LCSD Board Minutes 08/17/2021
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
DATE: August 17, 2021
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Hybrid meeting (in-person at District Learning Center and online)
PRESENT: Barry DePaoli, Jeff Fehr, Lynda Foster, Ken Brunner, Kim Thorpe, Barb Polley, Sarah Clarke, K.C. Knudson, Julie Spanjer, Jose Mendoza, Scott Granger, Brian Wood, Todd Hausman, Alissa Senyitko, Amber Corrigan, Bob Soost, Brad Wilson, Briceida Gonzalez, Rosey Burkhard, Cailey Couch, Camisha Hughbanks, Carrie Austin, Crystal Austin, Danita Breeze, Erik Peterson, Esperanza Lopez, Jayme Berg, Jennifer Polley, Jody Petersen, Kris Austin, Kristi Collins, Lisa Gleasman, Melanie Froman, Michael Tucker, Michelle Fanton, Ray Dobbs, Richard Uhlhorn, Rosemary Moller, Scott Benson, Stephanie Rogers, Suzy Taylor, Tammy Williams, Tara Cunningham, Tera Silva, Yesenia Vieyra-Montes, Lindsay Wood, and Georgia Mashayekh
AGENDA ITEMS / PUBLIC REQUESTS – COMMENTS
- Call to Order
Jeff called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.
- Approval of Agenda
There were no changes to the agenda
- Approval of Minutes – July 27, 2021
Kim moved and Ken seconded to approve the minutes as presented, motion carried.
- Public Comments or Request on Non-agenda Items
There were no public comments
- “Inclusionary Practice” – Sarah Clarke/KC Knudson (Teaching & Learning)
Sarah and K.C. shared a modified version of a presentation of the Inclusionary Practices presentation that he and Sarah Clarke presented at the State Special Education Conference. They explained the impact of this work as well as the differences regarding access and belonging.
Much of their presentation was centered around the following quote: “Inclusion is engagement within a community where the equal worth and inherent dignity of each person is honored. An inclusive community promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it affirms the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members.” Cobb and Krownapple – Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity
A lack of belonging leads to many different negative feelings and behaviors including underperformance, anxiety, conformity, exhaustion, violence, emotional numbing, and suicide attempts.
In LCSD, Teaching and Learning has become an important partnership with Special Education to achieve high access and high belonging for ALL students. Learning designed to support the “average learner” actually does not well support any learner. Variability in learning needs to be embraced and spaces need to be created where learners are accepted, validated, affirmed, and treated justly. Social Emotional Learning needs to be integrated into the curriculum and all-day learning. What is essential for some is good for all.
- Superintendent – Barry DePaoli
Barry shared a presentation highlighting district achievements over the past year as well as information on the upcoming, August Institute, Current COVID-19 case counts, and Healthy Re-Start considerations.
Barry stressed the fact that in spite the challenges of COVID-19 much was accomplished by the district including:
- LCSD had over 70% of the District enrollment attending school in-person during the 20-21 school year
- 100% Graduation Rate for 2021
- Carrie Austin and Dia Galvan being recognized with State Awards in the Migrant Education Program
- National Board Certification with 30% of the staff being certified
- Reece Bauer wrote a grant that received extra dollars to set up the MOE Goat Room
- 50% Advanced Course Work when compared to other schools across the nation
Teachers will be in the buildings learning and getting ready for students next week. The August Institute speakers are accomplished professionals and highly respected both in the state and then nation. Brooke Brown, 2021 WA State Teacher of the Year on Wed. 8/25 and Katie Novak, Ed.D., an internationally renowned education consultant and author.
Barry shared current transmission rates in Chelan/Douglas with COVID and the variants.
He will also be sharing communication this week with parents, staff, and the community. Per State and DOH mandates, all staff and students are required to wear masks in buildings. This is State law that is supported by all of the State Health Districts. Barry shared a letter with the Board that is being sent to the state. Region 7 Quarantine guidelines have been published and the flow chart will be shared with all students, staff and the community.
There was some discussion about how things may be handled if someone is exposed and what quarantines will look like for staff and students. There was a question about how many students may have a waiver on masks.
Barry discussed some of the enrollment changes this year.
- Summer School – Julia Spanjer
Every day there was art and STEM curriculum that were combined together. Students were excited about learning and want to know if they can do it every day in school. There were about 95 students involved and the kids who did come had great attendance. Julie shared a video with pictures from Summer School.
- Maintenance & Operations – Jose Mendoza
Jose provided a brief update on projects that have been completed over the summer.
There has been a focus on air conditioning in all of the buildings with many days over 100 degrees.
- There is no AC in the Community Gym. With the heat in the valley this summer the gym is overheated. There is an AC unit for the front entry of the gym, but the fan is not working at this time.
- The HS gym has one AC unit working and the other has parts on back order. This is a stress on the new unit.
- The PAC AC has been having trouble keeping up with cooling the space.
- There is no AC in MOE.
- A mini-split was installed at the Flat Top building to help with AC needs.
Jose listed off some of the other projects:
- MOE has had carpet replacement, painting, windows are on back order, landscape cleanup,
- Jose thanked the board for the new floor scraper, as it takes one third of the time to scrape and clean the floors.
- Tile work is being done on the floor in one of the Preschool classrooms.
- Storage and underground power is being planned for the soccer field at Mt. Goat fields.
- A new scoreboard was donated to the District and is being installed by Graybeal Signs. Ken brought up the reminder that there is contaminated soil 4-6 inches below the surface, so research needs to be done prior to installation.
- With some updates on the flat-top building at 324 E. Johnson Ave. the District could get another 5 years of use.
On Sunday 8/15/21, Barry and Jose received calls about fire needs and the Red Cross needed shelter space.
As of tonight, DNR is the only group using the Flat-top (for admin), MOE classrooms and the Community Gym (for day sleeping). Jose has talked to the fire crews about using the back field.
- BP 4311 & Procedure – School Safety and Security Services Program – NEW
There are some numbers to add into the policy for communication. Barry will discuss further with the administrators. Georgia will check with WSSDA to see what reasoning is behind calendar dates vs. school days.
Lynda moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve the Payables as presented; motion carried.
Kim moved and Ken seconded a motion to approve the personnel changes as presented; motion carried
- Flat-Top Bid Approval
Barry shared a bid for the flat-top building and discussed the different projects being done.
MOE will be utilizing the building for both Art and Technology classes.
Ken moved and Lynda seconded a motion to approve the bid as presented; motion carried.
- To discuss the performance of a public employee with no action to be taken. RCW 42.30.110
Jeff moved the Board to executive session at 7:00pm 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 7:20pm.
Jeff Fehr, Board Chair Barry DePaoli, Superintendent