I did a little head scratching and came up with 4 questions I wanted to pose:
- Update on Public Engagement Firm concerning the high school options
- Update on RFP for School Assignment
- Reflections/thoughts about Leadership Book Study
- Top issues of the day
Jim essentially asked two of my questions for me (#1 indirectly, and #4). Dr. Wiegand conversed with one caller who was commenting on the “distinguished” high school graduation ceremonies last night. Jim and Dr. Wiegand chatted about the big changes going on with Carrie Busey, Westview, with a minor and very slight tangent about the name(s) of the schools (what to call the building on Kirby in 3 years when it is done being a revolving door?). Dr. Wiegand shared how 5 new classes are being added to accomodate the record-setting incoming students. When asked about the high school options, Dr. Wiegand mentioned that things are still rather up in the air (my words), that the single mongo high school option is still on the table (2 middle schools 6-7, a prep school for 8-9 and a high school for 10-12). She mentioned that Holly Nelson, the graduate student who has taken on Unit 4 as a research project, will be reporting at the June 11th Board Meeting. She concluded by stating that the District is still very much interested in hearing what parents and community members think, and they are possibly engaging a PE firm in the Fall. When asked about some of the big things going on, Dr. Wiegand mentioned that she is looking forward to meeting the new Administrative Staff (ie, Dr. Laura Taylor, Dr. Susan Zola, Ms. Angela Smith).
I called in. I hate it when I fumble my words, but I am getting better at it. I think. Anyway, I asked about the book study (#3). Dr. Wiegand did an excellent job of describing what the book study was all about. However, I felt she did not answer my question about how the staff was reacting to it, or any of her personal thoughts on how it was going. I was impressed to learn that the CFT President, Deb Foertsch, had asked building representatives to attend the book club. I like that because it tells me there is a sort of mutual respect for this excellent opportunity, and I hope that this is one of those “safe environments” Dr. Mark Aber talks about. If you are a teacher who is attending the book study and you think this is not the case, please let me know.
I called back later in the hour to ask Jim what he thought about the desire of the community to be involved in discussions, specifically in the context of the high school options. He observed that most people are going to wait until too late (my words) and then voice their loud, passionate opinions. In other words, he did not see that many people interested in having a community forum as a proactive, planning type of strategy. Interesting.
This is the first time I have called into Penny for your thoughts. I have to confess, the commercials are a killer for me. I hate commercials. I have a TiVo and it is a blessing. This live stuff bothers me. 🙂 However, another rough thing for me to handle is how Jim disconnects callers. I was not prepared for that at all. I asked my question, Judy responded and Jim moved on. In fact, I had to tune back into the radio to hear the “Thank you” and whatever he said next. I understand he has to keep it moving, it was just a bit jarring for me.
I have sent an email to Dr. Wiegand with my question about Alves and to follow-up on the book study.