The School Board had it's 2017 Organizational Meeting last night. We had a great crowd. If you couldn't attend, let me catch you up.
First, Lawrence Webb was elected to be chair this year. Justin Castillo, the chair the last two years, nominated Lawrence to be chair and Lawrence ran unopposed. I had the honor to be selcted as the Vice Chair on a nomination by Erin Gill - I thank my fellow board members for the opportunity.
Second, the Board approved a calendar for next school year that ends a full week earlier than the original proposal. So school next school year will end on June 15, 2018. You can see the calendar here: http://www.boarddocs.com/…/OPTION_D_2017.2018FCCPSCalendar1…My thanks to the calendar committee that worked on this option.
Last, we heard from all the school principals and functional leaders about their needs for new people (teachers and staff). It will be a very hard year, with requests, the need to maintain competitive pay, and rising benefit costs far exceeding the guidance the School Board has received from the general government. Please review the documents and share your views!
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.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.)