LCSD Board Minutes 04/28/20

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MINUTES

 

DATE: APRIL 28, 2020

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: Online Meeting

PRESENT: Barry DePaoli, Jeff Fehr, Lynda Foster, Ken Brunner, Agustin Benegas-Garcia, Kim Thorpe, Jeff Barker, Melanie Froman, Amber Corrigan, Trisha Schock, Brad Wilson, Andrea Menin, 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.

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

  • Public Comments or Request on Non-agenda Items

Amber Corrigan thanked the board for the support that the teachers have felt through this uncharted time.

Barry thanked the board for the support around the food services and curriculum changes during the COVID-19 school closures.

 

FINANCIAL REPORTS (Trisha Schock NCESD)

Trisha Schock shared the district financial reports and answered questions from the Board.  She talked about the tax collections from each county during the COVID-19 closures. She is assisting  the district from the NCESD (North Central Educational Service District) while Scott Renick is recovering from illness.

The enrollment numbers are the same as they were in March prior to the COVID-19 closure of schools.  The state is doing calculations comparing March 2020 enrollment to last year’s enrollment for new funding percentages.

 

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT

The COVID-19 school closures have been a steep learning curve for both teachers and students.

This report provides and overview about engagement rates at each school.  The SRO and Counselors will be checking in with families that are not responding to phone calls or emails.  Nationwide there is an average of 35% engagement, especially at the elementary grades. One of the board members was curious about the difference of each teacher’s engagement levels.

There is a small number of MS/HS students who have not engaged through technology.  There are Hot Spots at the school buildings and another one is being installed at Apple Acres.

This is a different way of learning for students and for staff, so it is taking time to get into a rhythm. Email is a new learning experience as students are used to using social media on phones.  Paraeducators are calling and checking in with students and there is a pickup/dropoff table at the MS/HS for parents who don’t have internet/technology access.

CSI is used to blended learning styles, so this is an easier transition for them. Barry meets with the staff weekly.

Brad shared that the CTE Business/Technology Teacher interviews went well today.

This is a copy of a weekly report that was submitted to OSPI.  CHS is working hard to support the Senior Class of 2020 in academics and well-being.  Brad thanked the school services department for all of their support and connections to help students get through this difficult time. The Senior advisors have been contacting each other and the students to help the students meet their graduation goals.  There are weekly senior connection meetings for students to connect with staff and peers.

Brad and Barry are discussing different ideas that they can be done to celebrate the seniors for a social distancing graduation. Brad is working with staff, students, and community members with different ideas.

Barry discussed the importance of having this Resolution 2020-02 approved prior to 2020 graduation.

Barry worked together with Sarah Clarke on District Communication Guidance to help staff understand what safe protocols are when contacting students.  This is to clarify some legal protection for staff and students.  Barry will bring the final document to the board before sending out to staff.

This document shares concerns and unknowns about tax collections, salary scale, unfunded portions, loss of enrollment, and State/Federal Cuts.  The district will also need to look at some commonsense strategies to manage budget changes.  All districts across the state and nation are having these discussions also through the changes from COVID-19.

Barry shared key discussion points in a meeting with the State Superintendent today including: grading, graduation, extended days for ALL districts of 5 days in June for student learning, fall scheduling, and future social distancing.

Barry will be meeting this week with the LCEA and PSE to work out how the  district shut down and the State required extension of learning days will play out in the future.

Barry talked about a quick note of thank you to the teaching staff and explained the small token of appreciation being sent out next week to honor them during Teacher Appreciation Week.

 

ACTION ITEMS

Barry answered any questions about the Payables and Payroll for the board.

Ken moved and Lynda seconded a motion to approve Payables & Payroll as presented; motion carried.

Ken moved and Agustin seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2020-02 as presented; motion carried.

 

Barry shared the personnel changes and answered the board questions.

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

The new school bus came in today, so this bus is ready to go.  Jeff is putting the word out around the state.

Lynda moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve the requested surplus of a bus; motion carried.

 

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 6:57pm for approximately 15 minutes with no action to be taken.

 

 ADJOURNMENT

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

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Jeff Fehr, Board Chair                                                                                  Barry DePaoli, Superintendent

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