advisory council in the Basehor-Linwood School District hasn't yielded a communitywide consensus concerning educational issues facing the school district.

It hasn't yet, but it will, superintendent Jill Hackett said, especially if participation remains steady.

The district advisory council, formed only recently, met last month and will continue its drive to improve the school district and propose new ideas during a meeting Monday, Oct. 27 inside the multi-purpose room at Basehor-Linwood High School.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

In an impressive display of community involvement, 121 school district residents, government leaders and business owners attended the first advisory council meeting last month. It's that kind of participation that drives the theory behind advisory councils, Hackett said.

"We were really delighted to see the sheer number of people participating," Hackett said. "I was really excited about the interaction between them.

"We've only just begun and this will take time," the superintendent said. "This board of education is very committed to getting genuine input from the community.

We may not be able to address or develop every concern but the district advisory council can give us a fairly reliable and accurate feeling of what the community is thinking and what they think is important"

At the first meeting, advisory members were broken down into groups of eight or nine and asked to list perceived strengths and weaknesses of the school district.

It's a theme and discussion likely to continue Monday night.

Hackett, who began her tenure as superintendent in June, brought the idea of a district advisory council with her from the Goddard School District to Basehor-Linwood.

She vowed to form the advisory council and has followed through with that pledge.

It's a trend that has no shelf life, she said.

"It's not a state mandate or a requirement," Hackett said.

"This is an initiative on our part. We plan to meet on a regular basis from year to year with the school district's stakeholders, our community."

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