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Wow "truth" - if you actually read instead of going on your ideological rant I did give Ms Burk credit for her 3 votes in the last meeting. Medicaid and "sustainable people" - think you are mixing apples and organges or just doing an easy grouping for you to fire at ... not sure where that come from. In terms of destroying America - that debate is for another string but from your rant above it looks like your agenda is promoting that path...Yesterday
Well I hope your conscience continues to guide you as it did last week - I even said a prayer for that in church today.
I would be very interested to hear the Administration's comments on the public record in the coming weeks regarding the override - and how the district faces $6M in cuts in successive years without significant detriment to the classroom. in effect a 2% cut for admin and support staff and a net 1% raise for teachers (saying 3% and including the 2% stipend not going away is disingenuous). With increased healthcare expenses and loss of some educational stipends I think it's a net loss from most GPS employees I talk to. I look forward to a detailed discussion on the options and effects they have on the district in the upcoming weeks.
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Ms Burk- presumptuous as usual but you do not know my intent. I am glad you showed the courage to do the right thing for students and teachers last week - knowing those votes went against the grain of your base (similar to those state senate Republicans who did the right thing for Arizonans with their Medicaid vote). One can only hope that trend continues and you move forward with an override consideration as you discussed in your email to the district. I and many others support you in that endeavor and others that are in the best interests of our students and teachers; those decisions that are contrary to that we will tend to disagree and not support. Have a great weekend.3 days ago
Ms Burk - no gossiping or fear mongering here; I tend to read other pages when I want to see that by certain figures that are well known. And strangely enought - it seems that page dropped off of Facebook today....
To clarify your statement above says you never comment on social media for the entire Board (I guess that will come in your new emails - will they be for the entire Board?) - what thoughtful people cannot discern is your personal opinion as Staci Burk or your personal opinion as Staci Burk in your capacity as Board President. For example your recent post:
"First of all, many districts have the MOU language in policy. That is the way it is should be legally. The MOU was obviously able to be altered by the board as well. It is approved by the board in a public meeting and board members can change the language before approval. What is the difference between the board approving the MOU in a public meeting and the board approving policy in a public meeting? Policy changes actually require more notice and take two meetings. The board could have changed the language of the MOU in a single meeting. The only reason the issue came up about needing two meetings, is we were transferring it into policy. All of the language and drafting of the MOU done by the IBBT committee is now in policy and STRONGER in legal enforcement than it was in the MOU. The only thing that was taken out was the GEA reference and the language that talked about the IBBT team (because those members are now all sitting on the policy committee). Again, the same group of people that drafted the MOU, now sits on the policy committee. Therefore, could someone please help me understand what changed except that teachers are now more protected because the language that protects working conditions that their representatives drafted is now in policy? I have talked to Diane Drazinski and she does not have a problem with it now that she understands what actually happened. Now I have administrators and support staff that want to know why THEY are not protected with the same policies. I know it is my intention to ask that we also protect those employee groups by revising the policies to include those groups as well. The policy committee certainly seems on board with ensuring equal protection for all groups." Or ...
"For the 2014-2015 year, yes. That was what the 4-1 vote was. To keep option A & B as viable options for the budget process we're in now. To look at budget C for the 2014 budget process (that affects the 2014-2015 school year) but to no longer call it budget C. Instead look at it as the cuts that will need to be made for that year."
Looks like in your official capacity as Board President and not a personal opinion - just like to know for sure.
And there really seems to be enough fear mongering and harasssment by specific indidivuals via email and in person - to include board members - that are really what has caught the town's attention - at least of parents and techers I know.3 days ago
Turth and EAN - I am not a member of any group, just a concerned parent with students in the GPS district who wants to ensure they and all other children get the education they need and deserve to be successful in the world today. Your view of the actions of this board are vastly different than mine - it's a free country and we can disagree; I will show up to provide my input and do it at the polls also. If you want an easy budget for everyone to understand, go the the lemonade stand. The GPS is a complex multi-million dollar organization - Teddy has done a pretty good job of making it understandable at a basic level but to make everyone an expert on it - they probably need to go back to school and get accounting or business degrees. It's nice the board has Ms Tram on it, with her accounting degree and current position she is well versed with budgets.
