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Parent Advisory Council

2016-2017 Parent Advisory Council Members







Alan Cox



Cynthia Lovely

4th Grade Representative

Jennifer Geragotelis

Assistant Principal


Robert Ferrer

5th Grade Representative

Karel Kinkade

Kindergarten Representative

Nikki Keldsen

6th Grade Representative

Patty Szczys

1st Grade Representative


John Devivo

7th Grade Representative

Mandy Smith

2nd Grade Representative

Kim Wallace

8th Grade Representative

Heather Kravet

3rd Grade Representative




Purpose: The council serves as a parent/family cabinet for the school administration. The Parent Advisory Council’s (PAC) main role is to provide guidance to the building administration, specifically representing the perspective of parent/family needs for the school.


Council Membership

Council Membership and Selection Process



                  Selection/Election Process

Parents or guardians of students at the school


Elected by the parents or guardians of students attending the school. Each household with a student attending the school will have one vote.

School Principal or Assistant Principal (non-voting)


Principal may name a designee

Voting members have two-year terms, and no member can serve more than two terms on a council. Only parents/guardians in good standing according to the school compact are eligible to participate on the council.

Council Responsibilities

Parent Advisory Councils serve in an advisory capacity and are responsible to assist the school administration in the areas listed below:

  1.            Review school achievement data and school needs as they relate to the school’s improvement plan;
  2.            Review the fiscal objectives of the school’s draft budget and advise the principal before the budget is submitted to the superintendent;
  3.            Participate in the hiring process of the school principal by having 1-2 representatives on the interview committee. The representatives will participate in conducting candidate interviews and reporting on them to the district;
  4.            Help the school form community partnerships;
  5.            Discuss policies and procedures;

Limitations on the Responsibilities of the Council

In addition to the Parent Advisory Council’s responsibilities, it is also important to recognize the limits of their advisory function. The duties of these councils do not entail activities including, but not limited to:

  • managing the school;
  • supervising staff;
  • entering into contracts or purchase agreements;
  • discussing individual issues between teachers and students and/or parents;
  • determining student eligibility for school admission; or
  • determining class allocations or student assignments;