In an effort to strengthen the lines of communication between the school district and the community, Sheridan school officials are hosting a variety of informal meetings for the public.
“What we’re working on is just keeping communication open between us and the community,” said Kim Harding, superintendent for Sheridan School District.
The school district is holding weekly meetings with parents called, “Second Cup of Coffee” and are held every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. at the elementary school cafeteria. The purpose of these weekly meetings is to provide another opportunity for parents and educators to talk about educational opportunities, Harding said.
“We had our first Second Cup of Coffee last week and had quite a few parents come in,” she said.
The second set of meetings will be geared toward more of the business and general community members and will be held at coffee shops and restaurants around the Sheridan School District.
It’s important for the school and the community to remain engaged in the discussion of education and educational opportunities, Harding said.
“We want them to employ our students and graduates and we want to make sure we’re doing a good job of providing the workforce,” she said. “Just let them know what is going on in the school and we would like their partnership.”
These meetings might also provide opportunities for the school to find members of the community who could speak to students and classes or be mentors to students, Harding said.
There may also be other creative ways the community and the school could work together that could come out of an open dialogue, she said.
The school board is looking forward to the result of the meetings, said Sheridan School Board Chair Jeffery Marsh.
Communication with the community is crucial for the school board, he said.
“You need community support,” Marsh said.
In times past, the Sheridan School District wasn’t very good about communicating with the community, he said. But the recent efforts at getting citizens of the school district involved have been well received.
The community needs to know the line of communication between it and the school district is open, Marsh said. And the district wants feedback – good and bad.
“If there’s something that needs fixed you need to know,” he said.
The community coffee meetings will be held once a month for the next three months. On Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. at The Prospector, March 29 at 10 a.m. at Booze and Buns and April 26 at 10 a.m. at the Alder In-Back Steakhouse.