Announce that elections will be held in conjunction with a forum, possibly with a respected guest speaker, on an issue of current concern to parents. Elect parent members at the conclusion of the forum.
The value of continuity and experience on the council that is provided by long term membership.
The value of having fresh perspectives and increased access to council participation that results from a greater turnover of members.
Resource linkers who establish contacts with community service organizations, other municipal service agencies, and business groups.
Specialists in technical areas of expertise.
The school committee may identify a pool of community leaders and community organization representatives with an interest in working on and supporting school improvement. Schools can select, from this pool, individuals to whom invitations are offered to join the council.
School committees can provide local guidelines for the identification of community organizations and constituencies from which non-school members of councils could be selected. These organizations and constituencies, which could include higher education, cultural and human service agencies, business, senior citizens, etc., could be invited to recommend individuals who would be interested in serving on councils.
Schools with contacts with the community, through volunteer and other partnership programs that involve "non-parents" from higher education, business, cultural and human service, or other institutions, can invite these partners to designate representatives to school councils.
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