LCSD Board Minutes 01/11/2022
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
DATE: January 11, 2022
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Hybrid Meeting (in-person at District Learning Center and online)
PRESENT: Barry DePaoli, Kim Thorpe, Jeff Fehr, Barb Polley, Erik Nelson, Stephanie Fuller, Brad Wilson, Scott Granger, Erin Morin, Sarah Clarke, Todd Hausman, Brian Wood, Ryan McKelvie, Stephen Burdick, Salvador Gonzalez, Rocio Sevilla, Piper Grossberg, Amber Corrigan, Bob, Briceida Gonzalez, Crystal Austin, Camisha Hughbanks, Carrie Austin, Cindy Bertomeu, Danita Breeze, Erik Peterson, Erika Scroggie, Janell Wood, Jayme Berg, Jennifer Polley, Jody Petersen, Kris Perry, Krystina Nelson, Laura Clinton, Michelle Fanton, Rosemary Moller, Tammy Williams, and Georgia Mashayekh
AGENDA ITEMS / PUBLIC REQUESTS – COMMENTS
- Call to Order
Kim Thorpe called the meeting to order at 6:02pm.
- Approval of Agenda
There were no changes to the agenda.
- Approval of Minutes – December 14, 2021
Jeff moved and Barb seconded a motion to approve the minutes as presented; motion carried.
- Public Comments or Request on Non-agenda Items
There were no public comments.
- FCCLA – Salvador Gonzalez (advisor) & Student Leaders
Rocio Sevilla and Piper Grossberg shared a presentation about the Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club. They discussed officer positions, the 2021 Regional Conference, fundraisers, and upcoming events. There are several competitions during the school year which will qualify the club members for the State Conference.
There was a question about the continuation of Taste of Chelan. The businesses in town are not wanting a competition but prefer to work with the students and the FCCLA program. Salvador, students, Scott Granger, and local businesses are in discussion to see how to continue this popular event.
Funds raised during the year are used for travel and jackets for competitions.
- Music Program (Band Trip) – Stephen Burdick
Steve shared a presentation about the HS Band trip to Disneyland. This is an opportunity that is planned every 4 years as an incentive for students to remain in the band program. This is also a great learning opportunity as the band works with professional musicians and performs in the park. Steve has been in contact with the tour company to see when things may open up again.
A survey was delivered to parents in December 2021 with several questions about how comfortable they would be with students traveling on a large fieldtrip out of state. Steve shared the results of the survey; 86% of band parents responded.
Steve is working on a tentative 3-4 day itinerary for travel in April 2022 and went over estimated costs.
The band usually needs to audition about 1 year ahead of time to qualify for this trip.
Stephanie said that her daughter went on this trip in 2012 and it was an incredible experience. Barry said that Steve has been persistent with the tour company to keep this opportunity alive.
The Board talked with Steve about testing students prior to travel and travel on the way back, the costs of travel and the amount of the credit, and if any funds would be refunded to the district.
This is a short time frame, so Steve asked for the board approval so that he could begin the planning process to for travel. This will be added to the action items tonight.
- Athletic Program Overview – Ryan McKelvie
Ryan McKelvie shared a presentation about the athletic department including a Fall Sports summary, Winter sports participation numbers (66 at HS and 53 at MS), COVID-19 testing for all Winter athletes, Winter Sports update, and then fielded questions.
COVID testing is required for all MS/HS Winter athletes and coaches regardless of vaccine status. This is being done 3 times a week during the lunch periods. Barry thanked Ryan for all his work this year with every changing guidance and regulations.
- Holden Village – Erin Morin
Erin is also the principal at Holden Village. She shared a presentation about what is currently going on at the school in the village. There are now 4 students enrolled with one teacher, with plans for 2 more students in the next month. There is Skynet internet access in the village, so students get to access iReady assessments similar to students down lake. Some of the scores where shared in the presentation. The presentation included several pictures of time spent in the classroom, curriculum, and village traditions on the first day of school.
Erin gave a reminder of why Holden Village is a Remote and Necessary School and explained the OSPI annual survey.
- Superintendent – Barry DePaoli
Barry shared a presentation covering the Jan. 3rd Professional Development Day, graduation rate comparisons, COVID Omicron update, and new guidance for athletics/extracurricular activities.
On Jan. 3, 2022 the district staff came back to school for a full day of professional development with one major theme: Universally Designed Learning (UDL). There was a survey of staff after the training and workshops on understanding UDL and the reasoning behind why the district is moving in this direction. The survey indicated that staff feel very positive about UDL with 78.3% showing readiness or have already started using it in their classrooms.
The district 4-year graduation rate is above the state levels by over 14% for the last 5 years. Brad said that if students were COVID impacted that there could be a waiver. For the past two years students have not been required to meet the community service requirements since there was limited opportunity for personal involvement due to the pandemic.
College in the HS helps prepare students for college and university level coursework.
Barry shared the 14-day COVID incidence rate per 100,000 population between Dec. 28 and Jan. 10. There has been an incredible spike in three weeks. Because of rigorous COVID testing for athletes in the state, so there are more cases caught than in the general population of schools. Barry share DOH slides from a recent meeting with OSPI and DOH. Western WA Schools have more Delta cases within their districts.
Barry shared information about staying in school with the Omicron variant surging. School can stay in-person with continued vigilance of preventative measures, isolation & quarantine, test to stay, and monitoring athletics and extracurricular activities.
Barry and Erika Scroggie shared information on COVID testing and the latest guidance on test-to-stay in school. There is positive feedback from parents on this testing program. This is a huge job for the nurses and assistants in testing and contact tracing for students and staff. The next couple of weeks may be tough with testing and covering absences of staff.
Barry shared a letter that he wrote to announce his retirement in June 2022. This letter will go out to the community.
Kim thanked Barry for his 22 years of being with the Lake Chelan School District.
Because this is a new board and they have only had one superintendent they will use a consultant search group to help find a replacement for Barry. There will be information for the community on the District website.
Jeff moved and Erik seconded a motion to approve the Highly Capable Program as presented; motion carried.
- Approval of Search Contract Proposal
Erik moved and Stephanie seconded a motion to approve hiring Northwest Leadership Associates to help with the new Superintendent Search; motion carried.
Barry answered questions for Payables.
Jeff moved and Barb seconded a motion to approve the Dec. 30 and Jan. 11 Payables and December Payroll as presented; motion carried.
- Approval of out of state travel for Band to Disneyland in April 2022
Barb moved and Stephanie seconded a motion for Stephen Burdick to continue planning for the High School band to travel to Disneyland in April 2022; motion carried.
Jeff moved and Barb seconded a motion to approve the personnel changes as presented; motion carried.
- To discuss the performance of a public employee with no action to be taken. RCW42.30.110
Kim moved the Board to executive session at 7:17pm for approximately 25 minutes to discuss the performance of a public employee with no action to be taken.
Kim Thorpe reconvened the board to regular session and adjourned the meeting at 7:35.
Kim Thorpe, Board Chair Barry DePaoli, Superintendent