The new Parent Advisory Council was installed October 2, 2014 by Veronica Bonilla-Lopez, District 89 School Board President. The new council comprised of parent representatives nominated by school principals will serve as an advisory group to the School Board and be a liaison between the Board and the school they represent on policy issues and other initiatives. Several parents may also serve on Board committees. Several Leadership Training sessions are planned to help support the parents as they assume their responsibilities. “Parent Advocacy is a passion of the entire District 89 Board of Education and the Parent Advisory Council is an additional avenue toward better communication between parents and the Board,” said Gwaine Dianne Williams, Board Member. Member Williams chairs the District 89 Parent Advisory Committee. Parents are always encouraged to attend open Board and Committee meetings however delegates of this group will be assigned to attend Board meetings throughout the year to take notes and present information to their school mainly through regular PTA meetings or one-on-one communication with parents. The Council delegates will regularly report to the Board with feedback from the school on Board agenda items and other matters of concern.

The Parent Advisory Council is not replacing any current Board policy. The goal is to achieve better communication and assure parents have an active voice in determining Board policy and setting school district goals.

The following are appointed to the 2014-15 Parent Advisory Council:

Delegates Class of 2014-15  (One-Year Term)

Emerson – Crystal Tribble
Garfield – Kimyada Wellington
Jane Addams – Luz Chaidez
Irving – Tonya Scott-Butler
Lincoln – Monique Robinson
Melrose Park – Claudia Mariscal
Roosevelt – Vacant
Stevenson – Vacant
Washington – Rev. Darryl C. Bass

The following are appointed to serve as alternate delegates to the 2014-15 Parent Advisory and will serve as the 2015-2016 Parent Advisory Council:

Alternate Delegates Class of 2014-15  (Two-Year Term)

Emerson – Sandra Mercado
Garfield – Marcia Burton
Jane Addams – Lisa Massaro
Irving – Anthony Spencer
Lincoln – Rafaela Soto
Melrose Park – Ruby Miranda
Roosevelt – Michelle Shorter
Stevenson – Vacant
Washington – Vacant