Moffat County School District seeking to boost parent involvement through Nov. 29 conversations

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At its workshop Thursday, the Moffat County School Board:

• Conducted a public hearing on Policy 4102, staff conduct.

• Heard reports on unified improvement plans for all Craig schools.

At its regular meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School Board:

• Heard a report on the process for appointing a new board member to fill the District 7 seat.

• Discussed a board organizational meeting, scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today.

• Approved, 7-0, the adoption of Policy 4102, Staff Conduct, on second reading.

• Approved, 7-0, to accept the district’s audit report.

• Approved, 7-0, to declare a board vacancy by resolution. The District 7 seat remains open after no one showed interest in running for the position during the November election. Andrea Camp, who is term-limited, will continue to serve in the District 7 seat until a replacement is found

Christine Balderston got involved with her children’s education early on.

She participated in events held at Sunset Elementary School when her children were students there, she said. She also talked to school administrators when she had concerns, and “I made sure I knew what their teachers expected of them,” she said.

Balderston, a Moffat County School Board member, and other members of the District Accountability Committee are trying to get other parents on board with their children’s education.

The committee is scheduled to host discussions with community members and parents at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Craig.

The meeting is by invitation only, Balderston said, adding that the reason for that is to establish a core group of people who will commit to attend the event.

The committee plans to host follow-up meetings after the initial conversations Nov. 29.

The main goal of the event is to increase parental involvement and, by extension, student performance, Superintendent Joe Petrone told school board members at their regular meeting Thursday.

The purpose behind it, he said, is to talk about “what engagement means, what partnership means and how parents can partner with us in support of their students to reach higher levels of student achievement.”

That requires getting feedback from parents and community members.

“Is there something we’re not doing that needs to be done or something we haven’t thought of in the past?” Balderston said. “That’s what we’re hoping to learn from this.”

This isn’t a new issue at the district.

“That’s always been the million dollar question … how to get the parents involved,” board secretary Trish Snyder said during the board’s work session.

Yet, buy-in from parents, as well as the community at large, is vital, Petrone said.

“We just can’t do it alone,” he said.

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