Category: Preschool

State Board Work Session – February 23, 2012

In the spirit of full disclosure, if you’d rather watch the actual meeting than read my notes, please visit this site.  It looks like the State Department of Education will be broadcasting some of its meetings (not sure which ones) via ustream!

All members of the board were present.  Their post-secondary board meeting was held prior to this work session, and as such, the meeting did not start on time (10:30 a.m.), but rather around 11:30 a.m.  ( I failed to note the time, my apologies.)

State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice conducted the work session, introducing the work by saying today is a very exciting day, as they were going to share with the board the direction of the school system for the next four years.  Bice spoke of the natural transition from one superintendent to the other and the opportunities that presented the board by looking back on what has worked, sizing up the challenges and look at what they want to do differently.  Bice said he had delved into the “unbelievable” amount of information they have available in their department and found some information surprising, some startling (and not always in a bad way).  He spoke of the opportunity the information provides because it quantifies the challenges ahead.

Bice then unveiled “Plan 2020”.  (This is where viewing the video helps, as I was not provided a copy of the slides of the PowerPoint Bice used.  Here’s hoping it will be published on their web site! Update 3/29/12: HERE IT IS!)  Continue reading

Alabama Superintendent Dr. Bice Speaks to Hoover – January 17, 2012

Dr. Tommy Bice visited the Hoover Board of Education building on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.  State Representative Paul DeMarco, who represents portions of Hoover, invited Bice to speak to allow an opportunity for Bice to interface members of his district.  (Read The Birmingham News’ coverage here.  Shelby County Reporter’s coverage here.)  Bice was appointed Superintendent last November 10 by the State Board of Education and officially became Superintendent on January 1, 2012.  His three-year contract was approved in December 2011.

Rep. DeMarco introduced Bice to the group of 60-plus people gathered in the boardroom at the Farr Administration Building in Hoover.  Then Bice stepped to the front of the room and shared his vision for Alabama’s schools.  He had a lot to say.

He claimed he is a “relentless, unapologetic advocate for students” and much of what he shared embodied those remarks.  Bice is not in support of Governor Bentley’s proposal to unify the budget (which, since the meeting, Governor Bentley has decided not to propose during this year’s legislative session).

He then spoke of successes in Alabama, remarking that we don’t celebrate our successes nearly enough.  (I agree.)  Continue reading