Sutherland for Schools blog
At the "information" tab, which is still technically "data".
Board and community came together last night to halt progress toward merging our two alternative schools. The public testimony against putting the two schools together was exemplary, I thought--different citizens with different perspectives all agreed that it was a BAD proposal. Thanks to each of you who testified and to Trustee Ramos who led from the board. He met with heads of our university training programs to learn of their opposition to this proposal.
Sutherland for Schools has pushed for sufficient teacher substitutes since the 2012-13 year, when it became evident that the district's shortage indefensible. Last year, in response to continued problems, District staff reduced requirements for substitutes, raised salaries some, and increased the number of pyramid substitutes. They stated they believed these measures would enable us to reduce the percentage of unavailable substitues to less than 5 percent of the requests.
On Monday morning I received an email from one of our substitutes that there were many unfilled substitute requests from absent teachers that were not being fillled. She said the sub caller had not notified her.
From today's New York Times:
Held at 12:00 p.m. in the Board Library. Closed.
An issue has arisen regarding the process HCM uses to ensure that our staff all possess valid teaching credentials. This is because a recent audit revealed that 21 coaches were teaching without valid credentials. The Texas Education Code prohibits paying anyone who teaches in a position requiring a valid credential who does not have a valid credential. So FWISD was in violation of the Code.
Several days ago, a reader of this blog asked whether there was a delay in installing the surveillance equipment at our elementary schools. FWISD promised to complete the first few schools in Feb. Here is Mr. Cavazos' response:
The agenda and board book are online and available on the "data" tab.
Please come by Blue Mesa, 1700 University at University Village, 4-6 p.m.Thursday for the (belated) campaign kickoff. $25 donations accepted. Yard signs available free, plus beer, soft drinks and some eats.
I have sent the following request for information to Dr. Linares:
I am reading many comments regarding fights and other disturbances at Paschal and other high schools. I want to review them.
Please send me copies of all office referrals involving student behavior at Paschal High School between the August 2014 start of school and March 6, together with the report(s) of action taken in each case.
Because the names will be redacted, I would like the data to be numbered for reference.
I need this information prior to the March 24 board meeting.
Thank you for your assistance.
Readers, we've got a really busy three months coming up, with elections, decisions about our superintendent search, and the budget. I'll be asking for changes in the budget which reflect classroom needs.
The snow and FWISD's cancellation means we need to postpone. The new date, for your calendars, is Thurs Mar 19th 4:30-6:30 at Blue Mesa.