Back to Normal (Board Meetings)
Monday's Board meeting was... normal. Aside from one big surprise announcement (see below) it was a straightforward mix of policy readings, administrative oversight, and a wonderful spotlight focus on the CTE (Career Technical Education) program. It was delightfully uneventful.
The two main topics discussed were the latest draft revisions on the school calendar and an incredibly detailed (and sobering) data analysis of the growth projections West Ada can expect within the next decade. Both of these represent a huge amount of work from the Administration, and the Board asked thoughtful, forward-thinking and probing questions on each.
I can't overstate how refreshing this was. The Administration gathered data and presented plans, and the Board focused on processing that information with a long-term strategic focus. Totally absent was the operational micromanagement of the past year or discussion of topics outside education. It was exactly how a School Board is supposed to function.
I expected the first few months to be choppy given the new Trustees/new Leadership, but I’m thrilled that it only took a few weeks for them to hit stride. The meeting was entirely focused on the kids. It was serious. It was strategic. It was normal.
Let's have more of that.