School Board meetings have become increasingly agitated and a confrontational environment has developed. As President of the Board,Ihave asked the Trustees to always maintain a professional demeanor. I want to ask the same from those who attend. We must re-establish trust in our relationships, and accept that we are all acting in good faith, even when we disagree.
I would like to report the actions already taken and some ideas for the future:
1. A Climate Survey is being developed with a third party facilitator, and will be distributed to teachers, staff, and parents throughout the District. The results of that survey will be made available to all, and will help guide the actions of our Board and administration.
2. The District Website has been redesigned to make information more accessible. Individual Trustee e-mail addresses have been added; messages will be received directly by individual Trustees for more rapid response.
3. An Adopt a School program is under consideration for discussion with a vote in the near future. This would assign one Trustee to eachcampus for more direct communication and support.
4. We are looking at parent-suggested committee structures to address specific issues on a problem-solving, ad-ho.c basis.
5. We are scheduling a board training session with the California School Board Association in March that addresses board responsibilities and protocols. In addition, Vice-President Ferrario and I will be attending a two-day training on "Board Presidency", also in March.
I plan to provide a Statement from the Board on the website at least twice per month. This will serve to keep you update on progress and discuss new initiatives.
I am grateful to be a part of our Board of Trustees, even during these difficult times. I am proud to be the President this year and our Trustees look forward to working collaboratively towards satisfactory and permanent solutions.