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Jefferson County School Board
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Subject: CASB, 26 Initiatives, 12/12/19 Board Meeting
My term on the board has gotten off to a fast start. Last week I attended the Colorado Association of School Boards convention where I took their new board member training. My experience is in corporate governance, so it was interesting to learn more about the “policy governance” approach used by school boards.
Key Takeaway: Policy governance gives more power to superintendents relative to corporate CEOs, and the flow of information to board members is less fluid.
On Friday, the board met with Dr. Glass and Dr. McDermott (Jeffco’s Chief Strategy Officer) to review the Jeffco Generations strategy and the 26 initiatives the district has been undertaking to implement Generations. It was a frank and, I believe, productive discussion, that included questions about whether the district’s goals are ambitious enough, given the challenges our children will face in the 21st century economy, and the varying rates of progress on the 26 initiatives. The board will continue this critical strategy discussion in January.
Board Meeting, Thursday, December 12th
This week’s board meeting, on Thursday the 12th of December, will begin with a performance by the Wheat Ridge High School Advanced Orchestra. I can’t wait to hear the Farmers! Elsewhere on the agenda are three topics related to my priorities.
The first is a progress report (“stocktake”) on the district’s social-emotional learning initiative, which focuses on teaching and learning techniques that the district believes will reduce the rate at which students experience behavioral and mental health issues in the future.
The second is a discussion of the results of the 2019/2020 budget allocation to various initiatives, like a theater coordinator, Innovation Fund, and CTE pathways. I will be asking for evidence that taxpayers have received a positive return on these investments.
The third topic is a preliminary discussion regarding next year’s budget. As I said during my campaign, Jeffco taxpayers want us to focus not just on the allocation of incremental revenues, but also on whether the entire $1.2 billion dollar budget is being spent as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Miller to participate in Ballots & Breakfast event 10/18 @ 7:30 a.m., at the Arvada Center for Performing Arts
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