LCSD Board Minutes 07/27/2021

PUBLIC HEARING AND REGULAR BOARD MEETING

MINUTES

 

DATE: July 27, 2021

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: Online meeting

PRESENT: Barry DePaoli, Jeff Fehr, Lynda Foster, Ken Brunner, Kim Thorpe, Barb Polley, Trisha Schock, Lynda Sydloski, Brad Wilson, Jennifer Polley, Kelsey Fleischbein, Sandra Gavan, Jacquelynn Dalton, Aevalynn Dalton, Jayme Berg, Lindsay Wood, Colleen Thompson, Tiffany White, Brooklyn Cumpton, Alicia Lopez, Alisha, Amber Corrigan, April, Brady Dundas, Briceida Gonzalez, Camisha Hughbanks, Carrie Austin, Crystal Austin, Charlene, Paul Hunter, Christopher Alexander, Danita Breeze, Erik Peterson, Jerry Isenhart, Rhonda Collins, Jamie Mack, Jason, Jennifer, Jessica Helm, Justin Perri, Kevin Morgan, Kiley Dixon, Kris Perry, Kristina Buche, Laurie Oules, Leeanne Casal, Linda McKay, Lisa Gleasman, Madison McPherson, Marty Rothlisberger, Melanie Froman, Michelle, Nesha Bremmeyer, Ray Dobbs, Rebecca Benson, Rochelle Juetten, Ruby Harberd, Ryan Moody, Sarah Clarke, Scott Benson, Shannon Collins Barnes, Stefani Morgan, Tammy Williams, Tara Cunningham, Toni Eygabroad, and Georgia Mashayekh

 

OPEN PUBLIC HEARING

  • Call to Order

Jeff Fehr called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.

  • 2021-22 F195 Summary
  • 2021-22 F195 Budget

Trisha Schock shared a presentation pertaining the 2021-22 F195 Budget.  This presentation covered the five separate funding categories that make up the annual budget, enrollment numbers and projections, summary comparisons of the funds, levy summary, revenue sources, and expenditures.

More detailed budget information is available in the formal budget, which is available on the OSPI website (Form F195).

  • Questions/comments relative to 21/22 School Budget

There were no questions for Trisha from the board or the public in attendance. Barry confirmed that the enrollment prediction was conservative in lieu of the current uncertainty perpetuated by COVID-19.

Ken moved and Lynda seconded a motion to approve Budget Resolution 2021-02, motion carried.

 

AGENDA ITEMS / PUBLIC REQUESTS – COMMENTS

  • Approval of Agenda

Following Barry’s presentation, he asked for the board to provide an opportunity for Jennifer Polley to make a statement on behalf of the LCEA (Lake Chelan Educators Association), as per her request.

Kim moved and Barb seconded a motion to approve the agenda as is with the addition of the LCEA statement; motion carried.

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

  • Public Comments or Request on Non-agenda Items

Lynda Sydloski came to directly ask the board about rumors of a whether the School Board approved a curriculum for sex education that was not on the agenda at the last board meeting.

Barry explained that there was no action at the last board meeting to approve any type of curriculum.  Curriculum approval takes time with many meetings of staff, parents, and community members. Barry shared that a past teacher/nurse, Vicki Taylor, helped the State create health/sexual education curriculum over 10 years ago. This is the same curriculum that the district has been using for the past 8-10 years.  Barry referenced a presentation that was shared with a large group of parents a year ago on this very topic.

He confirmed that the District does not teach the 3R curriculum.  The LCSD health curriculum will soon be posted on the website and parents are always welcome to opt-out their children from all or part of the curriculum.

Kelsey Fleischbein addressed the board about mask wearing at the elementary school.  She spoke about support for people over 2 years of age wearing masks following CDC and DOH guidelines.  Her family missed preschool last year due to a dire heath situation and she is asking that students and staff wear masks at school for the protection of immune compromised kids.

Karl Word came to talk to the board and shared  his concerns about the mental health of kids.  He shared photos of teenagers who have taken their own lives.  He stated that there is no transparency with the school board from his perspective.  He feels that students and parents don’t feel like they can ask questions or have conversation and thus parents feel unheard.  He is against masking and community shut down.  He commented that mask wearing was not enforced at athletic events this spring, which only adds to the confusion about wearing masking in school buildings.  He feels that the community will soon be back to wearing masks. He said that parents will be seeking doctor notes in the form of waivers for students to exempt them from wearing masks.

Brooklyn White, a current student, came to speak to the board about her right to choose whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine and wearing masks to school.  Her letter that she read included several RCW laws. She asked that the board not take away student choices.  In her opinion, the health decision of the student is up to the parents and not the schools.

