Quick review of the Feb 25th board meeting

Here is the video; I had to splice it in two because TiVo gave me a larger than 4gb file to work with. 😦

http://www.cb-pta.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/board_meetings/2013-02-25-special-board-meeting-1-of-2.mp4

http://www.cb-pta.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/board_meetings/2013-02-25-special-board-meeting-2-of-2.mp4

I have not made my way through all of them, yet. Board Member Phil Van Ness had some very direct words to share about how the board needs to work hard to earn the trust of the community, and how he is worried about that particular pursuit. I find it very interesting that no other board members echo this concern. I happen to very much agree with this line of thought; but what good does it do to agree?

 

Several questions and comments were directed towards the “research” done by Fallon Research and DeJong-Richter; even though I know some of the answers, I still want to find out how the board responded. Paul Fallon had a long segment and Stig was pretty adamant (at first) about Mr. Fallon’s presentation not being a “death by powerpoint”. Ironically, I thought that is exactly what we got, but Stig seemed pretty happy with it. I guess my powerpoint tolerance is rather low. I also have the correlations between questions 19A and 19B, and 20A and 20B – I tried to put this into a picture, but Excel is giving me fits and I just don’t have time to make a pretty picture right now (I’ll add it later). Here is the cross-tabulated data:

Q. 19A. Supposing for a moment that a 20-year bond issue for $206 million dollars was on the ballot to pay for construction to replace Central High School, build new schools for lower grades to accommodate growing enrollment, and make repairs…

Table Total

For

Against

DK/NA

Count

Count

Count

Count

Q. 19B. Does knowing that it will cost homeowners $251 per year for each one hundred thousand dollars of property, make you more or less likely to vote for it, or does it make no difference in your decision? More likely

17

1

1

18

Less likely

70

74

27

171

No difference

127

44

21

193

DK/NA

3

3

13

19

Table Total

216

121

63

400

Q. 20A. Supposing for a moment that a 20-year bond issue for $80 million dollars was on the ballot to pay for construction to replace Central High School and make some basic repairs or renovations to other schools that are in poor condition…

Table Total

For

Against

DK/NA

Count

Count

Count

Count

Q. 20B. Does knowing that it will cost homeowners $96 per year for each one hundred thousand dollars of property, make you more or less likely to vote for it, or does it make no difference in your decision? More likely

44

6

8

58

Less likely

31

38

11

81

No difference

170

49

25

245

DK/NA

9

1

7

16

Table Total

255

94

51

400

So in general, out of 400 phone surveys, most people want to dump more money into taxes for the schools. We have a lot of education (of the public) to be doing.

 

There were some other gems buried in the board meeting. Marc Changnon had a large number of folks up to talk about eToys and other cool things (lots of demos). Cathy Mannen got up a second time to talk about teacher evaluations, which I am very interested in hearing more about.

 

More later, as time allows.

5 Responses to “Quick review of the Feb 25th board meeting”

  1. pattsi Says:

    The wording of the questions and possible response, as presented in this thread, are biased. How was the same constructed. It is very hard to believe that a random sample of this community, both renters and home owners along businesses would be willing to the extent presented by the response numbers be willing to pay over $500/year an additional property taxes for building a new HS and maybe other schools. When individuals answered did they translate the 20 years time the proposed number that will need to be paid. At $500 +/yr is equal to over $10,000 for 20 years. And are the respondents being reminded that the property taxes will increase to cover the WCB and that they are already paying 1% sales tax forever? Retired folks simply not afford these amounts. These people will be driven out of their homes and lose what little discretionary income they might have. In addition may of these folks are university retirees who are about to get hit will health care costs. AFSCME Division 31 is very proud of the negotiation result on what each individual will pay for health care. The result is inequitable because it is a flat rate, not a sliding scale.
    Next these responses are going to be institutionalized if people do not start asking serious in depth questions.

  2. charlesdschultz Says:

    148 (127 + 3 + 17 + 1) people out of 400 most likely would vote to have an extra $250/year tax on a $100,000 home; times 20 years, that is $5,000/$100,000 home in extra taxes. Ouch. I am glad it is only 148 people. Would have to throw in the wishy washy 35 DK/NA folks – no idea how they would vote. Which brings the total up to 183, still shy of 201.

    It’s not that I am blindly against any and all taxes. However, I am against those who blindly favor any and all taxes. 🙂 Let us know the full ramifications of such a tax and exactly what it will be used for.

  3. Karen Says:

    Now that the Delphi forums are done, can we have some real forums with opportunity for Q & A?

  4. charlesdschultz Says:

    Actually, yes. Chuck Jackson and I are in the beginning phases of a charrette. When we get our heads above water, I hope we can organize a little and start asking for help. 🙂 I have some really fun ideas. For instance, getting several 3′ x 4′ enlargements of GIS maps of the school district with mylar overlays to show layered information like population density, average household income, student population, etc. Scott Leopold was kind enough to do this on a much smaller scale for board members already, but the public never got their hands on a prototype. I want really big ones for a group of 5-7 to work on simultaneously. We can use little monopoly houses/hotels to place schools and move them around to see what they look like. I think I would even like scaled, physical rings or circles (paper cut-outs?) to represent the 1.5 mile radius from each school. Maybe we can even use monopoly money to represent how much it costs to do what we are thinking of. I want to take these workshops to neighborhoods like Shadow Wood, Dobbin Downs, Bristol Park, Garden Hills, the Rose & Taylor, The Whip, and even churches like Mt. Olive, Salem and others. I want lots of community input and ideas.

    I have these big ideas, but I have an exceptionally hard time bringing them to fruition. Right now, I don’t have the time or energy to seriously recruit help, but like I said, I hope to get that up and going in the very near future. Maybe I’ll start bugging Laura Bleill and others about this, just to get some momentum. I would ask Holly Nelson to be involved in regards to her prior work on some of the proposed high school sites and in seriously considering more in-fill options. I will tread heavily on Imani Bazzell’s prior work with Great Campus (in a good way) because there are a lot of awesome ideas in that collaboration she did, and Pattsi has been preaching about the Bradley & Neil Street intersection for a while.

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