BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
April 24, 2006 – Boardroom
Board of Directors
Judy Croce, Chair
Mike Bonner, Vice-Chair
Kathleen Rodden-Nord, Superintendent
Wanda McClure, Business Manager
Kathryn Hedrick, High School Principal
Bill Bechen, High School Assistant Principal
Tom Endersby, Oaklea Principal
Amy Lesan, Laurel Principal
Staff and Others
Mike Thoele, Tri-County News
Superintendent Rodden-Nord – I would like to add that Kathryn Hedrick, music teacher Justin Lasley, five high school music students, and I attended the Airport Rotary meeting last Thursday morning. Our high school students accomplished a feat they had never before attempted, and sang two songs “Acappela” when the electronic keyboard failed to work. They did a beautiful job, and we were so pleased to receive a check for $2,000 from the Airport Rotary for the high school music program.
Chair Croce – All these donations to the golf program, are they having a tournament? Jacque – They did have a golf tournament.
Our staff at the high school is busy forecasting for next year’s classes, and student leadership ambassadors from the high school have been visiting the middle school to answer 8 th graders’ questions about transitioning to 9 th grade. An informational meeting for the parents of incoming freshmen was held at the high school last Monday and was well attended. The high school had an academic awards assembly recently and many, many students were recognized for outstanding scholarly achievements. JCHS also recently had its talent show, and the “Otter Pop Commandos”, a rock band led by lead vocalist Jacob Strashiem, was chosen to represent the high school at the Sky Em talent show. An assembly for this talent show will happen at the high school on Tuesday at 12:15 in the large gym. The Tiger Auction is coming up this Saturday night, at 6:00. The meal is being prepared by Yummy’s Cowboy Cuisine, and there will be many items to bid on. I am guessing that we will also be impressed by dancing coaches, and served by student athletes. This is a very, very important fundraiser and goes a long way toward providing financial support for many worthwhile student activities, clubs, and athletics. Another exciting event that is coming up soon is the 12 th annual Mr. Tiger pageant. The pageant will be held May 8 th, at 7:00 p.m. in the large gym at the high school. The young men and women involved in this event hope that this year results in even more money being raised for the Children’s Miracle Network than ever before.
At Oaklea, this year’s 8 th graders are the first ever to do “scheduling” for freshmen classes on the computer. They are so eager for this transition to high school, but also looking forward to the many fun, culminating activities that will be happening in the coming weeks. On Thursday, May 11 th at 7:00 p.m. in the Oaklea cafeteria, the middle school will be hosting a Parent Night, which is designed for parents of incoming 5 th graders from Laurel and incoming 6 th graders from Territorial. The middle school track program is going very well, with a record number of participants. I want to commend the middle school track athletes and coaches for being on hand to help with several of our high school meets. This year, the middle school track program is going to hold a special meet just for 6 th graders. The Oaklea staff continues to focus great effort on improving student literacy, and has had tremendous support from Lane ESD staff development specialist (and former JCSD teacher) Robert Young.
Laurel’s school-wide art project is just about ready for unveiling on Friday night. It should be very exciting! A few Fridays ago, almost 200 people came to the Laurel media center for what has become a monthly family literacy event. This coming Friday, Laurel Elementary’s Parent Group will hold a Family Fun Carnival from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria and gym. There will be many fun activities, including Karaoke for those who love to perform. Don the juggler returned to Laurel for a week’s juggler-in-residency last week. Parents have been busy visiting Laurel classrooms to do observations and make requests for their child’s next-year teacher. In the near future a number of Laurel teachers will participate in six days of training in the GLAD program to help build their skills for supporting the needs of our English Language Learners. Nurse Carol facilitated, and Laurel recently hosted, a children’s dental clinic. Folks from Community Health Centers of Lane County were at Laurel doing fluoride varnish. They were able to see almost 60 students. Nurse Carol reports that we are planning to coordinate with them for more services in the future. She says that dental care for our students is severely lacking and their teeth are showing the signs of the neglect.
At Territorial, this year’s school-wide theme has been “Writing in the Rain”. There has been a lot of rain, and therefore a lot of writing, so coming up on Friday, students will be reading the “writings” they created during the rainy winter days. Each class will need about four umbrellas, so if you can spare one for the day, Territorial would like to borrow as many as possible for Friday. Territorial’s Parent Group has also started a little track club and they will be hosting several Saturday track meets for kids, and also will have a booth of some kind at the PreFontaine Classic. Territorial would also like everyone to know that it is kindergarten registration time and also time to register little ones for next year’s Territorial preschool / daycare program. Territorial’s first and second graders will have the opportunity to take a free “Super Snackers” class on Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30 beginning on May 1 st and continuing until June 12 th.
