Director of Facilities & Operations Jack McLeod presented a review of facilities from 2002 to present. Beginning with the rebuilding of Phantom Lake Elementary, the district has been able to provide more space with higher efficiency while adapting to meet the changing needs and growth of our school communities. McLeod highlighted recently completed projects as well as those currently underway.
Director of Technology Jason Golec presented a review of technology initiatives in 2017. The department has focused on bringing equitable technology in the classroom, as well as infrastructure and application enhancements, with an emphasis on creating a culture of service. Golec also discussed the rollout and staff training of the new student information system, Synergy, and future projects.
Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Operations Melissa deVita presented an overview of the proposed 2017-18 district budget. Key funding changes include cost of living, pension and benefit enhancements for district employees, Career & Technical Education class size reduction and improvements, increased hours for Transitional Bilingual Program, and changes to funding model of 17 students per staff in K-3 with no compliance requirement until 2018-19. (Currently, the district does not have the space to comply with that student-teacher ratio). The department will focus on understanding the impact of the current state funding of basic education through HB2242 on the district’s financial future, employee contracts, and program offerings and is preparing levy measures for the February 2018 election.
Superintendent Duran proposed a suspension of Board Policy 0150 which sets an Aug. 31 deadline for the approval of the Superintendent’s Specific 1 Year Plan to allow for conversations across the district as part of his entry plan. The board approved the revised date for submission to Oct. 3. The board approved the continuation of the current 3-5 Year Plan’s Instructional Initiatives.
Additionally, deVita and McLeod proposed a one-site 8-12 year pilot project to test a cork infill at Bennett Elementary. The pilot would analyze the effectiveness and safety of cork infield for turf fields. The cost of the pilot at Bennett is $21,602. The board approved the pilot.
The board approved its priorities for the school year following their summer work session as follows: “For the 2017-18 school year, the board continues to support the advancement of inclusion, racial equity, a culture of service and our Instructional Initiatives to advance our mission to serve each and every student.”