ABERDEEN – Dr. Suzanne Bean, president of the Mississippi Association of Partnerships in Education, announced in December that the Aberdeen School District would be one of three districts statewide to participate in a pilot program for a Certified Partnership Community. She announced Jan. 19 to the ASD's P-16 Council that the effort is being streamlined to strictly Aberdeen.

"We're all working together to enhance community and parental engagement. When you have strong school/community relations, you have a better school system," Bean said.

During last week's training session, school officials were joined with parents, P-16 members and students to weigh the effectiveness of five indicators as they pertain to community interaction with the ASD. The areas include what the community is doing for ages 0 to 8 and for grades four through 12, respectively; for schools and educators; for parents and families; and what the collaborative leadership is.

The Certified Partnership Community designation is a stamp of approval that claims schools and communities can work together, according to Bean.

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