Questions From Parents 2017

We had a lively forum yesterday.  Here is a list of questions drafted by those present. You can read summaries of the candidates’ answers in both the Tribune and the Missourian.  We have also sent this list to the candidates and will post any answers that we receive.

  • Why are you running (or rerunning) for the Board of Education?
  • What are you looking to accomplish in your position?
  • Do you see yourself as primarily representing the community or the system?
  • How do you view and value diversity in schools in relation to community?
  • Name three things you think our schools do well and one thing you hope to improve.
  • How are school officials dealing with bullying in schools?
  • How can you start conversations with children about bullying?
  • My child feels that students in class don’t like him because he’s different. What does the school do to recognize this exclusion?
  • What do you think about the decision to charge children with felonies for fighting at school?
  • How will the school board have a hand in this?
  • How will the district report data on bullying so that the public can monitor effects of the new law?
  • How does the school district manage construction costs?
  • How do you plan to continue to support small schools in the district?
  • Why don’t all schools offer after school activity buses? There are many after school activities offered but many parents aren’t able to pick up kids 4 – 4:30 pm due to work.
  • What is your position on vouchers and why?
  • What is the district doing and what more can the district do to help students become informed, engaged  citizens?

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Community Matters For Healthy Public Schools

We were pleased that the Orton Foundation recently featured CPPS on its Community Matters blog.  The kind of dialogue we promote has helped our schools through several tough issues over the years, from bond issues, to school superintendent selection, to the transition to all day kindergarten, to the recent grade reconfiguration.  What you do as parents and citizens to understand the issues, monitor progress, and share information makes a difference! Positively engaged communities = healthy schools = a better future for all.  Keep up the good work!