Huntsville City Schools work session addresses unanimous votes and Behavioral Learning Guide

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Parents and teachers with Huntsville City Schools have until Friday to get their comments in on the new Behavioral Learning Guide.

Thursday night the school board discussed the guide at a work session, but first members addressed an article from our news partner, AL.com.

The article states that ever since Superintendent Wardynski started in November of 2014, every vote but one has passed unanimously. That’s more than 200 actions.

However, at the meeting the board claims parents don't understand, it's just policy.

Many people are asking, where's the balance in that?

"Well, the balance is the superintendent puts forth the recommendation and the board votes it up or down. And then the board can still not act without a written recommendation of the superintendent. So that's where the balance comes in," explained Huntsville City School Board member, Laurie McCaulley.

Then Huntsville City School Attorney, J.R. Brooks, cited policy stating any action the board takes is required to be recommended by the superintendent by statute.

Board member Mike Culbreath elaborated, "We are involved in steps. It may not be in the public, but our opinion is asked and sometimes taken and sometimes not. But we are still part of the process."

Next, the behavioral learning guide was addressed.

Board members noted themes and concerns the public has expressed within the last two weeks.

Trends like; clarification in the discipline app and cell phone policy and concerns over students who regularly misbehave.

Another public concern is with a Teacher Effectiveness committee within the Behavioral Learning Guide. Citizens questioned the structure and effects of the evaluation.

The committee of teachers focuses on planning and instructional delivery, assessment of and for learning, and learning environment.

One citizen asked how the district will assess a positive climate.

"It comes in a variety of factors,” explained Wardynski . “We look at all the factors coming out of our schools; walk-throughs, feedback we get from community. So it’s not a measure it's a whole composite of measures."

Friday is the final day to turn in feedback on the Behavioral Learning Guide.

From there, the committee of eight teachers and principals will be tasked with making guide revisions from concerns.

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