Thursday, February 12, 2009

Mesa Public Schools update

Associate Superintendent Michael Cowan got a chance to interview for the top spot prior to the recent school board meeting. Although Mesa now faces another $1 million in cuts for this year, so I don't know how desirable the job really is.

Faced with sagging enrollment, a state budget for the last few years based on hopes and dreams rather than fiscal responsibility, and competition from other schools, Mesa is going to have to look for ways to innovate. Don't get me wrong, I still believe that "There is no better place to learn," but I think they are going to have to make some of Mesa's newcomers believe it as well.

First step, let us know what is going well in Mesa Public Schools. I haven't heard or read much about MPS besides these cuts for quite a while. Are the kids going to science fairs? Are there any cool things that teachers are doing? How about those specialty schools that you are running? How about doing a parade each year where you recognize all of the champions from different sports and events?

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