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to utilize Manvel Junior High Annex
Jung working to fill Police Chief position
Congressman Pete Olson Visits Alvin-Manvel Area
Brazoria County Judge Breaks Ankle in Fall
City Council debates future development
City Council approves raise for City Manager
Council considers recycling program
AISD adopts "balanced" calendar
January 2, 2013
Takes Reigns of Government
Newly appointed City Manager Kyle Jung assumed his duties
in mid-January in fulfillment of the city charter that was approved by
voters in May, 2011. A Dallas native, Jung attended the University of St
Thomas in Houston and subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in Public
Administration from Texas Tech University. Jung brought practical experience
as a city manager and a twelve year stint with the Texas Municipal League
where he specifically dealt with the City Managers Association. The League
is a state-wide association of city managers with about 900 members.
Interim City Manager Ron Cox had served in the position since July 2011.
Upon his yielding the position to Jung, Cox was recognized by Mayor Delores
Martin for his contribution to the growth and success of Manvel. Cox enjoyed
a long and distinguished history with the city, serving in several advisory
and consulting capacities before accepting the interim city manager
position. He was instrumental in directing the city in the early stages of
the city’s new charter that was passed by voters last May and led the effort
in the hiring process for the new city manager.
Jung’s appointment uncovered some conflict among council in June when member
Adrian Gaspar suggested the mayor and the city manager exchange offices,
contending that Jung could better conduct business with the larger office.
Fellow members ultimately agreed that the change would allow him to work
more efficiently and would more clearly show the proper hierarchy of the
Mayor Martin expressed disappointment in council’s vote saying she has
“served this city to the best of my ability for the past eleven years. I
realize the city charter had changed my role and now I serve as the
ambassador for this city. I do love my role as Mayor. I am very proud of my
city. I am proud of what we have accomplished and will always promote it
everywhere I go. Respect is earned, not given. I thought I had earned it,
but I guess I was wrong.” She went on to say that she realized a long time
ago that an “office does not make a person, character makes a person”.
Council’s view was well stated by member John Cox who emphasized that he has
no disregard for the mayor and has great respect for her, but that it was
simply a belief that the city manager needs the bigger office to properly
conduct city business.
City Expands Business Opportunities
Manvel city council approved an ordinance that would expand the number of
permitted uses by businesses looking to move into the city or those wishing
to expand current activities. The Previous zoning ordinance allowed just 71
different kinds of business uses while the new ordinance significantly
expanded the possibility of new businesses gaining a permit to operate.
City council also approved infrastructure improvements for the extension of
water and sewer utilities on the north side of Highway 6. The improvements
will extend the service along the north side of Hwy 6 to the intersection
with Hwy 288. The Manvel Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) agreed to
fund up to $220,000; $163,000 for the water line and $51,000 for the sewer
line. The contract has a maximum price not to exceed $220,000.
MEDC also agreed to the funding of a new sanitary sewer line and a waterline
serving the south side of State Highway 6 with a water line bored under SH6
to connect to the existing line on the north side. The infrastructure
improvements should not exceed $1.6 million and will require the city to
finance the project with the collateral and payment coming from MEDC funds.
In November, council authorized a waterline extension to Rogers Road with
money that became available due to the east side project coming under budget
by over $30,000. City Manager Kyle Jung explained that extending the
waterline underneath Masters (FM 1128) to the west will allow a fire hydrant
to be installed and the two closest water meters to be put on the new line.
It also will allow the future extension of the line to the west thereby
taking in all the structures along Rogers Road. Currently serving Rogers is
a 4 inch line that was put in decades ago.
Mayor Delores Martin said that in the more than eleven years she has been in
office various businesses have come in to Manvel excited about establishing
operations only to be discouraged once it is realized that the city does not
have the water and sewer infrastructure to accommodate their needs. She
expressed her belief that the improvements will expand business activity in
the city to stimulate economic growth.
Lakeland Development Issues
Construction of the Lakeland development just north of Manvel High School is
currently in progress with model homes expected to be available in early
2013. The development is projected to contain more than 600 homes when
build-out is complete. The construction raised several issues requiring
Citizens complained of heavy equipment and trucks creating a noise nuisance
as early as 4AM on some days. In response, council adopted regulations on
construction hours of operation, construction debris left on roadways, the
securing of construction materials when there is an impending storm
approaching the area, and acceptable sound decibel levels. The new ordinance
limits construction hours from 7AM to 9PM. The goal is to limit heavy
construction activities such as excavating, dirt work, site preparation, and
demolition. Lighter construction activities, such as erection, alteration,
installation, and repair would be regulated by the sound ordinance.
