It looks like Wake County school board member Susan Evans is ready to jump in with ideas she wants the staff to explore under the student assignment directive.
In a Wednesday morning email to staff that was copied to board chairman Kevin Hill, Evans said she wanted to "float some ideas" about next steps in the assignment process. Evans wrote that Hill suggested she initiate the meeting with staff because the board won't be meeting for a month.
"I realize that you will need some time to determine what staff members will be charged with this task, etc., so I am not asking for this discussion to take place immediately, but would appreciate an the opportunity to brainstorm with those involved before we get too far into the process," Evans writes.
Chief Transformation Officer Judy Peppler copied the whole school board in her Wednesday night reply to Evans that staff is still determining who will be involved in carrying out the directive. Peppler told board members in the meantime to send their thoughts via email.
Here's the email Evans sent Wednesday morning:
To: Anthony Tata/Superintendent/WCPSS@STAFF, Judith Peppler/Transformation/WCPSS@STAFF, Laura Evans/StudentAssignment/WCPSS@Staff
From: Susan Evans/Superintendent/WCPSS
Date: 06/20/2012 10:54AM
Cc: Kevin Hill/Superintendent/WCPSS@STAFF
Subject: Next Steps
Tony, Judy and Laura,
Well it was a very long night and I definitely appreciate all of the staff that had to stay at the Board's meetings until the wee hours of the morning!
I have spoken with Kevin Hill this morning regarding my desire to share some ideas for consideration when contemplating the revised assignment rules. To be clear, I am not intending to give demands, but would like to sit down with Laura Evans, or whoever will be tasked with the responsibility for the upcoming revisions, to float some ideas for feasibility consideration. Kevin indicated that he would be talking with the staff soon about benchamrks and timelines for status and feedback opportunities with the Board, and I antipicate that we might discuss some of that at our next work session. But in light of the fact that we will not meet as a Board for another month, Kevin suggested that I contact you to initiate setting up a time for me to come in and discuss my ideas. I realize that you will need some time to determine what staff members will be charged with this task, etc., so I am not asking for this discussion to take place immediately, but would appreciate an the opportunity to brainstorm with those involved before we get too far into the process.
Susan P. Evans
Wake County Board of Education
(Apex/Holly Springs/SE Cary/W Cary/ N Fuquay-Varina)
Here's the response from Peppler:
To: Susan Evans/Superintendent/WCPSS@Staff
From: Judith Peppler/Transformation/WCPSS
Date: 06/20/2012 09:33PM
Cc: Anthony Tata/Superintendent/WCPSS@STAFF, Kevin Hill/Superintendent/WCPSS@STAFF, Laura Evans/StudentAssignment/WCPSS@Staff, BoardMembers@STAFF
Subject: Re: Next Steps
We are meeting internally on next steps and determining who will be involved in this latest directive and will be in touch with the board after we have a plan for moving forward. In the meantime, if you would like to send your thoughts via email so we have them going in that would be great.
Chief of Transformation and Staff
Wake County Public School System
5625 Dillard Drive, Crossroads 1
Cary, NC 27518
(I'm off until Tuesday. I've written posts to cover that time period.)