Along with the swearing in ceremony for the elected Commissioners, there were also a number of Resolutions to voted on at January’s Organizational Meeting.
To save time all twelve resolutions were voted on together with all but Commissioner Elliott voting yes.
Commissioner Elliott voted no on Resolution 402, Designating Clerk of the Board of Education Resolved; that Shanai Lee be and hereby is reappointed as Clerk of the Board of Education; and
Resolution 406, Designating Official Newspaper Resolved; that The Daily Record, and/or any other newspaper deemed appropriate by the Superintendent of Schools.
Every Resolution passed including Resolution 408.
Resolution No. 2013-14:408 Standard Work Day and Reporting Resolution
Resolved; that the Board of Education of the Rochester City School District hereby establishes the following as standard work days for elected officials and will report the following days worked to the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System based on the record of activities maintained and submitted by these officials to the clerk of this body.
Each member of the Board swore to execute the duties of the office.
On the District’s website under “Responsibilities” it states, “Board members serve as liaisons to specific schools. The Board liaisons visit their assigned schools periodically and serve as advocates to the full Board on behalf of those schools.”
Currently, no one is keeping track of which Board members visit which schools when.
There is no record of the advocacy of Board members for any of the schools that were visited.
How does this new Resolution translate into educational success for ALL of Rochester’s children?
Who is accountable for making sure that the hours submitted by Board members was actually worked?
This Resolution does not insure the educational success of our children. It does not even insure that Board members are actually working, it is simply another measure that is unmeasurable.
Success in education comes when the work is done effectively and efficiently regardless the time spent. Rules for adults do not necessarily translate into success for children.
Our children deserve real measures of accountability for all stakeholders in education.
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