“Board meetings are business meetings and the board room is much more conducive for a business meeting,” said Luther Superintendent Sheldon Buxton.
As an editorial sidenote, The Luther Register successfully (surprisingly) broadcast live the proceeding on Periscope, a phone app also viewable through Twitter (find me @berryholler). The videos are also saved for anyone to view. We’ll keep that going for important community meetings and events, and maybe even find a sponsor for it.
At times, some board members were contentious. No doubt all of it is an unpleasant business these days as the board, teachers, staff, parents and students grapple with historic budget shortfalls and revenue shortages.
Each school principal gave a building report, the first in several months. Each highlighted many year-end activities, such as limousine rides for the elementary students with perfect attendance, awards banquets and talent shows. Each principal said they were hopeful that year-end testing would show positive results.
The board also approved the calendar for the 2016-2017 untried shortened school year. Broudy questioned the long summer break and retention loss since school will not begin until Sept. 6, 2016 and will end May 9, 2017. A parent petition with 200 signatures requesting another consideration of a four-day school week instead of the shortened school-year was not honored.
The school day will run from 8:00 am – 3:40 pm. The shortened school year is a cost-saving attempt with an anticipated savings of $150,000, to add to the nearly $800,000 in cuts to faculty, staff and programs approved last month. Some staff have openly worried how the longer school days with no ability to pay overtime will affect bus routes, maintenance and cleaning.