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Parent Volunteers Active in Westfield Public Schools

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Attending a recent meeting of the PTC are (seated l-r) Amisha Mehta – PTC Corresponding Secretary and Co-Chair - Gifted Education Committee; Monica Bergin – PTC Treasurer; Lisa Kops-Wendel, PTC Vice President and Co-Chair – Special Education Committee; Ruth Maloney – PTC President; and Terese Guerriero, PTC Recording Secretary.  Standing l-r (second row) are PTO Presidents:  Donna Pace, Wilson; Soo Sang, Lincoln; Stephanie Camangian, McKinley; Sarah McGrail, Roosevelt; Joelene Ritter, Westfield High School; Jenn White, Jefferson; Vijaya Turimella, Edison; Robin Eisman, Jefferson; Jenny Tananbaum, McKinley and Edison; and Lisa Blitt, Tamaques; and (third row l-r) are Stacey Shepherd, Wilson; Erin Romano, Lincoln; Amy Root, Roosevelt; Marie Sloan, Westfield High School; Donna Keith, Tamaques; Beth Dencker, Franklin; Clarissa Taylor, Franklin; and Vanessa Schwartz, Washington.  Missing from photo is Roselle Schjong – Washington. Credits: Westfield Public Schools
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The Parent-Teacher Council (PTC) of the Westfield Public Schools kicked off the 2014-2015 school year sharing ideas, interests and news about each school and the district. The PTC, led by President Ruth Maloney, is an umbrella organization of all 10 schools’ parent-teacher-student organizations, with members who meet twice a month. One meeting is attended by the presidents of each school’s PTO, PTA, or PTSO, and one with their general membership.  PTC Board members are present at both. Parents also volunteer to join committees on the PTC, such as Special Education, Gifted Education, Scholarship, and others.

Regular participants at the PTC meetings are Superintendent Margaret Dolan and Board of Education members Gretchan Ohlig or Ginny Leiz. Topics such as school policies and initiatives, district budget, student achievement and PTO fundraising activities are discussed.

“These meetings provide an excellent vehicle for two-way communication,” explained Dr. Dolan.  “We have the opportunity to hear both the good news and the concerns of our parents in our schools through their representatives. At the same time, the parent representatives learn what decisions are being made or considered by the Board of Education. It is a very helpful process for all concerned.  We are so fortunate in this district to have so many dedicated volunteers.”

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