Beaverton School Board has a Full Agenda By
on February 20, 2012
Like a family torn by unspoken shame, the Beaverton School Board will assemble publicly and behave as if all is well at home. A brave public face.
These folks, with vast influence and power over the livelihoods of so many Beaverton citizens, will make decisions tonight that will affect the futures of hundreds--no, thousands of others.
The agenda will include a visit from a prominent state-level education official so the publicity will be heightened. This is BSD PR whiz Maureen Wheeler at work.
Everyone will put on a brave face, occasionally fidgeting and looking away from all the cameras, and all of them will try to forget, for a while, the secrets they keep.
Secrets that led to Ms. Shultz's departure. Secrets that maintain the facade of functionality for a VERY expensive public enterprise.
But Lisa is leaving...and why?
Mr. Ben Cannon, the new face of Oregon education reform, will address an assortment of people gathered tonight. Many of these educators and board members are prominent in our community, but they are people who have systematically placed themselves first in line at the Beaverton public education buffet for many years.
An identifiable problem Mr. Cannon could easily address in his public appearance tonight is the number of conflicts-of-interests that are present when the Beaverton School District leadership congregates.
And how much money the secretive BSD leaders are able to spend unaccountably, to hide unsavory personnel issues that might taint Ms. Wheeler's scripted public images.
A lot of big decisons will be made when the Family gets together tonight...
But Lisa is leaving...and why?
Without oversight and accountability for school administrators in the Beaverton School District, education reform is smokescreen hypocrisy that taxpayers can no longer afford.
The Beaverton School Board has a packed agenda Tuesday night, ranging from a presentation by Gov. Kitzhaber's education advisor and appointing a new school board member to decisions on eminent domain and student transfers.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is estimated to end around 10 p.m. at the district administration office.
Ben Cannon, Education Advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber, will speak about proposed changes and reforms to the State Educational Model, which includes 40-40-20 Goal, No Child Left Behind waiver application, district achievement compacts, among other topics.
The board will discuss the new out-of-district student transfer law, and the options Beaverton is considering related to the law, passed by the 2011 Legislature.
Until the law passed, a family needed permission from both their home school district and the school district where they wanted to enroll their child before the student could transfer to the new district. If a home district refused to release the student, the family could pay roughly $6,000 in tuition to attend the new school or stay at the home district for free.
School boards have until March 1 to declare how many seats at each school they are willing to offer to students outside their boundaries.
Around 9:30 p.m., the board will appoint a new board member to replace Lisa Shultz, who resigned in November. The board interviewed six candidates for the spot.
The board will also make a decision on whether to use its eminent domain authority to obtain property for a future high school. The property is north of SW Scholls Ferry Road and Roy Rogers Road.
The board will receive updates on the Whitford Middle School standards-based learning pilot, which is a proficiency-based program for students.
See: "RETIRING TEACHERS CREATE SCHOOL SURPLUS"
Anitha Reddy Oregonian October 28, 2004
See also: TeachingintheShadowoftheSwoosh.blogspot.com