Very busy week.
Monday, December 10th
Curriculum & Instruction Policy Committee Meeting from 4-6 p.m. Agenda
Some interesting issues but there is not enough detail to know what they are specifically going to cover.
Work Session on Weighted Staffing Standards from 6-7:30 p.m. Agenda
Tuesday, December 11th
Work Session on Creative Approach Schools from 5-6:30 p.m. Agenda
Special Ed Advocacy & Advisory Council Meeting from 6:30-9:00 p.m., Room 2700 (2nd floor), JSCEE
Community Meeting on Capacity and BEX IV from 7-8:30 p.m. pm at JSCEE.
Wednesday, December 12th
Executive Committee Meeting from 8-10 am. No agenda available.
School Board meeting at 4:30 p.m. Agenda
- Native American Education update
- election of new President, Vice-President and Member-at-Large for the Board (nominations to be posted on Monday). I suspect the president will either be Smith-Blum, Martin-Morris, Carr or Patu as they have the longest experience on the Board. I suspect that many might like to be president but the time constraints are great for those with a full-time job.
- The district is getting two infusions of money - one from a settlement over the carpet issue at South Shore for $900K and the other from the district's insurance company against claims over the Silas Potter issue for $275K On the South Shore issue, the district does not indicate how much thye will truly get in the end as they hired experts to consult as well as outside counsel.
- the district is buying software to track BEX projects (thru BEX III funds) at a cost of $989,288 over three years. I can only say I hope this is worth it because it is a big capital expenditure at a time when we need every BEX dollar.
- an expenditure of $2,579,430 for Metro cards. Now the Action Report says 95% of this amount will come from the State (which is great). But the background info is fairly convoluted. I'm not sure I get exactly how much this is costing the district and how much it per student to the district. These are basic facts that I think most parents and taxpayers would like to know and yet it's not in the Action Report.
Thursday, December 13th
Audit& Finance Committee Meeting from 4-6 p.m. Agenda.
I find the agendas of the Committee meetings quite interesting. C&I is always kind of folksy and uses just the first names of staff. A&F tends to be a bit terse and this one is no exception. There is one item that I would like to know what it means - "Sequestration - D. Harmon (Special Attention)" Now is this like a jury sequestration or the seizure of property for creditors or the state (another possibility) or automatic spending cuts that are triggered (a la what the Feds do). Interesting.
Community Meeting with Director Peaslee from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Lake City Library.