From Chuck Jackson:
Even though I had another meeting last night, I decided to go to the Steering committee meeting for the first hour to see what I could learn.
I took six pages of notes in the 45 minutes I was there – everything I say is constrained by the fact that I wasn’t at the whole meeting. I left before 7.
Much of this is predicated on knowing the context, specifically the options. Head on over to the Future Facilities website [http://futurefacilities.champaignschools.org] and get the options packet (go ahead, I’ll wait). Scott said that all his materials that he distributed to the members would be online later that night. I don’t see them there at this moment but I could be looking in the wrong spot or he is just running behind.
Main Report to the Committee
With regard to the five priority ordered considerations (as I recall question #2 on the survey.)
Respondents were asked to rank order five considerations. I didn’t feel these captured my priorities but this was the question. The five (from memory)
• Alternative transportation accessibility (transportation other than cars)
• Vehicular accessibility
Seventy two people put financial considerations as their number one priority, far and away the top.
Scott put weighted scores on high school location, West received a score of 500; North 431; Northwest 417. One of the points he made about that was there is no clear winner from among the options presented.
Several times he referenced the future conference and treated the input from that as hard data and controlling input. This view of that experience is a way too optimistic view of the futures conference. Not only did it only reach a TINY proportion of the population, (which was self selected) but it too was very constraining and could not possibly reflect a true snapshot of what the community wants.
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