This will be the first of many observations I will be giving concerning the upcoming School Board meetings.
First of all – all members of the public are free to attend and encouraged to do so. The time and location will be 7:00pm at the CES95 Administrative Center at 925 S Giant City Rd. Carbondale.
There are three important things to learn concerning the June 23, 2011 agenda:
(1) Memorandum of Understanding between Carbondale Elementary School District No. 95 and The Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University on behalf of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Classroom control is a must for the teacher and for the budding foreign language students.
I’ve spoken with parents recently who love this program and would also love to see other options like German or Latin offered.
(2) Action of the Title 1 Parent Involvement Policies
These are foundational and can be found online. Dist 95 Parent Involvement Policy. The policies have been created with parent’s input. Children need their parents and staff needs parents that care. We can give that to them.
There are many ways parents can be involved. Parents can have input into parent involvement expenditures. A concern is that dollar expenditures for parent involvement in the schools have decreased while the budget still outlines a healthy 1% which is about $9,000. For instance last year the budget dropped to about 2/3 of this expenditure.
Schools need good parent involvement.
(3) Citizens Comments are in Jeopardy
The City of Carbondale was selected as winner of National Award by Sunshine Review (read story).
The Board took a straw pole during the May meeting (with me as the lone dissenter), eliminating the public record of citizen comments for the time being.
I’d like to see us be a partner with Carbondale in keeping this designation.
List of Board Member’s Committee Appointments:
Finance Committee, Chairperson – Paula Feigenbaum, Board Member -John Major
Public Relations Committee, Chairperson – Andrea Rendleman, Board Member – Amy Erickson
Negotiations Committee Chairperson -Roger Pfister, Board Member – John Major, Board Member – David Biggs
Land & Building Committee, Chairperson – David Biggs, Board Member – Paula Feigenbaum
Personnel & Recruitment Committee, Chairperson – Elizabeth I. Lewin, Board Member – Andrea Rendleman
Transportation Committee, Chairperson – John Major, Board Member – David Biggs
To note, as with other Board Members, after the first year I should have my own committee.
We all have a lot to look forward to.
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