LCSD Board Minutes 08/13/2020
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
DATE: August 13, 2020
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Online meeting
PRESENT: Barry DePaoli, Jeff Fehr, Lynda Foster, Ken Brunner, Agustin Benegas-Garcia, Kim Thorpe, Brad Wilson, Scott Granger, Erik Peterson, Sarah Clarke, Jeremy Bonner, Erin Morin, Todd Hausman, Rosey Burkhard, Carrie Austin, Amber Corrigan, Jennifer Polley, Melanie Froman, Stefani Morgan, Jamie Mack, Brian Wood, Laura Clinton, Richard Uhlhorn, Camisha Hughbanks, Jody Petersen, Cailey Couch, Hallie, Nesha Bremmeyer, Damian Smith, Dean, 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 Kim seconded to approve; motion carried.
- Public Comments or Request on Non-agenda Items
There were no public comments.
Barry thanked Sarah Clarke, Director of Student Services for receiving an Inclusionary Practices Project Grant from OPSI for the districts Special Education Program. The funds from the grant will be used to purchase iPads for Special Needs students to help improve their ability to access curriculum and improve communication skills.
HS Principal Brad Wilson shared his school’s award from Microsoft Chelan is the first ever school to receive the Microsoft TEALS Founder Award. Brad discussed the CTE program that has been taught to students in the school’s Business and Computer Program. This is a freshman program where students work directly with Microsoft employees. STEM curriculum provided in MS classes feeds into the HS seamlessly. Last year there was a second cohort taking an AP computers course that was fully supported by all departments to allow students the opportunity to participate with TEALS.
- Reopening Schools update
Barry gave a presentation providing an overview for reopening our schools touching on the following topic areas: Guiding Principles, Fall Reopening Plan, Emergency Learning vs. Distance Learning 2.0, delivery methods of synchronous and asynchronous learning, equitable access/improved communication, learning supports, increased opportunities for academic growth, improved structure, options for families, and remote learning schedules.
Student access to technology is a responsibility of WA State OSPI and hotspots will be covered by state funding for connectivity. This is a basic need for student learning. The district has purchased over 110 hotspots for students this coming fall by partnering with the state and TMobile.
Barry wrote a letter to the County Health District to petition to allow small groups (less than 5 students) into the building for in-person instruction. To determine which students would be permitted back to school the district has created a priority matrix factoring in the following areas: special needs, homelessness, lack of internet, and students needing extra support.
There was a question about if student growth in remote learning would about the same as if the students were in the buildings in person. Barry explained that this year’s remote learning plan has much higher expectations for student growth than last spring’s emergency learning plan. Teachers will be much more prepared and trained this fall.
Each of the principals shared sample schedules for their buildings:
MOE principal, Erin Morin explained how they worked with parent feedback to create a starting schedule for K-2 students and 3-5 students. The schedules have built in live teaching times, brain breaks, small group instruction, independent practice directed by classroom teachers, PE time with video access, one to one video counseling, flexible time to meet with specialists, independent learning for students and families. Monday drop dates will continue from the Spring for organization and communication with families. Todd Hausman, MOE Associate principal shared some information about using Google Classroom tools to develop organization and functioning tools. Parents will be registered as guardians on the Chromebooks to customize their own experience with the technology and the teachers.
The district leadership team has been discussing how to take attendance remotely and host best to work with families to help access curriculum remotely with their students. Google is developing metrics to see how long students are engaged in their classrooms and learning. If lessons can be recorded without student voice, they could be viewed later for families.
Brian Wood went over a draft schedule for Middle School students. The CMS team worked with staff and parents to schedule students into cohorts over different subjects. The cohorts will prepare students and staff for scheduling when students come back in the buildings. Band may be worked into an independent learning schedule so that students can focus on their skills. PE could be tracked with students individually and checking into Google Classrooms or asynchronous videos.
Brad Wilson talked about the online music performance produced in the spring for graduation thinking that the music department can do similar work virtually. He went over the scheduling for classes that would look very similar to in person learning. Mondays would be a review time of the past week and planning for the new week. Planning and executive functioning skills will be a focus in all classes on “management Mondays”. Mondays will be focused on self-management and teaching students how to review and organize their weeks Study Hall time allowing for outreach contact and extra help for students. Attendance will be taken every period and students will be responsible to contact student services if they need an alternate schedule. Students attendance will be closely monitored. Brad shared sample schedules for a Freshman and for a Junior.
Erik Peterson shared some schedules that were put together for remote learning and a hybrid model when schools open again. The priority lies on communication with staff and students. CSI will continue their advisory period and work on organization, self-reflection, project development, and social reasoning. Student support will cover assessments and extra curriculum support.
The board thanked the administrators for their work on scheduling plans to start the school year. With the circumstances that the world and our local community have been thrown into, the administrators have pivoted and have a new plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year.
Barry continued his presentation with “how long will students remain in remote learning”. This will be dependent upon the transmission rate of COVID19 in the local community and county. The district will be working closely with the CDHD (Chelan Douglas Health District) in order to make an informed decision about when to open up.
Rosey Burkhard has worked on creating the district Standard Operating Procedures for each department and building. These will be posted on the district website soon.
There are several ideas being worked through for helping to educate parents and students about connectivity and expectations for the school year.
Parents put in comments about Late Start Mondays and whether that still works with Remote Learning 2.0. There will be more discussion with the administrators, teachers, and human resources about this.
Ken moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve Payables and Payroll as presented; motion carried.
Barry explained the personnel changes.
Agustin moved and Lynda seconded a motion to approve Personnel as presented; motion carried.
Lynda moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve the Holden Village 20-21 calendar as presented; motion carried
Todd talked about the Preschool 20-21 calendar and Child Find adjustments that will be needed in the spring.
Ken moved and Lynda seconded a motion to approve the Preschool 20-21 calendar with the allowance of modification for Child Find schedule; motion carried.
- Resolution 2020-05 – Reopening school in September
Barry said that the plans will be adjusted and changed as needed through the school year.
The plan will be communicated with the families via email, website, local media and social media. There will be clarification with families about how 2020-2021 school year will start.
Ken moved and Agustin seconded a motion to approve Resolution 2020-05 as presented; Jeff, Ken, Agustin, and Kim voted yea, and Lynda voted nay.
Lynda moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve the purchase of internet hot spots for families that need connectivity; motion carried.
Barry explained the surplus of the district lockers. Thank you to the custodial team for cleaning up the area behind the HS.
Agustin moved and Ken seconded a motion to approve the surplus list of lockers as presented; motion carried.
- To discuss the performance of an employee with no action to be taken. RCW42.30.110
Jeff moved the board to executive session at 7:30pm for approximately 20 minutes to discuss the performance of a public employee with no action to be taken.
Jeff Fehr reconvened to regular session and adjourned the meeting at 7:50pm.
Jeff Fehr, Board Chair Barry DePaoli, Superintendent