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Happenings In Panther Nation - September 2019

This last week I had the privilege to join twenty-five other superintendents from across six states in Austin for a year-long cohort program. We spent Thursday, Friday, and Saturday being exposed to ideas and thoughts that were new to us and stretched the thought process of the majority of the cohort.

On Saturday morning, we spent most of our time discussing things that have disrupted education. Our table discussion was centered around areas that have negatively impacted education. As Dr. Thompson led us through a whole group discussion, the entire conversation was around the negative impact that our examples of disruption have had on education. Dr. Thompson challenged us to step back and reevaluate our thought process and truly search for the positive aspect of each disruption.

As I was driving back from Austin, I began processing how our view of disruptions impacts us daily. I’m sure that your day is very similar to mine in the fact that things come up nearly every day that I hadn’t planned on!! When this happens, we have a choice to view the disruption as negative or seek to find the positive in it and embrace the interference.

We must view disruptions as neither good nor bad, but just something that causes change. Our perspective and approach to the disruption will normally help us define whether it is good or bad. When we adopt a positive attitude and embrace The Energy Bus Rule #4, Fuel Your Ride With Positive Energy and Rule #9, Drive With Purpose, we will find ourselves viewing disruptions as an opportunity to take charge of change and use the disruptions in our life for refinement and growth.

I encourage you to join me on this transformational thought process journey and would love to continue the conversation.


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School Board Update

During the September Board Meeting, the following items came before the School Board:

Christine Bedre discussed the role of Instructional Coaches and introduced the three coaches.

Christine Bedre presented an overview of the 2019 accountability ratings in which she highlighted several areas of growth and discussed areas of emphasis for the 2019-2020 school year.

Dr. Kyle Penn presented the monthly finance update in which he discussed new programs created within the funding structure during the last legislative session.

Manuel Loera presented a food service update that reviewed the beginning of the school year.

Wade Stanford presented a proposal for the YMCA to use Westwood Elementary for an after-school program. The plan proposes beginning this program in January 2020. This proposal was heard as a first-read, and the YMCA staff will present to the School Board during the October meeting.

Dr. Kyle Penn discussed the possibility of purchasing two buses during the 2019-2020 school year. Dr. Penn discussed that the purchase is included in the 2019-2020 school year. This was presented as a first-read and will be presented as an action item in the October meeting.

The School Board unanimously voted to approve the staff development minutes waiver as presented.

Teacher contracts were acknowledged as presented.