Fisher Branch Collegiate interested in forming a Parent Advisory Council
Parents Fisher Branch Collegiate students are hoping to offi cially form their own parent advisory council (PAC) later this month. Principal Greg Thomas said that a parent approached him about forming a new PAC early in this school year. Thomas said that he is a strong supporter of the idea because he really values the support of parents and believes that communication should be strong between the school and parents. He explained that a PAC could take on many roles such as fundraising or bringing new educational ideas and opportunities to light. Thomas said that things are still in the preliminary stage and that the direction of the PAC hasn’t been decided yet. “In this initial stage, there are parents that are really invested in the idea and I look forward to working together with them,” said Thomas. “Rather than a parent coming to me directly, we can have more of a public forum of ideas and concerns being shared. My offi ce is always open, but it’ll be benefi cial to have a more formalized consultation with parents on a regular basis.” A PAC can also act as a middleman between school staff and parents. Thomas isn’t able to meet with every single parent each day, so having a PAC that can focus the attention to a certain area means that progress can be made faster. Thomas said that he’s excited to see how the PAC establishes itself over the coming months. He said that he’d like to see more parent time in schools in whatever form that might take and to see new initiatives that have students getting involved in the community. “I think it would be better if we had more points of contact with parents and our school, so for me, that’s No. 1 goal. But I’d also love to see representation in the [PAC] that is indicative of our school,” said Thomas. That means a mix of men and women with students in each grade level and also representation of as many cultural backgrounds as are seen within classrooms. “Another thing I’m looking forward to is being able to listen. Parents are going to come up with new ideas that I’m not going to think of, and that’s a really important part of this. Sometimes there are great ideas out there and we just need to hear about them,” said Thomas. Any parents interested in becoming involved in the PAC can do so by contacting the school at 204-372-6459 for more information.
~Express Weekly News, Thursday, January 26, 2017
By: Jef Ward