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Title I Parent Advisory Council Meeting Agenda May 9, 2011 Will-Moore Elementary School 5:30pm-7:00pm Welcome and Introductions - Linnett Schmidkunz introduced herself as the Title I Coordinator for the district. Tara Johnson introduced as the Title I Family Engagement Coordinator for the district. Tracy Famious, Sara Holzer, and Mike Yantis introduced themselves as the parent coordinators for individual schools. - Parents introduced themselves and what school their children attend. - Brochures were made available for parents. What is Title I/Funding - Linnett Schmidkunz reviewed the Title I Parent Brochure and addressed what is Title I. - Linnett Schmidkunz answered specific questions that parents asked pertaining to Title I. - Linnett Schmidkunz reviewed Title I funding and the federal cuts and how this may impact our Title I program and district. Parent Involvement Budgets per Title I school -Tara Johnson reviewed the Title I allocation that each school received for the 2010/2011 school year. -Tara Johnson reviewed how each school spent Parent Involvement money. Review and Update of the District Parent Involvement Policy - Tara Johnson and Linnett Schmidkunz introduced the District Title I Parental Involvement Policy for the Bismarck Public Schools. - Parent Advisory Council (PAC) members looked at the District Parental Involvement Policy Required Components. - PAC members/parents were given a glossary of educational terms while reviewing the district Parent Involvement Policy. - PAC members asked that they be made aware of the annual district parent meeting. Many parents felt that all schools should announce this meeting in the school newsletter or a letter should be mailed to all parents about the meeting. - PAC members looked at the policy and worked in groups to address each section of the policy. Many wording and suggestions were made to the policy. - PAC members felt that parents should be given the opportunity to be involved in planning the events that are held in the schools for reading and/or math. - PAC members felt that the district PAC should meet one time per year verses biannually. - PAC members felt they would like more strategies to help their children at home from schools/teachers. - PAC members stated they would like more descriptions of what their children are working on and feel it would be helpful to have classroom websites that parents could access to see what students are working on. - PAC members suggested district to provide training on Powerschool/Powergrade for parents. - Comments and Questions - PAC parents were given opportunities to ask questions and offer feedback.