Recently I was asked the question, "Why are you blogging so much? Since you're new on the board, shouldn't you be in a listening rather than a talking mode?" I believe this question stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of the point of my blog.
First of all, don't confuse my behavior when blogging with my behavior in the board meetings. I'll be the first to agree that I have plenty to learn about the school district and the board-- and if you attend one of the meetings (or watch the online videos) , you'll see that I spend the vast majority of each meeting listening rather than talking.
On the other hand, when blogging after each meeting, I try to communicate as much as possible on the key points covered and my thoughts about them. As your elected representative on the board, I'm trying to be as open as possible about these topics: it's what I promised during my campaign, and I believe it's an important opportunity for the people of Hillsboro. It's also a two-way method of communication: any member of the community can post followup questions in the comment field, or send me an email. I' ve received enough positive feedback about my blog to believe that there are a decent number of you out there who appreciate this service.
Most importantly, the open communication fostered in my blog has already shown results. You may recall that back in August, I published some info about a discussion on Dual Language programs that came up in our meeting, and the fact that parents could always choose to opt out. It turns out that due to poor communication at the school level, some parents thought they did not have this option, and contacted me about it. I was then able to work with Superintendent Scott to get a clear opt-out policy posted on the HSD website, as discussed in this followup post.
So, please continue following this blog, and contact me if any issue I mention here touches on your family.