Council Links Schools and Parents with District District Parent Council Seeking Nominations for Annual Barb Bossu Awards
1994 Lakota’s District Parent Council (DPC) has connected area
parents, sharing insight and information between the schools and
superintendent. The group’s purpose ensures solid two-way
communication – meeting on a regular basis to act in an advisory
capacity to the district.
“I think of it as being a liaison,
trying to share information and concerns between the schools, the
parent groups and the district,” explains DPC chair Krysta Weizman.
“The school representatives are elected by the parent group within
that building and because each school has two representatives on the
council, it’s a very robust connection.”
DPC meets with the
assistant superintendent on a regular basis to have an open dialogue,
serve as a link between all schools and their parent groups, share
concerns of parents from their buildings and to communicate and
promote the activities from each building.
“The council is a
conduit for questions and input from parents, with the underlying
purpose of benefitting all Lakota students,” explains Robb Vogelmann,
assistant superintendent. “They are a way for the district to ensure
parents’ voices are heard and taken into consideration. Their feedback
helps us more fully understand the impact district decisions have on
For example, members of the DPC recently served
on the Calendar Committee, providing direction on the district’s
2017-2018 school calendar prior to presentation and approval by the
Board of Education. Other members will be participating in a district
committee charged with reviewing textbooks, recommending ones they feel
best meet curriculum requirements.
The DPC also coordinates
the annual Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Awards, which were established
in 1990. Barb Bossu was as enthusiastic parent volunteer and the Union
Elementary PTA president at the time of her death. The Volunteer
Spirit Awards commemorate her very special dedication to public
education by honoring a volunteer each year at the district level and
from every school in the Lakota district.
building determines its own award recipient, while the district Barb
Bossu recipient contributes at the district level rather than the
building level. All of these special volunteers are honored at a
district-wide ceremony in April.
“We encourage parents to take
a moment to consider nominating a volunteer who is making positive
things happen in their building or in the district. This is your
opportunity to demonstrate your appreciation for the volunteers that
truly make Lakota a special place to educate children,” says Weizman.
Nominations for the school awards will be shared through principal emails; click here
for the district nomination, which is due by March 18, 2016. For more
information about the DPC or details on the Barb Bossu awards, click here.
of the 2015 annual Barb Bossu award, which is coordinated by the
District Parent Council. The award was established in 1990 to honor a
volunteer each year at the district level and from every school in the
Lakota district. Nominations for 2016 are now being accepted; click here for more information.