School board meets with teachers

Shannon Venable

Shannon Venable

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 04:33 PM.


When the school board met with teachers last week, it was a friendlier session than last year, but the issue was much the same – how to find ways to cut costs without cutting into morale.

The Nov. 8 afternoon workshop ran more smoothly than it did one year ago, when school board members felt on the defensive from a barrage of questions, many of them pointedly hostile.

Instead, after consultation with the school board, Franklin County Education Association solicited questions from teachers, and then drew them up into a prepared list. Beginning with Cathy Wood, the union president, representatives of the teaching staff each took a portion of the 35 questions and asked them to the school board.

The mood was cordial, at times testy, but overall a mood of support and reassurance prevailed.

It even grew comic at one point, after the question was posed by teachers as to what the school district could do to improve parents’ involvement in their children’s education.

“If we could answer that question, we would probably solve a lot of these other problems,” said Chairman Jimmy Gander. “If it would help, I would dress up in a clown uniform.”

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