A few really hefty items before the School Board tonight. Any one of these items would drag out the School Board meeting to an interminable length, but added all together? Let’s just say it’s going to be a long night for the School Board and School Board watchers which, fortunately, is a pretty small group of people amirite?
First up on the agenda is an item to talk about how the School Board wants to talk about moving forward with the discussion of AUSD facilities needs in preparation for floating a possible school facilities bond, with the major side goal of doing something with the Historic Alameda High School. Essentially this whole school facilities issue can be summed up thus: no one wants to make a decision on what actually to do because even though we elected the School Board to make these large scale policy decisions for the good of the students and the community of a whole there is this huge level of distrust that is — in my opinion — simply a perception, but not the reality. This leads folks to attempt to cover their asses — or stall out the process because they don’t like taxes in the first place coughcoughtrishcoughcough — by using the “community engagement/input” schtick.
So community input, whatevs, in the end we still don’t have the information that we need which is basic reports what what is possibly wrong with some of the older facilities in Alameda because we don’t want to spend the money to pay the experts to do the studies. Because experts? Phooey! Who needs ‘em when you have a bunch of well-meaning volunteers that clearly know better than so-called experts, especially though mighty suspect out-of-town experts. Right?
Oh, by the way, I noticed that someone on a Facebook page somewhere mistakenly thought the $300,000 cited as part of the facilities bond stuff thought the $300,000 was for campaign polling. It’s not. It’s for technical structural stuff.
The Board will also consider adopting the strategic goals for this school year which are:
- Implement the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) through a collaborative process that includes teachers, PTA groups, district staff, administrators and community members.
- Implement the Common Core State Standards District-wide through collaboration with teachers in AUSD and educate PTA groups, district staff, and community members about these new State standards.
- Initiate a community engagement process which leads to the development of a Facilities Master Plan for AUSD.
Pretty straightforward. Oh and speaking of, I was going to try to put together an FAQ on Common Core and ask the District and AEA to answer the questions. Would be interesting to see the responses from these two entities on a really important subject and how they compare. If anyone has any questions about Common Core, put it in the comments section and I’ll include it in my list to send off.
There is some enrollment information which will be interesting, only a handful of schools are over-enrolled right now and, interestingly enough, Transitional Kindergarten (TK) was so popular the School District opened a fourth TK class at Earhart.
Here a nutshelly slide with information about the inter-district students that were diverted from Wood. A public speaker at the last Board meeting told the Board that a lot of inter-district students had been diverted, but according to this only 11 had been moved, everyone who requested to be moved back to Wood were allowed to be moved back.
Some unaudited financials from last School year which might be of interest.
And finally, the resignation of the General Counsel left a vacancy and it appears as though there will be some discussion about who the General Counsel should report to. Right now the General Counsel reports to the Superintendent and the plan is to have the General Counsel report to the School Board itself. I am agnostic to whatever happens, as the City Attorney reports to the City Council, it would make sense for the General Counsel to do the same with the School Board. I think the working relationship between the Superintendent and General Counsel would not suffer if the “boss” of the General Counsel is the School Board.