The Deforest Area School District has been using Drew Howick’s services since 1999 when the district used Drew’s expertise to facilitate a conversation with the community using a future-searching process, we called “Framework For Our Future”. Drew guided the district through the process which engaged the community so well that now, having facilitated conversations around difficult topics with a representative group of community members has become the way we do business. Drew has trained staff in facilitation skills. He has not only worked with the district on the major future-searching event that is done every 10 years, but on the mid-point check-ins as we true the compass with community stakeholders. Twice the district has used his skills to form a community advisory committee that looked at the condition of our buildings, population projections, and possible facilities to be built or improved. We have had successful referenda both times which I attribute to the process put together by Drew and our administration to engage the community and to frame the issues in an understandable way. He facilitated meetings with the parents and community of a small, rural school that was facing closure. While no solution came out of these meetings, the process help honor the feelings and concerns of those affected. Drew is a quick study who grasps the core of an issue and then has a wealth of facilitation solutions to offer to find consensus around that issue. He has a remarkable skill of focusing a diverse group with many agendas and getting the group to find some common ground. Our district has been able to engage the community and move things forward due in great part to the facilitation skills we have internalized from our long association with Drew Howick.