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School board to discuss annual goals Thursday

Original post made on Jan 8, 2013

The Palo Alto Board of Education will discuss its annual goals in an all-day retreat at the Garden Court Hotel Thursday, Jan. 10. The open-session agenda includes discussion of board protocols and goals.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 9:40 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by Parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Is this something new, having an outside professional (?) moderator lead the retreat?

Is it something that is a trend on these these retreats, or is it an admission that they are unable to keep on track themselves and need someone to help them toe the line?

I don't mean to be facetious, I am interested. I am also interested to know how much such a moderator costs.


Posted by just wondering, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 8, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Is it common practice to hold open session during the day time? Is it assumed that all public interested in attending the session do not need to work? or can just skip a work day?


Posted by Fred, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I believe it is customary to have a moderator - yes, a professional one. I am pretty certain they had one the last time or the time before that, when I dropped by.

I believe it is customary to have it during the day on a weekday, though I think it is a good point that they may limit attendance. I believe that there are usually only a handful of outside attendees - though given the dryness of the material, I'm not sure changing the time would make much difference. But it might.


Posted by Wayne Martin, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2013 at 10:02 am

Hopefully there will be a public review of last year's goals, achieveents and lack of achievements as a part of this retreat. The lack of transparency at the PAUSD makes it difficult to know what the District is doing, and whether it is actually succeeding in its goals, or just spinning its wheels.


Posted by PA taxpayer, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

As an ex-PAUSD parent and current and past taxpayer, I can't recall how much we get from the state of CA, but recent news reports indicate Governor Brown is exerting himself to take funds from "wealthier" districts and re-distribute ever more to poor ones and those that have "children who come from non-English speaking families." (The Daily News, 1/10/12, p. A4, and other reports)
I know CA's funding schemes for public schools are a bureaucratic mess. I know they change all the time. That doesn't mean the taken funds will go to appropriate uses or that this even makes sense. I particularly object to illegal aliens taking my taxpayer money. That also doesn't mean PAUSD should sit by while money deserving and or allocated to PAUSD gets diverted to other areas, like poor areas such as Oakland, which have a documented history of fraud in the schools to the extreme of having been taken over by higher authorities. I have a low confidence that diverted money to Oakland will go where it ought to go and result in anything meaningful.
What I am getting at is I assume PAUSD will keep as a principal goal the district's duty to local taxpayers to be vigilant at all times, especially concerning Brown's budget shenanigans and overspending. I recall enough to know that it is tricky for district budget/finance personnel to try to guess at the latest schemes of our state legislators and governor. I guess the next is the "May revise," and we don't want PAUSD to have money taken then, so the district needs to stay alert.


Posted by Mom, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Perhaps one goal for next year would be that grades for the first semester are finalized in under one month.


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