Today, students will have a chance to give their input and discuss the school district’s reform agenda, which school board members and top administrators are keeping their attention on to continue offering a quality education in the midst of budget cuts.
Members of the Student Advisory Council will be informed of the plan, then split into four groups to discuss a document called the Pathway to College and Highly-Skilled Career Readiness.
The Student Advisory Council consists of students from all the high schools within the district. According to Steve Mulvenon, district spokesman, each high school principal chooses two students at their discretion who they feel would be responsible and could represent their school well.
Mulvenon said meeting with the students is one part of reaching out to the community as school board trustees are seeking to become more transparent. He said the board’s goals also include an effort to determine what parents, business partners and other community members want to see the school district accomplish.
Last week, the district held three community forums to invite the public to be part of 11 committees on 11 topics that will shape the strategic plan, including areas such as developing college- and career-ready graduates, recruiting effective teachers and leaders, aligning resources and parent and community outreach issues.
Mulvenon said the forums were “relatively good,” considering the small numbers they drew.
“We had several dozen people show up each of the three nights,” he said. “There were good ideas and suggestions and additional input. That’s all being summarized.”
He added that soliciting students’ opinions would be important.
“They’re ultimately the end users of everything we do and if we don’t keep kids in mind, we’re forgetting the key factor,” he said.
The meeting is today at 3:30 p.m. at the district’s central administration building’s board room at 425 E. Ninth St. in Reno.