School district representatives are seeking parents to serve on the Foreign Language in Elementary Schools (FLES) committee.
The committee will draft an implementation study aimed at bringing foreign languages to elementary schools. The group is also tasked with defining the program's purpose and making recommendations this spring.
An open attitude is more important than academic credentials, Superintendent Kevin Skelly said.
"We're looking for folks that can be appropriate jurors Ö and are flexible in their thinking," said Skelly, who will work with educational services staff to select three to four parents.
Committee membership will require an Oct. 15 orientation and full-day sessions on Nov. 9 and Nov. 29, and further meetings as necessary, according to a newsletter e-mailed to parents.
"We need to look at what is the cost, how it fits with our current program, and how it impacts our teaching time," said Director of Elementary Education Becki Cohn-Vargas, who will be on the committee. The group will look at other districts' programs and recommend one that best fits Palo Alto Unified School District, she said.
Interested parents can submit a letter detailing their skills, qualities, and background to Associate Superintendent Marilyn Cook by Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. Applications can be dropped off at the Educational Services office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-parent members will include elementary, middle and high school teachers as well as administrators.