Monday, November 28, 2011

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 11/28/11

The Board of Education Work Session on Monday, November 28 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

  • None
Work session discussions
Student transfers committee update
  • Abell - review of new Superintendent's Rules #5126.
  • Schwartz - reviewed in detail
  • Various principals gave input
  • (Sorry got involved in conversation and didn't record everything...nothing with major heartburn)
  • Will return in December as a Report Item and in January as an Action Item
  • Benchmark #1 - to be reworded
  • Benchmark #2 - recommendation to come from staff
  • Benchmark #3 - deleted
  • Benchmark #4 - deleted
  • Benchmark #5 - to be reworded
  • Benchmark #6 - deleted
  • Benchmark #7 - deleted
  • Benchmark #8 - deleted
  • Benchmark #9 - to be reworded
  • Benchmark #10 - reworded to increase the # of courses offered w/distance learning
  • Pedersen - Bullying issues; Abell recommended including it with Benchmark #5 above pertaining to Safe Schools
  • Pedersen - local control; conferring with state and federal leaders - possible communication type goal
  • Pedersen - academic rigor
  • Pedersen - recruiting minority teachers - deleted
  • Pedersen - wants goal to include ESOL curriculum - will be report item
  • Wade - IB program - cost prohibitive -
  • Wade - educational exchange program - possible communication type benchmark
  • Wade - joint military ball - deleted as a benchmark; annual event
  • Lukas - parent involvement, tutoring available at centralized locations; Abell pointed out tutoring is available at libraries; maybe under communication goal for publicizing
  • Lukas - SAT issue already addressed in previous Benchmarks
  • Lukas - involvement of local civic organizations - communications
  • Bowie - internal board communication; retreats; possible Board administration
  • Bowie - proactive in community involvement; possible board communication goal
  • Abell - previous goals and benchmarks reviewed - done
  • Abell - Board subcommittees - board administration goal
  • Wise - Board subcommittee for Benchmarks and Goals; Lukas, Bowie, Abell. Recommendations due at the work session at the end of February
Wise advised that MABE's fee for the Superintendent Search is $24,000


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