“Some people were surprised when they read about it in the board agenda online,” she said.
During his presentation, which included Power Point slides, Brimstein told meeting attendees that he had given a similar talk to the public at a board meeting several months ago and had sent the slides out to all faculty and staff.
He also noted that the names of those under consideration for the positions weren’t shared earlier because the administrative group is a union, and details had to be negotiated in collective bargaining.
“We don’t share what’s being bargained,” he said during the meeting. “That’s a breach of practice. We share after a contract’s been negotiated.”
Brimstein also noted that the period from March 1 to the end of the 2012-13 school year will be a learning period, when the school community will transition together into the new model and communicate about ways to improve it.
“The model does not have me giving all the answers,” he said. “The model is much more organic. The model that we’re proposing here is something that we build together.”
Brimstein added that the district’s Leadership Team is excited to take on the challenge.
“This team is wonderful, the way it responds,” he said.
Before the close of the meeting, Board President Donna LaRocque told meeting attendees letters would go home to all parents and students alerting them to the upcoming changes.
In addition, she said, when discussion of reorganization first began, the board didn’t expect it would come to fruition for a couple of years.
“The reason the timeline was accelerated was because of Mr. Osborne’s departure,” she said. “And it only made sense at that point to try to put something in motion that we knew was going to further the district.”
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