I'm not advocating either way on this issue. What I want to point out is that a number of new additions have cropped up in the Transition Plan without any public notice or input. I doubt if more than 20 parents know about them.
I asked Michael DeBell if the Board only sees most presentations the day of the Board meeting and he said yes. I don't know about you but when I am reading something I have to make a decision on but I need to read through something, ponder it and then look through it again. I certainly can't be reading it, listening to a presentation and then trying to put together good questions.
Now these transition changes are not the day of (but some amendments might be) but the additions to the Transition Plan are just a scant few days before.
How is this fair to either the Board members or to parents? This is especially true for parents who were all but promised that the Transition Plan would make everything clear and it hasn't.
(Honestly, want a cottage industry for the next couple of years? Read and know the SAP and the Transition Plan inside out and then do consulting for parents who are confused.)
Lori brought up the issue under the plan for grandfathering K students where it says that they might only have half-day K at some schools. What!?! And when will they tell parents this? Before or after Open Enrollment?
Eliminating full-day K classes (including Pay for K), and offering only half-day K classes at some schools.
Then there's cutting grandfathering of transportation from 2-5 years. That's a big change that parents will have no idea is happening until AFTER the vote.
Then there's the idea of using distance tiebreaker for deciding which grandfathered K sibs get in. (I was told by Sherry it's a lottery but someone here posted something that seemed to contradict that - I can't seem to find it now.)
It is troubling to me that there are still issues coming forth and yet the vote is on Wednesday night. I realize we need to get this done and move forward but these are big decisions for a lot of people to live with from here on out.