Friday, August 19, 2011

BOE Study Session Tues. @6:30PM

  
It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session at 5:45 pm to discuss the employment history of particular person(s) and collective bargaining.

(How can they know they need a closed door meeting until they convene the meeting, adopt an agenda & begin a discussion that leads them to a topic that necessitates closing the door? Oops! I almost forgot! They don't care about Open Govt ... or the laws!)

AGENDA ITEMS

Teamster MOA
Guss MOA

Adoption of Annual Professional Performance Review Teacher Plan (W/A)
Adoption of Annual Professional Performance Review Administrator (Principals) Plan (W/A)

Discussion of Improving Academic Performance
Opening of School Update (O/I)
Timeline of Steps/Processes for Board Goal #2 :

Take steps to understand the issues and options related to:
• Streamlining school and transportation operations to reduce costs.

• Impact of closing a school building(s) by consolidating students/grade levels or programs.

Study methods to align schools of choice with district demographics.
 
SCATS ~~ It's VERY OBVIOUS from the wording that the BOE has already determined that eliminating any school-of-choice is not an option they will consider. I'd like to see their study/data/financials that led them to this predetermined (and prejudiced?) conclusion. I know, there is NONE!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/otext/o4093.htm

In short, because a vote to enter into an executive session must be made and carried by a majority vote of the total membership during an open meeting, technically, it cannot be known in advance of that vote that the motion will indeed be approved. However, as an alternative method of achieving the desired result that would comply with the letter of the law, rather than scheduling an executive session, a public body on its agenda or notice of a meeting could refer to or schedule a motion to enter into executive session to discuss certain subjects. Reference to a motion to conduct an executive session would not represent an assurance that an executive session would ensue, but rather that there is an intent to enter into an executive session by means of a vote to be taken during a meeting.

Anonymous said...

Why must a school of choice close?
So we can laugh while they weep on the TV news?

One thing's for certain: those people organize and make their voices heard. Us, not so much.

SCATS said...

To 3:44PM ~~ I understand the things you are saying however, they are still out of order in the way they do it. They are supposed to OPEN THE MEETING then ADOPT AN AGENDA BEFORE entertaining any such motion to go to Exec. Session.

To 3:49PM ~~ "Those people" are led by a school principal, Suzie Meier ;)

Anonymous said...

Well, I guess she's pretty darn good at what she does, then.

Maybe what the district really needs is more leaders like her.

SCATS said...

To 4:09PM ~~ Riling up parents "to save" a school that has outlived the purpose for which it was designed (to stabilize changing boundaries) & that is costing all taxpayers additional monies to keep it going certainly is NOT part of the job description for a school principal!

Anonymous said...

Too bad all principles can't rile up all the parents in the district to get their kids to study.

SCATS said...

To 9:29PM ~~ I agree with that, but your implied idea that Sue Meier has done that at Odyssey is most amusing ;)

Anonymous said...

We'll have to disagree here.

I'd say any principal who can so skillfully muster the resources at her disposal, and who inspires such loyalty is a leader the district is lucky to have.

Anonymous said...

I'll give them a transportation plan free of charge.

Quit wearing out bus brakes stopping in front of every damn house and let the fat little darlings waddle to street corners and group up. Less stops, less fuel used picking up speed to get 4 houses down the road, and less annoyed motorists stuck behind the damn cheese wagon.

Hell you space the stops out a little and you can even cut the necessity for a gym teacher or two to encourage little Glicnar and Chastity to move their asses.

SCATS said...

To 10:43PM ~~ Getting a group of whiney "adults" (I use that term very loosely here) to pout, cry and stomp their feet into mics in public is not what I'd call admirable leadership. It's blackmail.

Anonymous said...

3:49 (and beyond), your stance on the issue was clear from your first post, despite the "us" reference at the end. The other reason you people come together as you do is to save your kid's private education. "We" don't stand to lose that. Shame on all of "you" for thinking about nobody but yourselves.

Anonymous said...

First test to see if she is a leader or not!

Anonymous said...

It looks and sounds more like a business meeting than a study session.

SCATS said...

To 5:22AM ~~ Let her "lead" all of Odyssey's seniors to graduate. That would be a first AND fall within her job description too ;)

SCATS said...

To 9:46AM ~~ It certainly does ... but don't worry. They'll be done and out long before 9PM ;)

Anonymous said...

I agree I don't think they will close a school of choice just yet unless they do come to their senses and fnally close Westridge due to the pitiful enrollment. Why is it that supposedly everyone wants the K-5 experience yet West Ridge offers that to anyone that applies yet they STILL can't fill the school, in fact it is WAY under attended for its student capacity. Why do we pay a principal at an underattended school with the same if not more than another at a school with double the student population and responsibility? That just does not make sense to me. On another note SCATS, the wording of the allignement if the school of choice to me is rather curious, I think it can be looked at in a different way than just perhaps making hte statement that they are not going to close any, could it mean that perhaps they are going to make the Private Odyssey open to a more diverse population, becasue I would love to see if Mrs. Meier could maintain her high achievement record and work her magic if she had a different population influx at her school. It will be interesting to see how that whole schoo closing thing works out this time. I certainly hope we realize we are past the point of crying parents and tshirt wearing can no work, something is going to have to give this time. Will the board be strong enough to do it? Just think if they had let Steve A. start by closing eliminating the Kindergarten at West Ridge we would be almost al the way to 2nd grade by now with the original plan.

SCATS said...

To 11:30PM ~~ Most of our current BOE members are personally invested in schools-of-choice. Their view is biased. As far as Suzie M. goes, she doesn't want ANY changes to her school. They want to stay where they are now, out of sight. She does her own thing, flaunting district policy & regs as she goes. A larger building isn't on her wish list and more students from diverse backgrounds are not on her bucket list either. IMHO, our spineless BOE already decided when they "decided" to do nothing about O'Rourke's plan. They don't have the guts to cause pain, unless it's the kind that empties our wallets ;)