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Community Conversations give opportunity for input

The Harrisonville School District welcomed approximately 25 parents and community members to the first-ever Community Conversation on Nov. 13. The event began with a district overview presented by Superintendent Paul Mensching and Assistant Superintendents Dan Erholtz and Jason Eggers. Following the presentation, attendees were asked to share feedback in small group discussions led by district administrators.

As a follow-up to the event, the district has created a survey for anyone who would like to share their feedback. Click here - - to take the survey. The survey will be open through Nov. 28.

The Community Conversation and survey are part of a larger effort to gather input from staff, parents, community members, and students as the district works to update its strategic plan.

All staff participated in focus groups as part of the district's opening meeting at the beginning of the school year. Staff members have also been invited to meet one-on-one with the Superintendent during Listening Post events at the schools.

The district has hosted two community Listening Posts - one at the library and one at Brick House Coffee. Two more Listening Posts are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19 from 4:45-5:15 at HHS (prior to the Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Banquet and Friday, Dec. 7 from 9-10 a.m. at the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce following the Chamber First Friday Coffee. Listening Posts are come-and-go events for anyone to meet with Mr. Mensching to ask questions and share feedback.

The Community Conversation events will be held twice a year and will focus on specific areas such as academic achievement, facilities, and school safety. Another Conversation will be held this spring.