A group created by the Lawrence school board to study secondary education issues will meet later this month for a daylong "team-building" workshop.
The Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Dr., where representatives of the IBM Corp. will conduct the workshop.
Tony Mynsted, an account executive at IBM's Topeka office and one of the workshop presenters, said the program helps teach organizations "to extend outside their enterprise and form partnerships with government and business."
Another Topeka IBM representative and one from Boulder, Colo., will help conduct the workshop.
Bill Wilson, the district's director of human resources and the staff resource person for the school commission, said that besides showing how to build partnerships, the IBM workshop presents "a way to look at how decisions can be made and how people can set priorities and reach consensus."
Wilson suggested the workshop after seeing it conducted with Kansas University personnel last fall.
"We thought some activity like this would be a good way to get started," Wilson said.
When the commission held its first meeting last month, the group talked mostly about organizational matters. The commission will hold its next regular meeting on Jan. 30.
Wilson said IBM would present the workshop at no cost to the district. He said most of district's expenses for the workshop would be tied to the meal and refreshments to be served to the workshop presenters and the commission's 26 members.