Mr. Banda may say that he wants to listen to folks and get to know the District before he starts any new initiatives, but he will, in fact, be starting some. BEX IV is certainly a new initiative. He says that he will not be inactive, but continuing the work that is underway.
The Board, at their retreat, is thinking along the same lines. The work they identified as their highest priority is all continuing work. These include:
- Bringing Teacher & Principal Profession Growth & Evaluations (PG&E) to scale
- Development of Equitable Access Framework: Phase I
- Development & Implementation of Student Support Strategies/MTSS
- Replacement Strategic Plan
The District needs a new Strategic Plan because the old one is in tatters. No one knows what elements of it, if any, are continuing, which have been dropped, or which are - at least officially - completed. Is curriculum aligned yet? Is the recruiting and hiring process fixed now? Do we now have internal financial controls? Is the Board getting all of the reports they are supposed to be getting? Why hasn't there been a quarterly report on the Strategic Plan for over a year?
As you hear Mr. Banda speak about his plan, and as he solicits input on what he should be doing, think about these things. If he is "staying the course", then what course is he staying? Is he staying the course on ICS? How's that working out? Is he staying the course on school segmentation? What help or autonomy are schools getting? Is he staying the course on curricular alignment? Where do we stand on waivers?
With regard to the board's priorities, what will MTSS cost and where will he get the money? Why hasn't the staff been able to come up with a program placement procedure when they were given a whole year to do it? Who is being held accountable for that failure? What procedure was followed for recent program placement decisions (NOVA to Mann, SWS to TT Minor, APP @ Lincoln to Wilson)? How will principal performance be measured and how will they be held accountable? How can he participate in the development of a Strategic Plan while he is listening and learning?