One area school group is trying to increase its parent contribution while minimizing in-class distractions.
One Troy City Schools association is doing its part to bridge the gap between teachers and parents, while raising the bar for public education.
"Our agenda is strictly academic and we work system wide. We meet with them regularly and we talk about curriculum issues and issues that would affect the top 25 percent of the academic student," says Dr. Diane Orlofsky, PACE Chairperson.
The Troy Elementary School and the Parental Action Committee for Excellence is teaming up to build a communication center for parents, teachers and staff.
The PACE Organization received $3800 dollars for the center from a grant though the Lowe's Toolbox for Education.
"We were talking about using this as a parent/teacher involvement room. We'll enable our parent volunteers and teachers to communicate a little easier," says Troy Elementary School Principal Geoffrey Spann.
This area will be one of the most productive areas in the room. In place of soda and snack machines, there will be teacher's mailboxes for teachers to leave work for school volunteers, which avoids in-class distraction.
"I think that it's exciting. It's the first time we've written a grant and it's a start. So, we're excited to be able to help and show that we're an organization that's trying to promote excellence and help the school system," says Dr. Amy Spurlock, PACE Board Member.
The communication room should be complete by next school year.
The grant is designed to support improvement projects at schools nationwide.
PACE will be presenting the $3800 dollar check to the Troy Elementary School and the Troy School Board Monday night at the Board of Education meeting.