Representatives act as liaisons between the schools they represent and the Citizens’ Advisory Council and the District. Members bring their school’s concerns, needs and opinion to the council, serving as their voice at a district level. Members also bring CAC and District U-46 information back to their schools to keep parents and staff up to date. Reps attend monthly meetings and are strongly encouraged to join committees, since that is where the bulk of our work is accomplished. As a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Council, you have the unique opportunity to positively impact our school district’s future through active citizen involvement!
As a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Council, your primary responsibility is to act as a liaison between the school you represent and the council. This means you represent your school to the general membership and leaders of the CAC, and secondly, you represent the CAC at your school. You are encouraged to pursue your individual interests or further represent your school by serving on a Committee. For more information, please visit the Membership Participation Guidelines page.
How to Become a Representative
The council welcomes all parents and community members who live within the district to become a representative. School principals, along with input from parent leaders, select up to five representatives, and an additional two can be appointed by the CAC leadership to serve as “at-large” members. The only difference between appointed members and at-large members is that at-large members cannot serve in a leadership position; all other opportunities and responsibilities remain the same. Every effort should be made to attract members who represent the socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of each school’s attendance area.
If you would like to become a member of Citizens’ Advisory Council, please contact the principal at one of the schools in your school attendance zone. You may also apply for an “at-large membership” by contacting the council chairperson or calling the District’s Community Relations Office at (847) 888-5000 ext. 5300. Additional information is available in this brochure (PDF version).