Jan 5 Special Board meeting

Even though it is two hours long, I encourage you to at least check out the beginning of the video of last night’s BOE meeting:


UPDATE: Public comment starts at 23:10


Nicole Lafond also did an article:



In talking with Kerris, it sounds like the plan that several board members had been working on was, for one reason or another, not highlighted. Chalifoux asked a question about it, but that is about all we hear. Kerris has told me he is going to do a little digging to see what the story is.

new video uploads

Just a quick post about some recent videos Unit 4 uploaded and I downsized:

March 11, 2013 Regular Board Meeting

March 14, 2013 Candidate Forum

The March 14th BOE Candidate Forum

Some facts:

  1. The forum started with 6 non-Unit 4 employed community members in the audience; ended with 12
  2. The video was not available live, but is being rebroadcast at 4:pm for a few days on CGTV 5
  3. The video is now available for on-demand viewing at the Unit 4 Vimeo site (I will syndicate it soon in a smaller size)
  4. Meg Dickinson has two NG articles (before the forum, after the forum)


Some questions:

  1. If the population were really serious about this “race”, where would they go to learn more about each candidate and size them up?
  2. Where is the debate? Do folks not care, or is it that folks do care, but are rather busy at the moment?


I’ll provide more feedback once I watch the video.


Your turn for questions/comments/observations.

Champaign Schools now on Vimeo

I didn’t catch this in last week’s district newsletter (it’s mentioned in a little blurb on the lower left), but Unit 4 is slowly starting to spread the word that they have a presence on Vimeo. To make it bold and explicit, here is the link:



Looking at the Portfolios link, I even seen a Board meeting. 🙂 Woot. There are also other videos about Core Curriculum, Academic Spotlights and Grade Level meetings (not sure what the last is).


I also noticed on the latest “To the Point” District newsletter (4 pages) they are now including the Vimeo favicon along with facebook and twitter. The newsletter is an extremely upbeat take on all the recent changes going on, highlighting recent construction (Garden Hills, BTW, Carrie Busey and now Westview), massive deployments of technology (smartboard, plus training via Instructional Coaches), the Novak Academy and also some of the recent academic achievements, noting perfect scores on the SAT and ACT. And to wrap it all up, how the public engagement firm DeJong-Richter is helping the district to collect the communities opinion and how to address future growth. But read it for yourself. 🙂