I missed the first few speakers, just tuned in as Jay Scott was admonishing the board for the terrible job they are doing educating our children. The lady after him agreed with everything he said. Not happy that you have to travel across county to get a decent education. People are just not happy. Janice Thomas - another Cedar Grove parent concerned about the school not passing AYP. Also concerned about teacher turnover. Bathrooms are embarrassing at Cedar Grove. Daniel Subcheck - a broke teacher. Says teachers have forfeited $5,600 in recent years - furloughs and no step increases. Pat Camp from the Medlock community. Thanks the board for excluding the cell tower from Medlock ES. Supports Fernbank Science Center and International Community School have contacted the association with ideas for using the space. The community wants to keep a school on the property. But they voted for either organization but truly don't want an empty building. They hope to remain active participants as the school is very important to the community. Latina Johnson (another Cedar Grove parent) very disappointed in the school. Lives across the street, but support is waning. Nice subdivisions in the area, but the school is an eyesore. It looks like the Projects. Our track team students continue to get injured because the track is not maintained. The restrooms are locked at the end of the day and students who stay after can't use a restroom. Mr. Farrakhan - Admonished the board for putting cell towers on school properties. The rest I didn't understand. Something about America needing to repent from her sins. Frogs and locusts overtaking towns...? God will destroy the wealth of America in order to deliver us to the promised land. My children no longer attend your public schools. Homeschooling is better. That's a fact.
Ramona asked to remove E2 - the Student Academic Achievement Report (from Beasley). It's not ready. Approved. She will present it on Monday, August 8.
March 2011, redistricting approved. June 2011 SPLOST IV project list approved. Now they have been given a bound copy of the full facility condition report. Ten year master facility plan presented.
Dr. Humble - MGT presents the plan. Not new info. Phase 1 was redistricting. SPLOST was Phase 2. Two things: Congratulations on this year long project. We came a long way and have a plan based on data that will ultimately provide facilities to support educational plan. Challenge you to not let it slide and don't end up back behind the eight ball. Continuing phases of facility construction based on a SPLOST IV and a SPLOST V. The data drives the decisions. They made a combined score for each facility composed of assessments in three areas: physical condition of the building, the educational suitability and technology readiness (does the infrastructure of the building support the necessary technology). Weighted 50% physical - 40% to Educational Suitability and 10% Tech Readiness. Then they made a Priority Cut Point. Based on projected funding. 2013-2017 less than a score of 54 - replacement. 54-60 limited renovations to hold off for replacement in SPLOST V. Then full reno for scores of 65-70. The numbers will change/improve as time goes on - but if you let it go - they will go down. Fluid document. Phase 2 - replacing 9 schools: Chamblee, McNair Middle, Austin, Gresham Park, Peachcrest, ?? Consolidate DSA and DESA. (He talks waaaaay too fast.) Hopefully his PPt will be available online. They will evaluate enrollment data annually for redistricting and consolidation. (Apparently they never did this.) Also need to develop plans for programs like Early Childhood, Magnets, High Achievers, career Tech, ELL, Special Ed. Must decide how do we want to serve these? Form follows function. We've done it backwards in the past. Need to reverse - identify the program, then create a suitable facility. Then reevaluate the numbers again and again. A continuous process of assessment. Phase 3 and beyond: 2018-2022 and 2023+ Continue evaluating and making decisions and plans based strictly on data. Humble's job is done - Tyson personally thanked him for the hard work and the road map.
Bob Moseley - School Pre-Opening Report. Enrollment K-12. 98,055 last year - projecting 98,000. Currently have 94,000 but will increase. Recapped closing/consolidation/redistricting. HR did a great job reassigning teachers and staff. All have been placed. Named 12 'new' principals. Many just moved around due to the redistricting etc. Some were promoted from AP. 6,700 teachers expected to report tomorrow. Currently have 20 vacancies. Need to maintain dress code. School grounds need work. There's an Air Conditioning hotline for principals to use. Transportation - all new routes developed. 885 bus drivers on staff. (Down from almost 1,000 due to efficiencies in routing.) Will transport 65,000 students this year. Pre-planning begins tomorrow (today was a furlough day.) All schools will have Open House this Wednesday. NCLB - AYP Open Enrollment for Public School Choice concludes Thursday. 22 sending schools -- 10 receiving schools. Requests: 18 ES, 268 MS and 403 HS students. Triage - streamlined workload for teachers. Developed an accountability plan for principals. 9 training modules. Trained Instructional Coaches - will be supporting teachers in the classroom 95-98% of time (as requested by Ms. Tyson).
Last session for Policy Changes at board meetings. In the future, these will take place in special sessions beginning in mid-August. Ten Policy Changes presented. Lots of discussion on these. Donna asked several questions. It appears to me that Ms. Tyson is the only person who understands policy and Roberts Rules. Moseley presented a policy for advertising at schools for approval that Tyson or the board had never seen before. Tyson yielded to the board, but stated that she needed to remind staff that she doesn't need surprises.
Missed a bunch - you guys will have to fill in in the comments.
Now - Ms Coleman is asking for $ for a track at Cedar Grove.
Change in use of Title 1 money in Title 1 Schools:
Tony Hunter: Approve a $3+ million contract for technology for 91 Title 1 schools. Every teacher will receive professional development and the board will get a report on their progress from Kennesaw State. Rep from KSU - Educational Technology Center. Formed in 1994 - work with all school systems in how to integrate technology, lead conferences, train teachers, etc. Digital Resources Grant, STEM Grant, Handheld Technology Grant. In the business to help teachers and students to take advantage of technology. iPads, laptops, Elec White Boards, Hands on Training (!) [Did he really say iPads? Everyone called me crazy the times I wrote about those!] Will work in Title 1 schools - they can choose from a menu of training items. 20-2 hour blocks per school. Working with Dr Berry on an evaluation process. (Online) Evaluator will visit each school and observe teachers. Will analyze data next summer. Exciting. Big Change. [I agree!]
Womack asked about security of iPads. They will be on carts. iPads will have GPS devices. Can be located and retrieved (call police). They will be stored in specific locations with security cameras. 24/7. McChesney is thrilled that we will be evaluating effectiveness (we usually don't). Walker: concerned about disparities in system - uneven levels of learning. "I don't buy this notion that all things are equal. I hope we will grab the kid where we find them and work with them there, rather than treat them all as if they're at the same level." (???) Of course, the answer is that the lessons can be customized. (Walker didn't know that.) I must say - I'm impressed! This is a very good move and a brilliant way to move Title 1 dollars closer to the students that money is meant to help.