LIVE BLOG: March Board of Education Meeting

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3:02pm Meeting called to order

Superintendent’s Remarks:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  Good afternoon to everyone.  Before we begin the work session presentation, I want to provide the board and community with three important updates. Several matters have received a lot of attention in the news, so I’d like to take more time than I usually take to address each matter adequately.

Recently, we notified a number of principals that they would not serve in the role of principal at their particular school next year. Since then, we’ve heard from students, parents, community members and employees, who are rightfully concerned about the leadership changes. We have actually received calls from parents on both sides – those who approve the changes and those who oppose them.

Those who don’t agree with the changes have asked some valid questions:

“Why are we losing our principal?”

“Why now?”

“Why are changes being done in such an unfair manner?”

And while it would not be prudent of me to address specific personnel matters in this forum, I do want to address some of the concerns as best as possible.

The decision to seek new school leadership is never an easy one. We appreciate the leadership demonstrated by all of our principals, particularly those who have served the district for many years. Our decision reflects our ongoing responsibility to take a careful, honest and fair review of all of our schools and their leadership teams. We then must make decisions based on the best interest of our students and schools.

Unless removed for cause or immediate resignation, all of the principals notified will continue at their schools through the end of this school year. Notifying principals of changes prior to the end of the school year provides time for them to make career decisions. Early notification also allows the district to recruit highly qualified applicants during the peak hiring season.  At this point, we do not anticipate any more involuntary changes to school principals in advance of the 2014-15 SY.

Again, change is never easy.

It is necessary for improvement, especially as we seek to escalate the achievement of ALL of our students in ALL of our schools. I cannot stress enough that we desire equity and excellence for every child, every school. As we begin the process to select stellar new principal leaders for the affected schools, you have our commitment that we will reach out to our numerous constituencies to provide valuable input into the decision process.

Now, let me move on to the topic of emergency closings and make-up days.

In all this school year, APS has had eight emergency closings as a result of the weather.  Six of the days occurred when school was originally scheduled to open.

We have decided to make up the six days because we want students to receive the critical instruction they missed.  We are increasing the time and opportunity for students to receive additional instruction in the following ways: We will change the district professional learning day – originally scheduled for March 17 – to a regular day of instruction; students should report to school.  We will shift forward one week the testing window for administering the CRCT to students in grades 3-8; the testing will begin April 23 and end May 1 versus the original start date of April 16. We will provide additional classroom learning opportunities.  We will complement classroom efforts with blended learning instruction for all of our schools. Examples of blended learning instruction: face-to-face and/or virtual learning opportunities through instructional audio/video materials, computer programs and hard-copy supplemental learning materials – all of which can take place before, during or after the school day

Our plan also includes use of our virtual academy and our homework hotline – both of which provide after-hours assistance to students.

What will remain the same:

The remainder of the APS calendar –including the schedule for other testing (e.g., EOCT); spring break; graduation; and last day of school – will NOT change.

Spring break will remain April 7 to 11.

Graduations are still scheduled May 23, 24 & 25.

The last day of school remains May 23 for traditional students and May 30 for year-round students.

We thank parents and employees for their patience as we worked to develop a make-up plan that was most effective for extra learning to take place and least disruptive to families.

I also want to thank everyone for their cooperation during Winter Storm Pax.

That storm caused our schools to shut down for four days: Feb. 11, 12, 13 and 14.

I appreciate everyone’s cooperation and response.  What we didn’t get right during Winter Storm Leon we did get right during Winter Storm Pax.  That’s the third topic I’d like to address. Last month, I told the board and the community that we would be undertaking a comprehensive review of our response to Storm Leon. Certainly, we all remember the snow, ice and traffic that beleaguered the region.  As parents, grandparents and educators, we want to make sure the trauma and pain felt by our children and colleagues do not happen again.

Therefore, we began immediately looking at what worked and what didn’t. I charged Dr. Kirijan and the organizational advancement team with leading an ambitious effort to review our crisis management protocols,reach out to the public for feedback and develop a list of recommendations for changes going forward. Allow me to give the board a summary of our process and lessons learned.

