Big crowd for Home & School kickoff
by Paul Socolar on Sep 13 2012 Posted in Latest news
Tuesday was an auspicious beginning for the new leadership of the citywide Home and School Council, as the group kicked off the school year with an overflow crowd at a meeting headlined by new Superintendent William Hite.
Mayor Nutter, SRC Chair Pedro Ramos, teachers' union president Jerry Jordan, and Claudia Averette of the District's offfice of parent and community engagement also spoke to the group.
More than a hundred people heard the new District chief commit to "work to really provide opportunities for engagement."
"I do intend to attend your meetings -- if you will have me," Hite said.
Nutter, in an unscheduled appearance, took the floor and echoed some of the same themes, saying "We need to make sure you're feeling much more welcome in your school. They're not our schools, they're your schools."
A new slate of officers, headed by president Rosemarie Hatcher, parent of a freshman at Franklin Learning Center, was introduced.
Parents and guardians in the audience had a chance to introduce themselves, too, and appeared to represent a cross-section of schools from across the city.
Home and School Council has boosted its digital presence this year with a new Facebook page and an improved website. The membership process is now handled online -- the fee for a school's Home and School Association to join is $150, and the new leadership is hopeful that the organization can grow well beyond last year's membership of 73 schools.
The organization has an office on the first floor of District headquarters, 440 N. Broad St., where the next citywide meeting is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 2.