Life is a Mystery

16 October 2011

Tweets of the Week

  • Been putting crazy amounts of time into #emidsos since August. Check out our new media page: http://t.co/veX24KNo 2011-10-10
  • Hands-on review of Kindle library loans… http://t.co/Xi00oJLF #fb 2011-10-10
  • Just added a "reviews" page to EMID Families, #emidsos folks should check out http://t.co/fGCARMKG and leave some reviews! #fb 2011-10-10
  • love the free icons, wallpapers, and pro themes at http://t.co/r88555jM, nicely done! #fb 2011-10-10
  • @methodofaction Screen: 7, tracking: 106,213,230,294,362 (the t and e look lonely in yours) 2011-10-10
  • This was a fun kerning game http://t.co/kDGpHtjU (I got 88/100) #fb 2011-10-10
  • Compare EMID official minutes http://t.co/k0MxbRlw to our record http://t.co/TmckHAyf... why can't board record own meetings? #emidsos 2011-10-11
  • "Computer? Computer!" Do you remember that scene in Star Trek? … http://t.co/VDWLXnmb … Siri looks exciting. #fb 2011-10-11
  • Makes me wish I had a daughter… missrepresentation.org …we need some new pilots! Looking forward to seeing the whole film. #fb 2011-10-12
  • @CheesegirlLiz Ha, Alex is updating his iPhone right now. I'm waiting till after my meeting tonight, just in case. in reply to CheesegirlLiz 2011-10-12
  • Isn't it remarkable that Apple set a record for iPhone sales in a week when its website has hardly a hint of product on it? apple.com #fb 2011-10-12
  • Amazing, supers white paper consistently misspells Harambee! #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Supers say "nine of this is decided." what have they been doing, then, and why moving so fast? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • These #emidsos posts are from the EMID board work session tonight. Sorry about the frequent posts to regular friends. #fb #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Not a thing exists today from when collaborative started, Dee says. I guess there is no racism any longer. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Calling their first presentation "the power of ten" with strategy of "identify the goals". Wow, so thoughtful. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Interesting slide of timeline, I hope we get this presentation. #emidsos saying that supers have been talking about this since 2007. 2011-10-12
  • Sorry, that is Wells, who is also known as Dr. D (I think). #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Wells just said we should "use up" the $60k of DMC funds. but we already have done that! #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Off into the weeds, this presentation has no coherence and does not suggest any actual direction. All buzzwords. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Does she even realize that EMID is already running AVID and a magnet school keeps kids from running hither and yon? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Ooh, Wells notes that some of her ideas are "not competitive" and "don't steal students from your districts." So choice==stealing? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Suburbs clearly hope to focus on literacy without any focus on white privilege or racism. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • I think we are listening to Wells, super of IGH, but could be wrong. First of two presentations that seem designed to blow smoke. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Q&A now, Gelbmann talks about his two kids of color and a summer program by EMID that went away. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • G asks how we would get from present to future Wells identified as quickly as proposed. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Wells: I will volunteer to make it happen. #emidsos (Then where have you been?) 2011-10-12
  • Hoeppner: why would it be necessary to close to schools to accomplish what you recommend? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Wells: so we can focus and use resources well. Schools distract, keep us from focussing. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Why does the EMID board resent the 120 students from 622 that it INVITED to stay in EMID? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Right now we just "dabble" in shared services. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Now moved on to presentation by John Thein, super of Roseville. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thein: Change is coming, we need to prepare, plan, and take time for families and students. 2011-10-12
  • Thein: EMID not just schools, also integration services and shared services. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thein now presenting budget numbers. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thein contrasting 2003/04 with 2011/12 funding models. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thein now presenting a supers proposal that EMID lower the $ to EMID to $30 from $52. A stool with three legs. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Leg one: earmark all money exclusively for shared services. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Have EMID run schools with backpack money and some other funding. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • How to fund the gap for operating schools? Send along some referendum money. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • This is a return to something more like the 2003 funding model. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • EMID could also dip into the fund balance (our reserves) with board permission. Notes that grandfathered students' districts paid. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Note, Thein's proposal would keep the schools open. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • FYI, don't miss our emidfamilies.org web site. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thein noting all the shared services already being offered by EMID, and opportunities to expand. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Sorry, Thien, not Thein. Darn iPad! #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thien: stay the course for 2012/13, but with new funding model. Consider task force recommendation in Feb 2012. next step 2013 #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Now Q&A for Thien. 2011-10-12
  • Now Q&A for Thien. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thien: these are ALL our kids, let's not pit EMID district kids against home district kids. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Question: would responsibility for school shift to one member district? Thien: wise to work together while we have find balance. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thien: EMID schools could be lab schools for all of us. We can learn from them, they can learn from us. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Heoppner notes that to be valid lab schools EMID schools must lower cost to similar dollar per student as home districts. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thien notes that most home districts do benefit from greater efficiency of scale. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thien praises the strong honeycomb design of Wells and says that we can work together. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann asks which option the supers are recommending, closure or not? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Thien: we can count votes, we are giving you an option. We need to change. EMID schools have to come into line. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Porter of sowashco says that closure is the preferred option, but reforming funding is an alternative for the board. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Porter: current funding model creates "intolerable differentiation." 2011-10-12