Whom we asked for feedback:

Students

Parents

Employees (from bus drivers to teachers and principals)

How we asked for feedback:

Paper surveys

Online surveys

Telephone calls

Face-to-face meetings

What we heard: highlights of what worked:

Commitment of staff: Countless APS employees who performed random and deliberate acts of kindness, compassion and bravery

Safety of our students: No students injured; appropriate adult supervision for those students who had to shelter in place

Communication: Use of traditional media and social media to get the word out quickly and broadly to parents and staff

What we heard: “lowlights” of what didn’t work:

Some of the lessons learned are simple in retrospect while others are more complex.

I’ll give three examples.

Challenge 1:

Our decision to release schools early was made too late in the day (approx. 11 a.m.)

As a result, staff couldn’t mobilize for quick dismissal, and parents didn’t have time to make necessary arrangements.

Recommendation or Lesson #1: Make decisions regarding inclement weather earlier.

This is an obvious recommendation, but to facilitate an earlier decision, we will establish and train an APS Emergency Inclement Weather team that will monitor each type of National Weather alert (e.g., warning, advisory, watch). We wish also to work more closely with government entities (e.g., Georgia Department of Transportation, Fulton County Emergency Management, the city of Atlanta and others) to gather critical information and coordinate our actions.

Challenge 2:

A second huge challenge for us was the way we released students for early dismissal.

Traditionally, the dismissal order is ES, then HS, then MS. During Storm Leon, we released MS first, causing a problem because some students with siblings in ES or HS did not have house keys.

Recommendation or Lesson #2: Establish schedules and guidelines for early dismissal and delayed openings.

For future early dismissals, we believe we should keep the same order: ES ð HS ð MS

When possible, we should ensure that lunch is provided to all students prior to dismissal.  And we will ask parents to make arrangements in advance when we have to dismiss children early.

Challenge 3

A third challenge was our food supply.

Although a multiday supply of food was available at each school, the food was not easily accessible everywhere. In many instances, it was locked in kitchen refrigerators or not in ready-to-eat form.  Food was not on our buses as well.  Fortunately, in many cases, parents and partners – and even a board member – made the trek to take food to our students and employees.

Recommendation or Lesson #3:

Make emergency food, water and medical supplies readily available and easy to access at all APS facilities, as well as APS buses, as appropriate.

This recommendation includes the provision of blankets and cots/mats. Also under consideration is our possible procurement of an emergency food vehicle to enable nutrition staff to deliver food to sites during an emergency.

I have highlighted 3 of 11 recommendations or lessons learned that are under consideration.  The lessons include identifying and training members and essential staff to be part of our Crisis Management Team. The lessons are comprehensive and cover the three phases of crisis management:

Prevention and preparedness

Response

Recovery

Again, we could have done – and we will do – better.

Doing better requires the action and commitment of everyone across the district.

In particular, we ask parents to keep their children’s contact information updated:

Call your local school.

Or go online and use the Campus Portal for Parents.

Updated contact information is so important that from now on, we will be including a reminder on the progress reports and report cards sent home.

Staff members must make sure their information is updated as well so that they can receive emergency notifications.

Interestingly, as part of our review, we found that the board’s policies on emergency management are adequate. This is a good thing.  Instituting the types of recommendations I summarized does not require a change in policy.  Rather, it requires an update to our regulations, which outline more specifically how our policies are to be fulfilled.  Later this week, we will give the board a final summary of our lessons learned from Storm Leon.  First, I need to review the results in detail with my senior team.

I want to make sure that we coordinate fully the efforts across various departments so that we can prioritize and identify the resources that will be needed to make improvements and ensure our business continuity.

The final recommendations will be made available, not only to the board, but also to the public, as well, via our website and Parents As Partners Academic Center.

Thank you, Mr. Chair.  This concludes my opening remarks.  At this time, let’s begin the presentations.

Presentations:

Chuck Burbridge, CFO
Summary of FY 2014 Activity
View the detailed report here: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/aps/Board.nsf/files/9GEHH5488451/$file/Detailed%20Financial%20Report%20January%20FY%202014%2002%2010%202014.pdf

Ron Price, Chief Human Resources Officer
Update on Project Thrive
{presentaiton will be uploaded to the Talk Up blog later today}

Q&A:

Meister: Have you surveyed our principals to date on how this roll-out has worked for them?

Price: I would wait until June/July – we just rolled out this model so we are not quite ready for surveys.  In HR, we are not the experts in hiring teachers, we are the experts in getting applicants to the hiring officials.  We screen based on minimal qualifications.

