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COLUMN: Consider becoming more involved with the school district

— Happy New Year! The beginning of another year is traditionally a time to establish goals. Have you made any resolutions for the year? If not (and even if you have), you may want to consider becoming more involved in the school district as one of your goals for this year.

A school district’s success depends on the involvement of all of its stakeholders. Stakeholders include students, staff, parents, community members and local businesses and organizations. We all make up the Baldwinsville Central School District community and have an interest in how well the district carries out its main goal - to provide our children with an education that prepares them for college and career and enables them to compete with their national and global peers.

I do not think anyone will disagree that this must always be the school district’s and the community’s priority for its children. Baldwinsville students are fortunate to live in a district in which many community members, not just parents, actively participate in the educational process, whether as volunteers in classrooms, PTA members, booster club members, key communicators, and fundraisers, just to name a few.

If you are looking to increase your involvement in the school district, a good way to do that is to attend board of education meetings. The Board of Education is comprised of nine men and women whom the community has elected, as well as one student representative selected by Baker High School. With the exception of the ex-officio student member, these men and women determine how your tax dollars are spent and how our children are educated. They establish the district’s annual goals, providing oversight and accountability for the district for each school year.

Board of Education meetings are open to the public and provide information regarding all district matters, from finance to curriculum. Each meeting features a public comment period during which community members may address the board on issues important to them.

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