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UPDATE: Board of Education Policy and Instruction Committee Meeting - Dec 14, 2011

Meeting Date & Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 5:00 PM
Where: DeLayo-Martin Community Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE
Minutes: Minutes
Agenda Packet: Packet
Meeting Posted On: 11/21/2011, 8:51 AM
Agenda Posted On: 12/09/2011, 4:40 PM
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Policy and Instruction Committee Meeting

AGENDA

 

Please note the change of location for this meeting.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

5:00 PM

John Milne Community Board Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE

Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

I.

Call to Order

 

A.

Adoption of the Policy Agenda and Approval of the Minutes of the November 8, 2011, Policy meeting (Discussion/Action)

 

II.

Political Leave and Compensation (Discussion)
Presenter: Winston Brooks, Carrie Menapace

 

III.

Policy / Procedural Directive Distribution for the January 10, 2012, Policy Committee Meeting (Discussion)
Presenter: Carrie Menapace

 

A.

D.05 Internal Audit

 

B.

GB7 Whistleblower Complaints

 

C.

Internal Audit Procedural Directive

 

IV.

Consideration for Review and Selection of the Proposed 2012-2013 Traditional Calendar (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Andrea Trybus

 

V.

Consideration for Approval of Albuquerque Talent Secondary Charter School Renewal Application (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Diego Gallegos, Mark Tolley

 

A.

Public Forum

 

VI.

Consideration for Approval of Bataan Miliary Academy Charter School Renewal Application (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Diego Gallegos, Mark Tolley

 

A.

Public Forum

 

VII.

Consideration for Approval of Digital Arts and Technology Academy Charter School Renewal Application (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Diego Gallegos, Mark Tolley

 

A.

Public Forum

 

VIII.

Consideration for Approval of El Camino Real Academy Charter School Renewal Application (Discussion/Action)

 

A.

Public Forum

 

IX.

Consideration for Approval of La Academia de Esperanza Charter School Renewal Application (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Diego Gallegos, Mark Tolley

 

A.

Public Forum

 

X.

Consideration for Approval of Los Puentes Charter School Renewal Application (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Diego Gallegos, Mark Tolley

 

A.

Public Forum

 

XI.

Future Topics: JROTC Update; Long-term Suspensions (Vision Quest),  Standard Based Assessment; Review of the Trademark for High School Logos; Common Core Standards; Public Forum and Board Reports; International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Update; Truancy Update; Retention Research; Career Enrichment Center Presentation of Curriculum and Innovative Courses; Update on Rio Grande High School; Small Learning Community Grant Evaluator Report; APS Charter School Collaboration Compact  (Gates Foundation); Family Engagement Presentation; Instate Preference; New Student Management System; Student Behavior Handbook (Discussion)

 







