Rutherford County Schools (RCSNC) is fortunate to have strong communities of support through families and other advocates across the district. Local Advisory Councils (LAC) represent one of those valuable support systems. Annually, six to nine individuals at each school volunteer to serve as LAC members within their respective school communities, adding 120 important community voices that help the school system provide the best education possible to Rutherford County students. On October 23, RCSNC installed the 2018-19 LAC members during a dinner ceremony held at East Rutherford High School (ERHS). Current LAC members include:
Forrest Hunt Elementary
Rutherford Early Collage High (REaCH)
East Rutherford High
East Rutherford Middle
Forest City-Dunbar Elementary
R-S Central High
Rena Hipp Smith
Mt. Vernon-Ruth Elementary
LAC members are charged with gaining knowledge necessary to be aware of the education process; enthusiastically representing their community in its relationship with its school; supporting the school administration and staff in their efforts to teach our children; doing all things appropriate to provide the best learning environment for our students; and, being a source of knowledge and communication to the Board of Education and supporting the Board's efforts in providing facilities and adequate needs for teaching and learning. This charge, penned by Dr. Bob England, ultimately seeks to ensure the best education system possible for Rutherford County through community support and engagement.
LAC members generally meet on a monthly basis to discuss both school and district-wide topics of interest. Along with other supporting activities, members raise questions on behalf of their communities, assist in sourcing ideas and solutions, and help to educate others about relevant issues. LAC members are often among the first individuals to take action when the district seeks to rally support for events and initiatives that serve students throughout the year.
The LAC installation dinner is a staple event on the school system's annual calendar. LAC members are welcomed by the superintendent and Board of Education, receive school system updates, and join together in reciting the LAC creed. The ceremony is hosted and catered by one of the county's three traditional high schools each year, and school nutrition staff members there provide a delicious meal to attendees. This year, Charles Matheny and the ERHS cafeteria staff certainly held true to tradition, serving a fantastic turkey and dressing dinner.
In addition to thanking ERHS principal Tim Torvinen and his staff for helping the district welcome and show its appreciation to LAC members, RCSNC also thanks all LAC members for their dedication to the students of Rutherford County.