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#PackStrong Initiative

#PackStrong Initiative

Some of you may have seen the various items we have been putting out there to promote what we are calling #PackStrong.  Symbols of a white coyote representing students, a blue staff, and a silver one the community.  A message that it takes every one of those strands to truly make a great school.  So, what does #PackStrong mean?  It means being stronger because of your pack and your pack being stronger because of you.  We have been...

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When are Levies Set?

When are Levies Set?

So many people may wonder how or when a school district sets the levy (tax) dollars it will collect for a school year.  Who gets to decide how many tax dollars are requested?  Do additional projects or programs throughout the school impact this?  I’ll go into some detail about these questions and cover some of the basics regarding school district levies. Briefly, school districts request dollars and those dollars are converted into...

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Personnel Files and the Board

Personnel Files and the Board

              One matter that is confusing for many board members is the subject of personnel records.  The personnel records of a school district are considered open record but as a board member, it is highly discouraged that you access personnel records.  Why is this?  If Joe Smo off the street can put in a record request and view a teacher’s file, why shouldn’t a board member?  This is a question that both new...

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The Ins and Outs of Open Meeting Laws

The Ins and Outs of Open Meeting Laws

What are open meeting laws?  What do they govern and what do they mean to a school board member?  To summarize open meeting laws mean that when you become a board member what you say about school business is no longer merely a reflection of your own opinion.  The statements you make come under the governance of open meeting laws.  Conversations that you may have had regularly before with people may now become a violation of your role as...

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