“Success begins at home” was the theme of this year’s first Title I District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) meeting held Tuesday, September 11, at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center(FHESC). Parent and guardian representatives from the district’s Title I schools gathered to discuss family involvement and its role in raising student achievement. The enthusiastic group elected the following officers for the 2012-2013 school year:
Chairperson, Magda Dominique; Vice-Chairperson, Hazeltine McFarlane; Secretary, Maureen Crespo; Area Representatives, Jacqueline Bentancourt, Pearl Boodoo, Gregory Latimore, Pamela Lucas, and Steven Muckerman.
The Title I staff is committed to working with Title I schools to set high standards and expectations for all students. Schools which have a high percentage of children qualifying for free or reduced priced meals receive an allocation of federal dollars intended to Improve the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged. Central to this improvement is the federal and state requirement to ensure parent involvement. The DPAC is designed to facilitate parent and guardian participation in decisions regarding family involvement, student programs and activities, and district procedures. Each of the District’s Title I schools has parental input into decisions about each School Improvement Plan (SIP) and Parent Involvement Plan (PIP).
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, at the Fulton Holland Educational Services Center, Thurber A and B, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. All parents and guardians of students in Title I schools are eligible to attend the meetings. The DPAC meets quarterly each school year.
Front row (from left): Maureen Crespo, Pearl Boodoo, Jacqueline Bentancourt, Magda Dominque, and Pamela Lucas. Back row: Ernesto Lontoc, Gregory Latimore, and Steven Muckerman. Not in the picture, Hazeltine McFarlane.