No Houlihans tomorrow

Both Chuck Jackson and I will be unavailable tomorrow (Aug 8th) for our Wednesday get-together.

 

However, I will be meeting with Dr. Wiegand later in the afternoon to go over my proposed draft of the change to Board Policy. Any last words of input?

2 Responses to “No Houlihans tomorrow”

  1. pattsi Says:

    Break a leg.

  2. charlesdschultz Says:

    The chat with Dr. Wiegand about policy was very brief but very positive. She really like the draft we proposed and only took exception with one point, that of allowing 10 community members to petition for a meeting. Her alternative was fairly good, in my opinion; to hold these conversational meetings around “hot topics” of the day (ie, Working Cash Bonds) over and above the 3 or 4 normally scheduled ones. I reiterated that the idea is not to re-invent the wheel, but rather to look at all the efforts that have occurred previously and figure out what must be changed in order to make it work – we don’t want this to die on the vine just because only a few folks show up. I pushed for thinking and analyzing what the Board can do differently to get more involvement from the community.

    Dr. Wiegand indicated that she would have the lawyer look at it and she hopes to present it to the Board later this month during a special meeting (sounds like there will be a couple this month). My sincere hope is that the public can be made aware of the deliberation between board members – typically, all we are exposed to is the vote during Open Meeting.

    Before we chatted about Policy, we also met with a couple other ladies from the community and talked about a parent-teacher advisory group. Dr. Wiegand was extremely receptive to this idea, and as we talked, we morphed the idea to include advocacy as well. The current Board Policies (all the way down from the State School Code 105 ILCS 5/10-20.14) dictate a kind of parent-teacher advisory group that does a lot more of watching over discipline and special education issues, but very lean on advocacy type roles. It sounds like Dr. Wiegand is going to chew on these ideas and get back with us.

    We also talked about more/better summer reading programs. One of the ladies mentioned that Barnes & Noble offered support in some fashion to supply books for a special reading program. The whole concept dovetails very nicely into Dr. Wiegand’s push for “reading at grade-level by third grade”.

    Overall, the meeting felt productive on several levels, and I am excited to see where this goes.


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