Lakota spent the last weeks of summer break honoring the district’s most beloved volunteers. A social media campaign, each day featuring a different 2020 Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Award winner, replaced the District Parent Council’s traditional recognition event that takes place in person every spring.
District Parent Council
Lakota's District Parent Council members meet with district leaders monthly to have open dialogue, share concerns and serve as a link between their schools and parent groups, and communicate and promote the activities happening at their school.
The District Parent Council (DPC) is comprised of the following individuals:
- Two representatives from each of Lakota’s four early childhood schools, ten elementary schools, four junior high schools, and two high schools (plus one more representative from each freshman campus);
- Lakota's superintendent and assistant superintendent;
- Lakota's director of communications;
- Designated school board members; and
- Other members at-large.
Participation in monthly meetings is limited to members of the Council, but DPC meeting minutes are available for anyone to review. Contact your building's DPC representative to obtain a copy of the bi-monthly minutes. DPC meets the second Wednesday of every other month, September through April. In the non-meeting months, email is used to maintain open lines of communication.
Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Awards
Barb Bossu was as enthusiastic parent volunteer and the Union Elementary PTA president at the time of her death. The Volunteer Spirit Award was established in 1990 to commemorate her very special dedication to public education by honoring annually a volunteer at the district level and then one from every Lakota school.
Based on nominations, each school selects its own award recipient, and all of these special volunteers are honored at a district-wide ceremony at the end of the school year. The district honoree is selected by the DPC.
Anyone in the school community is invited to nominate a school or district volunteer for the Barb Bossu Award. Everyone is encouraged to take a moment to consider nominating a volunteer who is making positive things happen in their building or in the district. It is your opportunity to demonstrate your appreciation for the volunteers that truly make Lakota a special place to educate children.
- The nominee must be currently involved as a volunteer with a Lakota school or at the district level, but does not need to be a PTA, PTO or PTSO member.
- The nominee may be a highly-visible, well-known leader or a behind-the-scenes volunteer. Regardless, he or she should dedicate a lot of time and energy to children at the school or at the district level.
- Staff members may be nominated based on what they do for children outside the realm of their daily job responsibilities.
The Nomination Process
The nomination process for volunteers at both the building and district levels will take place near the end of the third quarter each school year. The selection of each school's recipient from the nomination process will be made by a committee. The parent organization in each building will share information about the nomination process (including a nomination form) through school emails. Information about the district nomination process will be posted here when available each year.
If you have questions about DPC or are interested in serving as a representative, contact your school or DPC leadership.