Communications Advisory Committee Notes
Meeting #1 Summary – August 8, 2018:
The committee agreed to a charter which defined the purpose and activities of the committee. The main purpose of the committee is to help improve communication between the community and district staff, with the school board. For more information please see the charter for this committee.
We reviewed information on the purpose of an educational Ombuds. This is a neutral and confidential third party for our district employees and families to communicate sensitive concerns safely. This will be open for four weeks beginning August 15. After hearing concerns from our community the Ombuds will report to both the school board and the community. The committee discussed the best way for the Ombuds’ report to be presented, and decided to seek more information on methods of reporting before making a final decision.
Our goal is to help the school board receive the best information as they make decisions for our schools, and we want to make sure that everyone is heard. The committee decided on a layered approach to communicate the purpose of the Ombuds, and provide contact information. We decided that we will inform district employees and the community through different methods including: postal mail, fliers delivered through the school, social media, email from the school district to staff and family lists, collaboration with the PEA (Pullman Education Association) to encourage members to participate, automated phone calls, and information posted on the district website.