HPS Superintendent Meets with Faith-Based and Community Leaders
In a conference room in Hartford’s Union Baptist Church, the members of the HPS Faith-Based and Community Leadership Advisory Group met with Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez on Feb. 12. It was the group’s first meeting in a community setting. Their mission: To enable connections that strengthen families and the HPS community.
A key partner for the district, the Faith-Based and Community Leadership Advisory Group members included representatives of community-based organizations, faith-based partners, and a parent advocate. Nuchette Black-Burke, chief of Family & Community Partnerships at HPS, welcomed the group and launched the meeting.
Black-Burke noted how group members heeded a call to action last year when the district announced its partnership with Attendance Works to combat chronic absenteeism in the schools. She described how the members served as ambassadors for this challenge in the community, raising awareness and providing support.
After introductions, the Superintendent gave an overview of key issues facing the district, such as the budget, chronic absenteeism, and culture and climate. She answered questions and took suggestions from the community partners.
The Advisory Group’s charge is to maximize collaboration between faith-based and community organizations to support the district’s work to strengthen families and community. Their methodology is to identify and highlight issues of concern; enlist and enable the support of stakeholders for district initiatives; serve as ambassadors in the community; and collaborate with HPS on solutions.
“The Faith-Based and Community Leadership Advisory Group is a vital resource for Hartford Public Schools,” said Torres-Rodriguez. “With the wisdom and partnership of our community-based leaders, we can meet the district’s priorities and prepare all of our students for success.”
Their next gathering will take place this spring.