Archive for January, 2011

Highlights from 1/27/11 school board meeting

January 28, 2011

This month’s articles:

* Budget reductions presented; forecast revised

* Unfunded mandates under consideration

* Superintendent/Treasurer contracts explained

* President Obama makes education a State of the Union centerpiece

* P.I.E. looks for new solutions

This meeting contained two highly notable discussions:  reductions beginning in FY2015/revised five-year forecast and unfunded mandates. Other information included:

  • An update by Pete Leeper of Project Lead the Way.  This is an engineering course provided by Great Oaks.  Now in its third year, it is eligible for certification.  Students may then earn college credit at schools like OSU, Duke and Purdue.  This is only one program Great Oaks provides our students, helping them prepare for the world after high school.
  • The BAC will present its first report, on using artificial turf for the football field, next month.  The following month, their work on 21st century learning skills and citizen-identified savings opportunities should be completed.  All work will be done and presented by April at the latest.
  • I explained the numbers behind the contract changes made to Superintendent Dr. Farrell’s and Treasurer Mr. Seymour’s compensation.  Click here for more information.
  • Approximately 95 students may be redistricted next year from Pattison Elementary to McCormick Elementary, due to severe overcrowding at Pattison.  Two parents expressed their concern about this.  If the board approves the redistricting next month, the administration will work to make this transition as smooth as possible.
  • Jeff Johnson, Operations Manager, has sold some old equipment through an online auction site.  Two old pieces of equipment that had been sitting for years was sold, generating $4,000 in income and reducing our “hidden costs” of keeping the unusable items.  Auctions are the easiest way for school districts to sell unneeded items due to state requirements.  If you are interested in other equipment we will be auctioning (extra food service items, others), visit