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Coffee with Conroe ISD Promotes Open Dialogue

First Coffee with CISD of the Year at The Jett Center

Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 7:30 am

By The Woodlands Student Center Staff

SHENANDOAH, TEXAS — The first Coffee with Conroe ISD event of the year took place on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at the Jett Center in Woodforest Bank Stadium, Shenandoah, Texas, from 7:30 to 9:00 am. The event provided an informal setting for parents, students, and community members to engage with Conroe ISD Superintendent Dr. Curtis Null, feeder school principals, and district administrators. This gathering marks the beginning of a series of such events planned throughout the summer, aimed at fostering a stronger connection between the school district and the community it serves.

The session featured open dialogue opportunities, fostering connections between the community and district leadership. Parents John and Heidi Bong met College Park High School’s new principal, Robert MacFarlane while newcomers to the district, like Prasanna and Sarasi Amaratunga, found the event particularly helpful as they navigate their transition into the Conroe ISD community.The event offered a unique opportunity for attendees to voice their concerns, ask questions, and gain insights into the district’s plans and initiatives.

"Today's 'Coffee with CISD' was a wonderful opportunity to connect with our community members and share the exciting initiatives we have planned for the upcoming school year," said Dr. Curtis Null.

Dr. Null expressed enthusiasm for the event, highlighting the value of relaxed, meaningful conversations with community members. He noted an engaging discussion with 3 Oak Ridge High School student council members as a particular highlight. "Love this opportunity, just to have a great and informal conversation," Dr. Null stated, emphasizing the importance of these interactions in building a supportive educational environment.

Dr. Sarah Blakelock, Executive Director of Communications, emphasized the expansion of these events to four locations this year, promoting increased community engagement. “Last year we did Coffee with Curtis in three locations; this year, we’ve expanded it to Coffee with Conroe ISD in four locations with The Caney Creek area, Conroe area, and Grand Oaks area upcoming later this year. We are excited to have students come out. I think it's really empowering for them to have access to district and campus leadership,” she said.

Parents were appreciative of the opportunity to meet and interact with school and district officials in a casual setting. "It's great to put faces to names and have a chance to talk to the people who will be directly involved in our children's education," said Heidi Bong.

The relaxed atmosphere at the Jett Center allowed for a variety of conversations, from specific school-related concerns to broader discussions about educational strategies and community involvement. The event demonstrated the district’s commitment to transparency and responsiveness, reinforcing its dedication to meeting the needs and expectations of students and parents alike.

As the first of several Coffee with Conroe ISD events, the session set a positive tone for future interactions. Dr. Null and his team plan to continue these meetings throughout the summer, ensuring that all community members have ample opportunity to participate. “These are fun events, and we'll have a few more coming throughout the summer,” Dr. Null assured attendees.

The success of this initial session underscores the importance of community engagement in the educational process. By providing a platform for open dialogue, Conroe ISD is fostering a collaborative environment where the voices of parents, students, and community members are heard and valued.

“Love this opportunity, just to be at ease with the community just to have a great and informal conversation,” said Dr. Curtis Null, Conroe ISD Superintendent.


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