LCSD Board Minutes 04/13/2021

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MINUTES

 

DATE: April 13, 2021

TIME: 6:00pm

LOCATION: Online Meeting

PRESENT: Barry DePaoli, Jeff Fehr, Lynda Foster, Ken Brunner, Agustin Benegas-Garcia, Kim Thorpe, Amber Corrigan, Brad Wilson, Brian Wood, Janell Wood, Briceida Gonzalez, Crystal Austin, Cailey Couch, Carolyn Burdick, Carrie Austin, CCC, Danita Breeze, Dr. Heidi Summers, ELO, Erin Morin, Frants Holm-Nielsen, Jayme Berg, Jennifer Puckett, Jody Petersen, K.C. Knudson, Katherine D’Orazio, Kristi Collins, Laura Clinton, Lizbeth Lopez, Michelle Fanton, Cindy Bertomeu, Sarah Clarke, Tara Cunningham, Todd Hausman, Lindsay Wood, and Georgia Mashayekh

 

AGENDA ITEMS / PUBLIC REQUESTS – COMMENTS

  • Call to Order

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

  • Approval of Agenda

Barry proposed the following agenda amendment – since Mr. Wilson is addressing the social emotional program at the high school, Mrs. Clarke will be removed from the agenda.

Ken moved and Lynda seconded a motion to approve the requested agenda change; motion carried.

Ken moved and Agustin seconded a motion to approve the March 30th and April 12th minutes; motion carried.

  • Public Comments or Request on Non-agenda Items

Laura Clinton spoke about the mental health crisis that the valley is experiencing and would like the school board to reconsider their choice to stay on the Hybrid AM/PM choice and bring students back to the buildings for full time in-person learning.

 

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT

Barry provided an overview of his report prior to his presentation.

Barry explained the importance of the Afters program; reiterating the extra support this team gives to the district.  Although it was devastating for the team to have their annual Family Night cancelled the day before the event due to the governor’s order in March 2020, they were quick to help out.  In fact, after cancelling this event, this small group of people volunteered their time to support the students, staff, and administration to do much of the logistics work involved in transitioning to remote learning: homework packet packing and distribution, food service assistance, assistance with COVID mitigation around the district, MOE pick-up and drop-off safety, student mask breaks, CMS temp checks, student supervision, copy making, student assessments  and STEAM classes for Calvert and MOE students.

Thank you to this great team who are ready to roll up their sleeves and be anywhere they are needed!!

  • Re-visioning Work Update

The district is in Phase I at this time of the IDEA Phase.  There is an outreach committee with a kick-off meeting tomorrow night to start the planning process.

  • Return to Learn

Barry gave information on the district dashboard and case counts per city with a 14 day incidence rate.  Barry thanked the community for their continued cooperation relative to COVID-19 and their diligence in reporting COVID-19 cases to the district nurses.

The board decided to move board meetings to a hybrid meeting model with limited in-person attendance starting the next board meeting in April.  This would still allow for remote participation with the public via zoom while allowing the board to meet in-person.

With Agustin’s vacancy, Barry shared the process for people interested in filling this important position.  The process included letters of interest, interviews and appointment.

 

BUILDING/PROGAM REPORTS

  • Chelan Middle School – Brian Wood

MS students were able to start athletics today.  This was their first chance to participate on an athletic team in over a year.

Linda Reister, MS computer teacher secured a program called Amazon Future Engineer that will be 3 year program for students to learn cutting edge technology.

MS has received curriculum for more social emotional learning with students.

Mr. Wood reported that smaller class sizes have contributed to reading growth this past year.

Barry thanked Brian Wood and Linda Reister for the work that has been done to enhance the  computer science  program at the Middle School.

 

  • Chelan High School – Brad Wilson

Brad shared a presentation that started off with appreciation for Scott Granger in honor of Assistant Principal appreciation week.

He also shared data about how the number of multiple course failures has been going down since November 6th. High School students returned to in-person learning in mid-December.

He shared that given the nature and challenges of this year, there is an intentional focus on social emotional intentional learning at  the high school.  Emotional well being is the number one priority with a focus on Communication, Connection, and Constant Concern.  The MS/HS counseling team works well together and have built a Counseling Website to include resources for students and parents. There is a Counseling Corner in Google Classroom with all sorts of supports that are accessible for students, staff, and parents.

The counselors share information and videos in every advisory class.  The district is using Collin Henderson’s Master your Mindset for SEL and Mental Wellness Training. The district is building normalcy around talking about different feelings.

Chelan High School is using a tiered systems approach for Suicide intervention Protocol which includes: See Something=Say Something; Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR); 1-1 Check-ins; screening and response; and Crisis Response Planning.  Over the past few years some of our students have had the courage to come forward to report when they see or feel something wrong to help their peers.

Derek Todd and Nesha Bremmeyer are completing professional development on suicide prevention to work with all students and staff in trainings. Having skilled staff in the district will be a benefit for students and staff.

 

POLICY UPDATES

The Board decided to hold this policy for a 3rd reading and requested to hear from a counseling department representative prior to approval.

 

ACTION ITEMS

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

Barry shared the personnel changes as presented.  Sarah Clarke spoke about the job opening for a School Psychologist.

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

Jeff thanked Agustin for his service on the school board over the past few years.  Agustin was recruited to the board to fill an absence a couple of years ago and will be missed on the school board.

Agustin wants to continue working directly with students and helping the district with the social emotional focus.

 

Jennifer Puckett missed the first part of the meeting and she asked a question about why the school board voted to stay on the Hybrid AM/PM schedule after the majority of parents who responded to the survey wanted to send their students to school full-time in-person.  Jeff asked that Jennifer contact him outside of the meeting to go over the school board’s decision.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

  • To discuss the performance of a public employee with no action to be taken. RCW42.30.110

Jeff moved the board to executive session at 6:41pm for approximately 20 minutes to discuss the performance of a public employee with no action to be taken.

 

 ADJOURNMENT

Jeff Fehr reconvened the board to regular session and adjourned the meeting at 7:00pm.

 

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Jeff Fehr, Board Chair                                                                                     Barry DePaoli, Superintendent

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