  • Porter: current funding model creates "intolerable differentiation." #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann: I am on the fence. But I don't close schools lightly. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann: I also have to consider the students of color from sowashco who are supposed to be benefiting from integration funding. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Note, Thien model does not spend integration funds on the schools at all. Only backpack and levy $ go to schools. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Morehead says that second option is attractive because it gives us time to review the task force and legislative actions. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Goggins appreciates the creativity of a second option. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • V heartened by the second option, looking for a win win option. Change is coming and a lot of great things will happen. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Brodrick thanks everyone for a second option. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • P asks who will lead the district if we don't shut it down? Who will lead the district? #emidsos (How about KG?) 2011-10-12
  • Thien takes a stab, reminds that 2012 will change the board game. Asks for Jerry to stay. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Porter notes there is no ideal option. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • P asks for a mechanism to guarantee that by June of next year these issues are resolved. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • P asks who will build the bridge to the future? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Porter says he can support the second recommendation, with some reluctance, because it could maintain the collaborative. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • I wonder if the Perpich option really scared them? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette takes step back to strategic planning process. Now studying and narrowing options. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • And #emidsos needs to be counting votes. 2011-10-12
  • Feels like meeting may wrap soon, for those of you looking to get here for the end. Not sure. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette suggest focus on visions and goals, then set plan in place, set parameters for administrators. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Robicheau: respect to supers who looked beyond closing schools. Notes the schools will look different a year from now, even if open #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Bill P says option 2 is asking the board to spend reserves to keep these schools open in hopes that something special develops. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Note, I think I misunderstood… Backpack plus reserves, no levy money in the deal. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette points out that we can "be creative with the fund balance" and put it toward shared services, not just the schools. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Foresberg wonders if reliance on the fund balance is just kicking the cans down the road like the legislature. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Brodrick responds that it is a fairness issue. Embedded in option two will be less money for these schools, simple as that. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Brodrick notes the board may have to be more hands on during the next few months and years given the drop in per pupil funding. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Board is under illusion that EMID spends more per pupil now, but there are currently home districts that spend more than EMID! #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Swanson has question of expectations for board. What are our expectations for November meeting? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann ores decision is not in Nov but actually next week. Closing the schools would need to start next week. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann notes option 2 would not require a public meeting, but board would have to rule out closing next week. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Morehead: Compliments to the staff for putting up with so much change and disruption over and over in the last few years. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette again stresses that if they want to close the schools they have to act on that next week. Vote on option 2 will be on agda #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Both options will b on the agenda next week. Closure and restructuring funding. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • My hero this evening? Shari Thompson! #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann does not see votes for closure. Let's save them a week of grief. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Back from a brief recess. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Swanson has question about option 2, more clarification of structure of backpack aid and how fund balance would be used. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Wells says board would decide. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Swanson also asked if this requires change to joint powers agreement. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Robicheau notes that the fund balance can't dispurse back to the member districts. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette suggesting a teamworks (?) guiding change document for the board. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Phil P says that he does not need any additional information about option 1 since it is probably not going to go through. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • P suggests putting two action items on the agenda and put them each to an up or down vote. Option 1 may not even be moved and 2nd. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • P: the strategic plan is so far off the table. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette calls for any remaining questions about the option to close the schools. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette notes the distinction between 3 DMC options and 2 super options. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Foresberg suggests plan for closing after 2013 with no new K or 6th graders in 2012/13. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann also likes concept of certainty, but politics is the art of compromise and supers support it. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann notes that delayed closing after 2013 closure would lead to staff flight and poor quality results for students remaining. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette asks for questions and info needs about option 2. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gelbmann has a lot of questions about option 2 but does not want supers working on this until after board action. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Gillette moves forward with "preparing for planning." #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • I wonder what this teamworks guiding change document is? #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Oops, EMID tweeting has resulted in a tweet neck injury. Ouch! #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Board member suggests that, for example, no use of integration funding for the schools would be a part of the document. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Goggins wants supers to help fill in the guiding change parameters. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • Tensions among board members starting to show. Looks like time for this meeting to end. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • The meetings closes. Whew! Next week's 10/19 board meeting is at 5:30 at Crosswinds. #emidsos 2011-10-12
  • A googled illuminates the gulf between products and platforms… http://t.co/144eKhTw …very insightful and a big challenge to google. 2011-10-13
  • Who says computers can't have a sense of humor… http://t.co/TzWqhvF8 …is Siri related to Glados? 2011-10-13
  • Interesting finding that an autistic person may behave more consistently with and without an observer present… http://t.co/oAlXcoaW #fb 2011-10-13
  • Stillwater/EMID board member Hoeppner says he will support keeping EMID schools open! http://t.co/zGOwEfV3 #emidsos 2011-10-14

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Eric Celeste / Saint Paul, Minnesota / 651.323.2009 / efc@clst.org