School Board Meeting -- Monday, June 8

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Steve Piazza

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Jun 5, 2009, 4:44:54 PM6/5/09
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There is a meeting of the SCASD Board of Directors scheduled for
Monday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room at 131 W. Nittany
Avenue. The agenda can be found here:

http://www.scasd.org/2497_7587161156/blank/browse.asp?A=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&C=50236

You'll see that math is not on the agenda, but the Board always allows
time at the beginning of each meeting for "Open Discussion", during
which anyone can have 5 minutes to address the Board on topics not on
the agenda. If you want to speak, simply show up a few minutes early
and indicate to Rick Madore that you would like to speak.

Before the last Board meeting, Dr. Madore asked us to arrange four
speakers representing the perspective of the petition signers so that
the meeting wouldn't go too late. This was a fair request, but I know
that there were parents there who wanted to be heard but who did not
get to speak. We're in a quiet period right now while we await the
math action plan promised by Superintendent Best on May 18 and the
Board's vote on June 22, but this would be a great opportunity to be
heard and to re-emphasize the importance of this issue to the Board.

Steve

Osana

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Jun 5, 2009, 6:06:06 PM6/5/09
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Steve,

To me it looks like Math is on the agenda:

VI. INFORMATION/DISCUSSION
A. Update on Elementary Math Curriculum Action Plan. Patricia Best and
Pamela Francis will provide an update on the development of the
Elementary Mathematics Action Plan.

Thanks,
Osana

TAYLOR AITKEN GREER

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Jun 5, 2009, 6:26:52 PM6/5/09
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Osana,

Hats off to you for watching the School Board's ever changing agenda!  This update will be delivered before the meeting with our representatives on the evening after.  That also means that no one can speak at the "open mike" session at the beginning of the meeting since math is ON the agenda.

Taylor

Steve Piazza

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Jun 5, 2009, 10:47:11 PM6/5/09
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Whoops - I missed that. I'm not sure what this means about when the
public can speak. I'll try to get clarification from Rick Madore and
post back here.

Steve

Steve Piazza

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Jun 6, 2009, 8:24:04 PM6/6/09
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Rick Madore confirms that comments on the math will be heard when the
math action plan is discussed by the Board. This is the first
"Information/Discussion" item, but there is a lot of other business
first, so it is heard to say exactly when math will come up.

Steve

Susan Smith

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Jun 7, 2009, 9:43:49 PM6/7/09
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Dr. Pam Francis's presentation for tomorrow night is available at this
link:
http://www.scasd.org/2497_7587161156/lib/2497_7587161156/math.pdf

It gives no specifics of the action plan.

Susan

Steve Piazza

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Jun 8, 2009, 5:00:43 PM6/8/09
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Pam Francis of SCASD estimates that the math discussion by the Board
will take place around 8:25 to 8:40 tonight, with comment from the
public to follow. Pam and Patricia Best will provide an update to the
Board on the progress toward an Action Plan on math, but that plan is
not going to be unveiled for another week.

At the May 18 meeting there was an arrangement in place to hear from
predesignated speakers, but that is not the case tonight. If you want
to be heard by the Board, this would be a great opportunity.

Steve

Osana

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Jun 10, 2009, 1:02:24 PM6/10/09
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FYI CDT has an article on the last SCASD board meeting :
http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/story/1334277.html

Osana
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