If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a small army to run the schools.
Nowhere is this team effort more evident than in public schools' school site councils.
Composed of parents, administrators, teachers and classified staff, school site councils are responsible for developing comprehensive school plans, allocating certain monies for school use and amending each site's safe school plan. At the junior high and high school levels, students are included as members.
Mulberry School District Superintendent Sue Hess said she sees school site councils serving a dual purpose for parents.
"They are a vehicle by which the school provides accurate information to the parent community," Hess said.
Not only are the councils a good way to get out information, they bring information in by allowing parents to have a voice on issues such as how resources are spent, Hess said.
Having a voice was one of the reasons Margo Havens, a parent of a student at El Centro's McKinley Elementary School, ran for a seat on that school's site council.