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    Levies 2019: Engaging With Non-English-Speaking Families
    Posted on 07/12/2018
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    Levies 2019: Engaging With Non-English-Speaking Families

    As planning for the 2019 levies continues, the district is working with community partners to connect with non-English-speaking families, hear their input and feedback, and answer questions.

    Chinese and Somali language-based meetings were held in June. Planning continues and meetings for Vietnamese and Spanish speakers are expected to take place over the summer.

    At each meeting, staff from the budget department and the capital project department shared information on levies planning through interpreters. The attendees were then asked what was most important to them for both upcoming levies using a provided list of topics.

    At the meeting with the Chinese-speaking community, the top priorities for the Operations Levy were English Language Learner programming and bilingual services. The top priorities for the Capital Levy were safety and security, and renovating/replacing older buildings. Many thanks to CISC for their partnership.

    From the meeting with the Somali-speaking community the top priorities for the Operations Levy were English Language Learner programming, teachers’ salaries, Special Education services, and bilingual services. The top priorities for the Capital Levy were safety and security, technology in the classrooms, and renovating/replacing older buildings. Many thanks to the Somali Education Parent Board for their assistance.

    We also asked attendees how we could improve communications with families (for example, do they prefer email or school newsletter). This feedback is being reviewed by the Communications department.