Advisory Committees

School District 197 welcomes and appreciates input from parents, staff and community members, and has various advisory committees for guardians and community members to join. Anyone interested in learning more about a district or school advisory committee should email the contact below.

CHEMICAL HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD
The school and community advisory team is composed of representatives from the district, local law enforcement agencies, county attorney’s office, social service agencies, chemical abuse treatment programs, parents and the business community. The advisory board works to build awareness of issues within the community, identify available resources for students and develop good working relationships and enhance communication between the schools and other community agencies and more. Contact: Ann Lindberg, Chemical Health Coordinator

CURRICULUM ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC)

The Curriculum Advisory Committee (CAC) works with the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department to respond to curriculum updates, student achievement reports and instructional material recommendations. The group meets four times a year and is made up of District administrators, parent representatives from each school and at-large members. Contact: Cari Jo Drewitz, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

EARLY LEARNING ADVISORY COUNCIL (ELAC)

The Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) is made up of volunteer parents and staff. Their purpose is to assist in promoting the goals of District 197's Early Learning Program, enhance public awareness of the programs available to families, organize events for legislative advocacy, raise funds to support Early Learning programs and the community, host fun events, advise on Early Learning curriculum and program evaluation and act as liaison between parents and staff. Contact: Laurie Hume, Assistant Director, Early Learning

GIFTED AND TALENTED ADVISORY COMMITTEE (GTAC)

The Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee promotes and enhances the goals and objectives of K-12 Gifted Education programming. The GTAC builds positive partnerships among schools, teachers, gifted education staff, administration and parents to support current gifted education services, and to advocate for future programming needs. Contact: Gifted and Talented and Instructional Programs Coordinator

PARENT AMBASSADOR NETWORK (PAN)
Members of the Parent Ambassador Network are currently serving on their school's PTA, PTO or Booster organization and meet monthly to advise the Superintendent on issues and share ideas.

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATIONS/ORGANIZATIONS (PTA/PTO), BOOSTERS
Each school in the district has a parent-led committee to advise the principal, organize community-building activities, raise funds for special initiatives, volunteer within the classroom and more. Contact your child's school for more information on becoming involved in their school-based parent group.

SCHOOL HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL (SHAC)
The School Health Advisory Council was established in 2015 to provide opportunities, facilitate collaboration, and promote communication among the district, community and parents/guardians in order to ensure high quality health programs in every school. Contact: Stacie O'Leary, Health Services Coordinator

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC)
Members of the Special Education Advisory Committee make recommendations regarding special education policies and programs. Contact: Marcy Doud, Assistant Superintendent

TRIDISTRICT COMMUNITY EDUCATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
The parents and community members who a part of the TriDistrict Community Education Advisory Council make recommendations to enhance the program's activities and services. Contact: Lisa Grathen, Director of TriDistrict Community Education

WELLNESS COMMITTEE
The Wellness Committee strives to improve student and staff nutrition and physical activity districtwide. Many of the achievements of the District 197 Wellness Committee can be found here. This committee is made up of parents, teachers, administrators, community members and students. New members are always welcome. Contact: Jeff Wolfer, Child Nutrition Supervisor