School Board Notes

School Board Notes – June 28, 2017

Instruction Committee Meeting – called to order at 7:00

Sandy Saltzman, Anne Kearney, Pam Woodard, Kristin Bencik, Doug Armstrong

Maria Kucharski, John Thomsen, Stacy Gahan  – present

Kristin Yunker is out of town, W. Brett Christiansen is sick

Technology Plan– Maria introduced Dan (business side of technology) and Cassie (IT for teaching and learning) who went through a presentation of their process and timeline for achieving goals of:

  1. Providing the school community with reliable infrastructure and equitable access to technology resources and devices for teaching, learning, and productivity.
  2. Ensure that sound data governance policies and procedures are developed and implemented to ensure the privacy, safety, and security of confidential data sets.
  3. Define and integrate the Global, Media, and Digital Literacy competencies into the curriculum to ensure students develop the necessary competencies to be successful in our global society.
  4. Ensure teaching practices integrate the competencies and/or the seven thriving dispositions.
  5. Questions/Comments from Board:

Anne K: Brett (Board rep on the committee) had very positive feedback.

Anne K: Do we need to fast-track policies at the Board level to ensure privacy measures?

Cassie- not sure yet. Maria- speaking with others regarding info from DPI. If they came across something that needed to be prioritized she’d let them know.

Anne K: ask for information to be shared regarding the competencies/ thriving dispositions at future meetings.

Pam: Like seeing equitable access in Goal 1. Does that mean that every student has equal access to devices?

Dan: we are trying to get to that point. Cassie: We are trying to standardize the grade level classrooms. Maria: Different departments may have different needs. We want teachers to have technology available to prepare students for testing situations. Dan: working to standardize the set ups for each classroom so that teachers can move seamlessly between rooms.

Doug: appreciate the work, know this is a high priority. On equity issue do we need to think about what access kids have at home? Cassie: aware of situations where students (at high school) do check out devices from the library.

Question about internet service at home? We currently don’t have a way to check out wifi. Maria: colleague in a district where they check out sticks that go into TV to deliver internet. But they are not filtered.

Doug: How much of a threat is there to the security of the network/hacking?

Dan: Information is shared across districts regarding various threats and shut them down as quickly as possible. Always watching.

Shawn: Student information and district finances are not stored on the district network, they are web-based programs, so that information is not at risk.

District Standards Notification– required notice of Student Academic Standards to be approved in July. Statement available on board docs.

C3 Framework: College, Career & Civic Life for Social Studies Standards- Maria & Dr. John DeRose (HS social studies teacher)

  1. DeRose: Went through a preview of what the social studies standards will look like. Presenting the plan before doing all the work. Just a framework.
  2. Using Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Social Studies- very broad (for good and bad) and Common Core State Standards for Literacy in All Subjects- gives a general description of disciplinary reading/writing/speaking.
  3. Dimensions: Developing questions and plan inquiries; Applying disciplinary tools and concepts; Evaluation sources and using evidence; Communicating conclusions and taking informed action
  4. Inquiry-based, skills-based but not specific, content-based facts. No specific set of information that students will learn (ie states and capitals).
  5. Questions/Comments from Board:

Kristin B.: Concern about lack of knowledge base. There has to be certain historical things that need to be integrated.

John: sure. In the current plan there are not specific facts, but there are themes that are open for teaching/learning the specific details that are integral to the theme.

AP US history course intentionally designed to not focus on specific people/battles rather than risk leaving important pieces out.

Doug: They still have to pass the state civics test. (groans)

Anne K: Skill building focus rather than pure knowledge base. Concern about tolerance. Hope this is the place where students learn to be tolerant.

John: excellent point. That is my biggest problem with it. It is very intellectual model but lacking the compassion and teamwork components. Something we need to attend to.

Pam: What about service learning? Answers “what can we do in our own community?”

John: Yes, we already have a course in the high school that does this and kids appreciate it.

Personnel and Policy Committee Meeting

Board is consulting with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) to improve language around district policies and procedures and insure that district policies comply with state and federal law in “waves”. Areas of focus will include:

School board legal status, vacancies on the school board, codifying current graduation policy, staff discipline, staff use of physical force, use of seclusion and physical restraint.

Finance Committee Meeting

Three years ago big changes were made to compensation practices. Last year there was a review of these changes. A market analysis for each position in the district was conducted. These reviews will be carried out on as needed going forward.  There will be a meeting with union representatives before September so that teacher contracts will be updated.

There is a current stalemate of the state budget. Still waiting on resolution from the state before projections for 2017-18 can be confirmed.

Buildings and Grounds Committee: Enhancing Culture of Safety

Stacey Gahan and Brian Chase presented an updated on what the district has been doing over the past school year to enhance the culture of safety:

  1. Student/ parent surveys
  2. PBIS
  3. Non Violent Crisis Response Training
  4. Physical Enhancements-PA Systems throughout have been installed throughout the buildings. Announcements can be made to the public areas outside.  FOB access to all buildings allows for tracking of who is in the building.
  5. Intruder Response TrainingOn June 12 representatives from all buildings participated in a district safety response training. Training was intended to understand different options about different responses to emergencies, outside of the standard lockdown procedures. Shifting from a “what if” to “what then” mindset. There is no single response to an emergency event.
  6. District is investigating visitor management systems. Need to have a balance of a welcoming environment and student safety. District is behind other districts in this area.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 pm.