Here are the supplemental materials for the School Board meeting to be held at 7pm on Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at the Central Office Annex.
To this set of documents I've added a copy of a letter from Standard & Poors, notifying us of their rating of the bonds we'll be selling in a few days. They kept our rating at "AA" which means S&P is telling bond investors that we're a safe bet to pay back the principal with interest, as promised. This should cause our bonds to be priced at a very good rate, allowing us to retire other bonds on which we're paying a higher rate, saving all of us taxpayers a fair amount of money.
Well done to Treasurer Brian Wilson for detecting the opportunity, initiating this process, and seeing it through. He could have easily sat on his hands, and I doubt anyone would have known any difference (sounds like a good job for the Audit & Accountability Committee - to make sure we don't miss such opportunities).
Since the meeting is being held in the Annex rather than one of the school buildings, and the agenda is pretty routine, I expect that the public part of the meeting won't last long, and we'll be going quickly into executive session. The selection of our next Superintendent is of course the primary task at hand.
Other than our two internal candidates, Dave Stewart and Steve Estepp, I've not met any of the candidates that were just announced. On the advice of Dr. Bill Reimer from the ESC, who is managing our search and selection process, the Board gave authority to President Andy Teater and Vice-President Lisa Whiting to whittle the substantial list of applicants we received down to a small number who we will interview in depth.
That process begins next week.