The School Board has changed its for­mat for meet­ings. The first meet­ing of the month (usu­al­ly the sec­ond Wednesday) is an infor­ma­tion­al meet­ing in which staff or oth­er resource per­sons make pre­sen­ta­tions to the Board about top­ics of inter­est and rel­e­vance. The sec­ond meet­ing of the month (usu­al­ly the fourth Wednesday) is a busi­ness meet­ing in which votes are tak­en, dis­cus­sions are held and resources allo­cat­ed. Do the Right Thing for Kids sup­ports this change because thus far it has helped make meet­ings more effi­cient.

At its October 12 meet­ing the Board heard from senior staff about goals and plans for imple­men­ta­tion of the long range Transformation Plan which was devel­oped last year. This is an extreme­ly ambi­tious plan that will involve a good deal of staff time and resources. While each of the goals is, in itself, a desir­able tar­get, observers from Do The Right Thing for Kids are con­cerned that the District may be tak­ing on too much giv­en the cur­rent stress on the orga­ni­za­tion from loss of accred­i­ta­tion, lack of con­ti­nu­ity in lead­er­ship, and the inevitable shrink­age of enroll­ment and funds. Some pri­or­i­ties will need to be set. In future we will report in more detail on the Transformation Plan and efforts relat­ed to it.

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