Reporting in for April

Thanks for reading Fluco Blog! I’m Perrie Johnson, Fork Union’s representative to the Fluvanna County School Board. My goal with Fluco Blog is to let people know what’s going on at School Board meetings beyond the reports available online. Be forewarned, when it comes to discussion, most of the comments I remember turn out to be mine! Here’s the latest…

Reports from the April meeting were pretty straightforward.  There wasn’t much more information or discussion in addition to what you can see online.  The reports part of each meeting generally originates with the administration.

Then we got into unfinished and new business, items usually brought up by Board members.  We had an update on Mr. Pullen’s request for more specific recognition of the S.C. Abrams building. We agreed to look further into my suggestion of recording and archiving our meetings, though concerns about cost came up with the idea that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, translations or closed captioning could be required.  Then we got feedback about Ms. Pace’s intent to improve communication between Board members and staff (we heard that staff would rather talk to Board members apart from meetings with the superintendent).

We also agreed to put out the same staff survey as last year, since we have so many years for comparison, and we talked about concerns with anonymity.   We won’t use a third party to give the survey this time, but other divisions do it, and I have permission from the Board to look into it for next year.

Our last item of unfinished business was a unanimous decision to approve a staggered start to next year’s kindergarten, where half of each class comes one day and half the next, for the first two days of school.  We lose a little bit of revenue because we won’t have full attendance those two days, but the teachers easily convinced all Board members that the benefits to students outweigh the costs.

Near the end of the meeting we voted on action items, including  the bonus-now-raise where every full time employee as of Jan. 1, 2018 (through April 15, 2018) will get a raise of 1.25% RETROACTIVE, and if the 1.25 doesn’t come to at least $500, a one time bonus will make up the difference.  Making it a raise instead of exclusively a bonus means it counts toward retirement and increases base salaries so future increases (fingers crossed) build on each other.

One more thing you won’t see online is that we had two speakers for public comments – Ms Von Keyserling shared some accomplishments of the adult education program, and a PTO parent offered help with staggered kindergarten starts and gave her thoughts on the recent social media threat.

We actually have another April meeting (this Thursday at 8:30 am) but it’s in Charlottesville because it’s a training by the Virginia School Boards Association. The open meeting will focus on how our new(ish) Board can be most effective working with our new(ish) superintendent.

Believe it or not, our May meeting will be on the regular date at the regular time in the regular place.  Embarrassingly, there’s a change in June.


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