Residents living near the development were in a month’s long dispute with
city council and the developers concerning the drainage work done on the
east side of McCoy. Resident complained of encroachments beyond the easement
boundary and ditches dug too deep and steep to be able to adequately
The developer claimed to have performed construction in good faith on
approved plans but nevertheless followed through on a commitment to ensure
the issue was addressed to an acceptable resolution.
Long-time Police Chief Ralph Garcia’s employment with the city was
terminated in November. The city manager placed the chief and Captain Duke
Adkisson on administrative leave with pay approximately two weeks before the
decision to terminate them was announced. Jung explained a lack of
confidence in the Chief’s ability to effectively lead the Police Department,
going on to say that the determination grew from the discovery of various
state administrative requirements not being adhered to, that the Chief
failed to keep the City Manager informed of pertinent issues, and that the
Chief disregarded instructions to not interfere with an on-going
Council unanimously agreed with the action while Garcia expressed
disappointment that he did not have an opportunity to defend himself at
council meetings or during the investigation. Sergeant Art Chapa is serving
as interim chief while Jung conducts a search process for a permanent
Long time Manvel Librarian Kathryn Klentzman retired after 26 years of
service with the Brazoria County Library System. She became librarian in
1985 when the facility was located in the old school building. Under her
stewardship, the city’s library grew from the smallest branch in the county
to the 5th busiest. The library circulates 9,000 items each month, boasts
more than 5,000 registered patrons, and provides numerous services including
public computers, adult reading clubs, and many children’s programs.
Another long-time public servant, Shirley Brothers, Alvin ISD’s Director of
Public Information, retired after 40 years of dedicated service to public
education and the district. Brothers began her career in 1971 as a special
education teacher in Alvin ISD. After 14 years of teaching, she became the
District’s first Coordinator of Public Relations. She was soon named the
Director of Public Information, and held that post for 26 years. During her
tenure she worked with eight different superintendents, multiple Board
members, and an array of administrators, teachers and staff.
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AISD to utilize Manvel
Junior High Annex
January 9, 2013
The Board of Trustees for the Alvin Independent School District (AISD)
approved a budget amendment at its December meeting that will allot nearly
$1.3 million to fund a Career Technical Education (CTE) program at the
Manvel Junior High School annex. From the funding, nearly $418,000 will go
to construction and just over $450,000 will provide furniture, fixtures, and
Recommendations for a CTE program determined the need for lab space for new
programs such as cosmetology and additional facilities for programs such as
HVAC, Agricultural Mechanics and Metal, Construction Technology,
Manufacturing, Veterinarian Technician, and Information Technology. A CTE
Advisory Committee made up of CTE teachers and community members agreed with
the district’s administration that more courses leading to certifications
were of significant value for AISD students.
The District wants to begin course offerings at the Annex for the 2013-2014
Based upon the time constraints and budget challenges that will be placed on
the CTE project, the Board of Trustees approved a request by the District’s
Building Programs Department that the use of the Construction Manager at
Risk procurement method be utilized for the project. This method uses a
competitive bid process to ensure best quality pricing. To a greater level
than other contracting methods, the process provides the contractor be more
responsible for keeping the project on budget and on schedule.
In other news concerning District facilities, AISD Superintendent Dr. Fred
Brent, was glad to announce the completion of a Long Range Facility Plan at
the December Board of Trustees meeting. While acknowledging much growth in
the district over the last several years, including the building of new
schools and maintaining current campuses, Brent feels the Plan will provide
a solid foundation when talking with citizens about what has been done, what
future needs could be, and what options are available for maintaining
AISD’s Director of Support Services, Pat Miller, claims the district
contains 3.5 million square feet. He said the work on the Long Range
Facility Plan began in July when an architectural firm was hired to assist
the district in facility planning and bond planning. The purpose of the 600
plus page report is primarily for AISD’s Citizens Advisory Committee to
understand the history of and future facility needs of the district. It will
also serve to address current aging facilities, their site conditions, and
Interviews with maintenance and facilities staff were conducted as well as
walkthroughs of each building by architects, engineers, and planners in
preparation of the report. Systems Level Assessments were conducted on the
mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in facilities over fifteen
years old while systems in newer buildings were tagged with expected dates
for a required systems assessment.
