Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Technology and GM/MEH Part Two, a Report

Last night the School Board had a long meeting, but shorter than many during the budget season. There was again a lot of public comment - thank you everyone who attended or watched, and to those who spoke.
On technology, we had a great panel of two GM teachers and three students. I was incredibly impressed by them - what students today balance, and at which they excel, is beyond my ken. The panel showed the capabilities that information technology can provide to students at the high school level. As I said at the meeting, I am not personally considering eliminating the capabilities that technology provides - I am interested in ensuring we use it best, and in that regard, I think the School Board needs to hear from a lot of people and consider many questions, especially for younger students.
On the GM/MEH campus project, after an extensive and respectful discussion, Erin Gill offered a motion to discontinue the current RFP process and start again. In the view of some, we should get more information before terminating the current process. I seconded Erin's motion, and in my view we know enough to conclude that whatever process we may use going forward, the current process is NOT the right one. I've explained my reasons before in this blog, so I won't repeat them. Last night, the Board was split 3-3 on whether to terminate the current process (with one member absent), which means that the motion (to terminate the RFP) did not pass and will be carried over to the next meeting.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments at preitinger@fccps.org.
(These are my personal views and not the official statement or records of the Board. They are not minutes but my personal summary of some of the highlights from the meeting.)

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