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Highlights from Board of Education Meeting


Link to Meeting Packet        Link to Video of Meeting

Recognition: Wellness Award

Wellness Program Coordinator Annah Holzberger presented the 2012 American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite Honor Roll award to the Board of Education. The district achieved the recognition for its employee wellness initiatives.

Goals, Projects & Initiatives Update: Curriculum & Instruction: Math Alignment Review

Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Eileen Depka, Director of Instruction Mary Washbush, and Math Specialist Trudy Whalen shared how the district is preparing to implement Common Core Math Standards in the 2013-14 school year. The district Math Alignment Team has studied the standards, identified and reviewed several different curriculum resources (textbooks) available to support them, and outlined professional development needs for implementation. Select SDNB teachers will be piloting possible math resources beginning in February; feedback on resources will be sought from piloting teachers, students and parents. A recommendation for the purchase of new math resources to support Common Core Math Standards is expected to be presented to the Board of Education in May. 

Long-range Facilities Process Update, Future Community Engagement

Chief Finance & Operations Officer Roger Dickson presented a Short- and Long-term Facilities Report – Preliminary Project List for Board of Education review. Projects were weighted using criteria including Health & Safety; Laws, Regulations & Code Updates; Outdated Instructional Facilities/Program Changes; Energy Savings;  Other than core mission (may not impact core academics, but impacts comprehensive educational experience i.e. co-curricular activities); Capacity; Security; and Overall Infrastructure Renewal. The Board of Education was asked to provide feedback to the administration on the outlined criteria and the draft project list. The documents will be posted to the district website for public review prior to the Feb. 11 Board meeting. The community will be invited toprovide feedback on the criteria and project list through an iform on the district website, and at upcoming Board meetings:

  • Feb. 25 – feedback will be sought on the district’s surplus properties
  • Board meetings in March and April will solicit feedback on specific projects

2013-14 Student Calendar Approved (see calendar here)

  • First day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
  • One Friday per month (except Dec. and April) will be a non-student contact day for staff training, professional development and planning
  • Winter Break is Dec. 23, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014
  • Spring Break is April 14 - 18, 2014
  •  Last day of school is Thursday, June 12, 2014
  •  Parent teacher conferences and 2014 graduation date will be determined and posted in early March. 

Open Enrollment Policy Revisions, Approval of Seats for 2013-14

No seats currently available for 2013-14, Waiting list to be developed

The Board of Education approved revisions to Open Enrollment Policy 5114. Revisions state that the Board may require open enrollment students to reapply once – upon entering middle school – and that the district will develop an open enrollment waiting list with preference given to students who have moved out the district and to siblings of current open enrollment students.

Due to current projected space limitations, no open enrollment seats were opened for 2013-14; however the newly revised policy allows a waiting list to be developed.

In regards to the policy changes, according to Superintendent Joe Garza, the waiting list allows the district flexibility to open and fill more seats if they become available. The possibility of a one-time reapplication has always been an option for the Board, but now is transparent in the policy.

Board of Education President David Maxey explained the Board wishes to work with open enrollment families and does not expect the need to require reapplication. However, the policy now states it is a possibility so open enrollment parents are aware. 

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