Wendy London, while saying that they want to have a transparent process, essentially told the board that it is "staff work" and the public will not be allowed to know how decisions were made. Program placement will not be an open or honest process. That dream is dead.
You can watch the video here. Jump to 73:00 for the start of the discussion or 79:00 for when Wendy London starts speaking.
Here's a transcript:
"So really procedures are going to be re-created. Part of what you know has occurred over time with the student assignment plan changing and with us looking at the nature of our programs and enrollment changes and so forth. Creating just a new procedure to look at how we place programs and how we make sure that Teaching and Learning is working side by side with Facilities, that we’re looking at enrollment projections for all program placement - not in silos but altogether - so we can make decisions about resources. Uh… and… and… do it as a holistic look within updates, looking at enrollment changes all year long giving you those updates. So, uh, in terms of process and procedure, I think we’re really doing sort of a re-start because we’d had some changes in how we assign students."
"The part of the discussion that you weren’t able to hear at the committee meeting: my comment was that in doing this work in other districts this is just- this is generally staff work. Where we’re working on this all the time. And since you’re looking at all programs, um, we will be engaging stakeholders as appropriate all along the way. However, where we’re used to dealing with specific programs in isolation with a specific parent group advocating for that program that’s where we get into problems where we resource… silo’ed resources where we end up doing – getting – one program done, moving on to the next and then “Oh my goodness” we’re not thinking holistically and we’ve given our space away and now we have other things to look at. So… so where do you engage the community if you’re looking at the entirety? You do it where it’s appropriate to get input when there are decisions or questions to be asked of that group. But this is really staff work that is ongoing and we’ll build in checkpoints to build, to make sure that everyone feels good about the process. There is full transparency and this is the procedure that we need to create. So I can’t tell you exactly right now where we would engage the public because it’s a completely different process. We’re not looking at one program at a time. Does that make sense?"
This is also, of course, the end of FACMAC and the end of the Advanced Learnng Program Task Force. This is staff work and it is not appropriate for them to engage the community about it.