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School board seeks public input

February 27, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee County Public Schools will host eight community engagement meetings, asking residents what they think the district's goals and priorities should be.

At each meeting, the public can interact and work with school board members, administrators and other residents to create a new strategic plan for the district.

"As board members representing citizens, this is a great opportunity to go into communities and listen," board chair Mary Fischer said. "It enables us to hear from them on their terms."

The meetings will include a brief overview of the community survey, followed by table discussions on goals and priorities.

Topics will include:

- School safety and discipline

- Academic achievement

- School choice/neighborhood schools

- Parent involvement, community engagement and communications

- Preparing students for college and careers

Participants will be asked what they think the goals and priorities should be for the district, how to achieve the goals and, if necessary, how to pay for them.

"I am excited to learn from our community what they feel should be the priorities and goals for our schools," said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Burke. "By working together, we can ensure higher achievement for our students and our schools."

The district hopes that by providing the meetings in more localized and inviting format, more residents will want to be involved and help shape the future of Lee County Schools.

For meeting times and locations, visit:

Those who cannot attend one of the meetings are encouraged to participate in the online survey.



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