School District Hosts TeleTown Hall to Collect Feedback

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 02/25 2014 10:41PM

Updated 02/26 2014 09:25AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph School District hosted its second TeleTown hall meeting Tuesday night.

Parents and others in the school district had a chance to get information and voice their opinions about the schools.

It's all a part of the superintendent's open door policy to open lines of communication.

Callers had the opportunity to ask questions directly to Superintendent Dr. Fred Czerwonka or just listen.

The district has held "in-person" town hall meetings in the past, but by using the telephone, it was more convenient for some.

"This was more interactive for those people that couldn't get out on a night like tonight that's so cold," Czerwonka said. "It gives them an opportunity to interact and do it from their home."

As expected, there were questions about St. Joseph's two new schools that will open next fall. One caller asked about how the district lines will be drawn and another asked about plans for open houses so people could see the schools after they're built.

"We're going to open two new schools for the first time in over 40 years," Czerwonka said. "Public, how would you like to see that done? What interaction would you like to see in opening those two new schools and open houses and so forth?"

There were also questions about the new Common Core school curriculum that will be implemented next fall, the school lunch program and several other topics.

Dr. Czerwonka clearly appreciated the interaction.

Nearly 3,000 people called in for the first event last fall. Final numbers aren't in for Tuesday night's event, but Dr. Czerwonka says it was worthwhile.

"We firmly believe feedback makes you stronger," he said. "It is the breakfast of champions. This is what we're asking for."

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