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A series of parent and community focus groups has been scheduled by Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools as part of the development of a new three-year strategic plan for the district.

The schedule was announced Monday night at the regular monthly board meeting of the district.

“No one single person or group knows the best path to ensuring our children’s success,” said board member Candance Chow.  “However, if we listen to each other and work together, we can develop a plan that can truly make a difference in the lives of each and every child.”

The focus groups, which run two hours each, are scheduled for Oct. 25 through Nov. 15 on the following schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Ave.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.

Thursday, Nov. 6,  7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Second Baptist Church, 1717 Benson Ave.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Washington School, 914 Ashland Ave.

Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., King Arts Magnet School, 2424 Lake St.

Spanish translation will be provided at the focus group at Washington School, and child care will be provided for preschool age children and older at those focus groups held at District 65 schools.

In addition to these focus groups, district faculty, staff, and administrators will have the opportunity to give feedback at several employee focus groups hosted at district headquarters at 1500 McDaniel Ave.

Anyone interested in participating in one of the focus groups should send an email to Melissa Messinger with your name, the date of the focus group you are interested in attending, and whether you will need child care.

At the suggestion of the district’s newest board member, Omar Brown, the board recommended that additional focus groups be scheduled if a large number of community residents should volunteer to be involved, especially one located in south Evanston.

Superintendent Paul Goren also advised community members to provide input through a special email address set up for that purpose.

More information about the district’s strategic planning process is available on the district’s website.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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