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Have you ever wondered about your local school district? Why teachers teach what they teach and when? What is served as a part of school lunch? Who is your school board member? Where do schools get their funding and how schools keep students safe?
The Garfield School District Re-2 School Board is inviting the public to see how it’s school district is operated, how decisions are made, where school funding comes from and where it’s spent.
Beginning in August, the district will offer the second session of Discovery Re-2, a program that gives community members a unique opportunity to participate in an in-depth, year-long learning experience. Participants will go “behind the scenes” and meet the people who are responsible for leading and implementing strategic education initiatives in the district, observe teachers in district classrooms and learn first-hand about operations such as transportation, safety and security, technology, long-range planning, maintenance and construction and school finance.
“First and foremost, I learned who I could go to when I had questions about the school district,” said Andrea Maddalone, community relations specialist with Grand River Health and a Discovery Re-2 participant last year. “As a community member, I learned about where my tax dollars are spent, and as a mother with a child not yet in the school system, developing those relationships is important to me.”
“Discover Re-2 allowed me to connect with the Garfield Re-2 leaders and ask questions that I had, not only about the education of our students, but items of specific interest to the police department and school safety,” added Rifle Police Chief John Dyer. “It’s hard sometimes to think about carving out the time, but it is only two hours a month, and worth the time.”
“I learned so much about the way that the school district operates,” said Jo Ellyn Bradley, parent of two children in the district. “I had no idea what it takes to operate the district and provide services to 4,800 kids. ”
The conversation works both ways.
“The community members, business leaders and parents that we had participate in our first session were amazing. We learned from each other,” said School Board President Chris Pearson. “We hope to get a great cross section of all three communities and a nice mix of parents and community members again for our second session and continue the conversation.”
She added that the goal is to give citizens a deeper understanding of what school districts do and why.
“Our vision is to encourage, nurture and challenge every student, every day,” said Pearson. “But there is so much that goes into accomplishing that vision behind the scenes that people don’t know about. We welcome them in to have conversations with us, learn more about the district and ask questions.”
If you are interested in participating in Discover Re-2, go to the district website, garfieldre2.org, and enter your information on the registration form online, or contact Theresa Hamilton at 665-7621 or Thamilton@garfieldre2.org.
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