Monday, October 24, 2011

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 10/24/11

The Board Work Session on Monday, October 24 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs.

The below notes are my personal notes and are not intended to be all-inclusive or official minutes for the Board of Education meetings and are provided as a request from my supporters and the general public in a personal effort to be more transparent.   Although I have diligently tried to make these notes as unbiased and accurate as possible, I am only human and do make mistakes.

Call to order - 6 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance

Public Forum - no one present

Work session discussions - Goals
Each on of the bullet points listed below were discussed.  I did not record, in these notes, all of the discussion point but focused on the main points brought forward by each board member.


  • local control, board should address local issues in tandem with state or federal issues, including conferring with state and federal leaders about use of resources - YES
  •  recruit minority teachers, work with FEA and community minority organizations to encourage minority participation in educational careers - POOL IS LIMITED
  • continue to encourage rigor & depth in learning - YES, SEE CURRENT BENCHMARK #1
  • International Baccalaureate - FUNDING DIFFICULTIES, BACK BURNER
  • Continue educational exchange program
  • Joint Military Ball
  • Involve local civic organizations - ALREADY DISCUSSED
  • Involve parents
  • See greater student participation in SAT's
  • Disseminate information internally to Board Members in a more timely manner
  • Be proactive in community involvement
  • Keep communication open internally
  • Continue current priorities, including current communication goals
  • review and achieve list of benchmarks, including testing
  • Active Board sub-committees

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