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Little Snake River Valley School Advisory Board Minutes
December 5 Advisory Board Minutes
(These are unofficial minutes. Official minutes, kept by the secretary, will be approved at the next board meeting.)
The Advisory Board meeting held on December 5, 2016, was called to order by President Duncan at 4:17 p.m. Those present included board members: Jack Corson, Keith Duncan, Todd Skalberg, and Principal Joel Thomas, with Matt Feldmann absent.
Others in attendance included: Dale Wille, Angeli Skalberg, Tomi Sue Wille, Brenda Updike, Christy Stocks, Kody Stocks, Erin Davis, Mandy Goodwin, Dennis Goodwin, Eli Goodwin, Kyla Otte, Kim Bair, Josh Cozzens, Robyn Cozzens, and Celia Corson.
Chairman Skalberg made additions to the agenda by adding Pre-school fee discussion to new business and parents who had a concern for the Board during open discussion.
A motion was made by Corson and seconded by Skalberg to approve the September 12, 2016, Advisory Board minutes, and the motion passed.
Thomas shared his report with the Advisory Board. He noted that student enrollment is 188 students with 2 additional students expected to enroll soon. He commented that this is the highest enrollment in decades. Student achievement data was noted as well. Thomas said, “Attendance looks great at 97.2%. However, based on the PAWS, Aspire, and Practice test predictions we have some work to do before the spring assessments.” PAWS predictions, based on fall MAP test scores, show 44-46% of students predicted to score proficient. In order to meet `adequate yearly progress' the average score needs to be 53% proficient. The ACT Aspire predicted 21.3 as an average for this school year's ACT score, and for the November practice test score average was 20.5. Thomas shared date for free and reduced lunch 26%, IDEA 10% and ELL 5%. Thomas said, “We will continue to do Powerwalks and record data until Christmas. We will meet with teachers again the first week of January to look at 1st quarter versus 2nd quarter data and set 3rd quarter goal. Our entire staff has really embraced this process and it is fun to see the week-to-week growth in our classrooms.” In community relations Thomas noted, Christmas concerts are all the week of December 12th at the school. Elementary students will also be part of the Community Concert at the VCC. The local elementary spelling bee will be held on December 20th. Discussion opened up and it was noted that semester ends on the 21st of December.
With state revenue shortfalls, it was proposed that $1.1 million may have to be cut next year district wide. It was estimated that last year $400-$600K was cut. The district is looking to reduce mostly peripheral duties and some administration duties. Superintendent Turcato will be in Baggs next Tuesday to “Meet and Confer,” which is the new process that replaced negotiations. He will discuss with staff recommendations and feedback on how to approach budgetary cuts. LSRV is up in attendance 16 students and Rawlins is down about 70 students.
School Board Report: already discussed by Thomas.
Superintendent's Report: already discussed by Thomas.
Technology Report: Thomas said, “We are looking to improve infrastructure. It is our aim to get one port in each room. We are working towards getting more Chromebooks in school and give more students access to technology.”
Old Business: The board discussed the Advisory Board Recognition program. Principal Thomas and Ari Jurca have put together a recommendation form where students and staff can make a nomination of someone who deserves recognition. Thomas with distribute the form to accept nominations, and the Advisory Board will select those to be recognized at home basketball games.
New Business: The board discussed the status of open positions with in the school. The Kindergarten, music, social studies and football coach positions will be posted and advertised after Christmas. It was noted that Mrs. Erin Davis has stepped up and is doing an excellent job in kindergarten. She has a para who assists throughout the day. Kindergarten students are MAP testing frequently to measure growth, and they doing well and showing progress.
Jack Corson's three-year term is up and nominations were open for the position. Corson was the only nomination and was re-elected to a three-year term.
Thomas discussed the 2016-2017 fee structure that has been put in place for the transitional kindergarten. The plan is for Carbon County School District #1 to reimburse the Little Rascals Preschool at the rate of: $2500-for four or more children; $3000-for three children and $5000-for two or one children. The pre-school board members in attendance indicated that written verification of this agreement would be preferable to a formal M.O.U. so that it could be changed by an agreement as necessary.
The Advisory Board set upcoming meeting dates for February 6 and April 27 of 2016, with meetings held in the LSRV library at 4:15 pm.
Open Discussion with Audience: Mr. and Mr. Goodwin addressed the Advisory Board regarding concerns they have had with bullying issues, permission issues, and communication issues. There was input and discussion from guests as well as the Advisory Board regarding their concerns.
Corson moved and Skalberg seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:20 p.m.