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Public Consultations

Consultation Process

The following information outlines the consultation process within Brandon School Division.  Please see Administrative Procedure 1020 for further details. 

Definition of Consultation:
·         Consultation is a process which involves interaction between decision makers and those affected by the decisions.
·         It promotes a two-way flow of information and ideas to arrive at better solutions.
·         It supports more effective implementation of policy and programs.
·         The process will optimize the opportunity for educational and community partners to provide input within the established timeframe.

Criteria for Consultation: 
The Board of Trustees or the Division undertakes consultation if and when:
·      the constituency may be affected significantly by the decision;
·      the decision may be controversial;
·      the decision-making process could benefit from a widespread exchange of information;
·      the required decision is value based and/or subjective in nature.

Goals of the Consultation Process:
·         To stay focused on the best interests of the students.
·         For all parties to understand the processes and have a basic commitment to them.
·         To commence the process when the issue or matter being considered is identified.
·         Promote trust and open-mindedness.

What the Brandon School Division Board of Trustees hopes to gain through the consultation process:
·         Advice.
·         Two-way communication.
·         Joint ownership.
·         Enhanced solutions, goals and policy directions.
·         Channel the maximum number of interests into a common direction. 

Communication Prior/During/Post-Consultation:
·         Provide specific timelines showing each stage of the process.
·         Detail limitations on the process in both scope and time.
·         The consultation process to be utilized.
·         Background information that is timely and comprehensive (Web site & Media).
·         Opportunities provided for input, feedback, and dialogue.

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