Happy New Year everyone! I drafted a couple of posts in the last few weeks but never put the final polish on them, so the blog has been very quiet. We had our first Board meeting since mid-December last night, and so that was when this lapse was pointed out to me. Even so I drafted over 200 posts for you last year, more than in the previous years. I really just spent the last couple weeks of December with my family, hardly going near a PC, hardly making a phone call.
Most of the Board meeting last night was devoted to a review of the Capital Improvement Plan, our plans for buying land and building schools. Lord, what a fix we are in. Two years ago I told the Board of Supervisors that the problem of class size soon wouldn't be a matter of the operating budget, but of the lack of new schools. We're already there in some spots, we'll be there in a year or two in many more parts of the county, and it will be several years beyond that before we get out of it. So crowded classrooms are coming, there is no avoiding it. In a few years the people will ask "when did we get into this mess?" The answer is that we've been getting into it for the past few years, we're getting much deeper into it now. It's going to take some innovation to get through it, ways to increase the number of classrooms without building new schools or buying new land. Charter schools. Classrooms in innovative places. Maybe online learning. We can do it if we want to. Do you want to?