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Buffalo Parent Congress to hold first forum Saturday

Calling all parents, families and caregivers of children in the Buffalo Public Schools.

The school district's new Parent Congress is inviting you to its first public forum from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at West Hertel Academy, 489 W. Hertel Ave.

This first forum will highlight the beginnings of the Parent Congress and encourage increased parent and caregiver involvement, particularly this year during what the superintendent is calling "The Year of Instruction."

“Our hope is that parents and caregivers will come away from this forum with a feeling they have been heard and learned the many roles everyone can assume in our community in The Year of Instruction,” said Jerry Turcotte, co-chair of the event.

The Parent Congress comprises three groups  - the District Parent Coordinating Council, the Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization and the Special Education Parents Advisory Committee - which recently came together to serve as the district's recognized parent voice.

Parent representatives meet monthly with Superintendent Kriner Cash to discuss a host of district-wide issues. It provides not only a conduit for parent feedback to the district, but a way to disseminate relevant information back to parents.

The forum will focus on how parents and caregivers can get involved both at the district level, and on individual school-based management teams. Topics will include grade-level expectations, timing of the school year and parent centers and Saturday academies.

The event will include a complimentary breakfast and supervised activities for children.


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