Story by Lindsey Chester, a member of Cary’s Parks & Rec Advisory Board and a graduate of Cary’s School of Government. Photo by Hal Goodtree.
Cary, NC – Have you ever wondered how Cary sets is budget? What our Land Use Plan is? How our town regulates the traffic lights? Find out the answers to these and much more by participating in Cary’s School of Government course.
Take a course that the Town offers for free once a year called The Cary School of Government. It’s an eye-opening experience.
Insider’s Look at Government
Participants visit Cary-based facilities including: the waste water treatment facility, the 911 call center, the traffic light monitor room, a firehouse, the police department and more. In group sessions participants try to balance a budget, put land-use management into practice and even sit in the driver’s seat of a waste management truck and operate the arm (my personal favorite!)
After completing the class, you may want to apply to serve on a board or commission, or maybe even run for public office. At least that’s what the Town hopes. Participants are highly encouraged to serve in some volunteer capacity, especially after learning what it takes to run things at Town Hall.
Deadline Feb 13
Applications are being accepted from now through Feb 13 for residents to participate in a free 6 week course that will inform the participants about all factions of Town government from infrastructure to budget.
Sessions are scheduled for Wednesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. from March 13 – April 17, with two additional Saturday morning sessions on March 23 and April 6.
Visit the Town’s website for an application or call (919) 469-4006.