Wauwatosa School Board discusses upgrading boardroom
New configuration of table, camera would cost up to $12,000
The Wauwatosa School Board is considering a plan to spend up to $12,000 on a new boardroom table, new chairs, and adding a camera to the room's recording system.
The current configuration is an arced set of desks that face the audience. Board members discussed a U-shaped table that would allow the board members to face each other to enhance discussion and interaction.
School Board members Michael Meier, Carmela Rios, Sharon Muehlfeld and Mary Jo Randall spoke in favor of exploring a new set-up. Anne Fee and Phil Kroner spoke against the change.
"I think somehow configuration matters in how we address each other as board members, and that directly affects our effectiveness as a body, which does directly affect student learning, because we do actually have a lot of power," Meier said. "And the more we work together, the more we will be able to affect student learning."
"I have to say I'm really opposed to taking any action in this area," Kroner said. "I think this table is fine. Any lack of board interaction is not because of the shape of the table. To be honest, I wish we were talking about student achievement data or some other aspect of student learning, rather than the shape of the table....Let's take the $12,000 and make 24 $500 innovation awards and give those out to teachers who think of new ways for students to learn who are not very successful in the classrooms."
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