I have decided to turn to the Blogsphere in an attempt to engage people in New Westminster about School Board and School District issues. It has been an enormous frustration of mine that over the years few people engage with the School District unless there is a problem or an issue. Typically we have 2 or fewer people attend our public meetings and we have not been successful in finding a way to engage people. My goal here is to post before, and hopefully after, Board meetings to let people know about what issues are coming up, or about what is happening. I will, of course, also add my opinion to the mix.
Over the years the New Westminster School Board had 5 Community based committees (Education, Social Responsibility, Finance, Operations and a District Advisory Committee) when those committees struggled with quorum issues they were amalgamated into Education and Social Responsibility and Finance and Operations. Once again they struggled with quorum and were eventually dropped, to be replaced by different variations of our current structures, Board public Committees, with flexible rules to allow and encourage public participation.
I am hoping that by starting an online communication tool with our community it will allow us to get some further level of engagement and community involvement.
So here we go.