OSHKOSH - There's the saying, it takes a village to raise a child. In Oshkosh, a group is trying to take that approach to suggest improvements for a school district it believes can be improved. But the district expects give and take in the relationship.
Jennifer Chandler told FOX 11 she moved to Oshkosh to raise her family, but she told us a lot of parents have concerns about the school district.
"Opting to leave the public school system. I, myself, decided to do that. I home-school my son," said Chandler.
However, Chandler told us she wants to be involved in the district. So she came to Oshkosh4Education's first report meeting.
The group, which is part of the Oshkosh Community Foundation, started a partnership with the school district last May.
"We really find that we were working separately and we could achieve so much more if we all worked together," explained Oshkosh4Education's chair Beth Wyman.
The organization and school district asked residents questions and came up with a list of 5 priorities. Those are to support and recognize the value of teachers, working together, communication, equity among schools and teaming with community groups. Within those priorities are goals like increasing graduation rates and test scores and reducing truancy over the next two years.
Oshkosh4Education said it created an education commission a watchdog group of 27 community members to keep the school district on track. The commission will meet and report to the community once every three months. However, the group is only advisory. It has no actual power over the school board.
Superintendent Stand Mack told FOX 11 he wants to take up the group's suggestions, but has a reminder for the public.
"Many of the commitments here on this list will cost more money, not just the money that is coming from the state or local levels," Mack explained.
According to Mack the school district has begun tackling some of the goals in the last few months, but he said to see some through, the community might need to step forward with more funding in the future.
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