JUNCTION CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

September 25, 2006

 

MINUTES

 

Board of Directors

 

Administrators

Mike Bonner, Chair

Randy Trummer, Vice-Chair

Denise Pratt

Judy Croce

Mike Brotherton

Jacque Gerdes

 

Kathleen Rodden-Nord, Superintendent

Wanda McClure, Business Manager

Kathryn Hedrick, High School Principal

Tom Endersby, Oaklea Principal

Amy Lesan, Laurel Principal

Alan Adler, Territorial Principal

 

 

 

 

Staff

Staff

 

Staff and Others

Stephanie White

Jill Case

Kate Gillow-Wiles

Chris Meyer

 

Mike Thoele, Tri-County News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Territorial offered both a book fair and an ice cream social, through the TPA, during their open house on September 19 th. Mr. Adler reports that the book fair sold over $2,000 worth of books and assorted products. Territorial parents, staff, and other supporters will be volunteering in the Moshafsky Center for all home U of O football games this year – these volunteers have already raised over $1,700 for Territorial by working at the two home football games that have occurred thus far. Territorial will have their annual Jog-A-Thon this coming Friday. Fourth and fifth grade students at Territorial are making announcements every morning to inform other students about the lunch menu, upcoming events, and more. Territorial is excited to have a “Scientist in the Classroom” project this year where a graduate student from the U of O science department is available each week at Territorial to enhance the physical sciences curriculum. Finally, Territorial staff will be using their early release days this year to work together on differentiating instruction to ensure success for students at all levels.

 

At Laurel, teachers recently spent an afternoon with Lane ESD consultant Robert Young, to work on improving student achievement in the area of written expression. The ESD also is offering support to Laurel by lending Laurel a mobile computer lab for classroom use for a month. Media specialist Rebecca Smith is working with classroom teachers on the many ways that they can integrate technology into their classroom instruction. The Laurel staff will be having a Professional Forum once a month – the first one is coming up this Thursday. Principal Lesan has arranged to have Carrie Rue, Occupational Therapy consultant to the District, come and discuss with the staff ways to address the needs of students with ADHD and/or sensory issues. Laurel’s PBS team has been busy teaching and reinforcing Laurel’s behavioral expectations. Students earn leopard spots for raffles for hats and lunch with the principal, school store credits, and classroom parties after classrooms earn 300 spots. Finally, Laurel is still looking for a few good volunteers to help with crosswalk and student loading and unloading at the beginning and end of each instructional day – the Lions will be covering two days a week, the S-COPS one day a week, and hopefully volunteers can be found to commit to the other two days each week. Chief Hancock has graciously agreed to train people who volunteer for this. Please contact the Laurel office for more information.

 

Oaklea’s open house last Thursday evening was very well attended; parents were very welcoming of the 7 new licensed staff members that they met at Oaklea. One of the things that was shared with attendees at the open house is that EdLine will soon be up and running – you should have seen the looks on kids’ faces – mine included – when teachers talked about the fact that parents would be able to check daily to see if students were current in terms of turning in assignments and so on. The first of the year Homeroom Assembly was very well received by Oaklea students – the assembly theme was RESPECT and students loved the skits and the dances performed by Oaklea teachers Malpass, Meininger, and Gabriel, among others. At this assembly, teacher Andy Meskil was presented with a check for $500 by Alex Kyler, chairman of the Oregon Association of Recyclers. The money will be used, in part, for the purchase of new recycling containers for each classroom. Oaklea parent group has already been busy planning a year full of fundraising to support student activities, and they are looking forward to the delivery and installation of the new electronic reader board that was jointly funded by the parent group and Country Coach. Mr. Endersby reports that students, staff, parents, and community members seem absolutely delighted with Oaklea’s new wooden gym floor – and that some JCHS students have even stopped by to test it out. The 7 th and 8 th grade volleyball and football seasons are well underway – there is a home football game for Oaklea this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Student led conferences will be held on October 18 th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on the 19 th from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

 

It is homecoming week at Junction City High School and many special activities are planned. The Noise Parade will be held this Wednesday night, there will be a special homecoming assembly at the high school Friday morning, the football team will be facing Cottage Grove Friday night, and the homecoming dance will be held Saturday night. The high school administration reports that the video cameras already have proved useful in observing student behavior and that the students are well aware that the cameras are there. Chris will be talking more about this later this evening. The high school literacy initiative, which includes a literacy lab for all freshmen students this trimester, is off to a strong start. Teachers at the high school are reporting that they are seeing students apply in other content areas the skills that are being addressed in the literacy labs. Here is a preview of some of the many upcoming events for our high school: The PSATs will be held October 14 th; the Adolescent Depression Screening Survey will happen October 10, 11, 16, and 17 th; parent teacher conferences will be held on October 18 th from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. and on October 19 th from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and then 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. and we will be having a number of students go to the FFA Nationals October 23 rd – 28 th.

 

While our total number of students is very similar to what we started with last year, we do have some blips at certain spots – most notably class size averages of 28 in Laurel’s third grade classrooms, higher than desired numbers of students in JCHS chemistry labs, and in Oaklea’s PE classes.

 

Denise – I went to Laurel and Territorial this week and if we ever get bogged down and wonder why we are doing this, I would suggest spending a little time at the grade schools. Those kids are absolutely adorable. The staff is excited and happy; it’s just a happy place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR GERDES SECONDED BY DIRECTOR TRUMMER, TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED. The motion was APPROVED unanimously by those board members present.

