Council Links Schools and Parents with District District Parent Council Seeking Nominations for Annual Barb Bossu Awards

Council Links Schools and Parents with District District Parent Council Seeking Nominations for Annual Barb Bossu Awards

Since 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 our families.”

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.

Each 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.

Recipients 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.