January 9, 2023 Summary

HIGHLIGHTS: New School Board Members (6:25); Leadership Election (6:31, 6:34, 6:35); Releasing Information Prior to School Board Meetings (7:08); Discussion of my Meeting Summaries (7:16) The following is my summary of the public school board meeting, not the official meeting minutes (which will be released one month from now). My personal thoughts and opinions areContinue reading “January 9, 2023 Summary”

December 12, 2022 Summary

HIGHLIGHTS: Tabled policy 2432 (6:51); Summary of district priorities from survey (6:54); Increase in substitute pay (7:03); Retirement of orchestra teacher (7:05) 6:32 – The school board meeting was called to order. The board was asked to approve the agenda and the minutes from the November 14, 2022 meeting. They changed the room set-up replacingContinue reading “December 12, 2022 Summary”

November 14, 2022 Summary

HIGHLIGHTS: 10 Year Capital Improvement Plan and recommendation for Happy Hollow Building (6:47); Discussion on West Lafayette School Education Foundation (7:27); Changes to Accounts Payable (7:39)  6:30 – The school board meeting was called to order. The board was asked to approve the agenda and the minutes from the October 10, 2022 meeting. Springer joinedContinue reading “November 14, 2022 Summary”

October 10, 2022 Summary

HIGHLIGHTS: Increasing Class Size (7:22); Demolishing Portion of Happy Hollow Discussed (7:35); Increase in Teacher Salary (7:50); School Calendars for 2023-24 and 2024-25 (8:02) 6:32 – The school board meeting was called to order. There was a moment of silence for the Purdue student killed last week. 6:33 – The board was asked to approveContinue reading “October 10, 2022 Summary”

September 21, 2022 Work Session/Public Budget Hearing

HIGHLIGHTS: Fiscal Plan (6:36); Enrollment and Transfer Students (6:42); State Funding –  Foundation and Complexity (7:30); Referendum Funding (7:38) 6:34 – There is no voting at work sessions and they announced that there would be no official minutes or recording. The only item on the agenda is the public hearing for the 2023 budget. I’mContinue reading “September 21, 2022 Work Session/Public Budget Hearing”

Our Teachers Union

My view is that a strong teachers union is an important way for teachers to improve their work environment (which is our students’ learning environment). Each year I was a teacher, I was a dues-paying member of the teachers union. I served as a representative on the state-mandated discussion committee, which is a monthly meetingContinue reading “Our Teachers Union”

Transfer Student Policy

Our school board has not set a transfer student policy to govern how many transfer students to accept and how to select which applicants will be allowed to enroll. Decisions are left to the discretion of the superintendent with no oversight. An optimal policy would probably accept some transfer students in order to balance studentContinue reading “Transfer Student Policy”

September 12, 2022 Summary

HIGHLIGHTS: New Hire for Student Mental Health Support (6:31); Transfer Student “Policy” (6:42); Budget Hearing and $9.5 million Proposed Capital Expenditure (6:51) 6:30 – The school board meeting was called to order. The board was asked to approve the agenda and the minutes from the August 8, 2022 meeting. Voted 7 out of 7 6:31Continue reading “September 12, 2022 Summary”

Small Town School Board Campaigns

I am running for one of the three open WLCSC school board seats and will be on the ballot November 8, 2022! This isn’t my first time running for the school board; I was one of 15 candidates in the election two years ago and was very close to winning a seat. Participating in thatContinue reading “Small Town School Board Campaigns”

August 8, 2022 Summary

HIGHLIGHTS: Reiling Resigns as Legal Counsel (6:42); Additional School Resource Officer (6:52); New Employee Benefits Provider (6:57); Replacing the Air Conditioner at Happy Hollow (7:05); WLES Nature Center Renovation (7:18); RDP-PAC Donor Reappointed to Library Board (7:31); High Teacher Turnover (7:33); Teacher Evaluations (7:44) 6:33 – The school board meeting was called to order. TheContinue reading “August 8, 2022 Summary”