The Board has a regular meeting scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the 5th Floor Board Room at the Education Center.
Often, the most important part of a Board meeting is at the end. This seems to be when WNW will try to slide something new through without a lot of public attention. But this meeting may be different. The first item just may be the most important part.
Study Session 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
1.02 Superintendent Search Update: Finalizing Profile – For the Board of Education to receive an update from Bill Newman of Ray & Associates in order to finalize the superintendent profile for solicitation of candidates. BACKGROUND:In February, the Board contracted with Ray & Associates to manage the search for a new superintendent. In March, the district provided opportunities for community groups and individuals to meet with representatives from Ray & Associates and complete an online survey to define the characteristics of a Jeffco superintendent.
This is the one that will be the most interesting. Ray & Associates did a lot of listening to the JeffCo public. In some of the public sessions, the R&A person seemed to admit that there was a distinct difference between what the public wants from in a new Superintendent and what the Board (read: WNW) wants. This discussion will probably highlight those differences. Again, WNW is going to show whether the idea of actually listening and taking into account public sentiment is a real priority with them or simply a campaign slogan they have discarded as no longer being needed. Show up and see/hear for yourself!
Regular Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
2.00 Preliminary Actions (Call to Order, Welcome, Pledge, Roll Call, Agenda Approval)
All of this should be routine – the one chance for a surprise will come with the Agenda Approval. WNW has a habit of sneaking new items on at the last moment.
3.0 Honors, Recognition & School Reports (2013 Volunteer Recognition & Blue Ribbon School, Governor’s Distinguished Improvement and John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards)
4.0 County Student Council Presentation
5.0 Public Agenda Part One
5.01 Correspondence-April 3, 2014 (click here to see the list)
5.02 Public Comment (Agenda Related) Click here to sign up to comment on an agenda item – Items someone should speak out on include:
7.02 Board Direction on the 2014/2015 Budget – Hopefully one of you will step forward to continue to voice concern and disagreement over the redirection of several million dollars from the Reserve Fund to 13 charter schools. This is done without plans being submitted by the charter schools on what they would do with the money, is breaking a promise made to the public in the 2013 3A/3B levy override, and is not necessarily putting the money where the need is the greatest.
7.03 Choice & Enrollment Steering Committee Initial Recommendations – The material has not yet been posted, so no preliminary review can be done. It is highly unfair to the public that such delays go on, as it limits the publics’ ability to review materials prior to a meeting. This is not supportive of true transparency.
8.03 Cornerstone Academy Update: Again, we have no material prior to the presentation at the meeting. This makes commenting on the issue very difficult, especially since the public comment period is prior to the issue! At the very least, particular attention needs to be made as to the location of the proposed school. Cornerstone says they want to serve South Lakewood – that means the location should be in South Lakewood and not the northern border of Westminster or in Evergreen!
6.00 Consent Agenda – 20 items including approval of the minutes from four previous meetings, Supplemental Funds Notification (four schools have won grants and the District’s School to Work Program “SWAP” has been award $725k for the 2014-15 school year), several contracts to renew hardware/software support from vendors, plus building & maintenance repair/upgrade contracts.
7.01 Progress on Board Goals: Math Instruction (Ends 1, 2) – click here for the presentation pdf
Presentation requested by the Board on how the District will increase math scores.
7.02 Board Direction on the 2014/2015 Budget – click here for the budget prioritization worksheet pdf
Follow up to last months’ meeting. Here is where the Board will give final direction to the Staff on Budget priorities and allocation direction. This is where WNW will probably vote to redirect the Reserve Fund money.
7.03 Choice & Enrollment Steering Committee Initial Recommendations (GP-13, EL-11)
A copy of the presentation is supposed to be posted on BoardDocs, but as of tonight (3-31), it has not. Hopefully it will be posted prior to the meeting. A big concern is that the committee has focused on what choice to offer without considering what, if any, choices the general JeffCo parent population actually wants.
8.01 Cornerstone Academy Update (EL-13)
This is a schedule update of the status of the Cornerstone efforts to fix their flawed application. Key in this is them coming up with a site in South Lakewood (the area they claim to want to serve), and finding a revenue source other than an expectation of $100k per year in donations.
9.01 Public Comment (Not On Agenda)
Click here to sign up to comment on an agenda item – Items someone should speak out on include:
1) Why was the public discussion of the 2090 issue delayed until the meeting was in a small space at a restaurant? Why was the public not given a chance to comment on this issue prior to the vote?
2) Why are meeting minutes taking months to approve? This makes it very difficult for the public to follow what the Board is doing in a timely fashion.
3) When motions are made to adopt formal resolutions, Mr. Newkirk always seems to have a proposal that Mr. Witt and Ms. Williams seem completely familiar with, whereas the wording often a surprise to Ms. Dalhkemper and Ms. Fellman. Why is that? In the last regular meeting, Mr. Witt said several people had been involved in the creation of these motions, can he please specify who? These are things that in the interest of public transparency should be revealed.
10.01 Board Work Calendar
10.02 Special and Regular Meetings of April 24, May 1 and 5, 2014
11.01 Negotiations with Employee Associations (Executive Session)
12.01 The Board will reconvene at approximately 11:30 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.