EVERYONE within the AMITE COUNTY School District is invited! This invitation is especially directed at:
·Members of local communityâ€based organizations working on public education issues with our school district;
·Members of our public school district Parent Teachers Association or Organization;
·Members of our public schoolâ€based student councils and our public school student government associations;
·Community leaders, public officials and members of the business community who come from within our school district;
·Community members, who are not from any of the categories above, and who are interested in public education issues, and
·Members of the school district board of trustees, the school board administration, the school district faculty, and the school district staff, including bus drivers and cafeteria workers.
WHO IS MAKING THIS INVITATION?
This invitation is extended to all by the AMITE COUNTY School District.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING?
The purpose of the meeting is to create and organize the Pâ€16 Community Engagement Council, an independent agency that will exist within the geographic boundaries of the AMITE COUNTY School District, but which will be a communityâ€based and entirely independent organization.
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE Pâ€16 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COUNCIL?
School Districts and schools have the duty and responsibility to build quality firstâ€rate schools accessible to all children regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, disability or status. This requires meaningful participation of parents, students and other parts of the community in the formation and implementation of policy at the school district and school levels.
A Community Engagement Council, also known as a Pâ€16 Council, is an essential opportunity to build this process. The Community Engagement Councils are intended to be communityâ€based and independent. The Councils are charged with the duty and responsibility to build strong, healthy communities. In order to build strong, healthy communities it is necessary, among other things, to create a quality public education delivered to students in healthy schools which are accessible to all children, regardless of race, class, status, gender or disability. Since these goals cannot be achieved within a year or two the Councils will need to develop a “comprehensive plan” that attempts to answer these two questions:
a.“What will a strong, healthy community, rooted in a quality public education system, need to look like 10, 15 or 20 years from now?”
b.“What do we have to do this year, next year and the years that follow in order to build this process in the right direction?”
If you have any questions, you may contact the Director of Federal Programs, Mary Russ at 601-657-4361 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org