Friday, October 05, 2007

Who said what?

Last week I fussed again about the fact that the BOE Agendas and Minutes were, again, not being uploaded in a timely fashion. I see this morning they've at least got Tuesday's Agenda uploaded.

The October 9 agenda is FULL of Grading Garcia reports (Executive Expectations) to include Advanced Placement (pg. 8 of the .pdf), Global Executive Constraint (page 11), Emergency Succession (page 13), Learning Environment/Discipline (page 15) and Facilities (page 18). If you've been concerned about SSA, about air conditioning, about the rise of crime in and around schools you'll be interested in reading through those comments.

On these evaluations the Board does of MNPS Director of Schools Dr. Pedro Garcia they are still leaving us in the dark about who made the comments. This is a huge disservice to the community. How are we to grade our BOE members come election time if we don't know how they're grading their only employee? See Page 8 of the Agenda for example. They used to at least include the initials of the Board member after the comment. They need to return to that immediately. I'd really like them to go back and include those names/initials in reports where they've been left off.

Since typing in "executive expectations" into the MNPS website returns "no matches" I'll save you the time and point you to their Board Governing Policies page for explanations of those expectations.


MS said...

Kay -

The October 9th agenda document has the minutes for Sept 25th in it starting on page 2. They make these things available, you just have to have the web site's secret decoder ring ;)

Kay Brooks said...

So what cereal am I supposed to be buying to get one? And how many boxtops do I need?

Actually, I knew that the minutes were in the agendas, but I dare say most won't. Why bother having a minutes column if you're not going to propagate it?

MS said...

In assigning children word problems, a common pedagogical tool is to give them more information than they need to solve the problem, to teach them to avoid irrelevant data.

Perhaps the school board extends its education mission to the community at large?

Kay Brooks said...

Oh, I'm learning what 'irrelevant data' is alright. ;-)