Community Dialogue Initiative

Community Dialogue

Mission Statement

The Rockingham County Public School Board and leadership value respectful and productive community dialogue. This initiative is intended to develop a framework for dialogue to address challenging issues that affect public education in Rockingham County. The framework sets the parameters for respectful, solutions-oriented dialogue among our diverse community moving forward. Insights from community dialogue will be submitted to the RCPS School Board, which is solely responsible for policy development and decision-making on the next steps.

RCPS Community Dialogue Process for 2022-2023 Topic: How can Rockingham County best create a safe and caring environment for all RCPS students in ways that are consistent with the law (eg, equal protection, no discrimination on basis of sex) while also considering the diverse values and perspectives of the local community?

Notes & Reports

News and Presentations

Public Dialogue Events


Advisory Planning Group (November 2021 – Present) RCPS Community Dialogue Advisory Group Members: Catherine Barnes, Facilitator Dee Grimm Katie LaPira Renee Reed Amanda Ritchie Oskar Scheikl Joe Showker

Core Dialogue Group (Met over 6 sessions, March - September 2022) Group of 15-20 stakeholders who have deep connections to RCPS, a shared passion for public education, and who come from diverse roles, backgrounds, and perspectives reflective of the rich diversity of the county.  They will engage in deep dialogue to identify core issues, concerns, and values, which are also explored within existing RCPS structures in order to frame the public community dialogue

Insight to School Board (Spring 2022 & Fall 2022)

1st Large Community Dialogue, by invitation (November 15, 2022)

2nd Large Community Dialogue, by invitation (January 18, 2023)

Final Public Community Dialogue, preregistration required (March 23, 2023)

Community Dialogue Timeline