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New Public Affairs Committee To Hold Second Public Forum

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New Public Affairs Committee To Hold Second Public Forum
Posted on 06/06/2016
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The Public Affairs Committee, established earlier this year by the Portland Board of Public Education to enhance engagement between the community and the school board, will hold its second quarterly community gathering with the public on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The gathering will take place at the Cummings Community Center, located at 134 Congress St., in the community room on the second floor.

The community gathering will provide an opportunity for the public to raise concerns, ask questions, give feedback and share ideas. The three at-large school board members on the Public Affairs Committee, Committee Chair Sarah Thompson; Pious Ali; and John Eder, will facilitate the conversation.

The school board established the committee in February. The purpose of the committee is “to build community engagement and connection to school board work by facilitating opportunities for the committee and board members to listen, take feedback from, and connect with the community. The committee will work to build awareness in the community as to the purview and scope of the board’s work and explain opportunities to interact with the board.”

To help fulfill its mission, the committee is holding a series of community forums, one per quarter. The committee is calling its quarterly engagement tour of the city “Great Schools, Great City.” The first public forum took place on March 12.