Lakota Schools belong to you, the residents and taxpayers of this community, and we want to hear your ideas, thoughts and opinions about how your schools should approach a changing landscape. That's why the Lakota Board of Education created the Community Conversation Program.
These conversations began during the 2012-13 school year and are about deepening the relationship and building a partnership with residents, finding common ground on our core values around education, defining the purpose of education, and confronting and solving difficult issues in education.
How we educate students is changing rapidly. There are many choices to be made about how schools will look and work as we move forward. These decisions need to be made as a community and with the consideration of many different voices.
To do all that, we need to understand residents, build a better relationship between the school district and the community, and together define our values, purpose and goals. All of that starts with a different kind of conversation. Sometimes that means reaching out to specific group in our community. Other times, it means defining an issue or topic that demands community input.
There will be countless meetings throughout the school year. Please join us to share your voice and maybe even host a meeting!
Meet Our Facilitator
Jeff Stec is an expert in creating conversation. As a third party facilitator for all of Lakota's community conversations, Jeff allows Lakota's leadership to dedicate their time and energy to doing what they need to do...listen.
Jeff is the executive director at Citizens for Civic Renewal, an organization committed to engaging citizens to help build and strengthen our communities together. Jeff will lead a conversation that will help the community collectively answer a key question: What do our kids need to succeed?