Project Idea: Update Board Meeting Policies Document
- I think the written document, "Board of Education Meeting Policies"
needs improvement and updating. I have a solution to suggest.
I picked up a printed version of the "Board of Education Meeting
Policies" (hereafter referred to as "The Document") at a recent
board meeting. It says it was adopted Sep 7, 1994 and last revised
Jan 7, 2000 (Form.105).
they have posted Form.104, last revised May 20, 1996. The Board
Secretary should have sent the latest version to the Communications
Department. What? No Board secretary? I digress, but frankly, I
think WCCUSD (parents, admins, everyone) should support funds
allocated for a School Board Secretary -- full time if they could
find the money, but at LEAST part-time! Even in small districts,
the Board needs a secretary. Maybe a retired secretary from the
school district who wants a little extra income. The perfect person
would be a retired executive assistant or ex-district secretary who
really wants to make a difference in the school system and thus the
world at large. Anyway, back to the topic at hand....
PROJECT IDEA - SUGGESTED SOLUTION
If the Board had a secretary, that person would update The Document,
but they don't. So, I'm willing to offer my services as a
professional writer to the Board and the community (for free -- not
because I'm not worth paying a lot of money, but because I volunteer
for public education causes). What I'm not willing to do is fool
around and waste my time.
So, as I sit here in the wee hours of the morning, as the sun begins
to crest the hills, the clouds are pink instead of whiate, and I'm
hearing the first birds of the the new day, I dream what this
process would look like.
Someone from the Board would be the liason to the writer (me). The
writer is the liason to the public (you). The writer and public
come up with a set of questions/confusions about current document
and the writer sends these to the Board Member. The Board Member
responds to the writer. The writer makes fixes (maybe more
discussion is needed on some items). The Document is refined to the
point where it can go to the legal department for their blessing on
the wording. The Board approves it, and the the new version goes
online. Better instructions mean better education. We're supposed
to be about better education, right?
This is a pretty easy process if there are no policy changes -- just
formatting The Document and better writing to clarify points of
If the Board, and at least some of you, are willing to make this
happen, then I'm on board (heh, heh). We certainly would need some
folks to spend some time communicating with the Board to approve
this project initially, and then we'll need valuable feedback about
where some of the confusions are in The Document.
What do you think?