From the agenda posted on boardDocs for the August 24th board meeting:
“The Board of Education is interested in beginning an open dialogue with the community on the development of a facility plan that addresses the needs of older buildings such as Dr. Howard, South Side and Edison Middle School and the capacity and programming needs of our high schools. Beginning with tonight’s meeting, the Board will discuss possible ways to facilitate meetings that allow for an open dialogue and exchange of ideas. The public comment section of the Board Meeting will be held after the Board’s discussion in order to allow for input from the community. Again, the main objective for tonight’s meeting is to discuss the process for facilitating meetings related to facility planning.”
The other two items on the agenda should move along pretty quickly. This is a very good transition in terms of how we do board meetings, I think. The next step will be how to adequately and effectively moderate the discussion. I trust someone will be taking notes, but we need someone who is skilled at facilitating open discussions to be willing to make hard calls when they are needed, and to coax the “quiet ones” to share their thoughts as well.
A question I will ask the board members: “Will public comment be limited to 3 minutes per person?”
Love it. Kudos to the board for taking this initial step.
More info in comments.