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High school students share feedback with Superintendent

High school students share feedback with Superintendent

Superintendent Listening Session Nearly 100 students representing every high school met with Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson to share their opinions on how the district is preparing them to be Future Ready during the fall Student Dialogue Session.

“In order to do what is right for our students, we have to listen to them. I want to hear their concerns so that we can meet their needs,” said Dr. Thompson.

The students met in small groups and shared their thoughts on three topics: What opportunities and supports are available to students to increase the graduation rate; what barriers do students face in achieving a high school diploma and what could your school do better to support college and career readiness.

Some of the common themes students shared were the importance of College and Career Coordinators to help them plan their future; having good communication between teachers and students; dual credit classes and advocacy or seminar classes. Some of the suggestions they gave included having more job-shadow opportunities and having more teachers be mentors.

The feedback will be compiled into a report that will be shared with the Board of Education.

The students involved in the Superintendent Dialogue Session are members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SuperSAC) and other students that SuperSAC invited to participate or who were recommended by their school’s principal. Many of the suggestions from previous dialogue sessions have shaped district policies and created programs now being used in the district’s high schools.

The Student Dialogue Session was sponsored by Butler Community College, which provided lunch for the students.