August 1, 2004
The Scottsdale Parent Council is ready to meet its goals for the coming school year.
"Our first goal is to improve communication with all parts of the community," said Valerie Iverson, president of the parent council. "Communication is the main purpose of what we are about."
The council, which acts as a parent group to educate parents across the Scottsdale Unified School District and advocate for children at the district and state level, wants to increase the number of parents on its e-mail network.
"This is our strongest form of communication because we don’t have a physical address where people can mail us," Iverson said.
The council e-mails presidents of parent-teacher organizations, who distribute information to individuals.
The council wants to broaden its ties with the Scottsdale Education Association and work more with teachers.
"We also want to reach out to parent groups not yet included, such as parents of English learners," she said. "Many don’t realize how many English learners we have in the district."
The group also wants to expand membership in Arizona Parents for Public Education, APPLE, a parent group that includes six school districts banded together for work at the legislative level, she said.
Amy Besing, vice president of the council and the legislative and chamber of commerce co-liaison, said she wants to educate parents on the issues facing the district through the legislative budget.
"We need to get the word out there about what parents can do," Besing said. "Getting funding from the state is an uphill battle that we have to face."
In April, the council voted unanimously to back the school improvements bond issue and will spend the next few months seeking support on the Nov. 2 ballot.
For more information, visit www.scottsdaleparentcouncil.org