LCSD Board Minutes 05/12/2020
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
DATE: May 12, 2020
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Online Meeting
PARTICIPANTS: Barry DePaoli, Jeff Fehr, Lynda Foster, Ken Brunner, Agustin Benegas-Garcia, Kim Thorpe, Brad Wilson, Scott Granger, Rich Uhlhorn, Heidi Busk, Sarah Clarke, Amber Corrigan, Jennifer Polley, Jamie Mack, Melanie Froman, Dennis Rahm (Lake Chelan Now), Laura Clinton, Mark Ward, and Georgia Mashayekh
AGENDA ITEMS / PUBLIC REQUESTS – COMMENTS
- Call to Order
Jeff Fehr called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM
- Approval of Agenda
There were no changes to the agenda.
- Approval of Minutes – April 28, 2020
Ken moved and Kim seconded to approve; motion carried.
- Public Comments or Request on Non-agenda Items
There were no public comments
Barry thanked all of the community members who joined the meeting tonight.
INFORMATIONAL / DISCUSSION ITEMS
- Lake Chelan Shores Lease Agreement
Barry talked about how Lake Chelan Shores has been working with the District to return to the past contract because of what has been going on this spring.
- District Communication
Barry sent out an FAQ to the certified staff to share what has been going on in the district.
- Graduation Update
Barry has been working with Brad and the Chelan-Douglas County Health Department to determine guidelines and expectations for Graduation Ceremonies. He shared a document from the CDHD about this guidance that just came out on 5/12/20. Guidelines are very fluid with Chelan County being very cautious as COVID 19 case counts are increasing keep in the county.
Brad meets weekly with HS staff and Seniors to stay in touch with seniors and plan commencement activities.
Brad said that students are negative about anything virtual or online. Students and parents want the opportunity to be able to receive their diploma in person. It is important to honor this class in the HS as we move forward for the uniqueness of this senior year.
There is no opportunity for a parade and discussion at this time is around having senior and families in cars.
Barry thanked Brad for all is leadership in responding to the challenges of being a HS principal at this time.
Senior Presentations have been carried out online for the students and families. This has been a good medium and allows for more participants.
There are continuous messages going out on social media to honor the seniors and athletes.
- Extended School Year
Barry serves on a state committed representing the region to assist in the planning and reopening of schools next year.
The county health officials don’t think that the valley will be ready for large group gathers before the end of the year. Barry feels that the new school year will start with restrictions, due to the current transmission levels of the virus.
- Learning Update
Kindergarten registration is now open online in both English and Spanish. The need for teachers will be evaluated later this month. This last week at MOE, 45% of students have been engaged in Zoom meetings, 65% students engaged in classroom platforms. At the HS there has been rolling student contact tracking. There are about 70% of HS students engaging, with more students working full-time while they are doing their studies online. The HS staff is staying on top of contacts with the students to keep track of what is going on in their lives.
Mr. Wilson touched on the new grading process during school closures. Parents and students can view grades and assignments in Skyward. If there are any questions, parents and students can contact the principals and counselors. Barry said that students will not be penalized by universities and colleges for the grading challenges during school closures and remote learning.
Barry is planning to create video reports for students and families to streamline communication particularly around graduation and re-opening schools next fall. There have been many social media posts to communicate and celebrate with the district families.
Lynda thanked Brad for what he has been doing to communicate with the Seniors and families.
- Counseling Survey
Barry shared a presentation with the results of a counseling survey that covered several grades of students in the district. This survey was developed to determine how the counselors and district staff can better support students and families. He shared the Top 5 needs from the student responses. Students are struggling with time management and organization while they are at home.
The MOE Leadership Team will be meeting soon to discuss the counseling needs in the building to support students.
- Resolution 2020-03 Emergency Waiver of School Days and Instructional Hours
Barry and the Board discussed the need to extend the school year by 5 days to June 19, 2020. There is a need to approve the Resolution to be prepared as the school year ends.
Lynda moved and Ken seconded a motion to accept Resolution 2020-03 BP 2019 as presented; motion carried.
Barry answered the Board questions about Payables. Transportation purchased a new bus from RWC Group. OTIS Elevator bill is doing work and evaluations around the district.
Agustin moved and Lynda seconded a motion to approve Payables as presented; motion carried.
Brad and Scott told the Board about the new CTE Business/Technology Teacher and how she is already making connections with TEALS program through Microsoft.
Sarah Clarke shared information about the new School Psychologist and how she has evaluated students via video conference and her familiarity with the student demographics in the valley.
Ken moved and Kim 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. 30.110
Jeff moved the board to Executive Session at 6:50 pm for approximately 45 minutes with no action to be taken.
Jeff Fehr reconvened and adjourned the regular meeting at 7:35 pm.
Jeff Fehr, Board Chair Barry DePaoli, Superintendent