Here are the highlights of the meeting:
All board members were present.
There was special recognition tonight for the elementary robotics teams. Many of the teams got trophys in local competitions, and the Wallace Team went downstate.
Item 3, concerning negotitiations with the Transportation employees has been moved to the next regular meeting. Item 13, authorization for attendance and payment for legitimate expenses for board member Cindy Murphy to attend the ISBA Board Member Leadership Seminar in Indianapolis has been pulled. Ms. Murphy stated that it appears a lot of her authorizations/requests are pulled from the Consent Agenda.
There will be a Public Work Session for discussing NEOLA on Wednesday January 11, 2012 at 5:30pm at 41 Williams Street.
The next regular School Board meeting will be Monday January 23, 2012 6pm 41 Williams Street.
Public Expression 2nd Session(no speakers 1st session):
Carlotta King talked about new opportunities for Hammond children at a new facility,CDF(sp), which is a dance center, but also offers Modeling, Martial Arts,and Mandarin Chinese. She said several Principals have enquired about this for their students, and she requested permission for the info to be available at the schools.
Raymond Fletcher talked about the "brain drain" in our area. He said we need to keep our talent here, and suggested we start offering more math, science, and expect greater student acheivement. He said that most of the products we all buy, are made in China, and should be made here. He also commented on the lack of access to the internet for students to do their homework, now that the library branches have closed.
Congratulations to all the students honored this evening !!!
IMO, ALL trips to seminars or whatever need to be cancelled for ALL board members, except for training neccessary by the decree of the statutes considering board members, in the State of Indiana. Save the taxpayers some money !!!
Raymond Fletcher is right again. He hit the nail on the head. We need to concentrate more on the real scholastics, and give our students incentive to stay here. As for the internet, he is on the mark with that. Most students must have internet access, or they cannot do their homework.