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Updated- Bladen County Schools Parent Advisory Council 

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By Cara Beth Lewis 

Bladen County Schools Parent Advisory Council serves to help BCS improve quality of education and communication by giving feedback and ideas to administration. The advisory council had a Welcome and Introductions dinner on November 1st.

At the meeting, they discussed strategic planning, practices of effective school districts, and more relevant topics. Parents on the advisory council had the opportunity to share things they believe are working well with Bladen County Schools, as well as things that could be improved.

The advisory council is essentially a voice for the parents, which is something many people have desired and hoped Bladen County Schools would implement. Dr. Jason Atkinson, Superintendent of Bladen County Schools, is connected to parents and their comments and concerns directly through the advisory council.

When asked about the advisory council, Superintendent Dr. Jason Atkinson stated, “The district parent advisory council plans to meet on a quarterly basis, and additional meetings may be called when needed.  In addition to discussing the purpose and goals, we provided an overview of the strategic planning process and discussed areas that were working well and areas that needed attention or improvement.  This feedback will be beneficial as we shape the strategic plan for the district.  We have several parents from the council who volunteered to serve on the five working groups of the strategic plan.  It was a productive evening.  It is our goal to increase parent involvement in our school system.  Our parents are tremendous assets in assisting us with providing a well-rounded education for all of our students.”

Those in attendance reported to have found the meeting very informative. Terry Nance, a member of the advisory council, stated “From a parent’s perspective, the advisory council is a great opportunity for parents of BCS students to voice our concerns.”

The advisory council will hold their next meeting in January.

With any questions, contact the Bladen County Schools district office.