WATERLOO — The DeKalb Central school district has announced dates, times and locations for its Listening Tour planned for this summer.

“The meetings will be held to offer stakeholders the opportunity to hear updates on district initiatives and also ask questions,” said Superintendent Steve Teders.

Up to two school board members will be available at each event, along with district administrators including the superintendent, assistant superintendent, chief financial officer and director of human resources. Other district staff may join the tour, depending on availability and topics for discussion.

The district said that although the school board conducts monthly meetings that are open to the public and accepts public comment, the district believes it is important to branch out into the community to actively seek feedback from members of the community.

“Stakeholder engagement is one of the district’s core values and is considered critical in maintaining a working relationship with members in the district and the community,” said a news release issued by the district.

“Many surveys and feedback-gathering tools have been used in the past and will continue to be used, and the tour will add yet another mechanism for capturing the thoughts and opinions of our stakeholders,” the news release said.

Meeting dates and locations are:

• June 25, 6 p.m., J.R. Watson Elementary School, 901 Eckhart Ave., Auburn;

• July 9, 6 p.m., Country Meadow Elementary School, 2401 C.R. 10, Ashley;

• July 10, 6 p.m., DeKalb Middle School, 3338 C.R. 427, Waterloo;

• July 15, 6 p.m., Waterloo Elementary School, 300 E. Douglas St., Waterloo.

“Each site selected is fully accessible and open to the public and participation is encouraged. We are excited to engage in this opportunity to better serve our students and community,” Teders said.

Questions about the tour may be directed to Teders at 3326 C.R. 427, Waterloo, by phone at 920-1011 or by email at steders@dekalbcentral.net.

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