Here are the highlights of the meeting:
All board members were present.
The area of the Career Center that houses the Industrial Maintainance/Welding Program will be remodeled and updated. There will be new booths, filters, repainting, and other upgrades and repairs done. The projected finish date is 2013. The total estimated cost is $250,000.
Public Expression 1st Session:
Mr. Patrick O'Rourke, Teachers Union President, thanked the board and Dr. Watkins for their support on the recent death of Mr. O'Rourke's brother. Mr. O'Rourke also expressed his unhappiness about the 90% of the new teachers hired last year, that had to be let go because of budget restraints. He said that he hoped that some of the 90% could be retained.
There was a modification made to item 13, which was the authorization for the reimbursement of expenses for board member Cindy Murphy to attend the Indiana Department Of Education recognition of Hammond High School on June 28th in Indianapolis. It was changed to reflect the reimbursement of all board members who wish to attend this honorable presentation for Hammond High, not just Cindy Murphy.
There will be a Public Work Session for NEOLA(board policy) on Monday July 2, 2012 5:30pm 41 Williams Street.
The regular board meetings for July are as follows: Wednesday July 11, 2012 5:30pm 41 Williams Street. Monday July 23, 2012 5:30pm 41 Williams Street.
Public Expression 2nd Session:
Mrs. Irene Medoza voiced her concerns about the alleged ongoing problems in the SCH. She cited her concerns about the crime watch meetings held in the Hammond Schools. She says they should be publicized more. She said that during a recent prayer vigil, that a banner was removed at the request of SCH, and that is a possible conflict of religious freedom. She said she supports a Latino Teacher from Hammond High, who is allegedly being harassed for his activism. She was concerned about the billing practice of student fee's. She wondered if the last minute fee's thrown on the bill to parents are legitamate. She was concerned that it appears that Morton is getting a good chunk of the SCH monies, and other schools are not getting their fair share. She also told Dr. Watkins that this is not Nazi Germany, and that people should not be targeted because of their ethnic or racial background.
The remodeling of the Industrial Instruction area of the Career Center is a necessiity for the safety of the students.
90% of the new Teachers being let go is absolutely appalling. How can you attract quality Educators to the SCH, when you present termination numbers like this?
Gee, I wish I could go down to Indy for the presentation/Honor for Hammond High. I think this is WONDERFULL !!!
Mrs. Mendoza, and many other concerned parents and community members, have regularly been voicing their concerns about the alleged ongoing problems. When is the resolution of these problems going to happen?