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School site councils help shape education

For the past two years I have had the privilege of participating on the site council for Lyman Gilmore Middle School. A school site council is a group of teachers, parents, classified employees and students that works with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and budgets. The members of the site council are generally elected by their peers and meet as a group once per month.

The topics discussed cover a wide range of school and student interests. Each meeting includes a "School Climate Update" with information regarding staffing changes, upcoming school activities and assemblies and updates regarding school property and equipment issues.

This year's meetings included a few special topics such as planning for the visit of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, as well as discussions regarding the passing of AB 484 and the implementation of Common Core State Standards.

In each and every case, the meetings were extremely well managed and the information exchange between all participants was courteous and professional. I heartily encourage all parents to seek out the opportunity to participate on the site council for their child's school and to play a role in shaping public education in Nevada County.

Andy Burton

Rough and Ready

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