Davis: The principal’s advisory committee has a sub-committee that focuses on hiring.  Mr. Price makes a good point, the process we have for hiring is labor intensive.

Collins:  What is your priority right now?  Management, solidifying systems, strengthening the centers of expertise…

Price:  We are working on cross-training – our priority is working on our information systems – an employee relations tracking tool that isn’t on a spreadsheet.  Next is the centers of expertise.  That’s where we touch C&I.  We really need the principal links and other pieces in place…

Grant:  The Inman principal process – going on the website I see that it is a difficult to find this information – where are we on this?

Price:  That position will be posted this week.  That will trigger a new principal search process.

Davis:  We want to be careful about the postings, the timings of them and how long they are left open.  Whether in leadership like it or not, people are attracted by the top leader.  You are on schedule to name someone soon as top leadership and that may enhance our pool of applicants.  We would like to fill these vacancies without going into the next year with interims and we can/will involve the community in this process robustly.  We will get names, vet them and make sure they are qualified to do the job — then take those candidates out to the community.  We want to present a pool of people we know can do the job.  We look at issues from different perspectives.  Community often looks at whether the principal will “fit” into the school.  We will look at technical and academic things.

Price speaks to the fact that many positions in HR will disappear when Race to the Top grant dollars disappear at the end of the school year.

Briscoe-Brown:  Are you anticipating meeting your FY15 budget?

Price:  No, I am not.  We could be 2-300k over as it relates to the budget.

Briscoe-Brown:  When would you be able to give us those figures?

Price:  I can try for next week.

English:  I want to make sure we always follow-up on requests like that on our end.  If you are still adding people will you be able to realistically let us know where you will end up (number of employees in the department).

Price:  Yes, I think I can give you that data.

Davis:  We will commit to doing that but I don’t want to minimize what he said earlier which is the disappearance of Race to the Top money and Gates money and the exiting of people who are solely grant funded.  When this was approved it was known that some of the people were here on soft money.  The (past) board was told that, but those were estimates of when that would happen and what the cost would be.  We will get you the data, however, the variance will not push us over an overall budget number.

–End of Presentations–

Committee of the Whole now beginning.

Board has added an item to the agenda – they would like to talk about an exit strategy for the superintendent.

Gains and Losses has been pulled for discussion.

Both motions carry.

Item 2.01 – Pulled by BOE

Item 3.o1

THE SUPERINTENDENT REPORTS:

Computers for Youth has implemented a Digital Learning Program in some middle schools that includes the following: 1) Blended Learning Consulting, providing individualized support for math teachers; 2) Educator Workshops, providing support and motivation for teachers as they integrate digital learning into the instructional practice; and 3) Family Learning Workshops, providing parents educational strategies and resources that they can use at home to support academic achievement.  Upon completion of the Family Learning Workshop, parents are given refurbished computers for at-home use.  Multiple schools may be interested in receiving the services offered by Computers for Youth, therefore authorization is being requested to establish a district wide agreement.  For continuity of services, Computers for Youth is considered to be a single source vendor.

RECOMMENDATION:  That the superintendent be authorized to enter into and execute a contract with Computers for Youth to provide Blended Learning Consulting, Educator Workshops and Family Learning Workshops. This contract shall be for one (1) year with one (1) one-year available option to be exercised at the discretion of the superintendent.  This contract is conditional upon the firm’s ability to comply with requirements set forth in the contract.

REASON: To provide individualized support for math teachers, parental technology training, and educator workshops.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: The estimated annual cost of this contract is $300,000.

FUNDING SOURCE: Funds are available from Title I Funds.

Item 3.02

E SUPERINTENDENT REPORTS: The Atlanta Public Schools Human Resource (HR) division proposes to implement the Infor (US), Inc., Enwisen Answer Source Human Resource Service Delivery suite to the district. This software tool will allow HR to transform our technology infrastructure and the way we deliver services to our employees by simplifying processes and reducing costs. It will also enhance the on-boarding/off-boarding experience by creating a paperless online process. Utilizing Infor (US), Inc. as the single source for this service will ensure continuity of service and compatibility with the district’s existing Infor (US), Inc. HR system. The following modules will be implemented:

  • On-boarding/Off-boarding Solution – allows new employees the ability to complete all forms and training online before reporting to work. Employees separating from the district will have a streamlined process to follow based on their specific job duties using the internet.

