TCS parents and community members are invited to come together for a second community forum at Northridge High School on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to discuss the culture and climate in the school system. The first forum at NHS was held in October, but TCS is hosting a second event at Northridge to allow as many people to participate as possible.
While the forum is open to the public regardless of school affiliation, parents and family members from Northridge High School or schools that feed into NHS are especially encouraged to attend.
The event will start with a general session in the NHS cafeteria moderated by Dr. Roger Cleveland from Eastern Kentucky University. Attendees will then break out into focus groups to discuss their experiences. To get to the event, go to the Jag Lobby (from the student parking lot, walk between the main gym and auditorium.)
"Community input and support is vital for making our system stronger," said Dr. James Pope, Deputy Superintendent of the Tuscaloosa City Schools. "We had excellent comments and suggestions during the first community forum, however we decided to host a second to allow more people to attend."
The system is looking to collect student, staff, parent, and community input in an effort to provide unity within all of the TCS Schools. The idea came about based on data from the 2022 Culture Survey and recent input from the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council.
"It's critical for student success that each and every student feel safe and supported at their school," said TCS Superintendent Dr. Mike Daria. "These community forums are important in our work to strengthen unity as a school system and ensure that we continue to provide a positive environment where students thrive."
In October, a series of "listening sessions" were also held at NHS for the students and staff to talk about school unity and culture. Similar "listening sessions" will be held at Paul W. Bryant School on Nov. 3 during the school day for students and staff. Community forums will also be held at Central High School and Paul W. Bryant High School later this school year.
The Tuscaloosa City Schools hopes by gathering with students, faculty, parents, and the broader community, TCS will get insight into ways we can expand welcoming and supportive school environments for our students. TCS will share the results and action items that come as a result of these meetings at a later date.