“The Mushroom Effect” – an education for us all!! MUST READ!!

Just one mistake? No, in my short time as board member, I can think of several that I made. I’m comforted by little else than the knowledge that in nearly every instance, these mistakes came as a result of either mis-information or lack of information, but I didn’t know it ’til after the fact. School . . . → Read More: “The Mushroom Effect” – an education for us all!! MUST READ!!

What would you have done???

A friend recently shared with me a question posed to her by a current member of the Gilbert School Board. The question was, “I would really be interested to hear what you would have done about the budget?” A sensible and reasonable question that each of us might consider. This question however is a bit . . . → Read More: What would you have done???

GPS Spent Thousands on Survey Many Residents Recognized as a Political Push Poll

A push poll is a type of survey designed to persuade or influence the participant into changing their viewpoint on an issue. It is often used as a political strategy to lead voters in a certain direction. A few months ago Gilbert Unified School District hired WestGroup Research to survey approximately 600 Gilbert residents. The . . . → Read More: GPS Spent Thousands on Survey Many Residents Recognized as a Political Push Poll

$100,000 Strategic Plan

Back in 2009, board hopefuls EJ Anderson and Lily Tram approved spending 100K to company called HeinSight LLC. How many dry erase markers and reams of paper can 100K buy? It doesn’t matter because that is not what the board spent the money on. Volunteers and parents will buy school supplies for the kids if . . . → Read More: $100,000 Strategic Plan

*Did the 2007 voter approved override buy what GPS promised?

In 2007 voters approved a technology override for 57.4M. This money was earmarked to purchase computers for students and give them access to the internet.

What we received on that investment as far as we can tell is -only- access to the internet… albeit, excellent, high quality, access to the internet purchased through a new . . . → Read More: *Did the 2007 voter approved override buy what GPS promised?

Connections, connections, powerful connections: Will they be enough to pass the Gilbert Public Schools budget override?

What do McCarthy Construction, Chasse Building Team and Core Construction have in common? They are all construction contractors for Gilbert Public Schools. Core Construction is the primary financial contributor for the Gilbert Education Foundation (an organization GPS superintendent Dave Allison, GPS board member Helen Hollands are active board members and assistant superintendent Clyde Dangerfield is . . . → Read More: Connections, connections, powerful connections: Will they be enough to pass the Gilbert Public Schools budget override?

Daryl Colvin exploring GPS School Board candidacy

Mr. Daryl Colvin, a resident of Gilbert has launched an exploratory effort to run for Gilbert Public Schools – Governing Board. Mr. Colvin’s past involvement in all things political earn him a reputation for conservative ideals, fiscal responsibility, and no-nonsense management. Four (4) slots are open this election due to the recent resignation of board . . . → Read More: Daryl Colvin exploring GPS School Board candidacy

Who is behind the Gilbert Education Foundation?

The Gilbert Education Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that raises money to provide teacher grants, student scholarships, and social service assistance to Gilbert Public Schools employees and families.

The largest financial contributor to the GEF is Core Construction. Core Construction is a company that has done a substantial amount of work for Gilbert Public Schools, . . . → Read More: Who is behind the Gilbert Education Foundation?

Technology Spending within Gilbert Public Schools: Where is the Money Going and Who is Accountable?

The Federal Government developed a e-rate program through a tax attached to telephone services, was intended to bring internet, network and telecommunication services into poverty or low income schools and areas. The amount of e-rate reimbursement for each school district is dependent upon the number of students in the district qualifying for free and reduced . . . → Read More: Technology Spending within Gilbert Public Schools: Where is the Money Going and Who is Accountable?

The Gilbert Public Schools status quo satisfactory to the electorate?

Several folks are telling us they will be voting no to the budget override because of a lack of confidence in the leadership within Gilbert Public Schools. We are curious, do they mean the board, the superintendency, or both? The answer may be different depending on who you ask. Nevertheless, voters do not appear wholly . . . → Read More: The Gilbert Public Schools status quo satisfactory to the electorate?