Wayzata Public Schools

Committees

We value the diverse voices of our community members. Serving on a committee is a great way to share your talents and unique perspectives. If you want to learn more about serving on one of the committees below, reach out to the contact person.

Academic Calendar Committee

Purpose: Make recommendations to the school board regarding dates that school is in session, staff development dates, parent/teacher conference dates and no school dates. The committee's recommendations must be in compliance with state mandates and bargained agreements and seek to advance the mission and goals of the school district.

Meetings: Twice monthly, beginning in December. Recommendation expected to the school board each March.

Contact: Jill Johnson, executive director of teaching and learning, Jill.Johnson@wayzataschools.org or 763-745-5022

Citizens Financial Advisory Council (CFAC)

Purpose: Advise the school board and administration on financial issues facing the district, serve as a business/community sounding board and help facilitate communication between the school board and the business and residential communities of the district. The committee is chaired by the treasurer of the school board.

Member Attributes:

  • An interest in financial issues that affect the district
  • A strong background in finance, business, communications or human resources
  • A desire to further the success of the students in the district

Meetings: Once a month

Contact: Jim Westrum, Executive Director of Business and Finance, Jim.Westrum@wayzataschools.org or 763-745-5023.

Curriculum, Instruction & Technology Advisory Committee (CITAC)

Purpose: Advisory committee to the Wayzata School Board and administration on curriculum review and technology matters and serve as a business/community sounding board and communications link between the School Board and the business and residential communities of Wayzata Public Schools.

Focus Areas:

  • Curriculum and Technology goals and evaluations
  • Priorities for student educational experiences
  • Curriculum, Instruction & Technology policies and effective practices
  • Curriculum, Instruction & Technology decisions impact analysis
  • Local, state, and national trends in curriculum, instruction, technology and implementation
  • Legislative issues impacting curriculum, instruction and technology in education

Meetings: Second Tuesday of October, December, February and May from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at Central Middle School.

Membership Size and Composition: 15 community members and representatives from the school district technology and curriculum departments, plus a representative from the Wayzata Education Association.

Membership Term: Each community member will serve a three-year term with one-third of the members' terms ending each year, enabling new members to be selected. Members may choose to serve more than one term.

Committee Member Qualifications:

  • Reside within Wayzata Public Schools
  • Possess an interest in curriculum, instruction and education technology issues
  • Demonstrate a strong background in education and/or information technology
  • Desire to further the success of the students and families served by Wayzata Public Schools

Contact: Wade Phillips, Director of Technology, Wade.Phillips@wayzatashools.org or 763-745-5101.

Application Deadline: August 31, completed applications will be evaluated and approved by the Director of Technology and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in September.

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Community Education Advisory Council

Purpose: Advise and assist the Community Education Department to fulfill our mission of providing quality lifelong learning opportunities for all members of our communities.

Terms: One year term, with the opportunity to serve up to six years.

Meetings: 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Mondays; October 2, November 20, February 5, March 19, April 16 at the Education Service Center, 12925 16th Avenue North, Plymouth

Contact: Annie Doughty, Director of Community Education Operations, Annie.Doughty@wayzataschools.org or 763-745-5202

District Liaison Committee

Purpose: Promote an atmosphere of understanding and cooperation among represented groups who act as a communication link for the effective sharing of information.

Members: Representatives from a variety of district groups, including all PTA/PTOs, Early Learning School and Community Education Advisory Committees, Partners for Healthy Kids and from district leadership, including a school board representative, the Director of Communications and Involvement and the Superintendent. Representatives from groups are selected by the group represented.

Meetings: Meetings are held monthly on either the first Thursday at 6:30 p.m. or the first Friday at noon. The combination of daytime and evening meetings accommodates the broadest spectrum of participants. Evening meetings are typically held at Central Middle School and daytime meetings are typically held at the Education Services Center.

Contact: Charlene Barghini, Volunteer Coordinator, Charlene.Barghini@wayzataschools.org or 763-745-5045

District Wellness Committee

The school district will create a District wellness committee to assess the District health environment and the implementation of the wellness policy. The Wellness Committee shall include a variety of stakeholders and will meet at least annually.

Non-Food Rewards

The Wayzata School Board approved Policy 530-R (IV, part C) for non-food rewards in the classroom in 2010: "During the student academic school day, schools will not use foods or beverages as rewards for academic performance or good behavior. This does not prevent schools from providing food for activities during the school day such as celebrations, birthdays and holidays."

Examples of Non-Food Rewards

  • Extra music and reading time
  • Time for music and dancing
  • Music while doing school work
  • Chat break at the end of class
  • Extra computer time
  • Free time at the end of class
  • Group activity
  • Games
  • Homework Coupon
  • Coupon for prizes and privileges
  • Certificate/trophy/ribbon/plaque
  • Gift certificate to local non-food merchants
  • Free pass to sporting event or play
  • Walk break from class
  • Fun walk with the principal or teacher
  • Guest presenter in class
  • Field trip

Legislative Action Committee (LAC)

Wayzata Public Schools' Legislative Action Committee (LAC) is a group of citizens that monitors legislative activity as it affects K-12 education and advocates positions on behalf of the district. The LAC is supported by the school board and district administration.

The LAC is charged by the School Board with the following responsibilties:

  • Make recommendations to the board regarding the legislative platform,
  • Work to build positive relationships with legislators for the district,
  • Report to the community regarding legislative issues,
  • Determine strategies and tactics for legislative advocacy, and
  • Enlist support of community resources as needed

Committee members include parents, community members and representatives from the district.

Unless otherwise noted, all Legislative Action Committee meetings are held at the Wayzata Public Schools Administration Building, 210 County Road 101 North in Plymouth, in the board room from 7:45-9:00 a.m. on the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018

For more information about the Wayzata Public Schools LAC, contact Andrew A. Hagen, communication specialist and staff liaison to the committee, at 763-745-5017 or Andrew.Hagen@wayzataschools.org.

Special Education Advisory Council

Purpose: Increase the involvement of parents of children with disabilities in district policy and decision making.

Role: Advise special services administration in its mission to prepare all students for the future by working together for the continuous improvement of special education services.

Membership: Parents of children receiving special education services in the district and district administrators. There are a limited number of spaces available on the committee. Parents interested in serving must submit an application. Application forms are mailed to all parents of students receiving special education services.

Term: Two years

Meetings: All meetings are held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Education Services Center, 12901 16th Avenue North, Plymouth.

Contact: Jennifer Welk, Special Services Manager, Jennifer.Welk@wayzataschools.org, 763-745-5044