E-Editions | Subscriptions | Contact Us | About Us | Classifieds | FREE Classified – Items Under $50 | Photos | FREE E-Editions
The Lakeland Times | Minocqua, Wisc.

Jim Tait 02/01-02/28/17

home : news : news June 26, 2017

4/18/2017 7:29:00 AM
Considerations continue on LUHS's 'Coherent Governance' model
Contributed graphic

The Coherent Governance system alignment.
Contributed graphic

The Coherent Governance system alignment.

Evan Verploegh
Features Reporter


The Lakeland Union High School Policy Committee continued discussions about the possibility of instituting the Coherent Governance model into the school board system. The idea behind the model is to make proceedings more efficient.

The committee heard a pitch on Coherent Governance on March 23 from Linda Dawson, of the Aspen Group International. The model was developed by Dawson and her partner Dr. Randy Quinn. The April 12 meeting saw committee members sharing opinion on moving forward with the $50,000 program.

With that price tag and the basic principles of the model understood by the LUHS board, committee member Barry Seidel brought up the possibility of making changes independent from the Coherent Governance model.

"Our priorities lie in goal setting, role definition, turf staking, if you will, and accountability," he said. "If we're going to approach that model on our own, we need to determine which branches we're going to attack first."

Seidel went on to say it would be in the best interest of the board to begin approaching their in place policies with the Coherent Governance mindset. One of the primary aspects of Coherent Governance is having the board act in a legislative and judicial body, rather than administrative.

Committee member Barb Peck questioned the need to have the Aspen Group involved in the process.

"It's extremely costly," she said. "I'm not sure we can make all these changes by ourselves, but we can start. There are four areas in the governance model, one being how we govern ourselves."

Seidel said he is in fact in favor of having the Aspen Group facilitate the process. He believes it will "save us a lot of time and effort."

"I'm willing to temper that, with the idea that it's $50,000," he said.

Another option is researching different school board governing models from WASB (Wisconsin Association of School Boards), which can potentially come at a lower cost, but in less detail than Aspen's Coherent Governance model.

Should the Aspen Group's Coherent Governance model be chosen, three to five meetings would take place with the board to get new policies - governance, operational expectations, board superintendent - in place. The Aspen Group would be heavily involved over the first three months of transition.

Committee chair Tom Gabert said he's concerned there would initial energy for the new policies, before returning into old habits.

"Especially when there is a change of board members," Peck said.

It was suggested to speak with other districts who have implemented the Coherent Governance model to give their input on the system.

Financial burden remained a strong concern among board members, but there was a common sentiment that a change in their governance model needs to be made for continued improvement.

Coherent Governance is expected to be discussed at the April 24 LUHS School Board meeting.

Evan Verploegh may be reached via email at everploegh@lakelandtimes.com.



Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Article comment by: G.D. Holcombe

$50,000 to implement the latest corporate governance fad? Please. There is no shortage of better ways to improve education at LUHS with that much taxpayer money. How about the board members just do the jobs they've been elected to do with the focus on improving educational outcomes, holding employees accountable for results, and doing both with an eye toward financial efficiency and cost control?



Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search
search sponsored by



Subscription Login
LOGIN | SUBSCRIBE












American Investigator





Ministry

Life | Snow/Trail Conditions | Road Conditions | Wisconsin Lottery | Facebook

Lakeland Printing, Inc. • P.O. Box 790 • Minocqua, WI 54548

The Lakeland Times • The Northwoods Super Shopper
Phone: (715) 356-5236 • Fax: (715) 358-2121

Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Community Papers, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

Software © 1998-2017
1up! Software
, All Rights Reserved