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Jim Thorpe district forming a citizens' advisory committee

Published January 12. 2012 05:01PM

The Jim Thorpe School District is looking for interested residents to serve on a Citizens' Advisory Committee which will assist the school directors with managing important topics in the district.

"The purpose of the Citizens' Advisory Committee is to gather additional input and to tap into expertise of other residents in the Jim Thorpe area," said Superintendent Barbara Conway.

Under the specific requirements, the committee "will have an advisory role to the Superintendent, Administrators, and School Board in the following areas: budget, calendar, curricula, discipline, drug and alcohol issues, hiring and personnel policies, salaries and benefits, student health and related items, which affect the Board, Administrators, Students and Parents of the Jim Thorpe Area School District."

The committee will be able to advise and assist on issues but the school board will have the final say (and vote) on whether suggestions are implemented.

The school board will review the applicants before selecting committee members to serve over two fiscal years.

Also comprising the 11-member committee will be one school board member, one faculty member that resides in the district, and one member from the Parent-Teacher-Student Association. Remaining members will include residents of the district that don't currently serve on the school board; two members from the Borough of Jim Thorpe; four members from Penn Forest Township; and one member from Kidder Township. One at-large member will also be selected from any district area as decided by the school board.

School Board President, Dr. Clement McGinley said the member numbers from each area are based on population statistics.

"There are a lot of people out there with skills and experience and might be able to contribute some assistance to us in various ways," said McGinley.

Committee members will be invited to all regular board meetings and all committee meetings. However, committee members will not be able to attend executive sessions unless invited.

The committee members will also be able to obtain board meeting content and district information that is also open to the public. Citizens' Advisory Committee meetings will be held on a regular basis.

The Jim Thorpe Area School District is seeking letters of intent and resumes from area residents interested in applying for the committee. The letter of intent and resume should reflect education, profession, experiences, and qualifications.

The letter of intent and resume can be submitted to Barbara Conway, JTASD Superintendent at 410 Center Avenue Jim Thorpe, Pa. 18229.

Questions may be referred to Conway at 570-325-3691. Letters and resumes are due no later than two weeks from today.

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