As for the continued talk of "the union" - there is no union, there is an association. I am neither for or against it - but please without facts don't characterize that audience as a bunch of teacher's union activisits. I know of many teachers there in person and watching that have no association with the GEA - but based on current board actions many are looking into that as an option as in case you didn't hear at the meetings as many teachers spoke - they don't trust the current board. That's a problem the board needs to address.
Ms Burk - its hard to follow all of your prioriities as they seem to shift but looking at that page it seemed to say that it began in Dec 2012 and you invited or approved the members. Regardless - not a priority for me either nor an issue. As you seem to be more prolific in posting opinions in various sites, I hope you continue to clarify what in your posts are personal opinions, your opinion as the Board President individually or if you are speaking for the Board in its entirety. While I applaud improvied communication, all individuals including myself tend to hear things and communicate them via our own filter - so again while emailing after Board meetings may be an avenue of communication, the posted Board minutes which are recorded, editied by all Board members for accuracy, and posted publicly for all to see would seem to be the source document that portrays accurately and objectively what occurred at the Board meeting.
Thank you for your important service.3 days ago
And in reviewing the members of the "We Support Our Gilbert School Board" page it appears there are many Rabid Fringe members present here ...hmmm. And most people were added by the usual suspects like H Steven, Anita, Karen, Yvonne, Susan and .... 4 days ago
Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Information Group on Facebook - my apologies, it was created in Dec 2012. I wasn't referring to the page Mr Colvin's daughter created that you reference above, but I do appreciate reading the commentary on that page and the similar page you comment on.
I await the future discussion on a proposed override since in your letter you stated with further analysis you believe an 8% was needed. Great news on all day K, pushing option C off the plate this year and approving PFP for teachers - thank you for listening to the teachers, parents and children of the district.4 days ago
Crickets - guess the ball is still in Ms Burk's court Mike. You might want to request to be added to a new Facebook page she has created and you need to be approved by her to be on - I am certain as President of the Board she will want to ensure she embraces all Gilbert constituents on this page to discuss and share information about education issues in Gilbert and Maricopa County ... although the early additions look to lean a little right.4 days ago
Rational thought processes and policies that ensure we can provide a high quality educational system for our children and community - which in turn provides an overall economic impact to the community in terms of attracting businesses, a larger tax base, new residents, house values, etc... all those things that make conservative/tea partiers happy !! 5 days ago
Great news for 2013-14 on full day K, removal of budget option C (which Mr Colvin still appears to favor - as does Ms Smith per her disclaimer at the end of her yea vote) and approval of pay for performance with new language to ensure appropriate teacher representation on the committee. It's too bad it took pretty much an insurrection of GPS teachers and parents to get the board to this point.
Puzzling is Ms Burk's removal of the override consideration - seeing as it is an integral part of the discussion for both the 13-14 and 14-15 budgets. As the budget detail shows, option A required some deep cuts to overcome the $6M loss of override funds this year - and there are two more years that require an additional $6M/year. Per her own email:
"As some of you are aware, last year I did not believe it was the right time to ask the community for an override election due to the cost of placing the override on the ballot and my belief in the unlikelihood of its passage. I requested at the time that we should consider asking the community for a lessor amount to demonstrate care and concern for the financial welfare of the community while also balancing the financial needs of the district. Last year overrides did not pass in most districts whether there was opposition or not.
After careful review of the District finances, I believe that it is time to ask that the governing board meet and discuss the possibility of adopting a resolution to place an 8% M&O override request on the ballot for the November 5th, 2013 election."
She said she did the budget review and saw that it is needed - and included it as part of the agenda for a hastily called emergence meeting. Why the delay? And her comments regarding her support or lack of are suspect - if she really thought the district needed the funding last year wouldn't/shouldn't she have gotten actively involved to move public opinion to support it ... and will she do that this year?
5 days ago