Again, I was eagerly looking forward to hearing about my idea to change policy, and again I have had absolutely no word from either Dr. Wiegand (since my talk with her on Aug 8th) or the Board as a whole and nothing on the agenda to discuss this (as viewed on BoardDocs at the time of this writing). Hmm….. what happened?
I am not exactly sure why this board meeting was called. I know Dr. Wiegand has been planning for it for at least a couple weeks, but nothing has been mentioned publicly about it before today. One of the potentially big things is that Unit 4 will hold a public hearing on the budget next month:
The Illinois School Code requires that at least one public hearing be conducted prior to the adoption of the annual budget. In addition, the school district must advertise for at least 30 days prior to the public hearing that the tentative budget is available for public inspection. The advertisement will appear in the August 21st edition of the News-Gazette. As such, the following resolution sets the time for the public hearing on the 2013 Budget to be 6:00 pm on September 24, 2012.
So we at least have the next 30 days to talk among ourselves and with the Board about the budget, hash out things that we have questions about, etc. I hope we all take advantage of this opportunity. I have never been to a well-advertised or a well-attended Public Hearing in the context of Unit 4. I am hoping that those of you that have can fill the rest of us in. Are public hearings a good time to deliberate? To argue and learn about the pros and cons? We are talking about the annual budget for a school district – no trivial piece of information.
Looking further at the agenda, Dr. Wiegand will also be presenting some follow-up from the Dr. Marzano book study, and I am hoping that there is an opportunity for teachers and staff to share their own opinions as well. Then there are organizational things and something about the expansion of ESL (haven’t read it, yet).
And at the end, the 2nd reading of the proposal to raise the RFP limit from $10,000 to $25,000. I applaud Ileana for speaking up at the last board meeting about the need to get the RFPs more open as an exercise in transparency; unfortunately, there was not much discussion on the topic. I hope the board is able to discuss this a little more.