Wednesday, October 5, 2016

GM/MEH, Technology, and the Superintendent Search

We had two School Board meetings this week.  Monday night was a joint meeting with the City Council and with LINK Strategic Partners, a firm that was brought on the by City and School Administration to help develop a transparent community process for moving forward with the GM/MEH modernization and expansion project.  I regret to say there isn't much to report - the consultant had not finished its interviews with the School Board and City Council yet.  Based on the project plan, I expect more information to be provided soon.

Tuesday night was the School Board meeting.  The first and longest subject was technology - a panel of principals talked about how technology is used at their schools.  It clear that a lot of work has gone into integrating technology in the curriculum, and some powerful things are being done.  I submitted a list of 18 questions in advance, dealing with issues from metrics to Internet safety, and there was only time to address a few of those.  Most important, the panel was the kickoff for the work the Technology Advisory Committee will do this year, and parent members are being sought.  You can express your interest here:

Another important subject is the superintendent search.  The job description for the Interim Superintendent, likely to serve for this school year, has been posted and applications are being accepted.  Based on the discussion, I expect the School Board to look at applications as they come in.

We also discussed the disappointing news regarding the school bus cameras, and saw a presentation on the ESOL audit.  The Board will return the latter topic again next week, and I think also hear the views of the ESOL Advisory Committee.

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(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.)