School Board Brief From December 1st Meeting
The Board of Education held its work session on December 1, 2008.
Mil Levy Certification: Setting the mil levy was postponed until CDE can provide accurate information to all school districts. The mil levy is in flux because the state legislature froze the tax mil levy for school districts, an action that has been taken to court and found unconstitutional. Until CDE can calculate the mil levy in light of the court ruling, it cannot be certified by the district. By law, districts must set the mil levy by December 15. The Board gave authority to the Board Treasurer to certify the mil levy to Boulder and Larimer Counties once information is received by the school district from CDE.
Proposed Ends, Mission, Vision, and End Results for Students: Based on input from staff, these revised statements will be presented to the staff for final review at three special meetings to be held on January 7 at 7:00 a.m., January 8 at 3:30 p.m. and on January 13 at 7:00 a.m. Input from staff and community can also be offered during the Board work session on January 5 at 4:00 p.m. and at the regular Board meeting on January 20 at 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. there will be a special session for further community input.
Input from staff and community will help the District determine what areas of focus should be included in the strategic plan as well as the funding priorities.
Discussion of Promotion, Retention and Graduation Requirements: During her meetings with teachers, the superintendent and teachers have talked about freshmen who are not doing well. From those conversations teachers have developed ideas for dealing with this problem, with the focus on how the district can do what is best for students. Middle school teachers believe some students know they are not going to be retained and so think they do not have to learn the core curriculum in the 8th grade without realizing that the high school operates differently. The suggestion was made by teachers to require students in 8th grade to achieve a 70% average grade in the core classes of English, math, and science or score proficient on CSAP or have to take the class over as a freshman.
The Board and administrators also discussed articulation from 8th to ninth grade as well as whether there should be different types of graduation diplomas—college- ready diploma versus workforce-ready diploma.
The Board passed a motion that supported teachers, principals and staff for establishing a standard, with appropriate support, as a first step in determining promotion of eighth grade students to high school.
Future of Primary Building: The old primary building is going to be shut down by mid December. The area including the gym, locker rooms and pool will remain heated for use by Otters, swim teams and their meets. Even with a shut down, there will be costs associated with the building including repairing leaks in the roof. The superintendent will provide information for the various components of shutting the building down, including, asbestos abatement, salvage of materials, demolition, credit for water and sewer taps, and landscaping. The superintendent will also talk with the Recreation District to see what, if any, plans they may now have for the building. The Board is open to options for the building but did not want the superintendent to spend her time on this issue. The superintendent will report back to the Board on progress.
Governance Policy Monitoring Schedule: Staff should submit any comments to the Board by its work session, January 5, 2009 for the following board policies
GP-1, Covenants and Governing Style
GP-2, Board Job Description
GP-3, Officers’ Roles
GP-6, Board Code of Conduct
ED-1, Superintendent’s Code of Conduct
ED-2, Emergency Succession of Superintendent
ED-3, Development of Administrative Policies
ED-4, Treatment of Students, Parents/Guardians and Community
ED-5, District Staff Treatment
ED-10, Communication and Counsel to the Board
ED-11, School Safety