A site utilization study was performed that looked at the amount of land
contained at some sites in an effort to determine whether or not it is being
utilized to its full efficiency. The utilization study served also to
address whether additional land should be considered for sale and what
limitations and possibilities would be available for a particular site in
case of expansion. An energy assessment was part of the report with the goal
being to generate ideas to more efficiently utilize the energy consumption
of the facilities.
The report states that half the district’s facilities are considered aging
but that all are well maintained. Structures over forty years old should be
considered for replacement, though renovation and/or expansion could be
undertaken to help accommodate expected growth. The report considered the
fact that some unoccupied facilities, such as Manvel Junior High, offer a
good opportunity to allow the temporary placement of students in case of
replacement or renovation of older facilities.
The report reiterated the large amount of growth on the west side of the
district and the need for additional elementary schools, Junior High
Schools, and a High School in the next ten years to service that area. It
also reported the possibility of expanding some east side schools to help
stave off the west side needs and reduce the requirement for temporary
buildings currently being utilized at many district campuses.
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Jung working to fill
Police Chief position
January 9, 2013
Manvel City Manager Kyle Jung has received 87 resumes for the Chief of
Police position. He requested candidates submit their resumes by December 31
and plans the initial review to take place in early January.
Jung explained that he is “reviewing the submissions now and hope to
identify a group of semifinalists shortly. Once the semifinalists are
identified, a more detailed review of experience, credentials, and knowledge
will be done. This review will help identify a group of finalists who will
be invited for personal interviews, a tour of the city, and to meet city
He went on to say that “once interviews are concluded, I will select the
candidate I think is most qualified for the position and, as required by the
city charter, an item will be placed on a future city council meeting agenda
for the city council to concur with my hiring decision.”
Jung explained that detailed background checks will be conducted on the
finalists and a pre-employment drug screen and physical exam will be
required before any employment offer is made.
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Olson Visits Alvin-Manvel Area
January 16, 2013
Congressman Pete Olson paid a visit to the area last week where he offered
some remarks to the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce. Olson recently
assumed representation of the area subsequent to the change in district
boundary lines taking effect this year. Olson is beginning his third term in
Congress having first won the 22nd District seat in 2008.
Olson grew up in Seabrook and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1981.
He received a BA from Rice University and earned a Law Degree from the
University of Texas. Subsequent to passing the bar exam, Olson became a
Naval Aviation Officer and enjoyed a decorated career as a pilot of the P-3C
Orion anti-submarine aircraft. In 1994 his combat aircrew was named the
Pacific Fleet’s best in anti-submarine warfare.
Later in 1994, Olson was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and
eventually served as a Naval Liaison Officer to the US Senate. In 1998,
Olson became a legislative aide to then Texas Senator Phil Gramm and assumed
the Chief of Staff position to Senator John Cornyn who replaced Gramm in
Olson serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee having wide
jurisdiction over energy, healthcare, and the telecommunications industries,
including oversight of five cabinet level departments and seven independent
In his remarks, Olson explained that he voted against the recent Fiscal
Cliff legislation. While it did some good things with the tax code in
keeping ‘current tax rates for approximately 99% of citizens, it did nothing
to address the biggest problem we have, which is out of control spending.”
He claims that for every one dollar saved over forty was spent in the bill.
Olson says it is time we stop kicking the can down the road. Sequestration,
which will automatically cut funding to defense and other government
programs, was put off until February 28.
A big thing to deal with immediately, Olson says, is the Country’s debt
ceiling which is technically limited to about $16.2 trillion which was hit
on New Year ’s Day. “Happy New Year,” Olson said, as he explained that every
US citizen owes over $50,000 for their share of the federal debt.
Olson said the US Treasury currently has enough money to keep the government
in operation through late February or early March and emphasized that he
will not agree to an increase in the debt limit unless “every penny is
matched with some sort of cut in spending”. He would like to see even twice
or three times that amount in spending cuts. “We can’t keep pushing this
debt on our kids and grandkids,” he says.
