LCSD Board Minutes – 11/10/2020
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
DATE: November 10, 2020
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Online meeting
PRESENT: Barry DePaoli, Jeff Fehr, Ken Brunner, Agustin Benegas-Garcia, Kim Thorpe, Brad Wilson, Scott Granger, Brian Wood, Sarah Clarke, KC Knudson, Jeremy Bonner, Erin Morin, Todd Hausman, Erik Peterson, Jose Mendoza, Stefani Morgan, Carrie Austin, Jody Petersen, Jennifer Polley, Nels Lund, Tony Callero, Richard Uhlhorn, Laura Clinton, Katherine D’Orazio, Tara Cunningham, Jayme Berg, Cindy Bertomeu, Michelle Fanton, Kris Austin, Brady Dundas, Marty Rothlisberger, Rebecca Benson, Kayli Crosby, Randy Gleasman, 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.
- Approval of Minutes – October 27, 2020
Kim moved and Ken seconded a motion to approve October 17 minutes as presented; motion carried.
- Public Comments or Request on Non-agenda Items
There were no public comments.
INTRODUCTION OF NEW STAFF
- Tony Callero Tony shared a bit about himself with the board and community. He has been a head basketball coach at several High Schools and was hired in the Lake Chelan School District as the Head HS Boys’ Basketball Coach and as a HS Social Studies and Health Fitness Teacher.
- Student Services – Sarah Clarke
Sarah shared a presentation with the school board covering information on Special Education in the COVID era.
The staff is focused on their Mission, Motto, and
Moving All to Success and Health (MASH) is a new program the SPED department is using this year. It involves SPED students participating in different learning formats that helps the students, staff, and families during COVID.
The presentation also had information about how services are the same and changed during this challenging time. There is weekly communication with families for checks and balances.
- CHS – Brad Wilson
Brad shared a presentation covering information about what is going on at the HS. The students have been surveyed several times since school started on how much time they are spending on their non-college level and college level classes outside of the remote learning time.
Throughout the remote learning period, there has been an equity regression with respect to attendance, multiple Fs and above normal course failure despite interventions. Multiple course failures are of great concern during remote learning as it is quite difficult for some students to focus with remote or online learning. This is an issue across the state and the nation.
Student Social Emotional Health is declining as schools continued to be closed. There are continual reminders as the months go by of the loss of activities.
The HS staff is working hard with several different strategies to reach out to students.
There was a question about whether core or elective classes have more F grades. Brad said that it is more issue in the core classes. Even students who are in attendance in the building are struggling to get work turned in.
- CMS – Brian Wood
Brian shared a presentation with the board that included information on attendance, engagement, SEL Information, Strategies to support students, and hybrid learning.
There are 82 students coming to school for hybrid in-person learning for 6th grade. This started Monday 11/9/20.
Staff and students are happy to be learning in person.
- School Re-opening: Phase II – Barry DePaoli
Barry gave a presentation with updates of COVID-19 cases across the state and in Chelan/Douglas Counties.
He broke those numbers out to show data in local cases over the last few months. There is a surge of positive cases across the county.
There have been a handful of cases within the district and there is much concern from the Health District about having more cases in the community through the holiday season. Students in the younger grades can be put in cohorts to stay with the same group of people throughout the day. With HS students it is impossible to put the students in cohorts, so this is a greater risk in terms of spreading of COVID-19.
Barry thanked Erin, Todd, and Brian for all of the protocols that are in place at MOE and CMS to keep staff and students safe and healthy.
November 30th was the originally designated as the date to bring 7th – 12th grade students back to school, but the health department suggests that school districts should wait a bit longer to bring students back after the holidays. 7th and 8th graders can be put in cohort classes, so at this time the district is planning to bring those students back to the buildings on December 7th.
After much discussion with the health district, Barry suggests that keeping the HS students in remote learning until the county knows more about the surge in COVID cases during the holiday, cold, and flu season. The current cases of transmission for students and staff are outside of school buildings. With the holidays there will be college students coming home with the possibility of more spread in the community.
Barry invited the board and administrators to discuss their thoughts and concerns about when to bring high school students back to the buildings. There was discussion among the board about the importance of social emotional health and educational needs of all students.
Suggestion to bringing in students who are on the D and F lists before bringing in all students in the MS and HS.
Barry recommended having 7th and 8th grade students return to in-person learning in a hybrid model Dec. 7th.
Ken moved and Agustin seconded a motion to approve the return of 7th and 8th graders to in-person learning on December 7th, in a hybrid model; Ken and Agustin voted in favor of the motion, Kim abstained; motion carried.
- BP 3205 Procedure – Sexual Harassment of Students Prohibited
Ken moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve BP 3205 Procedure as presented; motion carried.
- BP 1105 & Procedure – Electoral System
There was discussion about the updating of this policy and the board will take this to the next meeting.
- BP 1225 – School Director Legislative Program
Kim moved and Agustin seconded a motion to approve BP 1225 as presented; motion carried.
Ken moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve the Payables as presented; motion carried.
Barry explained the personnel changes.
Kim moved and Agustin seconded a motion to approve the personnel changes as presented; motion carried
Ken moved and Agustin seconded a motion to approve the surplus 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 7:48pm for approximately 20 minutes to discuss the performance of a public employee with no action to be taken.
Jeff Fehr reconvened the board to regular session and adjourned the meeting at 8:10 pm.
Jeff Fehr, Board Chair Barry DePaoli, Superintendent