Superintendent Rodden-Nord – Do we have corrections to the consent agenda? Stephanie – Yes we do. Item #3, the effective date is actually the end of the 2005-06 school year, not the 2006-07 school year. Also, # 4, the effective date is actually immediately, not the end of the 2006-07 school year.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR GERDES, SECONDED BY DIRECTOR BROTHERTON, TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA AS AMENDED. The motion was APPROVED unanimously by those board members present.
Approve the hiring of Lindsay Nelson as 1.0 FTE Counselor at Oaklea Middle School, beginning the 2006-07 school year. – Superintendent Rodden-Nord – As you are aware, Lindsay is the person who has been at Oaklea as the counselor on a temporary contract for this year due to Casey’s leave. Not that anyone could ever fill Casey’s shoes, but Lindsay has brought her own special gifts to this position. Tom went through the process of considering all qualified applicants and there was absolutely no contest because she has been such a great fit for the middle school.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR BROTHERTON, SECONDED BY DIRECTOR GERDES, TO APPROVE THE HIRING OF LINDSAY NELSON AS 1.0 FTE COUNSELOR AT OAKLEA MIDDLE SCHOOL BEGINNING THE 2006-07 SCHOOL YEAR, AS PRESENTED. The motion was APPROVED unanimously by those board members present.
C. Approve the hiring of Daniel Baumann, Laurel PE teacher, at the .60 FTE level, on a temporary contract from February 27, 2006 through June 19, 2006. – Superintendent Rodden-Nord – The board met Dan in February when he came to the board meeting and the board approved his hiring. We are asking the board to go back and acknowledge that he is actually on a .60 FTE assignment from the time he was hired until the conclusion of the school year. There was a little bit of an issue with semantics because the way it was initially presented to the board, it was prorated on an annualized basis (51 days = .30 FTE). What we really want to do is establish that his assignment is .60 FTE until the end of the year and he was, and will continue to have, the benefits that are associated with a .60 FTE position. It is important, for the record also, when he goes to apply for a renewal of his license, to establish how much he was teaching. Mike Tucker – When he was approved as a .30 teacher, did that affect, at that time, his benefits package? Superintendent Rodden-Nord – He is getting the benefits that a teacher would get if they work three days per week, or .60 FTE.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR BROTHERTON, SECONDED BY DIRECTOR GERDES, TO APPROVE THE HIRING OF DANIEL BAUMANN, LAUREL PE TEACHER, AT THE .60 FTE LEVEL, ON A TEMPORARY CONTRACT FROM FEBRUARY 27, 2006 THROUGH JUNE 19, 2006, AS PRESENTED. The motion was APPROVED unanimously by those board members present.
Jacque Gerdes – There is an amazing list of people retiring and resigning and I just want to say, “Thank You” for their service because they will be sorely missed.
Kathryn – We have an emerging mural going up on the wall of the library. Hannah Darden, who is a junior, is working with Mr. Giddens to create this mural. We are coming up on our 100 th anniversary at JCHS and would like to show a chronology of events that have happened over the 100 years of our high school.
Bill – Edline is a web-based service that gives specific information about the school/class to administrators, teachers, students, and parents. When a teacher updates their grades it will automatically update them on Edline as well, so parents can access their student’s grades, homework assignments, and see what their student was doing in class on a particular day or week. This program was piloted by the 7 th grade team at Oaklea last year and now is being used all around the high school. Superintendent Rodden-Nord – Bill, is this a grant from the Chalkboard Project? Bill – Yes, it pays for our initial year.
Bill went over the JCHS Ethnicity, by grade, and the JCHS Attendance Rate (which has significantly increased over the past few years). Disciplinary referrals have decreased over the past couple of years as well. Oregon State Assessments – In math, science, and reading, the participation rate for these categories is 100%. In math, 48% met or exceed the standard and 52% did not meet. In science, 68% met or exceeded the standard and 32% did not. In reading, 50% met or exceeded the standard and 50% did not.
Kathryn – I would like to skip to page 9 – Board Policy IIABB – Feature Films. This is a policy that we would like to board to put on their agenda to discuss at a future meeting. We have a need at the high school to view films that are rated PG-13 and in fact most of our films that high school students want to see are PG-13. We are prepared to ask the board to consider this revision. We would still ask parents for permission for their students to view these films. The way the current policy reads, we don’t even have the ability to ask parents’ permission for their students to watch PG-13 films; we can’t show them. The use of the term “feature films”, that denotes that they are watching it for entertainment. When we show video in schools, it is for educational purposes and the teacher is attempting to view the video to teach a lesson. We had a situation where over the course of a few years teachers were asking permission and thought that was an acceptable way of going about it. We had a complaint last year; we revisited the policy and realized that indeed, we were not able to use PG-13 films. We have not used them this year. Jacque – What was the complaint? Kathryn – That we had shown a PG-13 film. Sheree – It can be frustrating when we can get a film from the ESD that has more controversy associated with it than a PG-13 film. I can’t show Shakespeare videos because most Shakespeare is rated PG-13. Mike Tucker – I think that complaint was related to an R rated movie that was shown. Kathryn – Yes, but in processing the complaint we found that we can’t even show PG-13 films.
