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Red Clay SuperPAC blinks and squints in the sunlight

May 6, 2013

You may have noticed a new meeting pop up on the Red Clay home page that wasn’t there before:

Superintendent Parent Council Meeting
May 29, 2013 – 8:30 a.m.
District Office

SuperPAC is a District-run parent involvement group that has been around for years, but I only recently heard of it. That is understandable, because the meetings weren’t posted, and there really isn’t much info out there. That is all changing now.

I first heard about it when I asked the District office what parent input opportunities would be provided for the new Homework Policy, and they said (among other things) that the draft policy would be presented to the Superintendent’s Parent Council. I said “The what??”

Now Red Clay has committed to posting the meeting dates and agendas on the home page of the Red Clay website (the May 29 meeting is there now). The agenda isn’t up yet, but under the law they don’t have to post it until 7 days before the meeting. SuperPAC meetings are quarterly at the District office at 8:30 in the morning.

It is important to note that you or any member of the public can attend meetings of the Superintendent’s Parent Council. You do not need to be a member or have special permission to attend. SuperPAC is a public body and is covered under the open meetings provisions of Delaware’s FOIA law. The meetings are at 8:30 in the morning, so I wouldn’t expect a crowd.

Establishing the Council was promised in Red Clay’s 2008 ARRA application as part of the response to “Objective 2.4: Encourage frequent, open communication between the district and its stakeholders.” Since then Red Clay has cited SuperPAC in its strategic plan, and in multiple Federal documents including Title 1 grant applications as evidence that the District is fulfilling its parent engagement obligations.

SuperPAC does not appear to have any published bylaws. According to Red Clay, SuperPAC is “informal” and has no decision-making authority and takes no votes. Its purpose is to hear information from the district and convey it to their school organizations. That is news to me.

How one becomes a member is unclear, but after locating and speaking to a few members it appears to be a tap-on-the-shoulder kind of thing. But membership doesn’t really appear to be relevant, since no votes are taken. Presumably the only thing that membership confers is that you are on the distribution list for email notification of the meetings. Now that the meeting dates and agendas will be published, anyone may come.

Although no minutes are taken, I have obtained a few recent agendas to give an idea of what is discussed. Compared with topics presented to RCPAC, the SuperPAC discussions appear to be somewhat more substantive.

There are more attendees at SuperPAC than the better-publicized RCPAC. From a January 2013 presentation to the Board on Strategic Plan progress:

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    May 8, 2013 at 7:47 am

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