The KCPS dis­trict report­ed a smooth start to the school year with prepa­ra­tions and plan­ning pay­ing off.  Reports were made on the enroll­ment process, impres­sive ren­o­va­tions at East and Northeast High Schools and Banneker Elementary School, trans­porta­tion, recruit­ment of teach­ers, teacher men­tor­ing and tech­nol­o­gy pre­pared­ness.

  • The admin­is­tra­tion announced prin­ci­pals will have the respon­si­bil­i­ty for select­ing and retain­ing their teach­ers, a sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment over the past.  Seniority and union rules were not men­tioned.  Does senior­i­ty trump teacher qual­i­ty and prin­ci­pal choice?
  • Teacher men­tor­ing is being pro­mot­ed, a new con­cept to this dis­trict but not unlike what many schools across the coun­try have been doing the past 30 years.
  • The admin­is­tra­tion did not give clear answers to how many teach­ers are cer­ti­fied in their fields.  How many uncer­ti­fied sub­sti­tutes are in class­rooms?  How many appli­cants accept­ed offers, not how many applied?
  • Two board mem­bers, includ­ing the pres­i­dent, men­tioned con­nect­ing with stu­dents on Facebook.  Social net­work­ing between board mem­bers and stu­dents is not ille­gal, but it does seem like a major role con­flict with ques­tion­able pro­fes­sion­al­ism.
  • Numerous com­ments by board mem­bers advo­cat­ing for per­son­al issues and relat­ing per­son­al sto­ries was inap­pro­pri­ate not to men­tion ask­ing ques­tions that had already been asked.

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