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First off, this meeting was an average meeting. There was minimal fighting, some boring presentations, and some helpful information. With the start of the board meeting, the first thing that is easy to notice are the new additions in the room.
With the four new TV’s along with new banners, it’s very hard to miss the extra add-ons to the room. It was said that the purpose of the new TV’s were to help the viewers who watch the board meetings from live streams or on media sharing outlets such as YouTube, to be able to see the presentation from every angle. My question is, where did the money come from to be able to afford these commodities and was four TV’s really necessary? We wanted to congratulate the schools that were recognized as reward schools during the Exemplars of Excellence section of the meeting.
Coalition of Large School Systems (CLASS) Presentation
The meeting started off with a presentation by CLASS. This presentation was rather boring, however, it seemed very helpful for those looking to stay updated on education law from a state perspective. This presentation covered all sorts of things from issues discussed this past year and issues that are predicted to come up this coming year.
Future Ready Update
Although Future Ready is supposed to be a program established and made clear in all schools, most students are unaware of this program and how it works. We believe that all students will be made aware of this program within their zoned schools. Students are having to go to schools across the city to obtain the education they strive to receive.
Student Code of Conduct
The Student Code of conduct is a guideline set in place to let the students know the repercussions of their offenses and to set the standards for what is acceptable conduct in schools, but how were these “hefty” hand books actually set in place? At the Superintendent Student Advisory Council, held on October 16th, Dr. Johnson asked the students how they felt about the booklets so he could bring this information to the school board meeting. Some common themes of the comments were that students shouldn’t just be punished for unacceptable behavior, but should be rewarded for exceptional behavior; the wordiness/lengthiness of the booklet; and how the chart with rules and punishments were not easy to follow. As a student, I couldn’t agree more with these comments and concerns. A lot of students mentioned the booklets were just being passed out and turned back in for a grade in their classrooms, instead of actually being looked at and thoroughly read. You can not go from a three page pamphlet to a forty page document and think that will be received well.
SRO Recruiting Bonuses
Giving recruiting bonuses to SROs seems like a smart way to help hire SROs. However, this seems like a very business-like thing for a school system to do. Akin to when phone companies offer discounts for customers switching phone companies. Regardless, it seems that the board has the safety of students at heart as it attempts to speed up the hiring process of these SROs.