City offering INSIGHT Citizen’s Academy again

Posted: July 8, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — The city is once again giving residents the chance to see the inner workings of local government.

The ninth annual INSIGHT Citizen’s Academy is scheduled to start Aug. 1. Events will be held once a week — on either a Tuesday or Thursday night — through Nov. 14.

Dinner is on the agenda every session, and activities include a guided tour of Rouss City Hall, watching a City Council meeting, a tour of the water treatment plant, a tour of the Timbrook Public Safety Center, a visit to Shawnee Fire Station and a walk around Handley High School, according to a news release from the city.

“We usually have about 26-28 people graduate each year,” said Amy Simmons, Winchester marketing coordinator. “It’s usually young adults through seniors.”

Participants get to meet government officials and have discussions with department heads, she said.

“The most fun part is actually going on tours of our facilities,” Simmons said. “They get to go to the Timbrook Public Safety Building, which is typically a building that the public doesn’t get to see.”

Academy students will also get to explore the attic of City Hall and see how the building has been used for the past 100 years, she said.

Not only do city employees “love being able to show people what they do,” the INSIGHT Academy affords them an opportunity to find out areas where they can improve, Simmons said.

“The main comment I receive from everyone is, ‘Wow, I had no idea,’” she said. “‘This is so awesome. I can’t wait to tell my friends.’”

The program costs $25, and participants must register by July 29, Simmons said.

 

For more information and to download a registration form, visit winchesterva.gov/insight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

— Contact Sally Voth at svoth@winchesterstar.com