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”

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”

Responses (March 2021)

I sent a follow-up email to school board members. I received a response from Alan Karpick, School Board President. The questions I emailed to the school board members are given in bold, the responses are in italics, and my thoughts are in regular text. 1. At the December and January school board meetings, there wasContinue reading “Responses (March 2021)”

March 1, 2021 Summary

HIGHLIGHTS: Dr. Killion’s “State of the Schools” Address (5:35), Class Size and Teacher Retention (6:22), Higher Spending on Construction because of Cost Increases (6:42), Recent School District Borrowing was not Illegal (6:48), No Ability to Borrow for 18 Years (6:59), Killion wants Happy Hollow remodeled into an Early Childhood Education Center (7:47), Working Together withContinue reading “March 1, 2021 Summary”

Responses (February 2021)

I asked the school board questions about niche.com school rankings and school board work sessions in an email. I received a response on behalf of the school board from Alan Karpick. I then responded with a follow-up question on work sessions and Karen Springer responded. High School Rankings: I have been surprised at how oftenContinue reading “Responses (February 2021)”

February 1, 2021 Summary

HIGHLIGHTS: Offering Online HS Social Studies Summer Courses (6:45), Revisions to Unspecified School Policies (6:49), $300,000 Boiler Replacement at Happy Hollow (6:50), Number of Students (7:03), Resolution Calling for Vaccinations for Teachers (7:13) Location: Happy Hollow Building, LGI Room; At the end of December 2020 SB meeting, Superintendent Killion said that he was looking forContinue reading “February 1, 2021 Summary”

Responses (January 2021)

I spoke at the January 2021 school board meeting and asked to be appointed to the policy committee in order to help review current school policies and recommend changes to the school board. I received an email from Karen Springer stating that they do not allow public appointments.  I sent a follow-up email to schoolContinue reading “Responses (January 2021)”

January 4, 2021 Summary

HIGHLIGHTS: No Change to School Board Leadership (6:35), School Corporation Attorney Pay at $290/Hour (6:43), $65,000 Gift to Pay for Ribbon Cutting Event (6:50), WL City Moving out of Happy Hollow (6:55), Motion to Create the DEI Committee (6:59), Broad Authorization to Transfer Funds Between Account (7:14), My Public Comment on Policy Committee (7:25) Location:Continue reading “January 4, 2021 Summary”

December 7, 2020 Summary

HIGHLIGHTS: Possible Library Lease of Happy Hollow (6:39), Ribbon Cutting for New Construction (6:44), Hiring Dr. Carolyn Johnson to Facilitate DEI Committee (6:49), School District Borrowed $95 Million Over Past 4 Years (6:57), Approval of Unspecified School Policies (7:00), Purchase of Forecast5 Software (7:02), All Teachers and Staff to Receive Same Dollar Amount in TeacherContinue reading “December 7, 2020 Summary”