Archive for Thursday, October 23, 2003

Training scheduled for Basehor councils

October 23, 2003

Representatives of site councils from each school in the Basehor-Linwood School District will attend a training session Nov. 20 with officials from the Kansas Association of School Boards.

Officials from the association of school boards will discuss education issues facing Kansas schools today as well as update site council members on new policies and practices this year. The roles and responsibilities of the site council will also be defined during the meeting.

Members of the Basehor-Linwood School Board also will attend the Nov. 20 training session.

By law, each school in Kansas is required to have a site council, which is composed of faculty members and parents of children in those schools. The site council is also required by law to meet at least six times throughout the school year.

The school site councils differ from the newly formed district-advisory council in that the council discusses and offers opinions on issues facing that particular school. The districtwide advisory group considers the school district as a whole; the site council is geared toward its school

The site councils can also serve as pilot groups for new programs or ideas, school officials said.

Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent Jill Hackett, a proponent of public involvement in the school district, said the site councils provide parents a chance to improve their children's schools.

"I think we're remiss, totally remiss, if we don't get input from our public," the superintendent said.

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