It seemed to me that everytime the District staff were faced with a near-impossible question to answer, their response was that the "Design Team" would address that issue.
How will Thornton Creek assimilate students from two other alternative programs? The Design Team will do it.
How will Thornton Creek suddenly expand from a K-5 to a K-8? The Design Team will do it.
How will all of the re-located students get established in their new schools? The Design Team will do it?
How will the SBOC and NOVA share Meany? The Design Team will do it.
How will Thurgood Marshall balance the needs of APP students and neighborhood students? The Design Team will do it.
How will Thurgood Marshall create a single community from these diverse populations? The Design Team will do it.
How will we Hamilton be able to meet the academic needs of APP students? The Design Team will do it.
How can families be assured of quality and effectiveness? The Design Team will do it.
These Design Teams must be like the freakin' Super Friends or the Justice League, comprised of super heroes.
Let's send a Design Team to Iraq to bring the troops home triumphant.
Let's send a Design Team to sub-Saharan Africa to stop the spread of AIDS there.
Let's get a Design Team to end Global Climate Change and America's dependence on foreign oil.
Let's get a Design Team to fix the economy and restore family wage jobs in an industrial America.
The Design Teams are the answer to a lot of questions, but there doesn't seem to be any answers to questions about the Design Teams.
Who are on the Design Teams? - Are they ordinary mortals like us? Will they include community representation? Do they include people with special expertise?
How much time and other resources will they be given to complete their work? Don't they already have full-time jobs? When and how often will they meet?
What is the scope of their charge? What level of detail will they discuss and plan? Will they address curriculum? scheduling? facilities? culture? Doesn't their charge overlap the charge to the Building Leadership Team?
What is the extent of their authority? Do they make suggestions or do they give orders? If they tell a principal to offer a class, does the principal have to offer it? What if he or she doesn't? Can they require administrators or teachers to take specific professional development?
How long will they be around? If they don't stay intact and on the job, then how will we know that their designs will be followed? But will they be permanent? Again, how does their work duplicate the work of the Building Leadership Team?
What is the deal with these Design Teams? Have we ever had them before? Where did the idea come from? When and where were they used successfully?
And how can the Board accept "The Design Team will do it" as an answer without asking questions about Design Teams?