RECOMMENDATION: That the superintendent be authorized to enter into and execute a contract with Infor (US), Inc., to provide implementation services for the Enwisen HR Service Delivery Suite.  This contract shall be for one (1) year with two (2) one year available options to be exercised at the discretion of the superintendent.  This contract is conditional upon the firm’s ability to comply with requirements set forth in the contractual document.

REASON: That the superintendent be authorized to enter into and execute a single source contract with Infor (US), Inc., as the implementation partner for the Enwisen HR Service Delivery Suite.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:The annual cost of this contract for year one is $297,660. Option years two and three are $100,000 annually.               

FUNDING SOURCE: Implementation cost will be covered by Race to Top federal fund account number 416-2734-6120.  Subscription cost will be covered by general fund account number 100-9645-6120.

This ends the consent agenda.

Meister asks for an exit strategy for the superintendent.  Superintendent Davis is planning a complete set of briefings for the BOE beginning when the new superintendent arrives.

Davis:  In terms of open projects, we have all of that tracked.  It is pretty extensive and available now.

Meister:  The Board development committee is meeting tomorrow, perhaps we can do a bullet point to make sure everything the board wants covered is covered.

English:  I would say, as a good starting point, when you initially got here we were doing 30/60/90 day updates that gave us key priorities, open projects and it was pretty extensive.  That may be a good launching point – for everyone to review.  You can take a look at that and see what is missing.

English says that committee reports will be requested during old business.

Westmoreland:  If we had questions about the opening comments of the superintendent would it be appropriate to ask those?

English:  To the extent that they are specific personnel questions, we should ask those questions in executive session.  To the extent they are process questions they can be asked after we come out from executive session.

Esteves asks that the BOE look into specific policies around the noticing of meetings – with an agenda – so that things are not left to the last minute.

Esteves:  I want to change that (last minute notice) so that the community has time to plan for meetings.

–BOE is entering into executive session–

6:30pm – Board has returned from executive session

BOE member Eshe Collins acknowledges today as Read Across America Day.

Kindergarten students from Perkerson Elementary School, one of two dual language immersion schools in APS, are demonstrating their mastery of the Spanish language for the audience.

Board member Steven Lee presents the girls basketball champions for APA, the Lady Eagles of Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy!

The district also celebrates the boys middle school champions of Young Middle School!

Steven Lee acknowledges the life, service and death of Annette W. Thomas with a presentation of a resolution to the family.  Ms. Thomas retired from E. Rivers Elementary after 45 years of service in education.

The community meeting will now begin.

Parent: There is a major disconnection of communication between district, school and parents.  Many parents want to help improve their children’s school.  The district should go beyond the narrow definition of parental involvement by identifying concrete ways to form partnerships with parents.  If we want a better school system, it will take a collaborative effort by everyone involved.  I think the board should look at and amend the parental involvement piece as it relates to travel.

Student:  I am an 8th grader at Inman middle school.  My classmates and I have learned a lot about being adaptable and flexible.  At Morningside I had 4 different principals.  My friends at SPARK had 5.  As middle school approached I assumed I would have Dr. Bockman like my siblings, but she was moved to Coan.  Then I had Ms. Herrema who left in December.  Now I have Mr. Kenner.  I am looking forward to going to Grady, but I don’t want to start my high school career with another interim principal.  The class of 2018 needs stability, Grady needs stability.  It looks like the  class of 2018 will have 8 or 9 principals before we graduate.  Don’t remove our principal before the new superintendent arrives. Let him or her decide those changes.

Student:  I am a senior at Grady High School and I am worried and concerned that the board is looking at a change with my principal.  Everything I’ve done at Grady has been impacted, influenced or in some way shaped by my principal.  For the board to sit while my principal has been taken down by the school district I see that to be a problem.  As a senior, I am asking you to reconsider all of the changes you have proposed within the leadership of these high schools.  Look at the staff who will stand by their principal.  Look at the students.

Grady graduate speaks about his experience at the high school under the current principal.  Asks that the superintendent builds up the district during his last few months, not tear it down.

Student:  This type of abrupt principal removal happened recently and last year to our past principal (at Therrell High School).  The removal of our principals are unethical and irresponsible.  Some of our finest administrators have been removed from our school.  When you remove principals using this method you leave schools in an uproar.  Our schools should not be treated as franchises of larger corporate companies.  Our principal was doing a great job boosting morale and giving Therrell a positive image.