Adelynn Dalton, a MS age student, read a letter about “abuse” being perpetrated against students and about mask requirements killing children.  The letter she read covered information about dangers of wearing a mask, including the fact that mask wearing impacts  Vitamin D, and other health concerns.  There were several references to different RCW rules in this letter as well.

Lindsay Wood said that there are many RCWs that give the Districts and School Board the power to make decisions on their own outside of state guidance.  She would like it to be the parent’s choice as to whether students need to wear masks to school.

Jeff thanked everyone for coming in and speaking with the school board to share their views.

 

FINANCIAL REPORTS (Trisha Schock NCESD)

Trisha went over all of the financial reports and answered questions from the board.

There was a question about what ASB funds will look like if fees are not collected to offset costs.

Brad and Barry have been talking about funding for College in the HS and the importance of offering College in the HS for all students while supporting this with funding by the school district.

Brad mentioned that there will are grants available through OSPI for help offset ASB funding loss and that he would be submitting one on behalf of the school district.

Trisha thanked the board for their patience and the opportunity to help the district during the transition between business managers.

 

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT

  • Barry DePaoli

Barry gave a presentation on Summer School Update, State SPED Conference, COVID-19 Update, Latest Guidance on Masking from CDC (7/27), and the Board Calendar.

The board agreed to change their August meetings to 8/17 & 8/31.

Summer Steam Program is going well with 100 students and 15 staff, attendance is at 96%.  There are 3 blocks each morning with Art/STEAM, Literacy, and Mathematics.

Summer LIFT Program is for incoming freshman with about 16 students and a focus on Executive Functioning Skills, Literacy and Mathematics skills, and real-life learning experiences.

There have been several invitations for Sarah Clarke and K.C. Knudson to present at conferences on inclusionary practices.  They were invited to present at a State SPED conference in December.

The latest CDC recommendation (July 27, 2021) is that masks must be worn in areas of high transmission.  In addition, the agency recommends that all teachers, staff, and student of K-12 schools wear masks, even if vaccinated. Barry mentioned that he expects the DOH and OPSI to come out with new guidance and requirements early next week.

Lynda Foster talked about listening to a speaker during the public comment period talk about the lack of transparency in the school district.  She explained that each time the state makes a decision, it requires the School Board to establish protocols, take action and make decisions on the local level. This takes the Board time to sift through the information and see how it fits into the local community of staff, students, and parents. If people are feeling out of the loop, they should be calling the school to seek clarification. She used Linda Sydloski’s question regarding the Health/Sexual Education Curriculum as an example.

The board is trying not to add to the confusion perpetuated by the news cycle that is circulated out in the public. Instead, they take their time to gather information and facts and then provide patrons with accurate information.

Kim said that this has been a very difficult time for the staff and board.  Rather than being able to focus on the needs of the district, a great deal of time being spent discussing rumors that is often circulated through the national media. The board is open to listen to community concerns and  encourages  people to ask questions.

It was made clear that the  District does not teach Critical Race Theory at a local level and the community is welcome to come and ask any questions they have about curriculum being taught in the school.

Lindsay Wood made a comment in the middle of Barry’s presentation telling the Board that an RCW states that the School Board has the right to make local policies and can vote as to whether to wear masks or not wear masks.  Lindsay stated that parents feel that their questions about COVID-19 and masking requirements are not being answered.  (Lindsay started the meeting in person and then left; connecting online.)

Barry continued his presentation with an update of COVID-19 numbers in the Chelan County Health District.

 

Jennifer Polley, a representative for the LCEA, made an official statement that the Lake Chelan Educator Association will NOT make an official statement about masking at this time.

 

BOARD POLICY UPDATES

This was a 1st reading of Policy 4311.  The school board would like to research the cross-referenced board policies that are mentioned at the end of the policy and procedure. They will take this for a second reading.

 

ACTION ITEMS

Ken moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve the Payables and Payroll as presented; motion carried.

Kim moved and Ken seconded a motion to approve the Personnel Renewal for 2021-2022 as presented; motion carried.

  • Approval of employee bargaining agreements

Barry shared information about the employee bargaining agreements.

Kim moved and Ken seconded a motion to approve the employee bargaining agreement; 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 7:22 pm for approximately 45 minutes to discuss the performance of a public employee with no action to be taken.

 

 ADJOURNMENT

Jeff Fehr reconvened the board to regular session and adjourned the meeting at 8:05 pm.

 

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Jeff Fehr, Board Chair                                                                     Barry DePaoli, Superintendent

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