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Meeting to discuss school district accountability is set for Tuesday

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

The Aspen School District will host a special meeting Tuesday to introduce – and, organizers hope, encourage additional interest in – the District Accountability Committee.

The meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Aspen Middle School Commons, is meant to help the community understand the DAC’s place in the district, said Jill Uris, Aspen School Board vice president and a DAC member.

“We’re hoping to let people know what’s going on as far as involvement in the district and letting people know this process is in place,” Uris said.

The DAC has been a helpful agent for the district in the past, but the committee was somewhat abandoned in recent years. With a “resurgency of parents who want accountability in the schools,” the school board reactivated the committee in January, said DAC member Shelley Bogaert.

The committee is currently split into 14 subcommittees that review a variety of district topics. Subjects that affect all three district schools – including bullying, advanced placement courses, school athletic programs and the handling of concerns or complaints within the district – are discussed by the subcommittees. The groups include teachers, administrators, parents and community members.

Most of subcommittee members will be on hand for Tuesday’s meeting to provide updates on DAC activities, Uris said.

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“We’re going to have presentations by each of the 14 subcommittees on what they’re working on,” she said.

Members of the DAC executive committee will also discuss DAC motivations at the meeting, Bogaert said. The executive committee will also be encouraging continuing community involvement to ensure that this incarnation of the DAC will stick around.

“They will be giving some sort of report on what progress has been made and really encourage people to sign up and join in,” Bogaert said.

The meeting will begin with a “social” that will allow the DAC and the community to meet and mingle, Bogaert said. At 5:30, the meeting itself will be called to order for subcommittee presentations, followed by a question-and-answer session.

The meeting will conclude with a sign-up period that will allow interested community members to join the DAC subcommittee of their choice.

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