After the meeting was moved to the Burton High School Auditorium to seat the large crowd, members of the public shared concerns about discipline and other issues at the school. During open forum, several came forward and said their complaints were not being heard.
Superintendent Edna Kennedy spoke to the public, reminding them that the best ways to communicate with the Board are found in the student handbook that parents sign off on. She said complaints go through a process that starts with a teacher, and works up to the school board and superintendent. Trustee Felton Cox suggested the committee look into simplifying the process for voicing complaints.
Board president Demetrius Colvin said it’s easy for parents to forget how difficult teaching can be, and thanked teachers for the jobs they do. He also thanked the public for voicing their concerns to the board, and assured them the Board will continue to do what is best for students and their education.
Other agenda items included the approval of director and diagnostician contracts for Burton Special Services Cooperative, a report from the athletic director, a presentation on school safety, and the hiring and resignation of several staff members.