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LPSD #38 Board of Education October 2010 meeting Highlights

October 28, 2010

These are the Highlights produced and posted by the District for last week’s regular Board meeting. Official minutes are not posted until they are approved by vote at the next Board meeting. Highlights and Minutes can be found on the District’s website in a folder on the Board of Education’s homepage.

HIGHLIGHTS
LEWIS-PALMER BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010

These highlights contain basic information about the major issues discussed during Board of Education meetings.
They are not officially approved minutes and are not intended to be comprehensive.

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STUDENT RECOGNITION

Three students were present to receive special recognition from the Board of Education. Victoria (Vicky) Alvarado and Lizbeth Nava-Adame, 11th grade students at Palmer Ridge High School, were honored for being selected as Mayor‟s 100 Teens by Mayor Lionel Rivera of Colorado Springs. Both girls are enrolled in the ELL (English Language Learner) program at PRHS. Family members and ELL teacher Amy Gammell were present in the audience. Benjamin Knode, an 8th grader at Lewis-Palmer Middle School, was honored for his 2nd place finish in the Colorado Math League competition last spring. His gifted education teacher, Carol Snyder, and LPMS principal, Caryn Collette, were also present in the audience.

DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS

OAC (Operations Advisory Committee) bond update – Deb Goth, OAC chairperson, presented an update regarding bond expenditures from the 2006 voter-approved bond issue. The original bond proceeds, plus interest accrued since 2006, totaled approximately $69 million available for expenditures on three major projects: construction of Palmer Ridge High School, improvements to Lewis-Palmer High School athletic facilities, and additional improvements to LPHS involving security and technology. As of June 30, 2010, the remaining fund balance was $99,802, which includes $23,500 budgeted for expenses at PRHS. The remainder is on hold pending resolution of drainage issues at PRHS. Ms. Goth assured the Board of Education that all monies from the bond have been appropriately spent.

Consider/approve NIMS (National Incident Management System) resolution – Mrs. Wangeman, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, presented the NIMS resolution for the Board‟s review. The Board members approved the resolution authorizing the National Incident Management System as the basis for all incident management in Lewis-Palmer School District #38, as mandated by the State of Colorado through Senate Bill 08-181. As stated in the resolution, NIMS procedures provide a consistent nationwide approach for Federal, State, and local governments to work together more effectively and efficiently to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity.

Consider/approve superintendent search process – After lengthy discussion, the Board members voted 4-1 to direct Mr. Bauman to proceed with negotiations to contract with CASB (Colorado Association of School Boards) to facilitate the
superintendent search process. At the recent October 5th work session, Bob Cito from the Superintendent Search Service at CASB presented options available regarding CASB involvement in the search for a new superintendent. The Board also received information and proposals from other organizations interested in assisting with the search. Ms. Wilson presented a summary of important points to be considered during the search and hiring process.

Consider/approve certified employee RIF (Reduction in Force) and transfer policy – Mr. Foster, Director of Personnel and Student Services, presented final revisions to policies GCKA-Instructional Staff Assignments and Transfers and GCQA-Instructional Staff Reduction in Force for Board discussion and approval. The Board reiterated that they are not considering a RIF at this time; however, revisions to the policies were necessary to comply with changes in state law. The updated policies are now posted on the District intranet site for staff access.

CONSENT AGENDA

The Board approved routine matters concerning personnel, finances, and District operations.

INFORMATION ITEMS

Monument Academy letter of intent to enter into negotiations regarding contract renewal – The District‟s current contract with Monument Academy Charter School expires June 30, 2010. The Board of Directors of Monument Academy has submitted a formal request to renew the charter school‟s contract for an additional five years. Members of the LPSD Board of Education and administrative staff will continue conversations with representatives from the school to negotiate a final agreement.

October 1st student enrollment update – Mrs. Wangeman presented an enrollment update based on preliminary October 1st student count numbers. District enrollment is approximately 30 students over projections, which is still a decrease of approximately 110 students from last school year. Actual District enrollment is projected to be about 4,850. CDE (the Colorado Department of Education) will provide the final FTE (full time equivalent) count number in the near future.

Policy revisions – Mr. Foster presented minor revisions to multiple operational policies for the Board‟s information. These revisions were necessary to bring District policy in compliance with state law or to coincide with current District practices. The changes to these operational policies did not require formal Board approval under policy governance.

Dashboard – Mrs. Wangeman presented the monthly dashboard report for the Board‟s review. This document summarizes enrollment numbers and free-and-reduced meals statistics, as well as budget information detailing expenditures and revenue. The District has not yet received updated information in order to determine how much has been paid out in unemployment compensation this current school year.

Superintendent’s update – Mr. Bauman commented on a variety of issues, including the Town of Monument‟s interest in developing a children‟s safety program. Multiple community entities may possibly be involved with this effort and planning meetings are scheduled for the near future. He has also been visiting schools and classrooms and stated he is very pleased with the work teachers are doing for kids.

Board member comments – Mr. Pfoff explained that Mr. Bauman is a member of the board of the Hugh Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund and was recently sworn in as an honorary deputy. Ms. Wilson recently attended the CASB legislative convention and noted that „the word on the street‟ is that another rescission in education funding is expected for January. She also recommended the Board members view the movie Waiting for “Superman” to become familiar with national thinking on education. Dr. Ferguson commented that the media has been addressing the topic of revamping education. He requested a report to the Board detailing the District‟s teacher evaluation process. Mr. Pike recently visited Prairie Winds Elementary School and observed a lesson using the StarBoard. He was very impressed with teacher collaboration and use of technology. Mr. Mann asked the vital question, “How can we continue to go to the well and ask more from our teachers without giving back to them?” He commented that the Board needs to look at ways to compensate staff fairly and asked Mr. Bauman to continue to pursue the possibility of a bonus for staff.

CITIZENS’ COMMENTS

Vicki Sullivan, 17470 Shiloh Pines Drive, addressed the need for improvements to Monument Hill Road. She asked the Board to form a committee to pursue this issue, suggesting funding could come from D38, the Town of Monument, El Paso County, the state, or fundraisers.

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