I attended two of the BHSD's town hall presentations about the new/used "hybrid" high school schematically designed by consultant Fielding Nair International and noticed that this term was never mentioned:
"21st Century Education."
Wasn't that, along with operational savings of about $2.5 million (mostly by reductions in sports programs and staff) supposed to be the point?
It seems to me that the reason the board spent $863,114 to hire the virtual consultant, known as "FNI," was this firm's promise to create an environment that was hospitable to "21st Century education."
Apparently, enough voters registered a serious concern about whatever "21st c. education" might be, and that they would prefer to stick with traditional classrooms, small class sizes, and teachers who are capable of teaching on their own, rather than in groups.
So, if the plan developed by FNI was supposed to be about 21st Century education, and now it's not, why proceed?
Here's the point: Will the "hybrid" school improve academic achievement in the BHSD? What are the specific advantages offered by this plan in terms of improvement of student learning?
Yes, it has a BIG auditorium, and a BIG new pool, and those are very nice. But this is supposed to be a SCHOOL, not a "sports and entertainment complex."
As to any operational savings, reductions in cost can be achieved right now by consolidating sports teams as necessary and reducing administrative staff.
Many administrators have time to attend the Town Hall meetings, strictly as "observers," often held during their work day. If they don't have anything better to do, then do we really need them?
Funding is per pupil, but spending is "per adult." Spend less on adults and you have more for the students.