CSD Community Forum Video – Part I

Garrett notes that Andrea Berry has just posted video of the first portion of City Schools of Decatur’s Tuesday Community Forum online.

The video includes the voices of community members, the CSD Board of Ed, and the Superintendent discussing details of the plan.  Personally, I was very glad to see the Board and Superintendent offer reassurances to the community.  At this point, no one can answer everyone’s acreage questions, and we can each continue to elaborate on our personal comfort levels regarding site size, but I appreciated that the Board and Superintendent were willing to relay their reasons for being comfortable with 5th Avenue’s current size.

I hope everyone with an opinion/interest in the 5th Avenue rebuild will take the time to watch it.

FYI: Andrea pledges that part 2 would be available Friday morning.

Superintendent Defers Own Bonus; Doesn’t Ask For Pay Raise

From the agenda of the next school board meeting…

Requested Action

2)Awarding the Superintendent 96.7% of the Performance Bonus for successfully meeting goals for the 2008-2009 school year;

3)The Superintendent’s request to defer the Performance Bonus Award until the end of the 2009-2010 school year so the health of the budget can be adequately assessed.

Financial Impact

The contract states that the Board may award up to $20,000 to the Superintendent for meeting the performance goals. It should be noted that [at] the 2008 Retreat, the Superintendent met a substantial percentage of the stated goals and refused to accept the approximate award of $15,000.

It should also be noted that the Superintendent did not request a raise and her salary will remain as per the 2008-2009 contract. However, teachers and staff received an approximate bump of 2.5%.

And that was done in spite of a larger than expected ($6.4 million) fund balance, which is the focus of another agenda item that looks to reduce the fund balance by over $1 million to $5.6 million infusing that money back into the system after the $2 million cuts earlier this year.  (see Agenda Action Item “a” for more details)

School Board To Vote On Annexation Tonight

Just a reminder:  The Decatur School Board will vote tonight on whether to support Superintendent Edwards’ opposition to annexation. Westchester 6:30pm.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say the board will give their full support to the Superintendent.

Budget cuts, along with all the new charter school implementations, are probably enough current stresses on the school system.  Board members aren’t going to gladly take on an annexation plan that dramatically increases enrollment, especially when the number of added students is still so widely disputed.

But hey, I’ve been wrong before.