The Board heard updates on the district’s strategic plan and discussed progress on key strategic studies including the Secondary Academic Programming Study, plans to close the achievement gap, eLearning2, and the district’s facilities study, as well as administration’s modified recommendation for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school year calendars. Following up on their January 12th retreat, members then discussed their board development decision-making processes, and board communications.
The Board heard from nine community members during its public forum. The speakers, all of which identified themselves as parents in Edina Public Schools, cited concerns about the proposed calendars for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 calendars, specifically with respect to starting school before Labor Day and the process used to develop the proposed calendars.
In addition to routine items approved in the Consent agenda, including personnel recommendations, budget adjustments, approval of joint City/District partnership goals, and Board committee appointments, the Board approved the following:
Superintendent Dressen briefly noted the District’s Planning Calendar for 2013-14, a revised process for community member representation on district advisory teams, and the formation of a district equity advisory council. Dressen also noted several staff commendations from members of the community.
Board member Idith Almog invited the audience to the Edina Education Fund Annual Show & Tell Luncheon on Monday, February 4. Additional information is available on the Edina Ed Fund website.