Freeport board continues academic, financial focus
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• Address school district concerns related to testing.
In other matters, the board:
• Heard a Policy Committee report announcing that the district has concluded, in light of repeated requests for coverage of school board meetings on Cable Channel 18, that “it would not be in the district’s best interest”
to do so.
• Approved a resolution regarding the recent Chapter 11 Bankruptcy declaration by the bus company Atlantic Express. The district has a contract with Courtesy Bus, a subsidiary, running until the end of the 2013-14 school year. Although assured that this will have no effect on current school busing, the board authorized its legal counsel to to take all necessary steps to represent the district’s interests in all future proceedings related to the bankruptcy.
• Announced the first reading of the revised district policies.
• Adopted the district’s 2013-14 Annual Professional Performance Review (teacher evaluation) plan.
In public comment, Frank Grossman asked about a line in the 2012-13 audited financial statement that appeared to indicate a $70 million unassigned deficit. Dr. Kuncham explained that the line was an accounting requirement, an indication of potential payment that could need to be made in the future, and insisted that the district was not in deficit.
A student asked about the necessity of post exam reflection, which he called “a waste of time.” Dr. Kuncham responded that this reflection was a vital part of the testing process, whereby mistakes could be learned from.
The next board of education meeting will be Wednesday, November 20, an action meeting at Dodd Middle School.