In our case FWISD likes to trick as much as they can and blind you so that you have no idea what is going on. We know not everything is negative but when we see and hear our administration and board members just not quite understand what's before them... it truly is scary!
Sad that when we saw this it reminded us of the one person who has completely caused the many problems in governance at FWISD. We will leave you to think about it for a bit on who it reminds you of and if you don't get the answer right then you have missed out on the mess that has been FWISD.
At our last school board meeting we heard the wonderful things that our two traveled board members brought back from cultural awareness sessions learned in Minneapolis. We completely see that it is important, we have heard many times and all the accolades that it receives but we have not seen it put into practice. Yet again we are using taxpayer money for one or two individuals to get information and it is not trickled down in any way.
Mr. Ramos seems to be on a celebrity tour with all of the culture topics and gaining lots of connections for when, as we have been told, will create his own consulting style of business to do trainings on it. So it's nice to see that we are paying for his future. Then at the board meeting we came into the issue with Washington Heights that apparently is almost $3 million over budget. There is consternation that what was floated to the residents is not what will be given because they have to redesign it to lower cost. There was mention that it should be about equity and we agree but at whose cost or sacrifice? It seems that this one has gotten more attention, in the paper, and other areas for one particular area. If you watch the discussion there seems to be a big disconnect from all parts.
Dr. Avila mentioned that "we need to do a better job of communicating." How interesting that this is exactly what we have asked for, communication and transparency and we have yet to get it. Most importantly we need integrity and honesty about what is happening. A little chuckle came when he mentioned us, not directly, that there is information out there and the district needs to do a better job what we would say containing it. Well thanks for the accolade, our vision is to get the information out to the public.
We hear comments about great presentations but that is not going to get us where we need to be. In all more talk and less action. Oh and there was also a mention about oversight which almost caused us to faint. Maybe just maybe the board finally understands one of their biggest roles is oversight on what occurs in the district.
SCAs continue to haunt our teachers who see this as more and more work and no specifics. We shall see what Sorum conjures up at the next meeting. In the mean time the SCAs walk like a benchmark, written like a benchmark, and quack like a benchmark!
We also have heard and are waiting for confirmation that the district is down $39 million or close to 40 million that was not accounted for. We are not sure if this has been discussed at the board meeting but we know from the people on the ground that a committee or task force is being assembled to help out. It will consist of administrators which will be taken off campus for this and away from the campus where they are needed to monitor instruction. So the pretty picture painted about reserves was always a fluke. Then Sutherland mentioned it on her blog regarding an adjustment made that was an oversight and now we don't have as many reserves in case there is a budget shortfall.
WHICH ONE WOULD YOU LIKE TO DRESS UP AS FOR HALLOWEEN?