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City school board’s annual retreat not as fun as it sounds

Nathan Baker • Aug 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM

A school board retreat may summon up images of pale administrators relaxing on white sand beaches, but Johnson City Board of Education members won’t be drinking any frozen beverages from coconuts this weekend.

Friday evening and most of the day today, they’ll be discussing the future of the district here in Johnson City, far away from sandy shores.

“We do this every year,” Board Chairwoman Kathy Hall said before the informal meeting. “It’s really more casual than our normal meetings and we don’t take any official action.”

Over the two-day “retreat,” the board intends to conduct a self-evaluation of the past year to identify areas that may need improvement, Hall said.

They also planned to discuss specific issues that will likely come up during the school year.

“Next year’s budget is something we’ll talk about, and the implementation of Common Core is an important topic this year,” Hall said.

District Superintendent Richard Bales said the field house at Science Hill High School is another likely topic.

“It’s kind of a report card for the district and a plan for the rest of the year,” he said.

Although there won’t be any pig roasts or seafood delicacies, the board members will be treated to a feast of pizza.

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