Board seeks parents, residents for policy committee
Trumbull’s Board of Education is looking for parent and community involvement on its Policy Committee.
Last spring, the Board of Education had discussed reorganizing the Police Advisory Committee, which had included parents and community members.
The plan was to disband the committee and start a new one with three Board of Education members, along with the superintendent.
In April, Dawn Cantafio, who had served as chair of the committee, wrote a letter to the editor on the proposed changes and history of PAC.
“The current process for Policy on Policy and PAC is a collaboration among educators, administrators, Board of Education representatives, students, parents, members at-large and, when necessary, the board attorney,” Cantafio wrote. “This committee has been in existence for approximately 20 years without incidence or complaint.“The proposed changes are that the current committee be disbanded and three Board of Education members will be the policy makers, along with the superintendent or his/her designee,” Cantafio wrote in April. “They may or may not take input from the public. It will be up to the Board of Education to determine how this is handled.”
On Tuesday, Superintendent Gary Cialfi said the board wants to keep parents and community members involved and are now looking for volunteers.
“I think that there are a lot of policies that involve parents and community members as users,” Cialfi said. “It’s just another perspective — not just perspectives of educators.”
The Board of Education is looking for three parents or guardians of Trumbull Public School students and two community volunteers, who must be Trumbull residents, to participate as advisory members on the Policy Committee. The committee meets in the Long Hill Administration building on a monthly basis, in the early evening. Appointees will serve for two years.
The committee is responsible for researching and making recommendations on policies that range from instruction, attendance, pay to participate fees and much more. A request to revise a school policy could be brought up by a Board of Education member, an educator or community member. The committee would then be tasked with research and making changes that are vetted by the Board of Education.
“The committee will often look at policies in other districts and make proposed changes,” Cialfi said. “They will bring that to the board for a first reading and then the board will usually give suggestions and ask for it to be brought back for a second reading.”
If interested in being considered for one of the positions, a submitted information form should be given to Loretta Chory, Policy Committee chair: firstname.lastname@example.org or Deborah Herbst, Board of Education chair at email@example.com, no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3.
For more about the Policy Committee, visit trumbullps.org/boe/pac.html. To download the online information form, visit trumbullps.org/Attachments/pac/PolicyApplication.pdf.