Pasco County Schools is accepting applications for the second year of its Citizens’ Academy to further educate the public on the operation of a public school system.
The Pasco Schools Citizens’ Academy will consist of eight monthly meetings beginning in August 2019. Five meetings will be held during the day and three meetings will take place in the evening. Sessions will be a combination of informational lessons, tours and classroom presentations. Participants will visit several of Pasco County’s diverse schools, meet with school personnel and principals, and learn about special programs, curriculum, athletics, budget, student nutrition, school safety initiatives, and more.
“I am really happy that I was part of the initial cohort that took this class. It has been an eye opening experience for me to understand how the school district machinery works and how much thought and planning goes behind every aspect of running the schools that most of us take for granted,” said one participant from the inaugural class.
“My aim was to learn facts about the mission and reality of public education in our community, and I left armed with valuable knowledge as well as a greater understanding of the challenges the district faces in executing its mission. I had been expecting lots of marketing speak and protection of trade secrets but was refreshingly pleased to hear all the speakers be candid, honest, and fun. I think there is a lot of misunderstanding in the general public about the role and boundaries of public education,” said another participant.
Each Citizens’ Academy class will consist of 30 to 50 members from the community. The first class will start August 22. The final meeting and graduation is set for April 23.
Anyone interested in participating in the Pasco Schools Citizens’ Academy is encouraged to apply online at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/comm/ca by July 17. Those selected will be notified via email the week of July 22.