I had an excellent, succinct and very informative phone call with Dr. Wiegand this morning. I continue to be blown away how much different the current administration is then what it was a year ago. I am really excited about this transitional period that Unit 4 is in.
Caution: this is a blog, and I am merely a parent. Just because I write something here, it should not be construed as being authoritative or have any legal binding whatsoever. I am just commenting, observing and giving my perspective.
The premise of our call was to chat about Dr. Alves’ contract. Unit 4 does not have “Schedule One”. Or at least, they cannot locate it. This just blew my mind – I even told Dr. Wiegand I was speechless (funny how “speechless” is an oxymoron in this sense). I’ll let the obvious lay there for you to contemplate. *grin* She mentioned that she is talking directly with Dr. Alves to get “Schedule One” from him. I made it quite clear in my emails that I am asking about Alves’ contract as a way to ascertain what services he provides exactly so as to relocate those services to Champaign; Judy acknowledged this and stated that she and Sue Grey have similar thoughts, and they are considering a new RFP to go out, possibly even as soon as late Spring.
I also asked about some of the top priorities on her mind these days, alluding to Sue’s top priorities of funding issues. Wiegand confirmed that these issues are also pressing on her a bit; in addition to waiting on the state, she also mentioned a few other items:
- Trying to evaluate and analyze Health Care costs; generally taking a closer look at all expenditures that have been inherited from the previous Administration and justifying them.
- Revamping the Literacy program (LAR – Language Arts Recover, I think). Judy very much wants to close the literacy gap by grade three.
- Working with Tom Ramage (Parkland College President) on more dual-credite courses, more attention to career- and tech-ed.
- Climate in Buildings; Dr. Wiegand really wants to pay attention to the climate, and the perception of climate. We chatted about Dr. Mark Aber’s reports and she is going over them again.
- Introducing a new course based on social justice. I was thrilled to hear this! She is going to send me the course packet so I can look it over. If you are one of those people who hear “social justice” and think to yourself “meh”, I would love to talk more with you about this. 🙂
We did not talk about High School options at all. I think that is a huge looming thought on the backs of our minds; some times, it seems too big to talk about in a mere 15 minutes.
I very much appreciate that Dr. Wiegand took the time to chat with me this morning. If you are one of those who have been spurned, frustrated or generally turned off by previous Administrations, I urge you to schedule a time to talk with either Sue Grey or Judy Wiegand. Things are changing. It is an awesome time to be involved.