Madison School Board members could be blocked from requesting district information

DOE Superintendent Dr Christina Kishimoto during joint house  senate education hearing at the Capitol

DOE Superintendent Dr Christina Kishimoto during joint house senate education hearing at the Capitol

The board, which screens, hires and evaluates the superintendent, scored Kishimoto as "highly effective" in professional standards and "effective" in program-related improvement areas, such as implementation of the state's strategic education plan. Mitchell Lemaire, who had been a former board member, was appointed to fill a vacancy left by Kelly Flint in September. "We need a forum in which parents are allowed to be heard", she said. He has been a principal in the Schley County School System in Ellaville, Ga., and in Lexington/Richland School District 5 in Irmo.

In Sag Harbor, district residents will be asked to approve a proposed $41.88 million budget for the 2018-19 school year, along with a proposition to reduce the mileage limit for transporting students.

The education board - comprised of nine appointed members - evaluated Kishimoto as "highly effective" in her leadership style and community engagement skills. "The options have taken each school individually and set them against each other".

There are also two candidates for the board of education, James Maio and Martin Kelly.

It's unclear how many board members would support making the change, which could be taken up at the May 21 meeting.

This year, school elections lack the drama they once held.

Instead, they welcome the challenge of governing districts with budgets in the millions of dollars, or, as they phrase it more modestly, it's a way of giving back. State financial aid of $17.04 million is the budget's biggest source of revenue. "We have three strong finalists, and our job now is to narrow these to the one who will be our next leader".

Clark said approximately 100 - 150 students will be relocated.

Several proposed hires will also be on Monday's agenda. "We have no business closing any schools right now, but especially a school with some of the highest numbers of low SES (socio-economic status) and minority students in the district".

A DOE spokeswoman told Civil Beat that Kishimoto was "unavailable to provide a comment" for this story.

The next few months, he said, "are going to be especially challenging".

Since the last labor deal expired in 2015, teachers have not been able to advance steps on a pay scale and went on strike in 2016 and 2017.

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