Kennedy High concerns on school board agenda Jan. 5
Concerns raised by students and parents from Kennedy High School are
scheduled to be discussed when the school board meets Wednesday, Jan.
5. Members of the Kennedy community will hear the report on their home
turf. Beginning with the Jan. 5 meeting the board, which had been meeting
at Richmond High, will hold its meetings in the cafeteria at Kennedy,
4300 Cutting Blvd., Richmond.
Scheduled to speak on the concerns are Anna Blackman, regional superintendent
for the area that includes Kennedy; Linda Lester, assistant superintendent
for personnel services; and, Vince Kilmartin, assistant superintendent
for school support services.
Kennedy families have aired a number of concerns at recent meetings,
including that the school has had a shortage of qualified teachers and
counselors, about the quality of the food served in the cafeteria, and
the conditions of the facility itself, such as the bathrooms.
The board will also:
* consider approval of a "classroom library plan." The district
must submit such a plan to be eligible for classroom library funds for
grades kindergarten through fourth grade from the state. The funds would
total about $10.40 per student.
The proposed policy leaves many issues up to the school sites, such as
whether students would be allowed to check the books out or whether they
must remain in the classroom. Currently, if rooms have "classroom
libraries," which provide books for students to read beyond their
textbooks, it is usually because the teacher has bought them, they have
been donated by families, or purchased with special monies such as Title
1 that are not available to all schools.
* consider supporting Proposition 26 -- the "Let's Fix Our Schools"
initiative. The proposition, on the March ballot, would allow local school
general obligation bonds to be approved by a simple majority while holding
school districts accountable for how the money is spent.
Meetings are broadcast on FM radio * KECG,
88.1 and 97.7 .
announcement about moving board meetings to Kennedy
Run dates: 2000-01-02 - 2000-01-05