September 28th Meeting notes

The September 28 Board of Education meeting was not only a longer then normal meeting, but also had some very human moments. After the opening minutes, and recognition of the Milford FFA group for their excellent results at the regional competition in Springfield, Mass the board went into an early executive session. After returning, the board heard from Mr. DiCostanzo and the family of Kelly Tyrrell Gill who were presenting a proposal for the board to consider that would memorialize Kelly for her work. The board agreed that Kelly was the type of educator whose loss warranted some type of memorial, and the board asked the family and friends to allow the board the time to consider the options before the next board meeting.
The meeting then changed gears and the discussions turned to construction issues, which include approval of several change orders. In addition, the construction management group was asked questions about timelines, and whether the paving work will be carried out before the winter shuts down blacktop companies. Other issues that were discussed were athletic field concerns, and the reminder of the official ground breaking this Saturday at the new elementary school.
Board policies that came up for discussion at this meeting were a complete revision of the Communication policy # 1001 that gave greater guidance to staff on how to work with the media. Policy # 4214 on conducting termination proceedings was also up for a first reading as it is being revised to bring it in line with current legal practices. A policy that was approved by vote was # 4309 which added a District Mentoring Coordinator to the limited contracts for personnel services section. This position is part of a new initiative that the Superintendent has started to bring in more community mentors. The second approved policy was # 6114 which updated the Computing and Internet Policy to bring it inline with State policies for computer usage.
The board was then giving reports by Personnel, Finance, and Operations on the current hires, financial reports, and the move to update the current transportation methods for bidding on yearly field trips and sports trips. A board committee will meet with contractors to help put together a more user-friendly design for communicating between the district and the contractors. The board meeting ended at 8:30pm as the board went into another executive session to discuss personnel issues.

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About Gary M Wolfe

The Author spent 10 years as a member of the Milford Delaware Board Of Education, and is currently seeking the 18th Senatorial seat in the Delaware Legislature.
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2 Responses to September 28th Meeting notes

  1. pm says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I have to “out” myself as a reader. Your reflective insights, frank assertions, and conversational tone make this blog a must read and a delightfyl paper grading distraction. Your role on the board is critical as we move forward as a school district and the blog is a testament to the seriousness of your committment.

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