LCSD Board Minutes 09/28/2021
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
DATE: September 28, 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, Todd Hausman, Sarah Clarke, Joe Harris, Erik Peterson, Brad Wilson, K.C. Knudson, Bo Charlton, Trisha Schock, Jayme Berg, Jody Petersen, Kris Perry, Kristi Collins, Michelle Fanton, Richard Uhlhorn, Rosemary Moller, Stefani Morgan, Tammy Williams, Lindsay Wood, and Georgia Mashayekh
AGENDA ITEMS / PUBLIC REQUESTS – COMMENTS
- Call to Order
Jeff Fehr called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.
- Approval of Agenda
Barry requested that the Board Policy 3211 be pulled for more review from the counseling team.
Kim moved and Lynda seconded a motion to approve the change to the agenda; motion carried.
- Approval of Minutes – September 14, 2021
Barb moved and Ken seconded a motion to approve the minutes as presented; motion carried.
- Public Comments or Request on Non-agenda Items
There were no public comments.
- Superintendent – Barry DePaoli
Barry gave a presentation that covered COVID-19 updates for Chelan and Douglas Counties.
In the presentation he shared current CDHD (Chelan-Douglas Health District) data, transmission summary for LCSD, and the link to the LCSD Data Dashboard that has been updated for the 2021-22 school year.
There was a question about how the communication is going with the parents of students who are being quarantined. The district nurses make the phone calls and parents have been accepting and wanting to do what is best for their students, classmates, and teachers. There is a flowchart on the district website explaining illness protocol.
Barry also shared a vaccination summary with the County and State numbers.
He has been working to get more resources to the District with support in a Learn to Return Medical Assistant, Nursing Support, WA DOH Testing, and updating data online.
Health District 7 includes the Chelan-Douglas, Okanogan, Grant, and Kittitas County Health Departments. They work together to help all the North Central WA Counties and created the flowchart that is linked on the District website.
Recently the District was able to partner with Lake Chelan Health providing a mobile lab to locally test students over the weekend. Due to the availability of testing in the county, it is difficult for parents to test students. Testing will eventually be available to families and will require parent consent. This will allow students to utilize the “test to stay” program and minimize student quarantine.
Barry also shared that Sarah Clarke wrote a grant and received a $20,000 grant for suicide prevention.
PRESENTATIONS / DEPARTMENTAL SUMMARIES
- Director of Student Services / Inclusion – Sarah Clarke
Sarah shared a presentation on Student Services focusing on Social Emotional Learning. This year many of the incoming students have never been in a school building before, and some of the students have been away from the classroom for so long it takes a longer transition to be ready to learn.
Sarah shared the objectives of the SEL (Social Emotional Learning), a mood meter, and some data from the 2018 WA State Healthy Youth Survey. Social Emotional Learning is a learned skill. It allows you to identify your emotions at a particular time. To best use this skill, it must be practiced as most people find it hard to describe how they feel. Mental Health has been an issue prior to the pandemic and since it started it has been exacerbated.
ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences that relate to major risk factors that affect a person’s well-being and a student’s readiness to learn. Due to the pandemic, we are all experiencing an impact of emotional isolation and we are all having to relearn how to interact with each other in the classroom.
Sarah explained the benefits of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) both academically and financially. The importance of systematic screening gives more data with a greater rate of identification. This screening is three times more likely to identify students with internalizing disorders.
LCSD will be doing a district-wide assessment available for students 3-12, teachers K-2, and parents. Many students act differently at home and at school so this information can be good for both teachers and parents. A letter was sent home last week, and parents are provided an option to opt after speaking to the school counselor. Parents are able to take an assessment for their child, instead of having the student take their own assessment.
The data from the survey will help identify students who may need a second gate screening. The second screening will help identify categories of worry, anxiety, loneliness, etc. This will give the district the opportunity to create support groups for kids with what they need. The screenings of this survey are preventative by design and will help serve all students with their underlying needs.
Sarah gave more details on the Suicide Grant that she wrote for LCSD. Only 10 school districts in WA State were awarded the $20,000 Grant. The Grant will be used to implement a comprehensive tiered suicide prevention program inclusive of prevention, intervention, and postvention. At this time there is only one mental health provider shared between the Lake Chelan and Manson School Districts.
Barry thanked Sarah for her work on systematic programing of Special Services for LCSD.
- Bike Grant for MS/HS PE – Joe Harris
Joe Harris talked about writing a grant with Rosey Burkhard a couple of years ago so that they could receive bikes, a trailer, and curriculum for PE.
Some of the students in LCSD have never learned how to ride a bike, so having bicycles as part of the PE curriculum has leveled the playing field. This means that middle schoolers can learn the Rules-of-the-Road on bicycles. Chelan County Sheriff is working with the teachers on street safety for the students.
The CMS and CHS students have opportunities to go off campus during PE and this is a great way to motivate so many students as they learn lifelong exercise. Joe has been at LCSD for 30 years and shared some information about PE classes and bike riding myths.
Barry shared some positives from CHS teachers. Since school started students are more engaged and wanting to have deeper conversations with their classmates and teachers. In a recent conversation with Mr. Barnes, he shared that 14 out of 17 students scored 4.0 on Calculus 2 UW final.
This is a high percentage of HS students scoring 4.0s in the calculus class compared with student attending University of WA on campus in Seattle.
The HS Teacher Academy course with April Slagle has 26 teachers allowing HS students in their classroom to observe and learn about the teaching profession. April reached out to have the students get a broad perspective in all of the job opportunities that support a school district. This is a college class that guarantees enrollment with the Central WA University teaching program.
Trisha went over the enrollment numbers and reports and answered questions from the board.
Ken moved and Lynda seconded a motion to approve the Payables and Payroll as presented; motion carried.
Kim moved and Ken 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 7:03pm for approximately 20 minutes to discuss the performance of public employee with no action to be taken.
Jeff Fehr reconvened the board to regular session and adjourned the meeting at 7:20 pm.
Jeff Fehr, Board Chair Barry DePaoli, Superintendent