 

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR PRATT SECONDED BY DIRECTOR TRUMMER, TO APPROVE THE HIRING OF LAURA LARSEN AS TEMPORARY 1.0 FTE 6 TH GRADE TEACHER AT OAKLEA MIDDLE SCHOOL, TEMPORARY FOR THE 2006-07 SCHOOL YEAR ONLY, AS PRESENTED. The motion was APPROVED unanimously by those board members present.

 

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR TRUMMER, SECONDED BY DIRECTOR GERDES, TO APPROVE THE HIRING OF WILLIAM JOHNSON AS TEMPORARY .17 FTE RECONNECTING YOUTH TEACHER AT JUNCTION CITY HIGH SCHOOL, BEGINNING DECEMBER 4, 2006, TERMPORARY FOR THE 2006-07 SCHOOL YEAR ONLY, AS PRESENTED. The motion was APPROVED unanimously by those board members present.

 

 

22.   JHC – Student Health Services Requirements – Revised - Mike Brotherton – Policy JHC – Student Health Services Requirements; did you get an example of what invasive physical examinations were? Superintendent Rodden-Nord – We did get a fax from OSBA today clarifying that reference to “invasive physical examinations that would be a condition of enrollment”. I would like to ask Carol to respond to this question. Carol Puderbaugh – It is defined as “a medical examination involving the exposure of private body parts or any act during such examination that includes; incision, insertion, or injection into the body, but does not include a hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening.” Superintendent Rodden-Nord –NCLB mandates that we have that provision included in policy, but again it’s reiterated that that is not something that we do. Carol – The only examples that we could come up with that would fall under non-emergency required for attendance would be if we were to be giving immunizations to students. Also, if for some reason we were requiring a physical examination to enter school and we were to do the exam on the child without parental consent, but we don’t do that. Chair Bonner – Do you administer any insulin? Carol – That falls under a different situation as far as administering medications.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR PRATT, SECONDED BY DIRECTOR CROCE, TO APPROVE THE SECOND READING OF THE NEW/REVISED POLICIES, AS PRESENTED. The motion was APPROVED 5-1 with Director Brotherton voting no.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR BROTHERTON TO MOVE DISCUSSION ITEM 3 – ADMINISTRATIVE OPTIONS AND COSTS INFORMATION – FOR A TEMPORARY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT LAUREL ELEMENTARY FOR THE 2006-07 SCHOOL YEAR, TO AN ACTION ITEM. The motion died due to a lack of a second.

 

Jacque – I am really uncomfortable having this discussion without Amy here because it really is affecting her life. It would just be nice to have more information, but I agree with what you are saying, Mike.

 

 

Chris – Vandalism for the 2005-06 school year. There is a line item in the budget where the vandalism repairs was supposed to be reported on; I don’t know that if in the past they have really been used because the previous ones that I have seen showed a beginning balance and an ending balance of the exact same. This year Laurel didn’t have any. We did have a few instances with the playfields that maintenance took care of. Territorial didn’t have any. Oaklea was a little bit over $400 with broken windows. The high school spent a lot of money. We had the fire in the east wing restroom; the total on that was a little over $14,000. We do have a deductible of $5,000 that came out of the school’s pocket and the rest was paid for by the insurance company. They did investigate, they did catch someone, and prosecuted, but apparently with Oregon Statutes you can only recover so much money and the insurance company is going to get that first, so we will never see anything. We did have some stolen keys which resulted in having to re-key the exterior of the high school. That was approximately $2,400. Administration did find out who that was and steps were taken with that student to adjudicate that situation. There were a number of broken windows which resulted in stolen projectors and other damage of about $4,200. The total for the high school this year was about $11,550, directly related to vandalism. That’s almost half of the camera system put in so if we can cut down on any of that at all it definitely will prove that the security system was worth the money.

 

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR GERDES, SECONDED BY DIRECTOR PRATT TO MOVE DISCUSSION ITEM C – INFORMATION ON PE CLASS SIZES AT OAKLEA, TO AN ACTION ITEM. The motion was APPROVED unanimously by those board members present.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY DIRECTOR GERDES, SECONDED BY DIRECTOR CROCE, TO APPROVE THE ADDITION OF TWO SECTIONS OF PE AT OAKLEA MIDDLE SCHOOL (BETWEEN $9,000 AND $12,000), AS PRESENTED. The motion was APPROVED unanimously by those board members present.

 

 

 

Wanda – If you look at the sheet that was placed at your spot, this shows the total number of lunches served at each school for the 04-05 and 05-06 school years. One of the fears we had in increasing the price was that we would have less participation. Really, we have more participation. The bottom line is that the enrollment did increase by about 13 students, but we increased the lunches per day at about 29 lunches per day. The 25 cent lunch increase brought in about $17,000 in revenue, just in the paid lunches. The other sheet that I did for you shows the lunch participation over the last four years. The participation has been going up every year over the last four years. You will also see that the breakfast participation, because of the Laurel breakfast, has more than doubled. You will see that we had projected with the ending fund balance that if we didn’t make any changes the ending fund balance for 05-06 would be about $20,000 and it ended up being $57,000. We feel like we are making some changes and that the changes that you approved helped us and we are going in the right direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjourn at 9:05 p.m.

 

 

 

 

                                

Superintendent/Clerk             Chair, Board of Directors