Looking for a way to get involved in your local school district? Consider applying for the District Planning Advisory Council (DPAC), which is seeking new members for the 2020-2021 school year. Apply online.

The District Planning Advisory Council helps to shape the future of our students, families and community members by providing community-based input and feedback in planning for and evaluating existing instructional programs.


DPAC membership is based on interest, not educational expertise. Members include up to two representatives from each elementary building and up to three representatives from each secondary building, up to six non-parents from the community, one school board member, district teachers and administrators, and senior high students. The length of term is one year.

Apply online by September 1 of each year.

Meeting Schedule

All meetings take place at Park Center Senior High (Forum Room) on Mondays from 6-8 pm unless otherwise noted.

Dates: TBD

Committee Structure

DPAC operates with three subcommittees. DPAC members select the subcommittee on which they want to serve. 

Achievement & Evaluation:
Members of the Achievement & Evaluation Subcommittee advise the district on student assessments, achievement expectations and the levels of achievement reached by ISD 279 students. The group examines multiple sources of information, including data from standardized tests. Analyzing trends over time, the subcommittee recommends priorities for improving achievement in certain curricular areas and student populations.

Program & Assessment:
This subcommittee offers input and advice to subject areas in the pre-assessment phase of the Program Improvement Process. Typically, the subcommittee focuses on one of the subject areas that is in pre-assessment phase. Activities include gathering information, identifying trends, analyzing needs, and preparing recommendations. In addition to being included in the DPAC report to the School Board, these recommendations are forwarded to the assessment team for that subject area. 

Student Services: 
This subcommittee reviews the student support service areas which enhance and supplement regular education programs. The service may be directed to a student or groups of students and/or consultation to regular education classroom and leadership staff. Typically, this subcommittee will select one or two areas to review and make recommendations for improvement. The student support service areas are as follows: Community Education, Counseling and Guidance, Health Services, Media, Special Education and Gifted Education.

Final Reports and Recommendations


Building Principal or
Jeremy Willey, Director