Olson said he is “thrilled to be a member of Congress” and is “working for
you guys.” He welcomes and encourages citizen input and described other
things he can do for constituents, such as flying a flag over the Capitol
for special occasions, arranging Capitol or White House tours when visiting
DC, dealing with VISA problems, or any trouble with the Federal Government.
Olson said “you would be amazed how when a member of congress calls some
bureaucrat in DC all the sudden something that was a problem is not a
Olson briefly addressed other issues, including the likely gun control
battle that looms ahead, saying it is too early to tell how that will
proceed. He did posit his opinion that “blaming gun owners and manufacturers
is missing the target.” He feels efforts would be better directed to our
mental health system and not allowing people access that should not have
their hands on any sort of weapon at all. He also calls on Hollywood to stop
glorifying violence and encourages parents to set limits and controls on the
violent video games that many kids engross themselves in today.
Olson has regional offices in Pearland and Sugarland as well as his Capitol
office in Washington. Complete contact information as well as other material
can be found on his website, http://olson.house.gov.
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Brazoria County Judge
Breaks Ankle in Fall
January 16, 2013
County Judge Joe King is recovering from a broken ankle suffered in a fall
at the back door of the County Court House last week. According to his Chief
Administrator, Arthur Velasquez, King was heading to a meeting when his
leather boots slipped on a wet surface due to rain. He twisted his right leg
and hurt an ankle, learning later after an ambulance trip to the hospital
that he had broken the ankle.
Velasquez explained that the Judge had a knee replacement procedure done
about a year ago and was originally concerned that it might have been
damaged in the fall. Fortunately the knee survived with no further injury
other than some soreness. The Judge will be on crutches for at least three
weeks and is currently wearing a boot cast.
Velasquez said the Judge drove himself to work the very next day and he is
carrying on County business as usual.
Judge King has served Brazoria County for more than 42 years. He has been
the County Judge for six years and prior to that was Brazoria County Sheriff
for 24 years. He also has worked as a Texas Department of Public Safety
state trooper. Judge King has aided numerous civic associations and
volunteer efforts and currently is a director of the Brazoria County
Cattleman's Association and is a past director of the Brazoria County Fair
and the Brazoria Association for Citizens with Handicaps.
Judge King recently received the Distinguished Alumni award from the
University of Houston--Clear Lake and has been recognized by the Federal
Bureau of Investigation with one of the highest honors given to non-federal
law enforcement personnel. King’s current term runs to 2015.
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City Council debates
January 23, 2012
Manvel City Council discussed the second reading of a proposed amendment to
the city’s Zoning Ordinance that would authorize a Specific Use Permit for
5.2 acres located on FM 1128 near the intersection with DelBello Road. The
first reading of the proposal was approved by council at their last December
The discussion at the January 14 meeting led to comments from some members
questioning the amendment on whether or not it reflects the direction of
future development the city desires. Member Lew Shuffler prefaced his
reservations by saying that he is all for new business coming to the city
and explained his main goal for serving on council is to set a good
direction for the growth which is soon coming. Shuffler’s vision for the
city’s primary thoroughfares include homes, businesses, strip malls, and
restaurants like other towns along highway 6 have developed. He feels 1128
should be “reserved for the modernization of the city.” He expressed concern
that bringing in heavy industrial or commercial could detract from other
businesses wanting to come into that area. “I don’t think it is going to do
us good in the long term as the city develops to attract businesses along
our main roads,” he said.
Melody Hanson was in agreement with Shuffler questioning “whether or not it
is in the right spot there,” referring to the FM1128 location. She said her
concern was that it “is heavy commercial, not commercial,” and wonders what
businesses would want to be beside it having to deal with the sound and
dust.” Hanson went on to say she always envisioned Hwy 6 to be heavy
commercial and said that she “never anticipated 1128 being so.” Her vision
sees business and residential and some mix of that along 1128 primarily
because “there is residential not too far away” from the proposed site.
Member Adrian Gaspar favors the amendment. He reminded council that there is
another company just down the road conducting a similar business where
18-wheelers come and go a few times a day. He sees that part of 1128
possibly becoming an area for trucking companies and heavy equipment
storage. “They are not going to work on the site as they may use it for
parking or vehicle maintenance,” he said and further described the business
as having their trucks and equipment off-site for days, weeks, or even
months at a time.
