An evening of listening to community priorities and learning about community expectations has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 7th by the Mercer County Board of Education. The Community Discussion will be built around a structured, yet informal, give-and-take between school board members, school and district staff, and invited representatives of the community at large. Using this information, the board and district administration will formulate a system wide set of prioritized goals. These goals will in turn be shared with planners throughout the district. The two-and-a-half hour public session will take place at Mercer County Intermediate School in Aledo. No other board action will be taken at the meeting. Specific participants in the Community Forum have been invited by the district for two reasons: to ensure that a broad cross-section of interests, backgrounds, and perspectives are included and to ensure that board members are able to hear from all participants without creating a meeting of unacceptable length. However, any citizen wishing to attend the session or to submit written comments that will be considered as part of the process is encouraged to do so. The district must receive written comments either before or at the meeting.