I watch the Board pretty closely and I have noticed a change in Director Carr. She is beginning to find her voice. In this past week she made - and got passed - two clear amendments to the Student Assignment Plan and the Capacity Management directive that spoke directly to public concerns and was also really effective at the Curriculum and Instruction Policy Committee meeting speaking on behalf of community participation in the curriculum alignment project.
Sherry Carr is, perhaps belatedly, becoming the Board Director that a lot of us hoped and thought she would be. She is starting to advocate not only for the public, but also for the public perspective. I know that we can all think of times in the past when she did not, but I see a shift in her of late and it has been really positive.
I really wish more people could have seen her at that Curriculum and Instruction Policy meeting. She was really brilliant. Not only in the perspective she was working, but in how successfully she worked it. When she said it, the way she said it, everyone was nodding their heads in agreement that of course that is how it should be. And when the Superintendent asked her how that would look - which is often used as the killing question - Director Carr was ready with a wonderful answer.
Mel Westbroook introduced me to Sherry Carr before the election two years ago and she really impressed me tremendously. She seemed then to be appropriately skeptical of the District staff and appropriately focused on the challenges of governance in a dysfunctional organization. Then, for the past 18 months as Board Director, she didn't resemble that person I met. Now I see her again and I'm happy to welcome her back. I hope she will continue along this path as a strong and effective advocate for the community.