Inside the Cabinet Meeting
A Newsletter from Dr. Jim Largent - Issue 1 - December 2019
Welcome to the first edition of Inside the Cabinet Meeting! I plan to send this out 3-4 times per year and plan to focus on topics that are generally discussed in cabinet meetings in schools. Please share this with colleagues, your administrative team, board members, and any others you think this might benefit. If they will subscribe to the newsletter, it will come directly to them each time a new edition is sent out.
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Voter apathy is terrible in Texas and we have the largest number of non-voters per capita in the United States. Educators also have a historically poor record of showing up at the polls. In November of 2018, that number improved significantly, due to the efforts of several organizations like Texans for Public Education, Texas Association of Community Schools, and others. Even with that improvement, The Texas Tribune recently reported that in a poll, 67% of Texans knew nothing about the Speaker Bonnen/Empower Texans debacle. This should concern us all and proves that we have a long way to go.
It is imperative that school leaders educate their staff on the importance of learning about candidates and issues and voting in every election. As school leaders, we can’t tell our staff who to vote for, but we can certainly make them aware of where they can learn about candidates and do things to encourage every staff member to vote. Allow employees to leave campus during conference periods, lunch, or other breaks in the day to go vote. Remind staff during morning announcements, weekly memos, etc. and encourage your campus leaders to do the same. There are many ideas out there to promote voting and to set a great example for our students. I would urge you to “up your game” when it comes to voter education and engagement!
Let me present you with a scenario; Let’s assume that you are driving a 1973 Ford truck. You have had this truck for a long time, and it is starting to require maintenance work every single month. It gets terrible gas mileage, the exhaust is smoking, the tires need replacing, and you are spending more and more each month to keep it on the road.
What if I came to you and said that for the same dollars you are spending on that old truck, I could show you how to buy a brand new 2020 Ford F-150? This truck will get 20 miles to the gallon, have that new leather smell, and will last you many years. And, what if I showed you how to pay for that new vehicle without paying more than you are currently paying for your 1973 model? I bet you would be interested…
In a school setting, many of you are driving the equivalent of that 1973 Ford with your lighting and HVAC systems. I still see a lot of 4-bulb ballast lighting when I go into schools, and I can’t tell you how many HVAC units I see that are 20+ years old. These systems, while fine many years ago, are now the equivalent of that old Ford. Your maintenance crews are constantly replacing ballasts and bulbs, and your HVAC systems are leaking, compressors are constantly going out, and you are spending a tremendous amount of time and money repairing these old units.
With the advent of LED lighting, you can cut your electrical costs significantly, and a product that will last 20+ years will usually pay for itself in electrical savings in 5-7 years! While not as quick of a payback, new, higher SEER HVAC units are much more efficient and require much less maintenance.
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