This Could Be an Interesting Board Meeting
Again, we hear from parents:
"Many complain Goodloe-Johnson didn't give parents much voice in the matter.
"That really raises people's concerns about whether she considers parents to be partners," said Lisa Fitzhugh, a parent at TOPS, one of the K-8 schools."
The Transportation chief explains that K-8 elementary kids wouldn't have to get on the bus an hour earlier because the new start time would trim ride time.
"Bishop said many students in the K-8 schools wouldn't have to arrive at their bus stops an hour earlier than they do now, even though their schools would start an hour earlier. Greater efficiency of uniform start times would shorten their rides by about 15 to 20 minutes, he said."
Really? You promise,now.
So back to the Board.
"School Board President Michael DeBell says he has yet to see the district's analysis and is concerned about student safety."
What is up with that? Why does the Board have to wait so long for info? I can't speak for this Board but in the past, most Board members wait for staff analysis rather than go forward pro-actively and ask for information. So, for most of the Board members what they see tonight is the first they've seen of any real information.
But what did Michael De Bell say that really caught my eye and alerted my spidey sense?
"DeBell said he and Goodloe-Johnson disagree about whether the district needs to do more than inform parents about the proposed change. "That's her approach on this one," he said."
Red flag. Danger, Will Robinson!
So we have parents saying they don't feel Dr. Goodloe-Johnson is treating us as partners and we have the School Board President saying he "disagrees" with her on whether the district needs to do more with parents on this issue. That says to me that (1) he talked with her about why parents haven't been either involved in the process or at least better informed on the issue and (2) on this issue (which may be a signal for other issues), she thinks the district's interaction with parents has been enough.
Is there anyone here that would say that there has been any public engagement on this issue? Okay, how about proper notification? Did your school principal say anything? Parent newsletter or bulletin? When did this appear on the district's website? And, anyone out there think the district handled this right vis a vis parents?
Worrisome at the least. I'll be watching the meeting tonight with great interest. Because if we only hear token "parents need to be better informed/involved in big issues like this", then we all have to wonder what issue will bring the Board to bat for parents against Dr. Goodloe-Johnson's steamroller approach.