School district committees welcome involvement, input
Parents and community members eager for a voice in school district decisions have many opportunities to get involved at both the school and district level. The School Board is interested in increasing public involvement at all levels of education discussions.
Need information about upcoming decisions? Want to share your views and priorities? These are the groups to contact:
School Advisory Committees: These groups operate in some schools, providing input and guidance on school-level decisions involving school projects, school events, and goal setting. Each committee is composed of both staff and community members. They report to the School Board, and their meeting minutes are discussed and reviewed by the Board. For information, contact the school principal.
School Site Councils: These groups work in each school to develop the school improvement plan, staff development plans, and collaborative decision-making. Required by Oregon state law, councils include the principal, teachers, other staff members, parents, and community members. All meetings are open to the public. For information, contact the school principal.
Budget Committee: This committee’s role is to present the annual budget proposal to the School Board. The committee meets once or twice a month from January to June of each year. Membership includes all seven elected School Board members plus seven community members appointed by the Board. For information, contact Chief Financial Officer Mary Knigge at 503-353-1900.
Equity: Coffee and Conversation Meets 5 to 6 times per year on Monday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The purpose: A space for staff and community to have facilitated conversations and share their personal and or professional experiences regarding different areas of equity that intersect with education and students. For information, contact Shelly Reggiani at 503-353-6128.
Health Curriculum Committee: Reviews supplemental health materials in areas that are possibly controversial and makes a recommendation to the Board for their use. Meets as needed (evenings) to review curriculum materials. For more information, call Maureen Callahan, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, at 503-353-1906.
North Clackamas Education Foundation: This group of community volunteers works to raise and distribute funds to support arts education, classroom grants, and college scholarships. To get involved or make a contribution, contact Executive Director Olivia Thomas at 503-353-6053.
School Board: The School Board is a group of seven elected volunteers who make budget and policy decisions about North Clackamas Schools. Individually, each contributes hundreds of hours each year attending Board and Committee meetings, public events, and school events. Board meetings are open to the public and are held second and fourth Thursdays, usually starting at 7 p.m. in the district Boardroom at 12400 SE Freeman Way. Public comments and requests are accepted at every Board meeting. For more information, contact Board Secretary Sandra Henderson at 503-353-6002.