Letter from the Principal

Brandon Wojcik

I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a safe and festive holiday season. It is my hope that the season brings only happiness and prosperity to you and your loved ones. I wish you all good health, joy and peace in the coming New Year!

In addition to my well wishes, I wanted to take a minute to share an exciting opportunity that we are able to offer our students and community this year. We were able to allocate a substantial amount of money through a grant to fund a participatory budget project. This project will allow our school and community to decide together how to spend this money. The process is meant to deepen students understanding of democracy, foster collaboration and creativity, encourage student ownership of our school, and build a strong and more-involved sense of community. The amount we have allocated to this initiative is $10,000!

How does it all work?

Students from each grade level will submit ideas to spend the $10,000 by writing  them down and placing them in boxes in the cafeteria. The class offers and advisors will consider the ideas submitted by their respective grade level and narrow it down to one idea. They will then convene a panel of interested students to work on a formal proposal. Each grade level will have an opportunity to “pitch” their proposal to a Steering Committee comprised of teachers, support staff, parents, students, and myself using a short presentation. The Steering Committee will decide on three proposals to move forward to a vote. The three groups will then have the next two months to present their ideas to their peers and promote them to the community.

 The rules of participatory budgeting state that students must have three voting opportunity to every one vote by community members and parents. So our students will have two opportunities to vote before the final vote. The final vote will occur the night of the school budget vote on May 19 and will include one final vote for Jr.-Sr. High students as well as one vote per interested adult community member. Not only will this be a great night for our community and students to come out and avail themselves of the democratic process, but we have our spring concert that night as well as a chicken BBQ sponsored by our Student Government. The winner will be announced later that week and will have their project funded.

 For a visual timeline, please see the document at the bottom of this page. As always you may direct any questions you have about this project or any other issues to me at 337-0101, ext. 1302, or by email at bwojcik@northcollins.com.

 

 

Best regards, 



Brandon F. Wojcik
Jr.-Sr. High School Principal


 

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