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 Jim Langstraat at 503-353-6021.

Dental Health Solutions:  This committee works to provide dental care to students who lack access to insurance or a care provider.  The group's work includes screenings, hygiene instruction, dental treatment, and coordination with similar programs in Clackamas County.  Volunteers are needed to help with dental work, hygiene work, child care, event organization & staffing, and grant writing.  For information, call Leslie Robinette at 503-353-6018.

Diversity Task Force: This committee works to promote access, inclusion, and equity for all students, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, language, gender, or sexual orientation. Committee members include staff, community members, and high school students who meet every six weeks. For information, contact Outreach & Engagement Coordinator Sara Gandarilla at 503.353.1900.

Family Life Committee: The Family Life Committee reviews curriculum for health education, making recommendations to the Board on which materials are appropriate for different grade levels. The committee includes parents, teachers, school nurses, and school board members. For more information, call Cindy Quintanilla, Executive Director of Secondary Programs, at 503-353-6049.

Partners for Healthy Students: A team of staff, students, and community members at Milwaukie High will open a grant-funded school-based health center on campus in January 2012. Committee members are needed to help with leveraging partnerships and raising awareness of services that include physical, mental, dental, and behavioral health programs at the school. To get involved or make a contribution, call Leslie Robinette at 503-353-6018.

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 Ami Rome at 503-353-6053.

School Board: The School Board is a group of 7 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 first and third Thursdays, usually starting at 7 p.m. in the district Boardroom at 4444 SE Lake Road. Public comments and requests are accepted at every Board meeting. For more information, call Board Chair Vivian Scott at 503-794-6807.

Last Modified on September 23, 2008