Grady graduate tells the superintendent to use his former principal as an “asset” and that he is not the enemy.

Brandon Elementary Parent: I want to commend you for your courage to the new changes.  I greatly appreciate it.  There are children out there who are not being served and you are not going to hear from those parents because there is retaliation.  It is real.  I am speaking up as a social worker.  My children have been humiliated in front of other students and teachers and for once you have come to answer my plea.  I understand that some children are getting what they need, but we need to stand up for those who are not.  I am an advocate not only for my kid but for all kids who are not being offered a safe environment in which to learn.  I am hear to speak for those parents who are afraid to speak out.

Teacher:  I am a teacher at Grady high school and I am here to speak about other children who get overlooked.  During the time I’ve been at Grady I’ve worked for  the full spectrum of students being served.  I want to talk about the great achievements of all of our students.  Last year Grady High graduated 82% of its economically disadvantaged students.  We have students with disabilities.  APS graduates 15% of its students with disabilities.  Grady graduates 55% of its students with disabilities, higher than all other schools in APS.  This achievement is not an accident.  It is a top down culture led by the  leader at our school.

Parent:  I am a parent and business partner at D.M. Therrell High School.  In my opinion, the students in the southwest region are being hindered from receiving a quality education due to political decisions.  The instability of leadership in the Therrell cluster is unacceptable.  In the past 5 years my son has had 5 principals.  Our principal has done an excellent job and I am going on record to ask the board to reinstate our principal.

Washington Alumni: I am here tonight to thank superintendent Davis and his administration for the courage and bravery it took to make the decision that was made last week concerning the administration in the Washington cluster.  I want to thank you for your leadership and foresight toward future goals of the cluster. I would also like to ask that the decision to close Kennedy by reconsidered and tabled so that we might bring the administration and the board a workable plan to keep Kennedy a viable asset to the community.We are asking that the board keeps the existing budget for Kennedy which will allow the students, parents, stakeholders, business partners and the district come up with a plan that fits the needs of all that are involved.

Parents says that superintendent was hired to do one thing and one thing only.  It was not to make sweeping changes throughout the district.

Mays parents says that district is not following its own strategic plan by informing parents of changes within the leadership of the school.

Toomer parent says that the K-8 process in the Coan cluster has not been completed.  If K-8 is not viable for the Jackson cluster, why was it a viable choice for Centennial Elementary?

Parent:  Today, I think that as we move thru trust of APS, I commend Mr. Davis for working until the last day.  I think that some of the changes you are making are great changes.  What we have not done is learned from our past lessons.  (Parent says that parents should have been involved before/during/after principals were notified about leadership changes).

Parent:  I’ve got several concerns.  The board and administration are not on the same page as it relates to Brandon and the changes that are planned.  The city elected you on a platform of transparency and right now there has not been transparency and nothing has changed since the election.  Substantial changes are being made by a superintendent who only has 3 months left.  There must be some accountability on this issue.  These are not human resource decisions these are policy decisions. [Note: APS confirms and stands by its previous statement that all principal changes are personnel decisions]

APS statement on personnel changes in the district:  https://talkupaps.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/aps-makes-personnel-changes-new-principals-will-lead-several-schools-in-2014-2015-school-year/

Community member asks that the board looks into Forrest Hill Academy and find out how many students have benefited from the program and how many have been transferred back to their home school.

Parent:  The local school council of Mays High is aware of the changes being proposed to our school.  It is imperative that we be involved in the discussion of leadership changes at our school.  We request your presence at our school to discuss your plan for future leadership and the role of the LSC in the decision-making process.

Parent:  I know that we cannot address particular HR issues in this forum but I hope we can address children issues.  I have watched the events unfold in our cluster over the past 2 weeks and have waited for APS to respond, to no avail.  The students of the Mays cluster are in mourning.  We are hurting and it doesn’t seem like any of you care.

