Saratoga school looking for volunteers

Looking for community members to assist district officials

Published: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Saratoga school is calling on interested community members to volunteer their time to assist district officials on education and financial plans.

In 2011 Saratoga Community Consolidated School District 60C’s school board decided to change the structure of its committees to include staff and community members to better involve the public, Superintendent Kathy Perry said.

The committees have been so successful the district wants to open the invitation again.

“In effort to be transparent and keep everyone informed, we invite all stakeholders to have an opportunity to participate,” Perry said.

A letter requesting participation has been sent home with parents of Saratoga students as well as staff members. But community members who do not have students in school also are needed, Perry said. The school affects those families without students who live in the district as well.

Paul Buckley, a community member without a child enrolled in the district, has been involved with the Education Advisory Committee for two years. He has an interest in Saratoga because he is a retiree of the education field.

“I think education of children is a community-wide effort,” he said. “You really need to have a partnership with parents to have the education work to the best possible extent.”

The Education Advisory Committee promotes community involvement, as well as provides input and assists the school board and administration in the ongoing effort to provide the best educational opportunities for the kids.

The second committee, Building and Finance Advisory, reviews the financial condition of the district and makes recommendations to the board on finances. It also assists the board with developing future direction regarding facility needs.

“Before we institute something new, we can bounce these ideas off these groups,” Perry said. “They can ask direct questions and we get their feedback.”

The education committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every other month starting in November; the building and finance committee at 6:30 p.m. will meet the second Thursday of the opposite month starting in December.

Parent Kerri Johnson joined the education committee two years ago.

“I really wanted to find a way to help out. I am a working mom and I don’t get a chance to help during the school days so this is one way I felt I could be involved in their school,” she said.

Those interested are asked to commit for a year, Perry said. Applications are due by Oct. 11 and are available at www.sd60c.org.

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