Nov 18th BOE Meeting agenda is finally posted

Lots of interesting things in here. I’ll hit a few highlights that stand out to me, but you should read it for yourself:

http://www.boarddocs.com/il/champil/Board.nsf/public

 

  • Lot’s of Recognitions
  • Spotlight video on “building a high quality staff” – not yet on Vimeo so I can’t preview it
  • Newly hired high school site selection consultants Gorski/Reifsteck will give their schtick – no presentation available via boarddocs
  • District report card – only Bottenfield and South Side made AYP
  • Three high school students being recognized as Student Abassadors – interesting program, and I have a number of outstanding questions to Joe Williams about it
  • Local software company Codagami won the RFP bid for doing the Controlled Choice program to the tune of $98,500. No word on the actual contract, yet.
  • Other Misc items including a number of things about finances (change orders, Tax levy, grants, donations, etc).

 

Curious if anyone even cares about the Choice Policy anymore. 🙂 I mean, I do, but I have not heard much back from readers at all, yet. The final draft is going in the Consent Agenda (meaning, along with ten other items, it gets voted on in bulk). They threw in the fact that Choice program will also assign students for middle schools, and I take that to mean middle school students who are not matriculating from a fifth-grade Unit 4 school (otherwise they would follow the feeder program).

 

Lastly, I have asked for and am still waiting to see the RFP concerning the high school site selection consultant.

 

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5 Responses to “Nov 18th BOE Meeting agenda is finally posted”

  1. Karen Says:

    So much to say about Choice, but, what’s the point, really. CONTROLLED. That’s not true choice. The amount of busing that goes on in this small place is ridiculou$. The way there are no meaningful checks-balances in place for verifying free-reduced lunch eligibility (which is in turn used to determine SES classification for ‘choice.’) sours me on the whole process. If people are going to lie about it, they must really need it (free-reduced)? Wrong! (which further sours me on the assumption of ‘good faith’ in others). At least Alves and his unconstitutional ‘methods’ are out of the picture.

    • charlesdschultz Says:

      Karen,

      To be honest, the lack of checks and balances for Free and Reduced lunch doesn’t bother me too much. Yes, I know it gets abused (I have spreadsheets to prove it), but the majority of the folks who utilize the program really do need it. And by “folks” I should clarify that I am talking about kids, who for one reason or another (not casting blame) just need the extra nutrition. Unfortunately we live in a society where people are greedy, dishonest and selfish – it does not make sense to punish those that rightfully need help because a few rotten apples. That’s my opinion. If you can come up with a better plan, let me know.

      Busing gets my goat as well. I have attempted many times to remove the COMPLETELY FALSE claim that Choice reduces busing, but so far the Administration is not listening and the Board doesn’t think it is a big deal. I do have to qualify that statement and say that it comes down to priorities. If neighborhood schools and reduced busing were indeed a priority, we wouldn’t really have a Choice program. If, on the other hand, we want to compensate for horribly segregated and isolated housing patterns, we are reduced to doing some kind of busing. Until we can come up with a plan where low SES lives nicely alongside high SES, neighborhood schools are a far-off dream.

      Yes, personally, I am glad AECG is out of the picture. Especially if they want to threaten to sue us when we ask for data that should have been provided publicly a long time ago (a rumor I give some weight to). I am very much excited that we are working with a local firm, and that the legal language has changed a little bit (would like more, but happy for the small change as it is) to allow more accessibility to the data and procedures. I much prefer we move towards an “open government” model and invite the community to become partners in this saga.

  2. pattsi Says:

    A lazy, quick and dirty internet search produced this web site http://will.illinois.edu/news/story/unit4090508
    Unfortunately as promising as the web site appears as a historic reminder, when one clicks on the url to read the Great Schools Together document, there is a 404 error.

  3. charlesdschultz Says:

    The GST Committee website is here: http://internal.champaignschools.org/Great_Schools/index.htm. But it is significantly out of date. I linked the long-range plan from under this URL – you can browse various sections like the Long-Range Plan, and information about the committee. I was actually surprised to find some updates from April 2012. 🙂

  4. Codagami’s RFP response is now online | Citizen4: A citizen's blog about Champaign Unit 4 Says:

    […] the last regular Board meeting (Nov 18th), Dr. Zola disclosed that the district has spent over a million dollars (averaging roughly $100,000 […]


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