Students and community members are invited to apply to join one of several new advisory groups aimed at including more voices in how schools serve the community and how they can best serve the needs of students.
The groups will help ensure that that diverse perspectives are part of conversations that determine how schools serve the community and how the district charts its future.
“We are at a critical juncture in the role of education and schools in our society,” Dr. Redinger says. “It’s never been more important for our students and neighbors to work alongside us to ensure we are helping students be prepared for successful futures and to make our community even better.”
Dr. Redinger will continue to have a High School Student Advisory Council as former superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte did for years. That will be joined by a Middle School Student Advisory Council so she can hear more student perspectives and ideas.
Those student groups will be complemented by a Superintendent’s Community Advisory Council and a Work Group on Equity & Diversity that will give community members more opportunities to weigh in on important topics and initiatives.
- The Community Advisory Council will be made up of community members from each school who will meet with Dr. Redinger and other district and school representatives to learn about and give input on various district initiatives and projects, from boundary realignments to increasing mental health supports for students.
- The Work Group on Equity & Diversity, which will also have student members, will advise Dr. Redinger and make recommendations on how to best support students of color and historically underserved communities in RSD schools.
Community members interested in joining either the Community Advisory Council or the Work Group should complete and submit the appropriate application no later than 4 p.m. on Oct. 23. Applications will be reviewed by Dr. Redinger and appointments approved by the Board later this fall.