Community should be involved

The Shorewood Schools Summit, a three-day event dedicated solely to give input for the community’s betterment, will take place on February 25 (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), 26 (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) and 27 (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).

The summit hopes to address goals for the future and create detailed plans on how to achieve these goals. The event will focus on the past, present and future of Shorewood School District: where we have been, where we are now and where we can be in 10 to 15 years. After the three-day summit, the superintendent and his administrative team will meet with teachers and representatives from all Shorewood schools, working to craft a plan that allows for the realistic implementation of this vision.

With an in-depth planning process, the fact that the district will provide food and childcare and a satisfactory notification procedure, it is clear the board and planning team made a genuine effort to include all members of the community. Further, by allowing a three-day summit instead of restricting the meeting to a more confined time period, it is all but assured that the summit will conclude with a wealth of information for the superintendent and his team to work with.

The event shows a dedication to hearing public input on behalf of the school board, especially after many community members expressed their distaste for board policies they see as limiting public discourse, like the new public comments policy.

Shorewood Schools Summit is a great opportunity for community members to participate in the making of decisions that affect them. Events like this are how real change is made and the first step in translating vision into realistic plans that can be achieved. This is how we move our district forward. We commend the board and planning committee on a thoroughly planned, well-designed, inclusive event and hope to see more events like this in the future. We strongly encourage all community members — especially students — to go, listen and make their voices heard.

by Ripples

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