Here are the bullet points:
Channel 24 showed a video montage of the first day of school. It was cute, but technically pretty bad. Bad music, bad lighting, bad editing. But a good message - the day went well at most schools.
- Moseley reported that we have 93,764 students enrolled today, and expect that number to jump to 98,181 by Monday.
- We have about 6,500 teachers and 10 teacher vacancies.
- 1,577 students applied for an AYP transfer. Chamblee HS has 198 acceptances and Arabia (well, the annex of Arabia which will actually be at Lithonia) has 240. Moseley has decided to wait three weeks before actually sending these AYP students to these schools. (Not sure what that's about...)
- We are about to embark on a major board policy revision. A committee, which includes our attorneys, will evaluate all 247 current policies as well as look into needed policies to add. They will write new policies for topics such as ethics, purchasing, employee business activities, whistleblowers and Pre-K.
Leadership Prep Academy asked for approval to use DCSS food service until they are able to secure their own. When Sarah asked where LPA was located, the speaker simply gave the street address.
Then board members had their two minutes of free campaigning - ahem - open comments time. Here, I'll just insert, blah, blah, blah. Except that Jim Redovian made a heartfelt statement about young Blake Kuller, who as a rising 9th grader at Dunwoody high school after having looked forward to high school his whole life, lost his battle with MS and never got to attend Dunwoody. News like that is humbling and keeps things in perspective. For all our system's and school's faults that we tend to focus on here, we must remember that our schools have deep meaning and memory-making ability for our children. To miss the experience of high school altogether is heartbreaking. Our prayers go out to Blake's family.
Tom Bowen ended the meeting with a statement of hope. He wants the public to look forward to changes for the better. He is certain the board will step up to the requests from SACS, and utilize SAC's leadership to move our system forward in optimism for better days.