New Schools / Better Neighborhoods' guiding principle is "schools
as centers of communities." It is clearly impossible to realize
that objective without reinvolving communities in decisions about
their schools. Those individuals who live and work in the community
must have a direct role in determining how their schools will
look and function.
Unfortunately, many school districts have never included meaningful
community participation in the new school design/planning process.
More importantly, school district personnel have neither a firm
understanding nor the institutional habits to effectively work
with community members.
Our goal is to have school districts across California
partner with community members during the new school sitting,
planning, and design process. The community must be engaged as
opposed to merely being asked for approval at the end of the process.
This section highlights various efforts to effectively involve
community members in the development of new public schools.