Board Meeting Comments

Meeting 20230119

Meeting 20230119

G1: Agreement
James Finney
01/19 03:32pm
Agency/Org:
It would have been helpful had the administration provided the budget for this grant. Also, it is impossible for Dr. Lerch to have signed the agreement on Jan. 20, 2023, since that date has not yet arrived.

G2: Professional Services Contracts: General
James Finney
01/19 04:01pm
Agency/Org:
It is absolutely inappropriate for the board to consider, in January, a proposal to fund a program that started several months ago. Programs shouldn't be allowed to operate for months without board approval. Where will the other $220,000 of funding come from? Are students being charged to participate? If so, how much? What provisions have been made to assure access for poor kids? Did the instrument petting zoos occur at every elementary school in the district, or just those few where the program is housed? The board should reject this funding request but encourage Kids Orchestra to fulfill the commitment made to participating students. Perhaps either the Baton Rouge Alliance for Students or Stand for Children would make a grant to the program. This would be the appropriate time for Kids Orchestra to submit a proposal for the 2023-2024 school year, particularly if they are able to offer a plan to involve all interested students and not just a privileged few.