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LPSD #38 BoE October Meeting Highlights

October 27, 2011

Here are the Highlights from the Lewis-Palmer School District Board of Education October 2011 meeting, as posted on the District’s website:


These highlights contain basic information about the key issues discussed during Board of Education meetings.
They are not officially approved minutes and are not intended to be comprehensive.
A video recording of the Board meeting can be viewed at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lpsd-live

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Commendations – Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Wangeman introduced Angela Dougan (Colorado Springs City Council member) and Karen Griffith (Monument Town Planner), commenting on their support of District 38 through their work on zoning, land use, and town/county planning matters. Board President John Mann presented commendation certificates to each.
The Board also thanked the members of the OAC (Operations Advisory Committee) for their time and effort throughout recent years. The OAC (formerly the FEC, Facilities and Enrollment Committee) assisted the District in the areas of facilities use, planning for capital reserve projects, identifying enrollment capacities, and reviewing bond/MLO expenditures. Commendation certificates were presented to Deborah Goth and Karen Shuman. Other members of the OAC include: Jeff Bodily, Roy Graves, Marilyn Edwards, Mike Mikelson, and Curt Broeker.

Palmer Ridge High School Presentation – Principal Gary Gabel highlighted his school and introduced Forensic Science teacher Kait Cumsille. Two of Ms. Cumsille’s students, Christiane (Chriss) Welch and Brendan Monogue, were present to talk about this new class, which encompasses the academic areas of earth science, biology, chemistry, math, technology, civics, and economics. The class also develops critical thinking and communication skills. Forensic Science is clearly a favorite with these students as they spoke enthusiastically about all that they are learning.


OAC (Operations Advisory Committee) – The OAC has been a standing committee since its formation in 2006 to make recommendations to the Board on a variety of matters included in the Committee’s charge. The Board of Education formally voted to finalize the work of the Operations Advisory Committee and thank the Committee for their outstanding contributions to the Lewis-Palmer School District.

DAAC (District Accountability Advisory Committee) update/First reading of proposed charge for 2011-12 – Steve Braun, DAAC chairman, presented the proposed Committee charge for the 2011-12 school year for a first reading and discussion. The charge contains the following directives: facilitate the accreditation process by monitoring schools via School Improvement Plans; assist the Board in community engagement; and, advise the Board regarding District budget priorities.

District Performance Frameworks – Dr. Lori Benton, Director of Assessment/Gifted Education/Technology, presented the draft version of the District Performance Frameworks. This system of accountability addresses four performance indicators: academic achievement, academic growth, academic growth gaps, and post secondary and workforce readiness. For the second year in a row, D38 has earned the status of accredited with distinction, based on the information included in the DPF.

Ongoing discussion of what a District 38 graduate should look like – At the September school board meeting, the Board asked Superintendent Borman to continue the work of identifying the educational outcomes and skills necessary for D38 graduates to successfully face the 21st century. These outcomes must address the whole child and include a broader view than core academics alone. Mr. Borman will create a task force composed of D38 staff, students, and members of the business community to address this undertaking.

Reserve funds – Mrs. Wangeman led this ongoing discussion regarding the options available for use of the funds in the reserve accounts. Reserve monies may be restricted for use in such areas as preschool, food service, capital projects, debt service, or TABOR. The funds may also be committed to expenditures in the areas of contractual obligations or retirement payments. The Board will continue to investigate how to best maintain an adequate amount in reserves to cover unforeseen expenses, yet use the funds to best help the District at this time.


First reading of 2012-13 District calendar – Mr. Borman presented the 2012-13 calendar for a first reading and discussion. He commented that the later start date in August has been well-received by both parents and staff members alike. The calendar will be presented for formal approval at the November board meeting.

El Paso County zoning – Mrs. Wangeman presented information regarding a County re-zoning effort along the I-25 corridor that could potentially affect D38 schools. She will continue to research this matter and update the Board as necessary.

American Red Cross shelter agreement – District 38 has entered into an agreement with the American Red Cross to allow use of the GBES (Grace Best Elementary School) facility as an emergency shelter during a disaster.

State fiscal health watch list update – Mrs. Wangeman reported that D38 is officially off the CDE (Colorado Department of Education) fiscal watch list. Many factors enter into this analysis, which is detailed in an annual report to school districts throughout the state.

Student enrollment update – Mr. Borman presented a preliminary report regarding the recent October 1 Count of student enrollment. For the present, D38 enrollment seems to have stabilized. The District budgeted for 120 fewer students this year; however, enrollment is basically the same as the October 1 Count from 2010. The District continues to see growth at the middle and high school levels.

Dashboard – The monthly dashboard report was presented 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. It was again noted that the number of students applying and qualifying for free-and-reduced meals is on the rise.

Superintendent update – Mr. Borman reported on a number of items, highlighting the good attendance at the recent Kiwanis Empty Bowl event. He also stated he has been visiting many classrooms and is thoroughly enjoying connecting with students and staff members. He updated the Board regarding progress made towards developing a homeschool enrichment program, expected to be implemented next school year. The Board will receive a more detailed report at next month’s meeting.

Board member comments – Mr. Pfoff noted he has been busy in the community and in the schools, serving at the Empty Bowl and visiting classrooms. Ms. Wilson reported she recently attended the CASB (Colorado Association of School Boards) regional meeting and shared notes from the discussions regarding school finance and teacher effectiveness. Dr. Ferguson stated he has enjoyed attending athletic events this fall. He also reminded the audience that the recording from the October 5th “Meet the Candidates” forum is available online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lpsd-live. Mr. Pike commented on the Rube Goldberg machines being constructed in classes at the middle school. Mr. Mann shared his interaction with a 6th grade student demonstrating his robotics project.


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

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