LCSD Board Minutes 04/14/2020
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
DATE: April 14, 2020
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Online Meeting
PRESENT: Barry DePaoli, Jeff Fehr, Lynda Foster, Ken Brunner, Agustin Benegas-Garcia, Kim Thorpe, 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.
- Approval of Minutes – March 24, 2020
Lynda moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve the minutes as presented; motion carried.
- Public Comments or Request on Non-agenda Items
There were no public comments.
- COVID 19 Updates
Barry provided an update summarizing our Food Service Distribution system during mandated school closure. It has been downsized to the MOE kitchen for preparation and distribution to promote efficiency. Paraeducators have been deployed to help with the distribution of food. The department worked through Spring Break, serving 500-700 meals daily! Monday 4/13 had over 900 meals served.
The Afters team, led by Rosey Burkhard, is helping the administrators at MOE to get packets out to the elementary students. Many of these are being dispersed during meal pickup.
Barry gave a presentation about curriculum and engagement with students. He spoke about the devices, internet, login, and access challenges for both staff and students. Some of the challenges for older students are they are working full time, or they are responsible for watching their younger siblings while their parents are working.
He spoke about the levels of engagement with students. The state will be collecting data on this as districts close out the school year at home. There was some discussion about what the district is doing to encourage more engagement. Administrators, counselors, liaisons, and teachers are reaching out via phone and home visits to contact all students and families to encourage engagement and overcoming concerns and issues.
OSPI will be giving state districts grading guidance by the end of the week. Barry has reached out to request credit waivers for the seniors.
There will be Professional Development on 4/15 with Jeff Utecht about Continuous Learning covering times for study engagement and Remote Learning Schedules. Online learning is a different type of learning for both students and staff. A link to the webinar will be available to board and staff after the training. Jeff Utecht is doing trainings across the state.
Barry shared some assumptions and information from the NCESD (North Central Educational Service District) about navigating possible State reductions in budgeting. This information is fluid at this time, so Barry shared what is known, considerations for planning ahead, and potential concerns. The district will continue working directly with the NCESD in planning the 2020-2021 budget. The Lake Chelan School District is fortunate in that we are not carrying any debt at this time. Due to current economic challenges there may need to be cuts due to reduced federal and state funding.
The school year has officially been extended a few days in June to balance emergency days off in March. Barry explained what other districts are doing around the valley and will be working with the LCEA to come to reach an agreement before the end of the school year.
Barry feels that there has been good communication between the administrators and staff over the past few weeks.
Holden Village is in a unique situation where the village plans to close down in this summer which may mean no new residents in the Fall. The village is in a transition mode with new leaders and Summer shut down, which means that the number of students and teachers needed at the school in the Fall are unknown. The district wants to continue conversation with Holden Village as everyone works through the COVID-19 closures. There will be no bus training for drivers in Holden Village due to the closure of the village. The board expressed that they would like to be part of these conversations with the village administrators.
The flat top and CSI buildings have been audited for A/C with an estimated expense of $10,000.00 with the addition of a heat pump of $8,000.00. These are needed maintenance items.
Barry discussed expenditures with the board and has been in contact with some of the renters and vendors about income and expenditures that can be put on pause during this school closure.
Agustin moved and Ken seconded a motion to approve the Payables as presented; motion carried.
- 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 6:55 pm for approximately 15 minutes with no action to be taken.
Jeff Fehr reconvened to regular session and adjourned the meeting at 7:10 pm.
Jeff Fehr, Board Chair Barry DePaoli, Superintendent