Mt. Vernon Community School Corp. Supt. Jack Parker knows the importance of open dialogue with community stakeholders. That’s why he’s conducting a “Traveling Talks” series beginning March 26.
“I have the opportunity to reach out and meet with community groups and PTOs, and of course, I have the opportunity to talk to folks in the building, ” Parker said. “I’ve done a lot of that, but this is providing opportunities for other parents or for any community member that would like to come and talk about the great things we are doing in Mt. Vernon schools, ask questions and have an open dialogue.
“It’s really about just making those connections and hearing what the thoughts and ideas are of our community.”
Parker expects much of the discussions to involve community and school growth.
“I think something that is on the minds of many in our community is, ‘How is our community growing and what is our school doing to prepare for that growth?’” he said. “We commissioned a demographic study that does indeed say, ‘Yep, we are a growing school district, we are going to have steady growth over the next several years.’ How are we going to develop plans to manage that growth, both long-term and how can we make adjustments as needed, because we can’t predict the future. The best we can do is look at what the future might hold and prepare for it.”
The traveling talks are scheduled for noon March 26 at Kinsey’s Italian Café, 6383 W. Broadway, McCordsville; 6 p.m. April 17 at Sero’s Family Restaurant, 11720 E. Washington St., Cumberland; and 6 p.m. May 7 at Los Maguelles, 222 S Main St., Fortville.
Parker said he expects to continue conducting the traveling talks throughout his tenure with MVCSC.