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Community Forum Sparks Informative and Positive Discussion

The Hazelwood School District Board of Education held its first Community Forum of the 2018-2019 school year Oct. 4 at Hazelwood East High School.

The purpose of the forum was to create a constructive dialogue between community members, the Board of Education, and the superintendent.

Dozens of parents, community members, and district staff were in attendance and submitted questions which were answered by a panel consisting of Board President Mark Behlmann, Vice President Dr. Brenda Youngblood, Board Secretary Margo McNeil, and Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart.

Two main topics of discussion included the district’s plans to open a thematic school geared toward talented and gifted students in 2019 and updates on redistricting presented at the district’s most recent Board of Education meeting.

“What we saw tonight was a great example of a community coming together to support our students and our schools,” Board President Mark Behlmann said. “I invite the community to engage the district and find out how you can get involved. We always welcome parents and community members to join a district committee; there are several committees that need your participation.”

There are two community forums scheduled for the rest of the current school year; the first is Feb. 21, 2019 at Hazelwood West High School and the second is Thursday, April 4 at Hazelwood Central High School.

Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart and Board President Mark Behlmann

Parents and community members attending the forum

The forum panel answering questions