On the night of November 8, 2010 the Cy-Fairs Board of Education members led by Dr.John Olgletree started out with the accomplishments of their schools athletics, art, dance, and literacy accomplishment thus far. From there they took a vote on whose name should represent one of the new schools that was in the process of being built in the Cy- Fair district. The former teacher Cheryl Salyards was in the running for her name to be on the school. Of the seven board members four of them voted for Cheryl Salyards. A teacher who had taught hearing impaired student for the past thirty-two years. I really thought that was the most interesting part of the meeting because I never knew how the school’s names were selected. Soon after that one of the board members showed some hostility with the decision that was made. I was totally surprised by the comments that he made. One of the teachers took the podium addressing the school board with some concerns about her school having very few teachers. She told the board that the shortage of teachers meant that class sizes were large and the work load was heavy. She made the comment “if I look tired it’s because I am.” I was impressed by that statement because that teacher didn’t have to go around campus complaining instead, she went to the school board to let them know. Mary Jadlowski Assistant Superintendent discussed an AP program that allows high school students that qualify to start taking college courses before they graduate. Those were the most interesting things about the meeting in my opinion. Towards the end of the meeting President Dr. Olgletree discussed how they were going to spend their funds within the district and surrounding areas. I wasn’t really interested in that because I didn’t understand some of the things he was talking about. What was surprising is that after the teacher had been chosen to have her name on the new school almost everyone who was in the meeting had left excluding the Board of Education members. It seemed to me the audience cared about nothing else that was said because in the end no one asked any questions.
Watching a school board meeting online was very interesting and I believe that everybody including parents, teachers, and children should experience a board meeting at least once. Reason is because things go on that effect our kids that are discussed in board meetings. For example, the teacher that discussed some of her issues about the overcrowding of class rooms and how it affected her. Those things can have an affect on a child who may be in that classroom. One important thing that I learned is that the school board makes many of the decisions and votes on what goes on in the district. Even though viewing the meeting online taught me a lot, the next time I will go sit in and get the real experience for myself.