SOUTHEAST WARREN COMMUNITY SCHOOL
BOARD WORK SESSION
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2003
The Southeast Warren Board of Education met for a work session
January 9th, 2003, in the media center of the Junior/Senior High
School building. Tom Farley called the meeting to order at 6:45
P.M. The following board members were present: Debbie Miller and
John Burrell. Director Greg Davis arrived at 6:50 P.M. Director
Kevin Smith was absent. Superintendent Susan Garton was also in
The board agenda format was the first matter for discussion. No
changes in the agenda format were determined to be necessary, beyond
the language recently added to provide for public input.
Next the board discussed the frequency and content of work sessions.
Some other districts use monthly work sessions to promote the full
discussion of issues before those issues go to a regular board
meeting for approval. The Superintendent also addressed the use
of an outside facilitator at work sessions to guide the directors
in their role and to promote team building at the board table.
There was agreement to try another work session in February. The
date is to be determined at the next regular meeting of the board.
The Superintendent is to inquire about the costs of a facilitator,
what a facilitator does, and supply the names of facilitators who
have served other districts. The general consensus for frequency
and content of work sessions was “as needed.”
Director Burrell voiced his dissatisfaction with the Superintendent’s
Friday Letters. He would like to hear about all the negative things
in the district. As an example, he produced a copy of a special
ed review dated Nov. 11th, which he said he was saving to use on
the Superintendent’s evaluation. The Superintendent noted
that information is always given to the whole board at the same
time. If one board member has a report, he should share the contents
with the other Directors. If a board member has questions about
any public report, the board member should call the Superintendent
and request information. In this case, the report had not gone
to board members nor to the public.
In relation to board goals, the board discussed their goal on
public relations. Are there ways a board member can help build
trust? Staff forums and more opportunities to talk with groups
were mentioned. Practice was identified as an essential element
of building trust.
The meeting adjourned at 9:25 P.M.
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