Odds and Ends
- Tonight's School Board meeting still has lots of speaker slots open.
- From yesterday's Work Session on Strategic Plan Guiding Principles, a draft document.
Don't like/believe: Strengthen family engagement through transparent communications and continue to build partnerships with city, business and community leaders that support student achievement.
Transparent? As President DeBell has secret meetings (and I'd like to know if the other Board members know this) with Tim Burgess, I'm not sure about that transparency.
And, check out how they want to "strengthen family engagement"? See that word "parents" anywhere? That word is not used a single time in this document. That's where you stand in the Strategic Planning.
Like: Implement an information and communication technology infrastructure and environment that
enhance teaching, learning and all aspects of student success while protecting our students, staff,
and their personal information.
Glad to see a directed concern over protecting student and staff personal information.
- I did not find any document relating to the Work Session on Ethics but there was this one called Program Evaluation & Assessment Annual Report: Development of a Comprehensive Assessment System. Interesting reading. (I can't recall how or why I downloaded it but I did find it yesterday.)
- Tim Burgess is running for Mayor. I will do what I did last time, readers. I'll interview all the candidates (who are willing) and then let you know. What I can say up-front is that clearly Councilman Burgess cares about public education and that's great. But he pretty much sticks with the usual suspects especially the downtown crowd.
I will listen to you. I will learn with you. I will lead to get things done for you.
Big words. I can only say that his office is one of two council offices that I have found to be the least responsive. Meaning, just answering a question or acknowledging a communication seems to be beyond his office. Do I think that will get better if he is mayor? That remains to be seen.
As for listening, I can only say that I tried, repeatedly, to talk to him about 1240 and the last thing he said to me, face-to-face was, "Melissa, I'm not talking about that now. See you."
And that was just to get his take on 1240. If you can't ask an elected official for their stand (or even opinion) on an issue, I have to wonder what a candidate for higher office will do.