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GPSD & City of Greenville to Host Community Town Hall Meeting

Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 9:59 am

Sarah Ozbun sozbun@ddtonline.com | 0 comments

In an effort to create a more transparent partnership, the Greenville Public School District and the City of Greenville will host four quarterly meetings, the first of which will be in August.

The hour-long sessions are meant to foster trust among community members, city officials and school district administrator.

“These forums will offer opportunities for the school district personnel and  parents/community members to partner in the progression of our school district and community,” GPSD superintendent Dr. Janice Page-Johnson said. “The forums will also allow parents/community members a chance to interact and collaborate with the school district personnel.”

Jan Vaughn, president of the district’s school board, said hosting these meetings is one way to build trust, which, as she said, is “crucial to the success of everyone.”

“Our community is struggling with failing schools, violence and unemployment and through community collaboration, we can see hope for our future,” she said.

Vaughn said it’s vital the two organizations work together to improve the school district academically, which in turn, will benefit Greenville economically. 

“As we face an overwhelming task, developing strong supportive relationships is vital to our success. When we, the school district and the community, agree upon our goals, the ones the board and city have both established, collectively, we can be a greater force to reach them. By working together as a team, our future is more promising,” she said. “We are serious about moving GPSD forward and thankful for the support thus far.”

The first meeting, which is set to begin at 5:30 p.m Thursday at City Hall, will feature presentations from Page-Johnson and Greenville Mayor Errick D. Simmons. The meeting also will include a brief Q-and-A.

Page-Johnson said while all meetings will be “an avenue to community, share information and be transparent with our stakeholders,” the first meeting also will focus on the start of the school year.

“The topics for this meeting will be to hear from the community and to share a layout for the first 100 days of school,” she said. 

Simmons, who said it’s important the local government supports the city’s educational system, said he encourages everyone, from parents and teachers to developers and business owners, to attend Thursday’s meeting.

“Of course, economic development and education go hand-in-hand,” he said, adding the city wants to help the district succeed. “We are asking all organizations to fully support the Greenville Public School District. ... Everyone needs to be on deck to support the school district at this turning point. This is a way to create dialogue about what has not worked, what can work and where do we go from here?”

The dates of the other meetings have not yet been set. Page-Johnson did say it was the district’s goal to host one each school term.





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