Community Involvement in Decision Making
The Board of Education endorses the concept that community participation in the affairs of the schools is essential if the school system and the community are to maintain mutual confidence and respect and work together to improve the academic achievement of students in the district. It therefore takes steps to identify the desires and concerns of the community and be responsive, through its actions, to those desires and concerns.
All citizens of the district are encouraged to express their ideas, concerns and judgments about the schools through such means as written suggestions or proposals; presentations at hearings; responses to surveys through appropriate avenues; representation at meetings of the Board; service on citizens’ advisory committees; participation in focus groups and involvement in other community engagement processes.
The advice and concerns expressed by the school community will be given careful consideration. In the evaluation of such input, the first concern will be for the educational program as it affects students. The Board’s final decision may depart from the views expressed by some members of the school community when in the judgment of the Board such views are not consistent with good educational practice or within reach of available financial resources.
Adopted: September 23, 2014
CROSS REFS.: BDF, Advisory Committees
BEDH, Public Participation at School Board Meetings
Huerfano School District Re-1, Walsenburg, Colorado