With an eye toward increasing School Board involvement in district events, the Iroquois School Board has appointed each of its members as an ambassador for various schools in the district.
School Board President Charles Specht and Paul Bracci will serve as ambassadors for the high school, Michele Hovey will represent the middle school; Sharon Szeglowski, the intermediate building; and elementary school ambassadors will be: Daniel Behlmaier, Elma Primary; Thomas DiScipio, Marilla Primary; and David Lowrey, Wales Primary.
Specht said Monday, “We would like a closer working relationship between board members and the faculty and staff. This will increase visibility and improve our relationship with the district as a whole. In the past, I think the faculty and staff liked and appreciated seeing board members in the different buildings.”
He recalled “turbulent times” prior to Superintendent Douglas Scofield’s tenure, when employee morale and community relations plummeted. He said it was important to earn back trust from various groups.
In the board’s Mission Statement this year, there is a call for members to be effectively involved in district events. As a measuring stick, the board has decided it will track members’ attendance at various events to establish a baseline for future years.
Last year, the board initiated another endeavor called Linkage meetings to connect with various stakeholders in the community, which, Specht said, will continue this year. The informal events are different from School Board meetings because they have no agenda and allow participants to discuss any topic with board members.
Upcoming Linkage meetings are scheduled as follows: for students, Oct. 17, 2:30 p.m., high school auditorium; for faculty and staff, Oct. 28, 2:45 p.m. & 3:45 p.m., middle school cafeteria; for administrators, Nov. 19, 4 p.m., high school conference room; and for the community, Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m., middle school cafeteria.