BUSD recruiting Action Team
Knowledgeable volunteers sought to tutor students, recommend district improvements
BARSTOW • The Barstow Unified School District is recruiting knowledgeable community volunteers to join a coalition which will engage students in project-based learning and provide input into district practices.
The BUSD Action Team is in its third year, according to Superintendent Jeff Malan.
“We just want their time,” Malan said of prospective members. “We appreciate their specialty areas in the workforce.”
The district intends to parlay skills of local business leaders, service clubs and concerned citizens into coaching opportunities for students at its nine schools, but their involvement will ultimately be two-fold.
“We want to educate the community with how they can help support us in the school district,” Malan said, “but I want their input into our district practices, customer service (as well). All those things go hand-in-hand. We want to reflect our community.”
The Action Team will meet four to six times during the 2013-14 school year at various school sites, Malan said. Volunteers will partner with principals and teachers to decide how they can participate and impact a classroom on specific days.
The first meeting is set for 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday at the Barstow High School Restaurant Occupations class. Breakfast will be served by students from the class.
“We’re targeting showcasing the class,” Malan said, “because we want (the coalition) to see what a great program this is.”
Coalition members will also receive a tour of the high school Friday to gain insight into its operations.
Malan hopes to attract 20 to 30 members this year — a mix of returning and new.
Contact Julie Carter, senior executive assistant to the superintendent, at 760-255-6006 to RSVP if interested in joining the BUSD Action Team or for more information.
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.