April 1, 2019 Board Meeting

2 Apr
Lisa.jpg

Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson talks to the school board about the new Transitional Kindergarten program at the April 1 meeting.

Transitional Kindergarten class approved by board

2019-2020 1/2 Day Transitional Kindergarten Program
Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson said this new program is for children who may not be ready for the traditional full day kindergarten after a half day preschool experience.
It would be a modified kindergarten curriculum at Fisher Elementary School.  There has been enough interest in Transitional Kindergarten from current preschool families and those in the community to warrant this new program.
Stevenson expects even future expansion of TK.
“I think it’s going to be a very popular decision,” Stevenson said.
The board approved a 1/2 day transitional kindergarten program for the 2019-2020 school year as presented.

Samantha

Samantha Edwards

Recognition
Samantha Edwards was recognized as an outstanding district volunteer. She is a volunteer writer for the Communications office, producing several alumni feature stories. She is also a 2006 MHS graduate.

Personnel
Click here for personnel items approved by the board

Student School Board Representative Update
America Dominguez, Jane Ragland and Jocelin Sharfnejda presented and update to board including information on the Health Careers Club, STEP, National History Day the spring play and the upcoming prom.

7-12 Grade Math Adoption and 9-12 Grade Social Studies Adoption Budget Request Review
Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson and Curriculum Director Pam Brewer-Michael presented this for an upcoming math and social studies adoption, which is part of the 7-year cycle.
Many of the curriculum is going to digital access, although in other cases the traditional books are still utilized.
“It’s been a digital shift for sure,” Stevenson said.
This was an information item only and will be up for approval at the April 15 meeting.

2019-2020 1/2 Day Transitional Kindergarten Program
Director of Instruction Dr. Lisa Stevenson said this new program is for children who may not be ready for the traditional full day kindergarten after a half day preschool experience.
It would be a modified kindergarten curriculum hosted in a classroom Fisher Elementary School.  There has been enough interest in Transitional Kindergarten from current preschool families and those in the community to warrant this new program.
Stevenson expects even future expansion of TK.
“I think it’s going to be a very popular decision,” Stevenson
The board approved a 1/2 day transitional kindergarten program for the 2019-2020 school year as presented.

Board Policies

First Reading
201 Board of Directors Elections – No changes since last meeting, approved and waived second reading
201.6 (new 202.3) Term of Office- No changes since last meeting, approved and waived second reading
202.1 (new 204) Code of Ethics – No changes since last meeting, approved and waived second reading
203.6 Legal Counsel – No changes since last meeting, approved and waived second reading
New Policy 207 Board of Directors’ Legal Counsel – No changes since last meeting, approved and waived second reading
New Policy 401.6 Limitations to Employment References
409.3 Licensed Employee Family and Medical Leave – Marked as amended No changes since last meeting, approved and waived second reading
412.4 Annuities-Classified- Marked as amended- No changes since last meeting, approved and waived second reading
705.1 Purchasing-Bidding – Marked as amended- No changes since last meeting, approved and waived second reading
705.5 Approval and Payment for Goods and Services – Old policy – new policy adopted. No changes since last meeting, approved and waived second reading
705.6 Unpaid Warrants – Deletion
705.7 Special Assessments – Deletion
705.8 (old and new 709) Insurance Program- Adopted and waived second reading
705.8-R Insurance Program Regulation – Deletion

Initial Review
409.2 Licensed Employee Personal Illness Leave – Changes made from sick leave cap 200 to 140, but any employees who had more than 140 sick days – were able to keep them- Adding to contract- To come back before board
414.4 Classified Employee Bereavement Leave-Funerals – Reference employee handbook- TO come back before board
202.3 (new 206.3-R1) Secretary-Treasurer- Marked as reviewed
New Policy 206.3 Secretary-Treasurer – IASB policy- To come back board
705.9 Death of a Student, Staff Member, or Board Director – Added to list “board approved counsel” To come back,
707.1 Secretary’s Monthly Report – Additions to policy- to come back before board
707.2 Treasurer’s Annual Report – Added language from IASB- To come back

The board discussed their highlights from the Roundhouse Phase II grand opening. Click here for a video from the opening.

The board will next meet on Monday, April 8 for a special special board meeting for a budget hearing at 5 p.m.

The next regular board meeting will be April 15 at 5 p.m.

From Board Vice President Janelle Carter
“Tonight’s board meeting was one of the shortest in recent history.  With the brighter evenings and better weather, I imagine that was a welcome change to the directors.  But the duration of the meeting did not reflect the important approvals and the many hours of staff and administrative work that went into preparing for those decisions and pushing them forward to final board authorization.

Tonight the board approved the first Transitional Kindergarten class for the ’19-20 school year at Fisher School.  The class will be a half day class for Kindergartners who may not be quite ready for the full Kindergarten experience or may not have participated in Preschool.  This is new to our district, but not new in other districts. It is anticipated that this will fit a need for our district and for parents.

I asked the board to reflect on the Grand opening of the Roundhouse Phase 2 which took place this past Saturday evening.  The event was well attended by an estimated 400-500 people, many from out of state. The feedback from the community and the board, and especially student representatives, was very positive. One of the first goals of this board was the Phase 2 continuation and completion, along with increased community and student pride in our district. It was very gratifying to hear so many positive impressions of the project, but also to hear how proud the students were of their new home that will preserve the past and continue celebrating traditions while meeting our needs for the future.

Go Bobcats!”

-Janelle Carter

%d bloggers like this: