LCSD Board Minutes 03/09/2021

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MINUTES

 

DATE: March 9, 2021

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: Online Meeting

PRESENT: Barry DePaoli, Jeff Fehr, Lynda Foster, Ken Brunner, Agustin Benegas-Garcia, Kim Thorpe, Rachael Jacobus, Reece Bauer, Bev Cady, Erik Peterson, Todd Hausman, Erin Morin, Brad Wilson, Brian Wood, Alejandra Ruiz, Alicia Lopez, Amber Corrigan, Carrie Austin, Cindy Bertomeu, Crystal Austin, Danita Breeze, Jayme Berg, Jennifer Polley, Jeremy Bonner, Jessie Poland, Jody Petersen, K.C. Knudson, Katherine D’Orazio, Kayli Crosby, Lindsay Wood, Lizbeth Lopez-Vazquez, Megan Ellis, Michelle Fanton, Sarah Clarke, Scott Granger, Tara Cunningham, Ryan Moody, Andrea Pearl, and Georgia Mashayekh

 

AGENDA ITEMS / PUBLIC REQUESTS – COMMENTS

  • Call to Order

Jeff Fehr called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.

  • Approval of Agenda

There were no changes to the agenda.

Agustin moved and Ken seconded a motion to approve the minutes as presented; motion carried.

  • Public Comments or Request on Non-agenda Items

There were no public comments.

 

 SUPERINTENDENT REPORT

Barry recognized Educational Support Professionals as part of Classified Appreciation Week.  Our classified staff is the backbone of the school district and includes the following departments: transportation, food service, secretaries, paraeducators, maintenance, technology support, and custodians.

Barry also recognized and thanked Ken Brunner who has completed his 20th year as a school board member.  Barry shared a certificate sent to Ken by the State’s School Directors Association.

Barry’s presentation covered COVID19 updates, increasing instruction time, District Re-Visioning work, and a Capital Project Update/Capital Levy Possibility.

  • COVID 19 Update / Re-opening Planning

The district dashboard shows that COVID19 case numbers are trending downward.  There have been no cases or quarantines within the school district over the last few weeks.  Our dashboard continues to record zero’s!

The administration and staff have agreed to add Wednesdays to the school schedule bringing students into the buildings 5 days a week.  The district will continue to operate in the AM/PM Hybrid Instructional model.

Barry continues to work with staff and administration to study, analyze and plan for the possibility of Full Time In-Person learning in case social distancing guidelines are relaxed within the state.

As part of the planning, he has met with all of the elementary grade level teams with the exception of 5th grade to field concerns and strategize a plan to bring students back to school full time.

The district is hoping to bring back the first phase of students sometime after Spring Break in April pending guidance from the State Department of Health.

There was a question about when OSPI and DOH would possibly change the distancing from 6 feet to 3 feet in classrooms.  The district does not have the classroom space to bring all students back with 6 feet of social distancing.  It is unknown when WA State will make changes to social distancing measurements.

All staff that wanted the opportunity to get vaccinated have had several choices.  The district has been working closely with Ray Eickmeyer at Lake Chelan Health/EMS and with Columbia Valley Community Health.  An auto-dialer message went out this week to let families know about upcoming vaccination clinics with CVCH. The local Safeway pharmacy has also been offering vaccinations for our district staff.  Most of the district staff will be fully vaccinated by the end of March.

  • Sharpening the Vision

Barry explained the process the district will use to re-vision the district.  Jenna Rahm will be working with the district to build this process to maximize community input.

Barry shared phases of the project in his presentation.

  • Capital Projects Update 2021

Barry’s presentation showed district projects completed over the last year followed by possible projects for 2021 that were recently gathered from each building.  Some of the projects are annual maintenance updates and some of the projects are upgrades to the facilities.

 

BUILDING/PROGRAM REPORTS

  • MOE – Rachael Jacobus / Reece Bauer

Erin Morin introduced Reece Bauer (counselor), Rachael Jacobus (counselor), and Bev Cady (para support) staff working in the MOE G.O.A.T. Room.

Rachael, Reece, and Bev shared a presentation including data about the G.O.A.T. Room at MOE.  The room is designed for ALL students and provides the opportunity to connect with an adult to self-regulate their emotions, behavior, or as a reward.  Students get to choose how they wish to spend their time in the various stations that surround the room. Area choices include physical, sensory, and feeling/processing. The underlying focus of the G.O.A.T. Room is to build strong executive functioning skills for students.  This is based on best practice research and was precipitated by a visit to the Yakima school district last spring.

Bev shared data about what grades are using the G.O.A.T. Room, how the students are using the stations to self-regulate, why students come, and what days are the busiest.  There are several reasons for students and teachers to choose for the student to take a break from the classroom. Teachers also use 5-minute tickets as rewards for the students.

Overall, the G.O.A.T. Room has been well received by students and staff. There are many good outcomes that have resulted from the implementation of this room. The board is grateful for work that has been done by the MOE Team in a short period of time.   The data is both encouraging and impressive from the perspective of student support.

 

Erik thanked all of the counselors in the district for their work with students in this challenging year.  He provided the following summary of highlights from CSI:

  • Enrollment at CSI is at 40 students on an A/B split schedule. Students are excited to be together again and highly engaged in project work.
  • There is a student-oriented art club with students teaching students.
  • ASB officers went through a process of creating and ordering school t-shirts with Seven Seas Printing.
  • Earth Day t-shirts will be made again this year. Students are working with the Earth Day Committee to create videos and web information.
  • Increased progress in online courses.
  • Coordinating a 5K Run/Walk to raise donations for the Heart Association.
  • Internship rates are down due to the pandemic. Some are using their paying jobs as internships.
  • Rachael Jacobus has been working with a group of students on their social/emotional needs.
  • An OSPI Continuous Improvement Grant was awarded for $35,000 and funds will be used to support goals outline in School Improvement Plan
  • Involved with OSPI as Big Picture Schools work on an Innovative Learning pilot program
  • Erik gave an update on some of the CSI alumni and their new jobs.

 

POLICY UPDATES

Barry and Jeremy talked to the board about the need for strategies for fund distribution as ASB funds collection will continue to drop. Sixty-three percent of the students in the district qualify for free and reduced meals.  Barry shared that the majority of superintendents in our region feel that they will no longer collect ASB Fees.

Kim moved and Lynda seconded a motion to approve the policy as presented; motion carried.

It was recommended that new updates to this policy from WSSDA on 2/23/2021 be incorporated into this policy change. The board would like to table this policy until the next meeting for a 3rd reading.

 

ACTION ITEMS

Kim moved and Agustin seconded a motion to approve the payables as presented; motion carried.

Barry talked about the personnel changes.

Lynda moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve the personnel changes as presented; motion carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

  • To discuss the performance of a public employee with no action to be taken. 30.110

Jeff moved the board to executive session at 6:58pm for approximately 20 minutes to discuss the performance of a public employee with no action to be taken.

 

 ADJOURNMENT

Jeff Fehr reconvened to regular session and adjourned the meeting at 7:15 pm.

 

_________________________                                                         _______________________________

Jeff Fehr, Board Chair                                                                                     Barry DePaoli, Superintendent

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