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Monday, August 24, 2009

BOE 08-09 Self-Evaluation: Board and Community

The final section of our Board Self-Evaluation for 2008-2009 covered the relationship between the Board and the Community. Here is how we scored ourselves. (Note: 4 = Commendable, 3 = Good, 2 = Adequate, 1 = Unsatisfactory. Also,the presentation and discussion of this evaluation took place at the Board meeting on 7/20, and you can watch the video by clicking here.)

Section IX: Board and Community:

Our Board:
1. acts as representatives for every child in our school district. 3.8 (3)
2. anticipates community issues and trends affecting our district. 3.2 (1)
3. encourages community involvement in the district. 3.3 (1)
4. promotes community use of school facilities. 3.6 (3)
5. builds partnerships with the community, business and governmental leaders. 2.9 (1)
6. provides opportunity for meaningful parental involvement. 3.1 (2)
7. has an effective community relations program. 2.7 (1)

As a board member, I:
A. maky my decisions based on what is best for every child in the entire district. 3.4 (3)
B. listen to, and consider, community input while guarding my statutory decision-making authority. 3.2 (2)
C. promote the positive image of the district within the community. 3.6 (3)

Perhaps not surprisingly, communications -- at least in my personal opinion -- is an area that still needs work, in spite of the progress we've made (and I do think we've made progress).

So that concludes my reporting of our Board Self-Evaluation process, which was discussed at the Board of Ed meeting on July 20. As we finalize our goals for the 2009-2010 school year, I'll keep you posted on those and how they relate to this evaluation.

Enjoy the last few days of summer :(


Sean McCooe said...

Communications without fear- how about a 311 line?

Joseph Alvaro said...

You're kidding, right.

Laurie said...

Are you asking Sean or me?

Joseph Alvaro said...

Laurie, I am asking you.

As a group, if I were your teacher, except for #4 you would have received C's in most cases and D's in a few others.

The lack of intellectual curiosity and vigor is astounding. The board believes whatever its told by its administrators at Cottage Place. If you'd like, I'd be happy to share my observations with you over a soda or coffee.

Laurie said...

Joseph, I would be happy to meet with you. Please email me directly at lauriegood@mac.com and we'll set something up, if you're still interested.