First, I have the recording from Monday night’s Special Board Meeting:
I am also trying a box.com account – see if you like this better (same file, just possibly faster download):
I still have not yet had a moment to watch it all. I was actually at the board meeting for the first part of it, but had to leave when Cheryl Camacho [edit: sorry about the typo] wrapped up the Magnet programs. While that segment was a tad long, it was all very impressive! Representatives from each magnet school demonstrated what they were doing; we met the newly elected Mayor of Strattonville, heard various languages from Garden Hills and the board members got to play with a cool ProScope from BTW. At one point, Dave Tomlinson gleefully said that he could do this at every board meeting. 🙂 Maybe we will see a new trend…. Cheryl posted a metric TON of presentations on BoardDocs – good luck reading all of them. She went over a few during the meeting, and I am glad she did not cover all of them. I felt bad for the kids that were waiting and waiting and waiting to go – I guess you could say I empathized with them.
So even though I left right after Cheryl was done, I did see David Hohman warming up for his presentation. The slides he flashed up on the screen were definitely a heck of a bit more prettier than what is on BoardDocs, and I think he had quite a few more slides “live” as well. Strange that. I believe there is an EEE Committee meeting coming up soon, so I have no doubt that Monday was basically the preview in terms of the flood of reports that will be presented to the EEE. And hey, what do you know, the EEE webpage has actually been updated! The agenda for the meeting on the 25th is posted. I feel really bad for Angela Smith – I hope she can breathe some new life into that group. Or maybe even better yet, allow the group to morph itself into a living breathing thing – I get the impression it should be more “bottum-up” as opposed to top-down. Looking through the agenda….. just shoot me, a bullet-point called PowerPoint? Ouch. That hurts.
Sorry, I must have my cynical hat on tonight.
All the media outlets have covered the CFT negotiation pretty thoroughly (strange what determines a “hot topic”, or what smells like blood in the water….). Dr. Wiegand talked to Brian Moline on WDWS a little about that. They spent the other half of their time talking about the Futures Conference. During Public Comment at the Board meeting, Lynn Stuckey mentioned that this is a bad time (1-5:pm on a Thursday) for a lot of working people – what alternatives is Unit 4 exploring? The only thing mentioned so far (and repeated to Brian Moline) is that the documents/surveys will be available on the futurefacilities website. I am sorry, but that’s not good enough. And when I meet with Stephanie Stuart tomorrow about this very topic, I am going to again mention how we need to be going out to the community and hosting “satellite” or “mini-conferences”. I keep saying Shadow Wood and Rose & Taylor because those are two ready examples that I have direct experience with. I know you readers have lots of other ideas, so please share them – the more specific and applicable (with names and maybe even volunteers – woot!), the better. Pattsi outlined some of her suggestions for the Steering Committee, which plays into this discussion as well.
One last thing about the Board Meeting that just jumped into my memory (or is it jumping out of my memory?); Jamar Brown shared during Board Comment time a challenge for other board members to not limit their time with the schools to only those they have adopted, but to take the time to hang out at other school events also. I think that is a very good challenge to make, and I am glad he said it “on the record.” Now I am anticipating to see how board members respond to that challenge. 🙂
I think the Board and the Administration have progressed to the point that they are extremely open and wanting to hear from the community. Via the Community Relations person (Lynn in the past and now Stephanie), the school district has opened up the can of facebook and twitter, and the whole gang is presenting a side of the school district we have never seen (or heard) before. I think that is great, and I acknowledge this as progress accordingly. I think we need to keep going down that path and encourage the Board and the Administration to not merely be satisfied with waiting for people to come to them, but to go out, again and again, to where the people are at; libraries, churches, grocery stores, community centers, barbershops, etc. And obviously, the schools. A year or so ago Lynn Peisker gave me the word picture of a small rudder turning a very large ship; the ship is not any smaller, but now I think we have more rudders. The ship is still turning.