Monday, July 14, 2014

Thinking ahead


Okay - so this is going to be what we are working on until September 9:

Shall the Board of Directors of the Cedar Falls Community School District in the County of Black Hawk, State of Iowa, be authorized to contract indebtedness and issue General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $118,000,000 to provide funds to construct, build, furnish and equip a new High School building and to improve the site; to construct, build, furnish and equip a new elementary building and to improve the site; to construct, build, furnish and equip additions to North Cedar and Orchard Hill elementary buildings, and to remodel, repair, improve, furnish and equip those buildings and improve those sites; and to remodel, repair, improve, furnish and equip the old high school building for re-use as an educational building and improve the site? 

I am urging people to vote "yes," and we can talk about why - email me and I'd love to get together with you. As far as I'm concerned, this is more important than anything I can help get done while I'm on the board. But we (you and I) also need to talk about what happens after September.

When the board has an official goal, it doesn't go away. When they adopted integration of technology as a goal, for example, it eventually resulted in computers being in our students' hands, both in school and out, and teachers being trained (and this is still going gangbusters) on how best to use these resources to increase student learning, which is bottom line "that's what it's all about *clap* *clap*". There has been one main issue parents have been talking to me about, and another that has become a concern of mine in my time on the board. I'm not going to say what they are right now, because I don't want to bias you. I want to hear from you first.

What's going on? What are you concerned about? What do you think we should be working on in the
2014-2015 academic year?