Last week’s board study session was packed with great discussions, as was the Strategic Planning and Advisory Council meeting (SPAC) on Tuesday. Conversations included updates on proposed improvements in the Jefferson and Alameda articulation areas to create 7-12 campuses in an effort to improve achievement and alleviate overcrowding in some elementary schools. The board also discussed upcoming negotiations and learned more about interest based bargaining. There were also updates on student based budgeting which is allowing flexibility for local communities to make decisions best for their students. And finally, there were discussions about the classroom dashboard project. Details about both meetings follow.