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259 <br /> <br /> Ms. Daugherty said she shares Mr. Toscano's view and feels the Council will back <br />the School Board up on what they do, and asked that the School Board keep the Council <br />abreast of what they are doing. <br /> <br /> Mr. Cox said an important component is having broad based community partners <br />and he hopes the School Board will not shy away t~om their harshest critics. <br /> <br /> Dr. Symons said the preliminary thinking about the process is to first have <br />program managers submit where they can make changes. Then the School Board and <br />administrative staffwould review the issues. Dr. Symons said he thir&s a very small,. <br />perhaps ten, group of objective thinkers would look at the issues, including trade-offs and <br />consequences. An education vehicle with the larger community would occur at the same <br />time. Dr. Symons said a multiple year strategy and plan is needed. <br /> <br />Ms. Daugherty said she strongly supports the goal of increasing teacher salaries. <br /> <br /> Ms. Richards said Council's role should be to participate as part of the <br />community, not as political leaders having oversight of the School Board. Ms. Richards <br />said it is important to recognize the independence of school boards. <br /> <br /> Dr, Symons said there is a need to address performance evaluations as increases <br />are considered and plans to give increased attention to this. <br /> <br /> The meeting was adjourned. <br />Presi4~nt <br /> <br />COUNCIL CHAMBER - December 20, 1999 <br /> <br /> Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present: <br />Mr. Caravati, Mr. Cox, Ms. Daugherty, Ms. Richards, Mr. Toscano. <br /> <br />PUBLIC <br /> <br />There were no matters by the public. <br /> <br />RESOLUTION: ENDORSING VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL OF REVERSION <br />LITIGATION <br /> <br /> Mr. Clyde Gouldman, City Attorney, explained that since the public hearing held <br />on December 6th, the citizen group has filed a motion for a non-suit, which has been <br />signed by the judges, and the suit has ended. Two resolutions before Council are <br />Resolution "A" which is similar to the one presented at the public hearing, without the <br />language "decking town status" and wording suggested by Garrett Smith, attorney for <br />the petitioners; and Resolution "B" which is similar but broadens the groups thanked. <br /> <br /> Ms. Richards made a motion to approve Resolution "B" as she feels the tone is <br />more conciliatory, more appreciative of others, and includes more about local <br />government and the down sides of reversion. Mr. Toscano seconded the motion. <br /> <br /> Ms. Daugherty said she will support Resolution "B." Ms. Daugherty said that <br />Council has studied reversion for five years in great depth and she is not wilLing to <br />support reversion even though it has laudable goals. Ms. Daugherty said she feels it is <br />time for voluntary negotiation with Albemarle County. <br /> <br /> Mr. Caravati said that in some ways he prefers Resolution "A" because its <br />language is cleaner, but will support Resolution "B." Mr. Caravati said he feels the <br />portion about working with Albemarle County could be more forceful. <br /> <br /> <br />