The meeting featured a brainstorming session by the Strategic Task Force for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools on its goal of developing a six-year blueprint for school development.
The task force outlined goals such as creating state-of-the-art facilities, preventing overcrowding in schools and enhancing the overall educational experience.
Assisted by Neil Shipman, a retired superintendent who relocated to Chapel Hill, the 80-member task force is composed of parents, school district staff and community members.
Orange County Commissioner Alice Gordon attended the meeting and urged the task force to include several key points in their plan for the future of the school system.
Gordon's suggestions included a plan to keep up with school maintenance and renovation, a program for timely construction of a new high school and a system to closely monitor discussions between Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools and the Orange County School District.
She also encouraged community members to lobby commissioners for funding to build a new high school.
Chapel Hill resident Dave Hartzell, the father of a high school freshman, agreed that building a new high school, and thereby planning for growth, should be a top priority for the task force.
But Hartzell also wants to see more parents involved in their child's education. "The school system is very welcoming to parents, but there is still a way to go," he said.
Many task force members said they also want to see students of all groups succeed at higher academic levels.