Input will help Tahoe-Truckee make the grade |

Input will help Tahoe-Truckee make the grade

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee and a group of area service providers are making headway in their efforts to create a report card that will assess the quality and variety of educational, health, and community resources available in Truckee and the North Shore.”The [goal] is to get people together to talk about what is important to them,” said Community Collaborative director Kim Bradley. “Their input could affect resources, it could affect services, or it could just serve as an open-ended conversation about our community and what we are doing.”Since early November, when the Community Report Card kicked off, three focus groups have formed around the issues of health, education, and resources.Members of those groups, who mainly include regional leaders and service providers, have been working to find gaps and overlap in services, and pin-point community indicators that measure the status of a community’s well-being, such as disease trends or graduations rates.”We are seeking broader community input that will tell us how healthy we are as a community,” Bradley said. “We may find that we are doing really great with one area but that there is work to be done in another area.”The collaborative is hoping to complete the report card in the closing months of this year, according to coordinator Sarah Green.”We want to plan for what we would like to see (in the community) five or 10 years down the road,” Green said. “Our focus is coming up with the report card, but it’s going to be up to the community as to how we are going to respond to needs.” Assessing education in Truckee-Tahoe While the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee’s health and resources work groups have been discussing the basic needs of citizens and ways to gain more community feedback, the education team has involved itself in a broader task.The education work group is working on an assessment process that includes the Excellence in Education Foundation, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. Together, those groups are looking to establish a specific strategic plan for the school district that will be tentatively written this summer. “There are a lot of parents fired up about changing things (in the schools),” said Seana Doherty, a consultant for Stream Line Consulting Group, which is facilitating the research.Next month, parents of students in the district will be able to participate by completing a survey that will be sent home with their children. “If you care about the community as a whole, this is a way to be involved in a larger process,” said Sarah Green, Community Collaborative coordinator.- Christine StanleyCheck it Out:The next meeting for the Community Report Card resources focus group will take place on March 2, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Truckee Town Hall council chambers. The next health focus group meeting will take place on March 15, with the time and location yet to be determined. For more information on how you can be involved, contact Kim Bradley at 587-8322.

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