The Board will appoint a new director for Region A tonight. This new school board director will serve out the remaining two years of Keith Knauss’ term. Three strong candidates are seeking the appointment: Elise Anderson, Jeanne Best, and Al Iacocca.
Tonight the administration will present the annual Student Growth and Achievement Report. School-level reports will be delivered by each building principal, analyzing the results of PSSA’s, Keystone Exams, and (for UHS) SATs. Principals will also discuss what they take away from those results and how programs, instruction, or curriculum will be changed to further improve the opportunity for student learning. This is a great opportunity to hear directly from our Principals.
Finally, there may be a vote to add additional supports for the Hillendale 3rd grade, which has class sizes of 24 for Language Arts. The administration, following our class guidelines, has looked carefully at the situation and believes that the best course of action for our students is to keep classes and groupings intact. Some board members want to override the administration, and may force a vote tonight.
I argued last week that such an action is unfair to the students and families at our other schools, and that it is unwise for a board to override routine educational decisions that have been made in good faith by our educational leaders. I have heard from several residents and parents already. If you have a point of view, I would also love to hear from you. You are also invited to address the whole board during public comments, or send a short email in advance to the whole school Board.
You can join in person in the District Office at 7:30pm tonight, or watch via live-streaming from ucfsd.org.