Kathryn – The next policy is the Graduation Requirements – IKF. I had asked the board to hold off on approving this at the last meeting because we wanted to make a proposal to increase the number of graduation requirements. Currently, JCHS requires 24 credits to graduate. It is possible for a student, in a normal four-year span, to earn 30 credits. Study hall is a no-credit option and other than that pretty much everything else we have is attached to some credit. This would increase, with the Board’s approval, the number of credits required from 24 to 25.5 and this reflects the change that the state made at the last legislative session. They increased the number of credits required to graduate from 2 to 3 in Language Arts and from 2 to 3 in math. Superintendent Rodden-Nord – Is this something that at the conclusion of your presentation you want the board to pull out that policy and consider it? Kathryn – Yes.
Kathryn – The Literacy initiative being headed up by a group of teachers: Kristi Stahl, Craig Lannom, Wendy Jameson, Ahmed El-Sayad, Justin Lasley, Chris Bolton, Malcom McRae, Gary Giddens, Todd Limbo, and Becci Buenau. A new required course has been approved by the site council which is a Language Arts lab for all 9 th graders (ability grouping based on 8 th grade OSAT scores and teacher recommendation). This will be for students graduating in 2010 and beyond; everyone else will be grandfathered in. Bill – The site council has also approved a new statistics and probability course for students to either take after pre-calculus or calculus. We will have 65 students who will be eligible for this option next year.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR BROTHERTON, SECONDED BY DIRECTOR GERDES, TO MOVE POLICY IKF – GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, TO AN ACTION ITEM. The motion was APPROVED unanimously by those board members present.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR, BROTHERTON, SECONDED BY DIRECTOR BONNER, TO APPROVE THE REVISIONS TO POLICY IKF – GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, AS PRESENTED. The motion was APPROVED unanimously by those board members present.
Superintendent Rodden-Nord – The Extended Options bill that the legislature passed right at the end of the session states that we have to notify parents in February that these options were available for kids that met certain criteria, which we did. The administrative rules still haven’t been developed and it just gets more and more confusing. I included in your packet a draft of a letter that the Fern Ridge School District intends to send asking the state for a waiver from this program. What we found when Kathryn sent the notices out was very little reaction in terms of people even asking questions about the program. That could be due to a couple things in part; one of them being that there are so many options that already exist within the district for kids. Also, we already know who those at-risk kids are, the kids that would be eligible for this program, and the high school is already referring those kids for alternative education placements. There is now some concerns that this would require districts to pay to the provider of the Extended Options Program, up to a half of an ADMw, and that would be whether the kid is taking one class or four classes. This provision has been cause for concern, as well as having to set aside funds for certain number of credits on an annual basis that may just sit there and most likely never be accessed. Randy – So, the waiver allows us to say that we will take on the responsibility of making sure those needs are being met and not having to pay higher ed for those courses? Superintendent Rodden-Nord – Exactly, and when we talked about this at the superintendents’ meeting, about the waiver being available, the Department of Education is fully anticipating virtually every district in the state of Oregon to file a waiver. We don’t have a lot of people demanding this; just one who has looked into it; so we could either wait on the administrative rules to see if those address some of these concerns, or we can get in line with Fern Ridge and some of these other districts and request the waiver. Board – It was the consensus of the board that the Superintendent moves forward with the waiver.
Superintendent Rodden-Nord – We had some fairly lively discussion at a recent board meeting about the AED draft policy in terms of whether or not it was too restrictive and would such a policy make it less likely that we would have these machines available and people ready to use them. Mike Brotherton very graciously looked at the policy in light of the concerns he had in that regard and made some suggested changes. We can take this and put it on the agenda for next meeting as a first reading with the option of approving it at that point if you would like. Jacque – I just really appreciate Mike for taking the time and looking this over and suggesting changes. Do we have to wait, or can we act on it tonight. Superintendent Rodden-Nord – If you feel it is ready, you can make the motion.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR BONNER, SECONDED BY DIRECTOR GERDES, TO MOVE POLICY EBBCC – USE OF AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED), TO AN ACTION ITEM. The motion was APPROVED unanimously by those board members present.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR BONNER, SECONDED BY DIRECTOR TUCKER TO APPROVE POLICY EBBCC – USE OF AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED), AS PRESENTED. The motion was APPROVED unanimously by those board members present.
Wanda – If you have any questions about the budget document, please don’t hesitate to call or stop by. Kathryn Hedrick – I just wanted to let the board know that this Wednesday is Community Pride Day and students will be released early to help beautify the community.
The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Superintendent / Clerk Chair, Board of Directors