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Welcome to the 2010-2011 School Year
I am very pleased to welcome everyone to the new school year and to recognize that this begins our third year of engaging here on the BLOG in a highly constructive dialogue about our Arcadia Schools.
Last year we broadened the BLOG discussion from budget and finance issues to be inclusive of all things that affect the school district. We will continue to use this forum as a place to discuss issues relevant to Arcadia Unified and the education of our students. Additionally, quoting from last year, the following will guide our discussion:
"The BLOG will continue to be a place where you can learn about timely and important issues, including those related to state and school finances. It is my goal that our discussions here will not only keep you updated but additionally provide me, the Board of Education, and our staff with input and insight into your perceptions and ideas about the school district and how to best serve our students. I will, beginning with this posting and update, write a weekly posting and make every effort to respond to your comments and questions in a timely fashion. "
I am impressed with the quality of dialogue that takes place in this forum. As previously indicated, the topics are complex, diverse, and "charged" both politically and emotionally. After all we are talking about our children and their education. These discussions have been civil, respectful, thoughtful, articulate, and sometimes provocative. I fully expect these standards for our discourse to continue.
As a reminder to participants, on those rare occasions when a posting violates decorum and the norms, the posting will be removed. Fortunately, we have had to do this on very few occasions. The following will continue as our ground rules:
- Any posting the includes vulgar language will be removed,
- Any posting that names an individual (other than me) will be removed - the BLOG is not intended to be a place to make complaints (or praises) about specific individuals or programs. We have specific processes and protocols for handling complaints (our district and uniform complaint process).
- Postings should be related to the school district, education in general, or state and federal policies that affect education.
I look forward to hearing from you. We, the Board of Education and Administrative Staff of the Arcadia Unified School District, highly value your questions, input, and perspective. I am confident that 2010-2011 will be a terrific school year!
Dr. Joel Shawn