Policy Committee Meeting: November 14, 2019

by Lynda Rubin

 The Policy Committee reviews all School District policies, some decades old, to revise, update or eliminate any in order to reflect current needs and practices. Despite repeated requests, copies of policies on the agenda were not available to members of the public in attendance. One binder with one set of the policies under consideration was placed on the desk outside the meeting room with instructions not to remove; that is, there is no way to be in the meeting and review the policy revisions at the same time. APPS continues to ask the Board to provide copies of all meeting materials so that “public engagement” can be more than a slogan.

Present: Co-Chairs Dr. Maria McColgan and Joyce Wilkerson; Committee Members Julia Danzy, Chris McGinley, and Lee Huang. Board Leticia Egea-Hinton and Angela McIver also attended.

District Chief of Staff  Naomi Wyatt made a brief presentation listing proposed revisions to policies to be voted on by the full Board at the November 21 2019 Action Meeting.

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Student Achievement and Support Committee: November 14, 2019

by Lynda Rubin

This was the third and final Committee meeting of the day. Like the others, the pace was brisk, there were few answers to questions posed by members of the public, and there was little dialogue.

Present:  Co-Chairs Dr. Angela McIver and Dr. Chris McGinley, Committee members Mallory Fix Lopez, Julia Danzy and Dr. Maria McColgan. Board members President Joyce Wilkerson and Wayne Walker sat in for most of the meeting.  Minutes of the October 10, 2019 Student Achievement and Support Committee were approved and will be posted on the District website. McGiver announced that, when possible, items to be discussed will be posted one week before the meeting.

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