Parent:  There is something that is being done right now that is possibly throwing the system into even more turmoil than we have witnessed over the past 3 years.  I want to talk about the hard decision we made a year ago.  We decided to extend the contract of the superintendent.  [Thanks supt. Davis for his service] We made that decision for two compelling reasons.  Continued stability for the system and out of deference for the new board.  We recognized that it was not logical for us to choose a new superintendent when you were coming in.  Think about that same logic and apply it to the situation we are in right now.  That new superintendent has the right…and needs to own any instructional decisions made by the district.  This new superintendent will be working with our principals and should be making the decision about principals.  A year ago we made a hard decision.  You did not want to be a permanent superintendent but you had brought stability to the district at a time it needed it.  So I ask you board again, we made that decision a year ago based on stability.  You are reaching a time of transition.  I am talking about all schools, but I would like to talk about one school in particular.  I’ve been involved with Grady High School for 14 years.  I have fallen in love with the students, principal and the school.  Our kids from Grady do amazing things but that is not why I fell in love with the school.  It has a principal that empowers teachers to engage kids.  Grady is a vibrant high school and those things don’t happen by accident they happen because of great leadership.

Parent:  I am concerned in my community with the process that is taking place.  The process is broken and has caused a lot of pain.  Mr. Davis you said earlier that the decisions that were made in the best interest of the children when I haven’t relinquished that control of my child to you.  It is my responsibility to make sure my kids are educated and it is your job.  We are letting you know that we are not relinquishing our rights to participate in this process.  I ask you to follow your own advice, stand behind what you say and realize how important trust is.

Superintendent:  We will be having a series of 5 meetings beginning Wednesday and Thursday of this week followed by 4 regional meetings where we will describe the principal hiring process, host discussions about academic and non academic concerns and share timelines.

Community meeting has ended.

–Break–

10:30pm – The BOE continues to meet in closed session.

11:15pm – BOE is back in session.

The superintendent welcomes the district’s new CIO, Tony Hunter and introduces him to the audience.

The superintendent congratulates employee Lillian Harris.  She has been has been selected to serve as an ambassador to the White House as part of The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Read more about her big accomplishment here:  http://wp.me/pAWvG-546

11:25 – Legislative Meeting

Announcements:

In March we celebrate Read Across America Day, Women’s History Month, National Social Workers Month

English:  We support our superintendent as he makes hard decisions.  Our ability to make decisions depends on the trust the community has in us.  We will take steps to be transparent.

The superintendent gives opening remarks for the televised broadcast.  Please refer to the top of the blog to read those comments.

Associate Superintendent Steve Smith recognizes BOE members.  This is done yearly in the month of March.

One item has been removed from Gains and Losses – updated document has been posted online.

11:54: BOE approves consent agenda.

BOE member Meister speaks about the need for a transition plan for superintendent Davis.

BOE now giving committee updates. Check the Board of Education website for updates on meeting times, agendas and minutes.

BOE member Westmoreland speaks about the leadership changes announced last week by the district.

Westmoreland:  I believe we owe it to the public to have as public of a conversation as possible.  I was wondering what steps we plan to take to communicate with the schools in question.

Davis:  We cannot turn back the clock, but we are going to have meetings with school leadership groups to explain the processes we use both in terms of what goes into a decision as well as what are the next steps, what are the timing of those next steps and also to listen to whatever other concerns, academic or non-academic and we are starting that process this week.  We certainly could have done better in terms of communication and given an opportunity to explain the process it will give us the chance to explain that these are not unreasoned decisions.

Davis:  The use of the term “new direction” is disturbing.  The language “new direction” was used in a previous set of circumstances, however we purposely did not use that language when we made recent leadership changes.  There is no “new direction” being sought.  Having said that we have put some extraordinary new principals in place at schools such as Jackson HS and North Atlanta and after getting to know what the community wanted to improve, those schools have taken what can be considered new directions.  However we are not contemplating any new directions.  I have some concerns about the “new direction” language being used.  That was not a reason given for a leaders when they met with our team.

Davis: I gave a speech last year that we had changed out almost 75% of our principals.  40 principals were removed in the first month or two that I was here, almost all associated with CRCT.  Over the past 3 years we’ve changed out 27 principals, an average of 9 per year (not associated with CRCT).  This is not a sudden wholesale of change, this is in fact a smaller amount this year than in the past.

Davis:  The state has told us that we have to replace all interims at non-performing schools and one permanent at a non-performing school for a total of 10 replacements due to the school turnaround process.

12:27 – adjourn

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  1. Mattie Terry

    Unbelievable that you would continue on the same path after pleas from the students, parents and community and that the board approves this direction. Obviously, our concerns means nothing and that you were just going through formality having the meetings.

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