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Public Affairs Committee Public Engagement Forum is Oct. 8

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Public Affairs Committee Public Engagement Forum is Oct. 8
Posted on 09/20/2016
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The Public Affairs Committee, established earlier this year by the Portland Board of Public Education to enhance engagement between the community and the school board, will hold its third quarterly community gathering with the public on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The gathering will take place at the Woodfords Club, located at 179 Woodford St.

 The community gathering provides an opportunity for the public to raise concerns, ask questions, give feedback and share ideas. The three at-large school board members on the Public Affairs Committee, Committee Chair Sarah Thompson; Pious Ali; and John Eder, will facilitate the conversation. Superintendent Xavier Botana also will attend to address those gathered and answer questions.

The purpose of the committee is “to build community engagement and connection to school board work by facilitating opportunities for the committee and board members to listen, take feedback from, and connect with the community. The committee will work to build awareness in the community as to the purview and scope of the board’s work and explain opportunities to interact with the board.”

The committee is calling its quarterly engagement tour of the city “Great Schools, Great City.” The first public forum took place on March 12 and the second on June 11, both at the Cummings Community Center on Munjoy Hill.