A stream of students fills the main staircase at Moffat County High School. On Monday, the Parent Accountability Committee is scheduled to meet, allowing parents and school officials to discuss issues pertinent to parents and students.

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A stream of students fills the main staircase at Moffat County High School. On Monday, the Parent Accountability Committee is scheduled to meet, allowing parents and school officials to discuss issues pertinent to parents and students.

PAC meeting to hear parent input, discuss school-related issues

— The monthly Moffat County High School Parent Accountability Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, giving parents of high school students an opportunity to become more involved in their child's education.

This month's meeting is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the high school library and will address topics including last year's ACT, PLAN, PSAT and CSAP test reports, the upcoming accreditation review and the Fall 2007 parent survey.

The meetings, usually scheduled for the first Monday of every month, "serve as an advisory for the principal as well as a sounding board for new ideas, materials, concepts and concerns from the community," Principal Jane Harmon wrote in a press release. "Revisions in high school policies are reviewed and recommendations are made to the principal."

The meeting will begin with a "Let's Listen" session, where parents can voice questions or concerns. In past PAC meetings, topics of parental discussions included budget issues, homecoming and prom activities and drug and alcohol prevention.

"Whenever needed, additional time and research are devoted to these concerns," Harmon stated.

Parents attending the meeting will be provided with a calendar of upcoming school events.

"In talking to parents who consistently attend PAC, I believe you would find that parents feel more informed about the operations of the school," Harmon wrote in an e-mail responding to Daily Press inquiries. "Additionally, they have an avenue to discuss the general policies and procedures of the building and the district."

In addition to parents, a teacher and a Student Council representative also attend each meeting.

Parents may also suggest topics for the principal or staff to present, provided that they submit them to Harmon the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

Next month's meeting is scheduled for Dec. 3. The deadline for submitting presentation topics is Nov. 28.

"Parents can attend one or all of the PAC meetings," Harmon wrote. "We make it a standard practice to start meetings promptly at 6 p.m. and to end promptly at 7 p.m. In this way, we honor (the busy schedules of) parents and staff who attend the meeting.

"Parents do not have to bring items to the meeting," Harmon added. "They may come just to listen or they may bring items to discuss ... I will add items to the agenda per parent request."

PAC "gives us the perspective from parents of their needs and the needs of their children as well as giving us an avenue to communicate on important issues."

Bridget Manley can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or bmanley@craigdailypress.com

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