The Board recognizes that a student’s education is a responsibility shared by the school, the student, and the family. Community volunteers in our schools enrich the educational program and strengthen our schools' relationships with homes, businesses, public agencies and private institutions. The presence of volunteers in the classroom and on school grounds also enhances supervision of students and contributes to school safety. Research indicates that involvement of parents and other caring adults in support of the children’s education increases student achievement. To those ends, the District encourages parents/guardians and other members of the community to share their time, knowledge, and abilities with our students. The District also encourages community members to serve as mentors providing support and motivation to students.
The Board supports community involvement as an integral part of the educational goals of the RSU 21. Therefore, the development of volunteer relationships is recommended and encouraged. Specifically, volunteers can:
Volunteer opportunities exist in all of our district schools and offices, and also on several Committees. The following list gives a very brief overview of some of the committees that seat community members.
School Advisory Committees: Each school has an advisory committee of parents and community members that meet regularly with the principal to discuss issues regarding that school and the district.
Other Advisory Committees: Transportation, Energy and Environmental Concerns, Gifted and Talented, and Information Technology are other existing advisory committees.
Curriculum: The Curriculum Committee is a standing committee that reviews all curriculum changes, additions, and deletions before they are presented to the Board of Directors.
Finance: The Board's Finance Committee meets at least monthly to discuss the financial issues of the district; the committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Policy: The Board's Policy Committee meets monthly to review and recommend policy changes, additions, and deletions to the Board of Directors.
Human Resources: The Board's HR Committee meets monthly to review and discuss human resources issues; the committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Facilities and Operations: The Board's Facilities and Operations Committee meets monthly to discuss the district's buildings and busses, maintenance, and capital needs; the committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Drop Out Prevention: This district committee meets to review and discuss measures to help keep students in school through their graduation.
Please fill out one of our volunteer forms to volunteer in our schools or on a District Committee. Visit the Committees web page for more information about these committees, or contact any Board member.