Shuffler countered by asking if the city wants that part of 1128 to be
industrial/heavy commercial as it would be the first thing people see as
they enter the city from the north. He said that once a business is allowed
it will be grandfathered and would not be easily changed. “I don’t see that
as being good for the future of the city; it’s not going to be becoming or
attractive,” he said.
Mayor Martin feels the business “would not be a detriment to that area.” She
reminded council that any business wanting to locate in that area would be
required to apply for a Specific Use Permit and that each application would
be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Jim Sullivan, the city’s contracted permit official, told council that no
water or sewer will serve the area for the near future which makes
additional development of heavy commercial facilities unlikely. Gaspar
expanded on that point saying “we are kind of over doing it by not allowing
him to have a business because we think in 10 to 20 years we will flourish
in that area (1128).”
Member Hanson suggested the city place a mandatory review period on the
permit so that it could be re-assessed at some time in the future. City
Manager Kyle Jung told council that the owner may decide against the
business if he faces the possibility of losing his permit in the future.
Member John Cox lives near the site and said he is “not 100% for it either”
as he expressed concern about the heavy trucks and equipment that sometimes
inhibit travel along the road. He raised a point to consider regarding a
“bad little curve” producing a blind spot at the intersection with DelBello
Road that could be a serious hazard on foggy mornings.
Maureen DelBello questioned the 8-foot cyclone fence anticipated for the
site, saying she understood the reason for it but “wouldn’t want it if I
lived in the area.” The fence would surround the entire property and does
meet the ordinance as it is not specifically disallowed.
Concerns about the specifics of the Permit were raised as well with DelBello
asking “how can we pass an ordinance that we are just guessing about”
because we don’t have plans to go by. Sullivan explained that earning the
Specific Use Permit would then allow the business to apply for a building
permit. Specifics about building facades, landscaping, out buildings, and
other like concerns would be addressed at that time.
Ultimately council agreed to table the matter with the intention of bringing
the owner in to answer questions and provide some detail about his
development plans. It is expected the matter will be on the agenda for the
next council meeting scheduled for January 28.
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approves raise for City Manager
January 23, 2013
City Council met in Executive Session at its previous meeting to discuss
compensation and terms of employment for the City Manager, Kyle Jung.
Subsequent to the Session, council voted to approve an amendment to his
Employment Agreement providing a monthly raise of $2,000. Jung assumed
office in January last year and his contract with the city calls for an
annual employment review. His Employment Agreement provides salary and
various benefits, including insurance, dues payments, and a car allowance.
Members did not offer comments with the vote, which favored the raise 6-1.
Member John Cox voted against the raise. Asked to comment, Cox claims to
support Jung and says he is doing a good job, but he feels the city cannot
afford the increased compensation package. “There is a limit to what we can
pay,” Cox believes. He says most people are lucky to get a 3-5% raise while
Jung was voted 14%. He went on to say that he has “no problem giving the man
a raise, but I just don’t think this was the time to do it.”
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City Council considers
January 30, 2013
Manvel City Council received a presentation from Progressive Waste
Solutions, formerly IESI, on implementing a recycling program for the city.
The key to effective recycling today is the ability to pick it up
efficiently. Previously a truck would stop at a house and have to
compartmentalize the various forms of recyclable material before moving on
to the next house. It would take five times as long to pick up recycling as
it did garbage and the cost was extremely high.
Unlike some parts of the country, Texas for years was a challenging
recycling market as it was costly to collect and the actual value earned
would not come close to what was paid to pick it up. For years, recycling in
Texas was done on a feel-good basis only. Now the facilities are available
to more efficiently process the material, allowing for a streamlined
collection process and a reduction in costs.
The separation process is now done at the plant so that all recyclable
materials can be thrown into one receptacle for pick up requiring neither
the user nor the collector on the street to have to sort or clean as was
Three months ago, Alvin elected to go with the same recycling program
proposed for Manvel. Much like Manvel, their participation rate in recycling
efforts was low. Before implementation of the program, trash was collected
twice each week with the recycling material picked up every other week. The
program instituted an alternating once-a-week pick-up for recycling material
and once-a-week pick-up for garbage. There has been very little push back
from the community since its implementation.
