Valley Falls school district begins process of setting goals
by Clarke Davis
The Valley Falls Board of Education met for a couple of hours Saturday morning to begin the process of establishing a vision and setting goals for the school district.
The session was led by Doug Moeckel of the Kansas Association of School Boards. He helped the board set some ground rules and taught some basics in how public bodies should operate.
He pointed out that it takes four votes to decide something, but he suggested that after the decision is made the seven-member board should continue on as a united group.
Superintendent Loren Feldkamp said the board set another special meeting for last Wednesday evening. He said the board will probably hold three or four special meetings on the last Wednesday of the month as the members work through the goal-setting process.
“I want them to develop a road map and give me some specific instructions as to what I and the staff should be doing,” he said.
The board has already established some non-negotiables. “Provide students with a high quality education is the first one,” he said.
The Valley Falls board has three new members who took their seats in July. Carrie Belveal, Heidi Pickerell, and James Stevens joined John Shipley, Jody Lockhart, LaVerne Clark, and Sharon Sweeney. Shipley and Stevens did not attend Saturday’s meeting.
The board’s regular meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month. All meetings are open to the public.
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