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G-R Superintendent

September 27, 2013
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Our school board members volunteer many hours of their time for the benefit of our community’s children. They know they represent large numbers of citizens who elected them to their positions, and they want to hear from those citizens about issues that are critical to all students in the district. At the same time, they are very much aware that their role is to hire the superintendent, set policy and adopt goals; the superintendent and other district administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the district. This past week community members selected three newly appointed Gladbrook-Reinbeck school board members. This seems like a great opportunity to revisit board and community communication. The Gladbrook-Reinbeck school district is working to be as transparent as possible, board and community communication is a key portion of the equation. When you are considering taking a concern to a school board member, ask yourself if the school board is the proper place for this concern. Here is a checklist to help you with that decision: •If I am concerned about something, have I already talked to those closest to the problem and tried to resolve it there? If it wasn’t resolved there, have I followed the chain of command through the superintendent? Is it still unresolved? •Is my concern something that affects all children in the district rather than one child, one classroom of children or one school? •If my concern is an idea, comment or question about the daily operations of the district, have I talked with the appropriate administrator? If your answer to these questions is “yes” but you are still not satisfied that the problem has been solved, you have probably followed the right “chain of command” and should think about contacting the school board. •If you want to write or call school board members, please call the central office for the board members’ contact information. •If you want to speak to the board at a meeting, our school board has procedures set to hear from concerned members of our community. People who want to talk about an item which is on the agenda may be called on at the time that agenda item is discussed. Those who want to speak about an item that is not on the agenda are usually called upon during a time set aside at the meeting for this purpose. •If you want to work with our school board for the benefit of the children in our community, invite board members to attend community events and meetings. Ask them to describe what is going on in the local schools and discuss education issues. You can also volunteer to serve on a board-appointed committee. The more involved our community and school district work together the stronger our district becomes. Respectfully, Shawn W. Holloway Gladbrook-Reinbeck Superintendent


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