Monday, April 18, 2011

Fayette Board Seeks Public Input

Your First Chance Starts Tonight

All community members are invited to provide input to the search consulting firm hired to recruit the next schools chief. Through public forums and online surveys, we hope to hear from a wide cross section of stakeholders.

Make your voice heard at one of five meetings, each hosted by a different community group at one of Fayette County’s five high schools. Everyone, regardless of where they live in Fayette County, is welcome to attend any meeting that is convenient. Please help us spread the word to everyone you know.

All forums are slated for 7 p.m.:

Monday April 18 at Bryan Station High School in the auditorium, hosted by the United Way of the Bluegrass.
Monday April 18 at Tates Creek High School in the library, hosted by the Lexington Public Library.

Tuesday April 19 at Henry Clay High School in the auditorium, hosted by the Equity Council.

Tuesday April 19 at Lafayette High School in the auditorium, hosted by Commerce Lexington.

Wednesday April 20 at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in the cafeteria, hosted by the 16th District PTA.

Online survey

Beginning Tuesday April 19, an online survey will be available here for interested community members to submit their input.



Anonymous said...

Do you think a teacher could be terminated/ punished if she gave her opinion (at a public forum) that education in Fayette County has become lockstep assembly line-style teaching under Mr. Silberman, and that we need someone who allows teachers to teach?

I've lost three days of instruction on Stu-style learning checks, and now I'll lose another week of instruction with testing! Madness!

I'm just skeptical of these forums and feel afraid to speak out about what the type of superintendent we need.

Cheryl said...

We need a new superintendent who can help minimize the effects of our current high-stakes testing environment on individual schools. Our new superintendent should be one who can balance test performance pressure with a commitment to high quality instruction that goes beyond success on standardized tests.

~~Fayette Advocates for Balance in the Classroom (FayetteABC)

Anonymous said...

The link to the survey is not working correctly. The link is here:

Richard Day said...

April 19, 2011 7:39 AM: I seriously doubt it. That would be such a clear violation of free speech rights that I can't imagine any fallout. But as we have seen, if that ever came to pass, it would require one to bravely stand up.

Thanks Cheryl. That deserves a post of its own.

Anonymous said...

April 19, 2011 7:39 AM: If you truly do feel the way that you described, then I would fill out the online survey or contact the board members individually.

I will tell you that I contacted Mr. Barnett by telephone about an issue in February and he spoke with me for almost an hour about it. I felt that he listened to me and that he genuinely cared about my opinions. He's also an attorney so you probably wouldn't have to worry about speaking freely around him for the reasons Richard indicated. I'd probably start there.