One other point worth mentioning is that many folks get involved only around budget, voting, and election times. They are quick to pass judgement and criticize at that time without having the full context of understanding of how decisions are made, budgets are formulated, and needs prioritized by the various departments and boards. Trust me, I understand, I’m as guilty as the next person. However, I do recognize that to gain this broad perspective and to build trust and understanding the taxpayers must continue their engagement throughout the year or their criticism often becomes flawed and their perspective unfairly biased.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the BOE meeting on Sept. 13. Unlike the prior meetings of spring and summer which were filled with heated budget discussions, unpopular proposals, accusations, and frustrating communication, this meeting was quite the opposite. It was very refreshing and actually focused on the true work of the BOE: the meeting of educational goals. And in this sphere of work, I can proudly say that Woodstock is very fortunate to have this BOE and Lindsey Paul is an exceptional leader. These goals were developed over many months and adopted May 24, 2007. They are as follows:
1. Promote measureable academic improvement while challenging each student to reach their full potential.
2. Develop well-rounded and creative citizens by promoting and assessing their physical, social and mental well-being.
3. Promote the allignment of curriculum grades K-12
4. Improve student achievement by providing continuing improvement of quality instruction.
5. Encourage community ownership of the Woodstock Public schools. Read the rest of this entry »