Number of Board Watchers Reporting: 5

School Board Member Attendance: Airick West, Derek Richey, Arthur Benson, Kyleen Carroll, Joseph Jackson, Duane Kelly, Crispin Rea, and Ray Wilson.

I. Academics-Was there any infor­ma­tive dis­cus­sion on aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ment at this meet­ing?

YES: 3 — NO: 2

Academic achieve­ment, the most cru­cial issue of the dis­trict at this time, deserves more atten­tion at board meet­ings. Except for recog­ni­tion of the Early College Program and its stu­dents, the Board did not have aca­d­e­mics on the agen­da, and there was no mean­ing­ful dis­cus­sion or com­ments on how the dis­trict is going to address the crit­i­cal issue of accred­i­ta­tion. The Superintendent did make a brief report on mov­ing for­ward after the district’s loss of accred­i­ta­tion.

Do The Right Thing for Kids will be watch­ing for progress on accred­i­ta­tion. “Following the plan” is good but not enough. What will the pri­or­i­ties be? Will reg­u­lar objec­tive progress reports be pre­sent­ed? How much it will cost to imple­ment the plan? Who is in charge of the var­i­ous ele­ments, and who is going to be held account­able?

II. Finances-Was there any infor­ma­tive dis­cus­sion on dis­trict finances at this meet­ing?

YES: 3 — NO: 2

Explanations were giv­en con­cern­ing con­tracts for the SES Providers and group med­ical and den­tal cov­er­age. Elements of a new con­tract between the dis­trict and the teacher’s union were announced. The CFO gave clear expla­na­tions of finan­cial ques­tions asked. There was lit­tle dis­cus­sion by the board.

III. Superintendent-Was the Superintendent held account­able for dis­trict per­for­mance?

YES: 1 — NO: 2 — N/A: 2

It is pre­ma­ture to hold Dr. Green account­able for dis­trict per­for­mance. The superintendent’s report con­tin­ues to cov­er announce­ments and upcom­ing events. Hopefully sig­nif­i­cant infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing the actu­al oper­a­tion of the dis­trict will become part of Dr. Green’s remarks.

IV. Board Management-Was the meet­ing well orga­nized and man­aged effi­cient­ly?

YES: 3 — NO: 2

The busi­ness por­tion of the meet­ing was run more effi­cient­ly. The pub­lic speak­ing seg­ment appeared to be staged, and there­fore the num­ber of speak­ers was exces­sive.

V. Did you learn any­thing from attend­ing this meet­ing?

YES: 4 — NO: 1

The admin­is­tra­tion gave infor­ma­tive reports. Some details of the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment with the teacher’s union were dis­closed. It was announced that the repur­pos­ing process is being han­dled by the admin­is­tra­tion, and there was a report on secu­ri­ty cam­era instal­la­tion.

OTHER COMMENTS:

This dis­trict just lost accred­i­ta­tion and the board was mired in inter­nal pol­i­tics and busi­ness as usu­al. What is it going to do to regain accred­i­ta­tion?

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