School Board hosts community focus group session
Approximately 50 community members attend (same night as game 7)
On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Dakota School Board hosted a community focus group session at the Dakota High School cafeteria beginning at 7:00 p.m. Unfortunately, this event conflicted with game 7 of the World Series where the Cubs were going for their first world championship since 1908. It was impressive that nearly 50 community members attended and participated. Several Dakota teachers also assisted with the event.
The evening began with Colette Binger, Board President, welcoming community members and introducing the other members of the Dakota School Board. Following that, Superintendent Bob Prusator shared information regarding the Board's vision for the future of Dakota CUSD #201 and the trends that are impacting the future. Additionally, Mr. Prusator shared demographic, financial, facility, programming and staffing information about the district.
Following the presentation, community members were randomly assigned to seven small groups where they were asked to respond to questions regarding the district's future. The questions focused on programming, facilities and a potential April 2017 referendum question. A board member was present in each small group to listen to community members perspectives on the district's future. After that was completed, all community members reported back to the cafeteria to share the highlights of each group's discussion. The school board will take feedback from the session in assisting them in making decisions about the district's future.