Board of Trustees Meeting Report – May 8, 2017

Content Area Standards Project Update

Danna Anderson, NCSD’s Director of Teaching and Learning, gave an update on the work of the subject area committees that are working to create a vertically and horizontally articulated, aligned and assessed curriculum, commonly referred to as a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum, in all nine content areas over the next four years. Anderson said the draft curriculums are ready for the Career and Vocational Education and Foreign Language subject areas. Those will be posted for teachers soon. The Social Studies subject area will undergo a second year of validation. There were enough changes made during the first validation year (2016-17) that the committee wasn’t prepared to have the curriculum go before the full Board for adoption. The Board will consider adopting revised curriculums in Fine and Performing Arts and Physical Education at their June 12 meeting. In 2017-18 Articulation committees will meet in Math, English Language Arts (ELA), Health/PE, and Fine and Performing Arts.

 

Dual Language Immersion Program Update

Angela Hensley, NCSD’s Executive Director of School Improvement, led a discussion about the District’s Dual Language Immersion program at Paradise Valley Elementary (Mandarin) and Park Elementary (Spanish). Staff members, parents and students from both schools were present at the meeting. At this point there are approximately 285 students participating in the program between the two schools. During the presentation, a brief history of the DLI program was given along with an explanation of the resources that are allocated to supporting the program. Charlotte Gilbar, NCSD’s Director of Assessment also presented data of DLI students’ assessment scores compared to non-DLI students in the same grades. The data shows that students in the DLI program have more growth during a school year in subjects that are taught in the target language and in subjects taught in the English language than their non-DLI counterparts. Parents also spoke during the presentation about their experiences in the program. Parents thanked the Board for their support of the program, and spoke of the positive effects the program has had on their students.

 

New Board Policy 4199 – Reduction in Force

The Board passed on first reading new Board Policy 4199 – Reduction in Force. Board Policy Committee Chair Dana Howie said it’s a policy that she hopes the District never needs to use. The policy applies to certified staff only because classified employees are “at-will”. The policy was brought forward due to the current economic downturn and the deficit in education funding at the state level. The entire policy can be viewed here.

 

Other Items…

  • The Board approved Ramshorn Construction, Inc. to be the contractor on a project to renovate the KWHS Track. The work will include installing a drainage system, which will hopefully prolong the life of the track surface. The bid amount is $1,164,355.00. The state will pay $902,373.75 of that amount. In addition to the drainage, the pole vault pits will be moved, new long jump pits will be added, the shot put area will be relocated, and a new high jump area will be added. A retaining wall, fencing, and ADA sidewalks are also included in the project.
  • Board members heard an update about Student Court, which is a partnership between NCSD, the District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Family Services and provides services and support to students who have found themselves in trouble with law enforcement and have had to appear in Circuit Court.The program is in its 9th year and will have roughly 40 graduates this year.
  • The Certified and Classified Personnel Report was approved and can be viewed here.
  • The next regular Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for June 12 at 7:30 p.m. at NCSD’s Central Services Facility (970 N. Glenn Rd.)

 

 
 

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