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Board formally accepts U-46 committee reports

By Seth Hancock
  The Board of Education in School District U-46 accepted the reports of five committees from the Citizen’s Advisory Council (CAC) at its meeting on Monday, July 15.
  The vote was 4-0 with board members John Devereux, Veronica Noland and Donna Smith absent.
  Normally, the administration has provided its own response to the CAC recommendations for the coming year, but it did not this year.
  Sue Kerr, the board’s president, asked: “Often, the administration will respond to the reports at some point?”
  “Typically, we have,” said U-46 CEO Tony Sanders. “This one did not have any specific recommendations that really required us to respond.”
  The five committees included student safety, family and community engagement (FACE), finance, instructional initiatives and specialized student services.
  For the upcoming school year, the student safety committee recommends the district expand its communication of the student code of conduct to parents and students as well as offering online safety training to students and staff. It also wants an expansion of reporting data regarding harassment, sexual assault and stalking and added support to students as well as helping seek speakers for presentations on topics of assault and harassment, online safety, suicide prevention, teen violence regarding dating and bullying and vaping.
  The FACE committee wants support to expand its parent group network, support to increase family engagement and a chance to give feedback on the board’s policy under Code 8.010 regarding family and community engagement. The committee also wants to continue hosting in early March a real estate professionals’ breakfast which is offered with a stated purpose to provide propaganda to realtors.
  The finance committee did not offer any specific recommendations but stated it would continue pulling together data regarding maintenance costs for buildings as the district starts a facilities study.
  The instructional initiatives committee plans to offer presentations in  the 2019-2020 school year regarding Naviance/Explorer, one-to-one technology, assessment and school report cards, career pathways, FDK, dual language and curriculum updates.
  The specialized student services committee plans to host two or three events at area libraries including a repeat of last year’s most popular event titled “SSI, SSDI, HFS, DHS, PUNS-Understanding the Alphabet Soup for your child” which focused on providing information on benefits, state and federal, that are available for families with special education students. The committee also wants to expand its outreach to get more involvement in the committee.





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