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Little Snake River Valley School Advisory Board Minutes
***DRAFT until Board approved*** Minutes compiled by Tami Echard
http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/word/2003/wordml013fLSRVS Advisory Board
Advisory Board Minutes
January 22, 2014
The meeting was called to order by Todd Skalberg at 4:16pm. Those in attendance were Todd, Tami Davis, Jack Corson, Joel Thomas, Matt Feldmann, Susan Leonhardt, and Danielle McKee.
Additions/changes to the agenda: short executive session- Jack moved to go into executive session and Tami seconded. 4:30 back to regular meeting
Jack moved to approve the minutes from the November meeting and Tami seconded. Motion passed.
Principal's report: Enrollment 173,IDEA 10%,ELL2.3%, free and reduced 22%; based on the data we are realigning our interventions and moving students to appropriate groups. At the HS level we are transitioning from half hour math and science ACT prep to half an hour of English and language prep each day for juniors. Haven't seen this kind of Math growth in HS in 5 yrs.
Danielle McKee- students range is low to low average in reading, informational text kills us and since common core was initiated the vocab and passage complexity has gotten harder, DEAR- revamp (how can we use time better, the ACT is written at a 1300+ lexile and textbooks are written at a 500-900 lexile.
Board report: NA
Jack Corson commended Mr. Thomas on trying to diffuse the pressure teachers feel about test scores. He also asked “How is common core going to affect the arts and vocational classes?” He noted that schools in Cincinnati took away all those classes in 1995 and the dropout rate rocketed to almost 50%; Todd asked “What does the scorecard on teacher evaluation sheets look like” Mr. Thomas responds “Not one thing on the evaluation doesn't relate to student achievement.”
Superintendent's report: NA
Technology report: (given by Joel Thomas) will get a 10 megabyte upgrade; third graders will get 16 mg IPads with cases that they will be able to carry to fourth grade (need damages policy)
Old Business: Advisory board goals- Promote education achievement and how LSRV is focused on academic excellence and (2) to receive recommendations from LSRV teachers/staff/students of focus areas that need attention to improve LSRVS
New Business: Calendar- two options will be sent out (one is to align with Rawlins); finals before Christmas break
State assessment coordinator says PAWS data will initially go down 20-40% due to common core and higher expectations; will move to the common core test, Smarterbalance, in 2 yrs. Get the word out.
Four Day week: up for renewal for 2 yrs.; Superintendent would like to eventually align as a district. Susan Leonhardt commented that she likes the 0 and 8th hour and Friday school opportunities that the 4 day school week allows. (no MS or HS kids have an F for the semester)
Joel Thomas said that they are considering using Friday school for more Interventions and not just catch up
Jack Corson, “Teacher contact time is important.” The 4day school week has been advantageous
Open Discussion: Matt Feldmann- Internet is a district wide problem; hopefully by the end of the year you will be able to download the CCSD #1 app on your smartphone; Ari is doing amazing; Mr. Thomas has his own website now.
Tami moved to adjourn the meeting and Jack seconded. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned by Todd Skalberg at 5:40pm.