Youth Risk survey results, assessment calendar for 2016-17 discussed at May 10 school board meeting

BY ELI FRANK — The May 10 school board meeting featured a number of higher profile discussions and announcements, including a summary of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the announcement of the decision of which architecture firm to use for the district facilities update, a presentation on the preliminary budget for next year and updates to district language regarding testing opt-outs. This was the first board meeting with Hilary DeBlois on the board, who was elected in April to fill Colin Plese’s seat after he decided to not seek another term. Because of the changes in composition, the board voted … Continue reading Youth Risk survey results, assessment calendar for 2016-17 discussed at May 10 school board meeting

Election results: Presidential preference primary and 2016 spring elections

Wisconsin voters headed to the polls Tuesday, April 5 to vote in the presidential preference primary, supreme court race, circuit court judicial elections and an assortment of others. Shorewood residents also had the chance to cast their votes for village board and school board. Here are the results, with winners underlined: Shorewood village board (two seats): Tammy Bockhorst (incumbent) (34%), Allison Rozek (37%), Dillon Grimes (29%) Shorewood school board (two seats): , Hilary DeBlois (29%), Joanne Lipo Zovic (incumbent) (37%), Nate Cade (27%) Democratic presidential preference primary: Bernie Sanders (57%), Hillary Clinton (43%) Republican presidential preference primary: Ted Cruz (48%), Donald Trump (35%), John Kasich (14%) Wisconsin supreme court: Rebecca Bradley (52%), JoAnne Kloppenburg (48%) … Continue reading Election results: Presidential preference primary and 2016 spring elections

March 22 school board meeting features presentation from David Bowen

BY ELI FRANK — David Bowen, Democratic state Assemblyman from Milwaukee, attended the March 22 school board meeting, where he give a presentation on the current state of Wisconsin public education to inform the board’s legislative advocacy focus. Bowen touched … Continue reading March 22 school board meeting features presentation from David Bowen

Board not cutting it

The school board recently adopted a Coherence Governing Model, which, according to the district community blog, is “a framework to enable boards to lead the organization through policy.” The board decided to adopt this model in order to monitor the results of their governing more effectively and improve their interactions with the community. Although the Coherence Governance Model includes many different concepts, the developments that we, the editors, believe to be most notable are “linkages” and the speaking limits put on community members in board meetings. The new model uses these linkages as a way for board members and the … Continue reading Board not cutting it

School board adopts new speaking policy

The school board implemented a new public participation policy that allows for public comments at the beginning of the meeting. It consists of five minutes of speaking time per person and three people per side of an issue. “We used to [allow public participation] at the beginning [of the meeting] … then we would also allow comments during discussion and then we would also allow comments at the end,” said Paru Shah, school board president. “And so what we’ve done is essentially move all the comments to one part at just the beginning.” According to Shah, the policy was changed … Continue reading School board adopts new speaking policy