After a year of dysfunction and miscommunication that led to an American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) vote of non-concurrence with the Morris School Board, Superintendent Troy Ferguson was confident the new officers and new board of the American Indian group would usher in a time of better communication between the two groups. The AIPAC had a number of concerns, and the School District fashioned a response that was approved at this week’s School Board meeting.
Ferguson explained on the KMRS Community Connection:
“I put together a District response to those concerns and worked with AIPAC while I was doing it, and also with the Department of Education to make sure we’re all on the same page,” he said. “I brought that forth to the School Board and they approved that as their official response. So, that will all get sent down to the MDE and then we will be able to get the funding to run our program this year. And we’re looking forward to that. I think the AIPAC is really looking forward, too. They have some great plans for our American Indian students.”
The District committed to working with its Indian Education Coordinator to make sure they accurately identify all American Indian students, and communicating regularly with the group. Concerns that American Indian funds were being used for Community Education classes were explored and determined to be unfounded, but any cooperative efforts with Community Ed will be brought to AIPAC for discussion. Some $30,000 in funding is at stake while these matters get sorted out.