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-I i. i j. I Q. 9, Wednesday, April 20,1994 Mercer Island Reporter School board decides to retain Program Committee meeting last Thursday. : mittee, whose work the board had . its previous session, will continue I to exist, as a result of strong ob- ~ Jections by committee members . Cyclemates Says its role is to collaborate, not to advise By Laurie McHale Mercer Island Reporter Despite their titles, and despite ’ the stated primary purpose of the ‘ school board’s advisory commit- tees, their function is not to advise but to collaborate, the board con- cluded in a discussion during its The Program Advisory Com- all but decided to suspend during to having its work put on hold. School board member Susan Kaplan, liaison to the committee, told the board that she had dis- cussed the issue at length with its members. Having listened to their input, she recommended to the board that the committee contin- ue its work at least through this year. It should continue, she said, be- cause the board values its work and because there are continuing needs for communication. The committee, comprised of commu- nity members, works on curricu— lum and assessment issues. But, Kaplan said, the commit— tee needs to understand that its charges are not negotiated items. Board advisory committees should understand that they are to deal with issues identified by the board and administration. “We, the board, come up with the list of needs,” she said. As an example of the board’s concerns, Kaplan pointed to a draft of a parent survey prepared by the Program Advisory Com- mittee. The draft listed a number of issues for possible study, and for each, asked parents,“Why do you want the Program Advisory Committee to study this issue?” It’s not for the committee to de- cide what to study, Kaplan said. Rather,,the board decides what should be studied. Second, she said, the commit- tee’s role is not that of outside ad— visers to the board. “They are part of the process. They’re not in a separate orbit. We want a col- laborative approach.‘We see it as a loop, not a straight line. The committee emanates from the board.” Board member Jon 'Oesting concurred, stating that some members of the Facilities Adviso- ry Committee have the feeling-I r they have an oversight role over the board, and that'has a negative connotation. “We want them to join the process. Their role is col- laborative, not oversight.” The committees have the no- tion that the board needs commit- tees to advise it, said board mem- ber Boyd Vander Houwen. “That’s not the model we want. We subscribe to a collaborative, not an advisory model. That doesn’t mean we can’t ask tough questions when needed. " Board member El J ahncke dis- sented, saying he saw the com- mittees’ roles as advisory. to hold'a reunion on Sunday A Cyclemates Reunion this weekend will honor Fran Call’s retirement from teaching after 31 years, as well as establish the Fran Call Scholarship, a travel and enrichment fund for middle school studeri‘ts. All former Cyclemates and their families will gather from 2-5‘ pm. next Sunday, April 24, at the Community Center, with a recep- tion beginning at 2 pm. and the program, at 3 pm. A contribution of $5 per Cyclemate or $10 per Cyclemate and family is requested. Any left- over funds will be given to the Fran Call Endowment Fund, which is being established to offer travel and enrichment opportuni- ties to students in middle school. The committee hopes to raise $25,000 to create an endowment that would fund at least one $700 scholarship per year, for years to come. The endowment fund would be administered by the Mercer Is— land School District. . Islander Middle School stu- dents in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades will be able to ap- ply for grants to pursue unique travel and enrichment opportuni- ties that would not otherwise be possible. The student must show a desire and commitment to- the Cyclemate principles of being courteous, careful, capable and determined. - Applicationswill be available in the spring, and the scholarship will be awarded in early.June, with the first scholarship to be awarded this year. Anyone with questions about the reunion or the scholarship, may call Ginger Howse, 232—4762. A member of the audience, Myra Lupton, pointed out that Kaplan’s recommendation for continuation of the committee was a change from what the board intended at its previous meeting. “You voted 4-1 to put the committee on hold. There’s a problem between perception and reality. I think it’s a serious issue when you have citizens who are shut out, either in reality or per- ception. That is not collabora- tion.” Kaplan responded, “We have an enthusiasm for strategic plan- ning. It speaks so well to the same issues (as the Program Advisory Committee has been dealing with). We thought members of the committee would see it as an op- portunity to go on the (Strategic Planning) Action Teams.” Responding to the board’s in- tent that advisory committees deal only with issues raised by the board, David Rowe, a member of the Facilities Advisory Commit- tee who has been critical of the board’s intention to remodel rath- er than consider building new schools, asked, “If we find an is— ALL DRY CLEANING! - Now THRU MAY '95 - HOLLYWOOD LOCATION ONLY OPEN 6:30 to 6:00 Mon-Fri 0 Sat. 9 to 5 MON THRU THURS 11r8 FRI-SAT11-9 0 SUN 12’7 GARDENS ‘ NURSERY VINEYARDS 820-7220 Woodinville ’s Best-Kept Secret CHECK QUALITY PRICES! 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