BUSD board: ‘Accountability starts with us’

By Deb Murphy

Bishop Union School District’s Board President Taylor Ludwick admitted the 2019-20 year got off to a rough start at a special meeting held Monday evening.

The meeting had two items on the agenda: first, a clean-up motion on graduation requirements and, second, “communication between the Superintendent and school board.” Those in the packed cafeteria were there for the second item.

Roughly 20 people addressed the Board, questioning some of the policy changes initiated by new District Superintendent Jon Ray, a follow-up to a tumultuous meeting September 19. 

Teachers were in the position of justifying their work; parents were supportive of the teaching staff but felt sidelined from the process. Jose Jimenez saw the changes as taking the teachers away. “My kids rely on those teachers like they rely on us at home,” he told the board in reference to the proposal for Edgenuity, an on-line learning system.

Math Department Chair Barbara Fernandez referred to a letter from the District to parents citing underperformance on testing. “Those are strong words,” she said, “and they don’t represents what’s really going on.” Results from the district’s Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium testing, she explained, were not reaching standards but were on par with state results. She added that Bishop results were better than four out of five other comparable rural schools.

Basically, the Board put the brakes on both MAP testing and Edgenuity. The Board directed Ray to meet with stakeholders, parents and teachers, to develop goals and direction, specifically, improving communication and to provide more details on MAP testing.

Board members Claudia Moya-Tanner and Virginia Figueroa both told the audience to continue coming to meetings. “Accountability starts with us,” said Moya-Tanner.



5 Responses to BUSD board: ‘Accountability starts with us’

  1. Old Timer October 4, 2019 at 11:32 am #

    I forgot, bare and bear, there is a difference.

    • Pelican October 9, 2019 at 4:09 pm #

      Have or had?

  2. Old Timer October 4, 2019 at 11:28 am #

    Something is obviously wrong with our school system when people don’t know the difference between “break” which means “an opening” or “to ruin something”, among other things, and “brake” which means “to stop”, among other things. I have seen this particular misuse of words very often lately.(in the paper, on Tv, etc.)
    I have found numerous misspellings and misuse of words in the handouts that come from the elementary school. One of the calendars that came out had the wrong days of the week paired with the date. Boy, was that confusing for picture day!
    Maybe everyone needs to stop staring at their phones for awhile…

  3. Jamie Kalk October 3, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

    They have not put the breaks on the MAP testing. High school and middle school already have their tests and the Elementary school began their MAP testing this week.

  4. Jeff Willis October 3, 2019 at 5:14 am #

    You really want to go with this statement? “On par with state results”

    “Results from the district’s Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium testing, she explained, were not reaching standards but were on par with state results.”

    What you are saying that is that we are just as dumb as the rest of the state. It is nothing I would be proud of.


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