The USD 250 Board of Education continued its tour of the district’s schools Monday night, holding its meeting at Westside Elementary School.

The USD 250 Board of Education continued its tour of the district’s schools Monday night, holding its meeting at Westside Elementary School.

Over the past several months, the Board has held meetings in its various schools as a way to get to know the teachers and the schools better. Board members join clusters of teachers and hold informal sessions, listening to the teachers talk about what they think is going well within their classrooms and schools and what they think needs improvement. They also ask questions about what they can do to better serve the schools and their students.

Board member Marlene Willis said she was pleased to hear that her group of teachers was “a happy crew, and they’re all very happy with the new administration. And even if the parents aren’t involved, the kids are improving.”

One of the recurring themes the Board members said they heard was the need for an improved playground and additional technology.

“But they’re happy, especially with the decision making and openness with parents,” Board member Joan Fields said, speaking to principal Ann Lee. “And they said if you ever have a day where you’re frustrated, they don’t see it.”

Board member Kayla Joy said she was impressed by the amount of pride the teachers and staff expressed in the school. Board member Al Mendez agreed.

“It’s contagious,” he said. “They’re very proud of what they’ve accomplished with their kids, and they should be.”

Mendez said he also was pleased with the way the school handles its substitute teachers.

“They’re trained  to use all of the technology, so they can jump right in and help out,” he sad. “You know it’s working well, because we’re not hearing about it.”

The Board hosts the traveling meetings about once every three years, Superintendent Destry Brown said. There is one building left to visit, and then it likely will be another three years before the next round.