Studies indicate that approximately 65% of household waste consists of
recyclable materials, thus requiring less garbage capacity. Two big rolling
containers are provided the homeowner: a green one for garbage, and a blue
one for recycling. Taken together the containers provide ample room for both
weekly garbage and recycling so that pick-up once-a-week is more than
sufficient for most property holders.
The cost of the new program would be no more than is presently paid as the
pick-up process and frequency remains the same. The current rate charged a
Manvel homeowner is $58 per quarter.
Sedona Lakes has been using the program for six months and reports great
success. Council was unanimous in their feeling that they would like to
implement the program city-wide and directed the City Manager and City
Attorney to present a proposal for consideration at the next council meeting
scheduled for February 11.
In other council news, the change in the zoning ordinance to accommodate a
Specific Use Permit for 5.2 acres on FM 1128 for Heavy and Civil Engineering
Construction was approved by council on a 6-1 vote. Lew Shuffler was the
lone dissenting vote as he stood by his vision for the city that would call
for more modern development along FM 1128, including new homes, strip malls,
stores, restaurants, and other modern facilities. Shuffler feels the
establishment of Heavy Commercial enterprises along the corridor will
detract from future businesses wanting to locate there.
Approval was granted of a proposal from Daniel Scott Engineering, LLC to
prepare and file the required permitting application to the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for the renewal of the city’s Wastewater
Permit. City Manager Kyle Jung explained to council that the process is
required two years earlier than expected due to a change in TCEQ procedures
that serve to standardize all permitting processes. Normally the permit runs
for five years.
Approval was also granted to allocate not more than $25,000 to Olson &
Olson, LLP for services to update the city’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan.
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adopts "balanced" calendar
January 30, 2013
The Board of Trustees for the Alvin Independent School District (AISD) voted
to accept the Academic Calendar for the 2013-2014 school year at its January
meeting. The adopted calendar was submitted for Board approval from three
options, from which the staff at each campus was given an opportunity to
vote. Superintendent Dr. Fred Brent told the Board that the district does
not enjoy the autonomy of calendar creation as it once did due to state
requirements for class start dates and such.
State law mandates 180 instructional days leading Trustee Mike Lansford to
inquire why the calendar does not provide that number. Brent responded that
the calendar includes 175 instructional days and was designed to best
optimize instructional days balanced with professional learning
opportunities for teachers and staff.
While 180 instructional days is mandated, three days are allowed as a
qualified “waiver” by state regulators so that essentially 177 instructional
days are necessary. To implement more staff development, specifically in
math, science and social studies, an additional two-day waiver was approved
by the Board last October, explaining the 175 days. Mandatory testing days
are taken away from that number and holiday/break days total 23 for the
Teacher contracts require the District provide at least ten development
days. To meet that requirement and provide sufficient instructional days,
contracts would have to be re-done with additional pay due teachers and
staff, or reductions in traditional holiday periods such as Christmas,
spring break, and such would have to be made. The Board was told that one
would be hard pressed to find a district in Texas that meets the 180
instructional day mandate without exercising one of the allowed waivers.
Scheduling professional development workshops on non-instructional days will
minimize the number of substitute teachers required in classrooms, Dr. Brent
explained. The use of substitutes, he posits, compromises learning in the
classroom and costs the district additional money. The district provides
multiple opportunities through workshops and conferences throughout the year
to help teachers enhance their skills. Brent says “we want to make sure we
continue our teacher’s learning as well.”
Trustee Tiffany Wennerstrom told fellow Board members that teachers in the
District tell her the staff development and continual training they receive
is a real benefit and one that a lot of districts don’t offer. They also
tell her that they hate being pulled out of the classroom. Wennerstrom
expressed her feeling that “if you are going to pull them from the classroom
and put a sub in, you might as well just give them (students) the day off;
there’s not much learning taking place.”
Trustee Lansford asked how many subs the district utilizes each day and if
“those are wasted days?” Brent did not know the number of subs used, but
responded affirmatively to the “wasted days” inquiry, saying “we do lose
quality of instruction when the teacher is not in the classroom” and went on
to say that the District tries to minimize the use of subs as a “certified
teacher in the classroom is the best learning option for kids.”
Brent emphasized his belief in the importance of the professional
development opportunities given teachers, saying it is “extremely critical
to the growth of our teachers.” He continued, “if we don’t model learning as
teachers and as educators then our students will not make it to where they
need to be.”
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