Wow, thanks everyone for the great ideas! Being very new to this position, I am learning a LOT about Civic Engagement, so I very much appreciate your expertise.
Barb, I will definitely follow your suggestion to identify mandated services that are beyond negotiation. Tim, I really appreciate your feedback as well. I’m not sure that our locality has ever done anything quite like this before, and we are partnering with the local school board to host these meetings.
I will be sharing some of these suggestions with management staff this week to determine what direction we’d like to go. I will follow up after we finish our meetings to let everyone know what we decided to do and what lessons we learned.