November 20, 2012

By Staff

Issaquah School Board’s tiny step may imply big change

There is something big going on at the Issaquah School Board, and we’re watching with interest.

For years now, the school board has been working under a governance policy that puts the superintendent and his administration in the driver’s seat. The board sets the goals, but leaves the method to the educators to figure out how to achieve those goals.

The governance policy model is effective, provided that the board members are asking a lot of questions and offering oversight. The administration lets the board know what new directions are in the works and the board nods its collective head.

But the board is possibly taking back just a little bit of control at an upcoming meeting. It’s slight, saying the superintendent may not “make significant changes to any secondary school building schedule configuration without board approval.”

Board members have heard from the public about possible changes to the Liberty High School schedule and want to have the final say in what changes will be made, if any.

The overwhelming sentiment is to stay with the existing block schedule unique to Liberty for nearly 20 years. The schedule has many advantages that both parents and students appreciate.

While we are glad to see school board members get a tad more involved and responsive to their constituents, we are also concerned about setting a precedent of tweaking the governance policy.

The school board must proceed with caution. We would hate to see the return of lengthy board agendas — and confusion over who’s running the district — that existed before the governance policy was adopted in 2005.

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