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School District seeks input on 'getting to the next level'

Original post made on Nov 2, 2009

Recognizing the talent in this area, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District is inviting community members to take part in one of four forums designed to assist the district in shaping proposals being introduced by the superintendent.

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Nov 2, 2009 at 10:48 am

Why is it that he wants to change something that is working really, really well? Seems this Enoch character has too much time on his hands.

...or could it just be that there is a hidden agenda for these community "forums?" And would that agenda involve more taxpayer money?

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Danville
on Nov 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm

I actually found his paper to be quite interesting and thought provoking.

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Danville
on Nov 2, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Ditto Mary!

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Nov 2, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Dear Dolores,

Successful virtual enterprise programs prepare students for development of their technical and creative concepts as actual businesses. I have enjoyed discussion of such technical and business programs for students with SRVUSD management that wish to mix academics with inventive commercial development.

I would be happy to create the links for the EXPRESS in support of SRVUSD to successful virtual enterprise programs in the North American and Asia Pacific Rim.

Harald A. Bailey
Technology & Markets Development
CIRCA Development Services (CIRCA/ds)
Member, CDSI Research Fellowship

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Posted by Bette Felton
a resident of Danville
on Nov 3, 2009 at 11:32 am

I cannot attend the forum, but salute the district for listening to good ideas from the community. First on my recommendation list would be the 'remaking' of the senior year. Although the state Dept of Education has had multiple projects 'modeling' how a senior year might bring more effective learning for students, parents, faculty and community members, it probably will be up to individual districts to really make this happen. Having worked with students in several districts that have adopted Senior Projects that last the school year, I have found that this strategy develops today's required skills and knowledge as well as meeting academic and career technical standards. I think a district could show terrific leadership by preparing faculty, parents and community members to organize and structure senior projects that could encompass and address the many elements of community problems. At the same time, students and faculty could address academic and life long learning standards. The main benefit is that when students are engaged on a year long team project, and mentored by engaged faculty and community members, they can synthesize all the learning that they have done in high school and make a difference in their community.

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Posted by M.D.
a resident of Alamo
on Nov 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm

What is the biggest problem with our school district? Most parents would say that we cannot get rid of bad teachers because of their tenure and contracts, and that the teachers' union is the culprit. I'm concerned that our superintendent's proposal places too much emphasis on technology (computers on wheels, laptops for 4th graders, electrophoresis equipment for middle school), which will divert attention and funding away from what matters most to our children's education--excellent teachers. We need to do much more as a community to attract great teachers and support them so that they want to stay. Give our students great teachers, give those teachers the chance to teach our children excellent writing skills and critical thinking skills, and that will bring our school district to "the next level".

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Posted by Republican
a resident of Danville
on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:28 pm

M.D. I agree with you 100% Good, logical points. More technology, just for technology sake, will not help our students. We are blessed with many great teachers, but unfortunately there are a few bad apples that really hurt the process and we can not get rid of them because of the Teacher's Union. There is a reason it is called the Teachers Union, and not the Student's Union, as their primary concern is their own self interest.

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Nov 14, 2009 at 7:37 am

The local media has done an excellent job of forcing public entities to divulge specifics of their payrolls including retirement compensation. This has lead to the beginnings of reform.

Now how about a listing of teachers and administrators salaries by name?

How about it Mr. Enoch? This would certainly take you to the "next level" with regard to transparency in the school system.

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Posted by Schoelersberger
a resident of Montair Elementary School
on Nov 14, 2009 at 7:46 pm


Steven Enoch is the best superintendent SRVUSD has ever had. His salary is posted and there is nothing to hide. Teachers and Administrators receive salaries according to their contracts.

Why do you hate Steven? He is a great guy, and he is the only one who was able to kick Becky Smith from her anchor post, she belongs in the senior home for retired felons.

Congratulations to Steven Enoch!!!!

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Nov 14, 2009 at 9:17 pm

No hate. That's reserved for the libs.

Yes, congratulations to Steve Enoch. Now post all teacher and administrator salaries by name according to their contract. Or is there something to hide???

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