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MASON COUNTY — Parents of students in the Mason County Schools will have an opportunity this academic year to meet regularly and raise any concerns about curriculum or any other subject pertaining to their children’s academic success.

Patricia Park, federal programs director for the county schools, said she will set up quarterly meetings through the federal initiative, at which superintendent Suzanne Dickens will be in attendance.

The volunteer service is called the Mason County Parent Advisory Council.

“It gives parents a voice in public education,” Park said.

Park said she is looking for parents who are interested in their children’s academic prowess.

“Our focus at the meetings is on curriculum,” added Park.

The time commitment is fairly minimal, Park said.

“If you have approximately eight hours a year to dedicate to serving on a county-wide committee dedicated to academics, call now to volunteer,” said Park. “Four meetings are held per year.”

Park added that parents who are members of the council won’t be expected to raise money or work in concession stands.

“They’ll be invited to four meetings annually,” Park said, adding that parents will be able to express concerns for their children and their schools.

“You will be able to meet with the superintendent four times per year, and you will be able to tell why you are pleased or dissatisfied with your child’s progress and the school which he attends,” Park said.

According to Park, ideas raised at the meetings will be used for input into Mason County’s strategic plan, and to implement positive changes in the school system for continued growth and improvement. She said that parents will be informed of new state and county policies affecting their children’s educational growth.

Park said she hopes to form a strong academic booster group.

The initial meeting for the year is set for 10 a.m., October 22, at the board office in the bottom floor conference room at the old Central Elementary School.

If interested, contact Pat Park at 304-675-4540, Ext. 49152.

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