First: I have nothing major planned for Houlihans today. I’ll be there if you want to come and chat. I might be reading a tome on ecological justice and transportation decisionmaking.
Mr. Gene Logas followed-through on his attempt to get the (preliminary) budget documents posted online (hat tip to Will Kyles).
- Board meeting Presentation (about 16 pages): http://www.champaignschools.org/Finance/FY13%20Preliminary%20Budget%20Presentation.pdf
- The source working document (about 34 pages): http://www.champaignschools.org/Finance/Preliminary%20Budget%202012-13.pdf
I have yet to go through them with a comb. I recommend skipping the “presentation” one if you want to go straight to the meat section.
On top of that, the NG and WCIA are both releasing pieces today that talk about the budget. Meg Dickinson has an article that focuses on the transportation building (RSS showed me pictures, woot). I am excited to read what she wrote and see how the pictures help tell the story. WCIA sent Amanda Porterfield over to my house yesterday evening for an interview. Her questions were rather open-ended, but it was mostly about why Unit 4 needs to spend money and what they are spending on, and how that affects perceptions. I attempted to communicate how I acknowledged that Unit 4 (Administration and the Board) is trying to make lemonade out of lemons but that the community at large interprets the current events in a different light; I used the analogy I have used here, that Unit 4 thinks they have a bank account of trust built up, but the public sees the balance as much lower. I also told Amanda that I would love to see the media (print and TV) do more to tell the truth, not necessarily to “sell” Unit 4, but to show the real picture of what is going on. Both Unit 4 and the community have their own sets of weaknesses and strengths – let us acknowledge them and get to work building a better community. That news piece is supposed to air tonight (I believe it was mentioned last night during the first piece about the budget)
I only hope I do not come across as an utter and complete fool.
Lastly, the video recording for the March 26th Board Meeting is waiting for me at the Mellon Center; I have to go pick it up and upload it soon.
As to why I am reading about transportation decisionmaking (and also Majora Carter), I believe ultimately that ties back to how we as a community collaborate, cooperate, live and have our being together. Education is a significant piece, but yet only one piece, of that pie. I believe it is important to walk in the shoes of the underserved – a practice I must confess I have not engaged in much. Yet I hope to do so.