District Ambassador Committee

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Dec. 3, 2020

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) is starting a new committee for solution-oriented parents and guardians of current SoWashCo students. 

We are seeking one parent or guardian to represent each school in the district. Members of the District Ambassador Committee will provide feedback to district administrators, learn about the challenges in a large school district and will establish themselves as ambassadors to their school community. 

The District Ambassador Committee replaces two other groups, the School Communicators group overseen by the director of communications and the Superintendent Advisory Committee overseen by the superintendent.

Please review the information below to determine if you are interested in applying for and committing to this collaborative opportunity. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Committee Co-Leaders

  • Julie Nielsen, Superintendent
  • Pepe Barton, Director of Communications

Goals of the District Ambassador Committee

  • To establish healthy and solution-oriented methods of two-way communication between families and the district.
  • To inform and gather feedback directly from members on district initiatives, school changes and ongoing or upcoming challenges.
  • To provide open communication and feedback between the superintendent, communications director and stakeholders on current and future issues.
  • To establish members as district ambassadors and additional sources of information to their school communities.


  • Members will commit to one school year (Sept. to June).
  • Members will be available to attend regularly scheduled meetings once a month. Meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. and are typically held on Thursdays.
  • Members will participate in focus groups, parent panels or surveys.
  • Members will help publicize and support district initiatives and events.
  • Members will serve as ambassadors between the district and their school community through representation at events, social media or other venues


  • Completion of the District Ambassador Committee application form.
  • Applicants must be a parent or guardian of a current South Washington County Schools student.
  • Applicants must not be a current member of an additional South Washington County Schools advisory committee.
  • Applicants must be collaborative and solution-oriented.
  • Applicants must be able to communicate with people from all different backgrounds.

Meeting Dates (5:30 p.m.)

  • Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 
  • Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021
  • Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021
  • Thursday, March 18, 2021
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Applications will be reviewed and selections will be made based on creating a team that is representative of South Washington County Schools. Please apply by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10.

The first meeting will be held virtually at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21 for introductions and a focus group activity around the 2021-22 district budget.