As I previously posted, yesterday's meetings got started late. I had been there for 3 hours and they still had not gotten to the meat of the Work Session. It was pretty frustrating but again, they ALWAYS believe they can get through work quickly. I can only say that maybe if this district would quit getting poor audits then yes, they would have had more time at the Work Session. Also, I knew from looking at the Powerpoint that there was no way to get through the information in an hour-and-a-half.
So what I heard from the first part of the Work Session is below. I am hoping that others who attended and stayed longer can report back on the solutions portion of the meeting and, in particular, what the discussion was with the Board directors.
It was Pegi McEvoy, Operations, and Bob Boesche, CFO, reporting to the Board. They first went over the Demographic Task Force Report.
One theme here is communications. Everyone on the Taskforce agreed that the district must be more transparent with demographic data, facilities planning, capacity management and program placement information. And, that more "purposeful" communications to stakeholders at all levels needs to happen.
This is a theme echoed in the consultant report by W. Les Kendrick. (I may have to write a separate thread on the Demographic Taskforce report and the consultant report. Both are short but have some interesting information that's worth reviewing and weighing in on.) Peter weighed in and was nice about it but it seems he was expecting something different from the Taskforce (I think he thought they would be making recommendations on actual capacity management decisions.)
Mr. Boesche then went on to what else has been happening. They working with the Construction Services Group, at ESD 112, to help with the organization. (It seems Mr. Nichols, the interim head of Facilities, is still working here so he has a full plate.) FYI, ESD stands for Educational Service District. SPS is part of ESD 112 and they are one of nine statutory regional services agencies in Washington state. They have a lot of support services for districts including facilities work.
Mr. Boesche went on to say that he felt the district needs better communications and could get more community support if they did more outreach and education. Michael De Bell chimed in to say that some members of the Taskforce are people he regularly consults with and finds it useful. Betty said she felt that the district did not always know what was happening out in communities and at schools and may make decisions without the help of that input. Kay Smith-Blum also pointed out that program placement does drive some enrollment and that it is an important consideration. Sherry stated that she just had to go on the record with concern about getting it right because the district would lose a lot of money if enrollment flattens or even goes down.
This is the point I cried uncle so if anyone else attended, please let us know what was said.