Minutes of Policy and Instruction Committee Meeting
December 14, 2011
The Board of Education
Albuquerque Public Schools
A Policy and Instruction Committee Meeting of the Board of Education of Albuquerque Public Schools was held Wednesday, December 14, 2011, beginning at 5:00 PM in the John Milne Community Board Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE.
Present: David Peercy, Martin Esquivel (via phone), Lorenzo Garcia, Kathy Korte, Analee Maestas, Paula Maes and David Robbins
I.
Call to Order – the meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m.
A.
Adoption of the Policy Agenda – David Robbins motioned for approval of the agenda. Kathy Korte seconded the motion. All were in favor.
II.
Political Leave and Compensation – Dr. Peercy began by saying the reason for this discussion was the question as to whether APS should grant leave to an APS employee attending the legislature as an appointed and/or elected official. He stated the rules of engagement as to what should and should not be discussed.
Winston began by saying this had come to his attention that our rules for employees vary from group to group. The teacher employment agreement did allow teachers to take leave with pay to attend the legislature. There was inconsistency – there was one set of rules for teachers and another set of rules for the others. Seeing the inconsistency, the Superintendent changed the employee handbook so that all employees could serve in the legislature with pay. He stated that this did not have anything to do with any particular employee.
Carrie Menapace presented – in 2001 the Board took action to become silent on whether an employee received leave with pay or without pay. This resolution has been part of the policy or resolution until this last summer. Analee Maestas asked if the Board remained silent since 2001 – if legislators have been serving since 2001, have these legislators been paid by the district and if so, shouldn’t they have stopped being paid. Carrie Menapace said it has been in the purview of the Superintendent. Discussion followed with suggestions and comments from each of the Board members. Mr. Garcia presented a question to Art Melendres. He asked if the silent policy we currently have puts the Board in a libelous position. Art Melendres said no; the Board has been silent and action would be at the discretion of the Superintendent. More discussion followed: Double standard? / Racism; parent issue with your child’s teacher being away so long; does the Board have any right to address an employee since the employees are under the Superintendent. Dr. Peercy stated that there were many issues and gray areas. He felt it was important to have education represented at the legislature; we also need to speak to the unions and to collaborate with their partners. Mr. Brooks said the rationale behind the change was to make sure all employee groups had the same benefits.
III.
Policy / Procedural Directive Distribution for the January 10, 2012, Policy Committee Meeting – Carrie Menapace explained that the committee members had asked that the upcoming policies and procedural directives be given to the board one month in advance of discussion. These items (below) would be presented during the January 10, 2012 meeting.
A.
D.05 Internal Audit
B.
GB7 Whistleblower Complaints
C.
Internal Audit Procedural Directive
IV.
Consideration for Review and Selection of the Proposed 2012-2013 Traditional Calendar – Andi
Trybus presented the proposed calendar and introduced the calendar committee members. The calendar was pretty much the same as before with the exception of removing April 1 as a snow day and adding 4 snow days following the end of school. Ms. Korte asked to make two motions. Her opinion was that parents wanted more time before Christmas – she made a motion to amend the proposed dates for winter break to allow more time for all to enjoy the holidays. Mr. Robbins commented on the length of the weeks. Ms. Maes supported Ms. Korte’s compromise. Mr. Esquivel felt the start time was too early. Ms. Maestas did not support the compromise because she also had concerns in regard to 2-day weeks. Mr. Garcia stated he did appreciate and supported the work of the committee. Ms. Maestas also thanked the committee and said she did support the committee’s version as presented by them. Mr. Peercy did say they had asked the committee to look at the start time, short weeks and snow days. He felt they should support the committee or why should there be a committee. Analee Maestas motioned to support the calendar as presented. Lorenzo Garcia seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken: Peercy, yes; Esquivel, no; Garcia, yes; Korte, no; Maes, yes; Maestas, yes; Robbins, no. 4 in favor, 3 against. The motion passed and would now go before the Board at the next Board meeting for approval. Kathy Korte suggested that a task force meet; also asked what the Council of Great City Schools did with their calendar years. She appealed to board members to look at forming a calendar task force.
V.
Consideration for Approval of El Camino Real Academy Charter School Renewal Application – Dr. Diego Gallegos began by saying they were bringing six recommendations. One was to not renew, another to renew for only one year. The other 4 would be renewed for three years. This three years is tied in to New Mexico State Statute 22-8B-4.2d which reads: On or after July 1, 2015, a new charter school shall not open and existing charter shall not be renewed unless the charter school: (1) is housed in a building that is: (a) owned by the charter school, the school district, the state, an institution of the state, another political subdivision of the state, the federal government or one of its agencies or a tribal government; or (b) subject to a lease-purchase arrangement that has been entered into and approved pursuant to the Public school Lease Purchase Act [22-26A-1 NMSA 1978]
Dr. Gallegos gave the history on the El Camino Real School. PED had given him information in regard to the closure of the schools and transition. In regard to the MOU, ECRA did not meet the requirements. Dr. Gallegos stated that he believed the correct recommendation was not to authorize.
A.
Public Forum – 8 people who included school administrators, teachers and parents, signed up to speak; all asked that they not close the school and gave their different reasons.
Dr. Peercy asked the Policy Committee members for their comments/questions. Questions and comments in regard to the School Improvement Grant; specifics on not meeting requirements; the importance of seeing student growth and attendance. Questions were then presented to the school’s administrators that were present at the meeting. Mr. Garcia asked who had approached administration with the suggestion to close. Dr. Gallegos stated it was the Public Education Department (PED). More questions followed. Dr. Peercy asked to see better indicators ahead of time as well as data points. Paula Maes made a motion to renew for one year and to watch them intensively. Also have quarterly updates on the school. Discussion followed. Dr. Peercy explained to the audience that this item would be going to the Board for final approval at the next regular board meeting. The final motion made by Ms. Maes was to extend the renewal period for 30 days, until January 31st, (Mr. Tolley said the statute allowed the 30 day extension) and then present a plan; so the motion would be a 30 day extension on the one year renewal - this would be the basis for a vote to renew. Analee Maestas seconded the motion. All indicated they were in favor.
A break was taken by the committee at 7:36. They returned at 7:41 to the meeting.
VI.
Consideration for Approval of Albuquerque Talent Secondary Charter School Renewal Application – Mark Tolley presented. The recommendation was to renew for one year with one condition. The condition placed on this renewal is that they would agree to enter in to a comprehensive performance contract with APS (APS will require these contracts from all locally authorized charter schools). The school has struggled with their administration having removed former administration, business manager and president of their governing board. They have made strides and administration would like to give them one year to prove themselves; the school will be extensively evaluated. There was a change. Changes are confined to education programs and a lowering of the maximum number of students at the school from 300 to 200. Discussion followed. Paula Maes motioned to approve for one year with one condition. David Robbins seconded the motion. All were in favor.
A.
Public Forum - none
VII.
Consideration for Approval of Bataan Military Academy Charter School Renewal Application – Mark Tolley presented - the recommendation was to renew for three years with one condition. There was one change to the initial charter and that was to offer a summer program to provide an opportunity for remediation or advancement. The school also plans to add 7th and 8th grade in 2012/13 (no change in max number of students) and continue to look for a facility (reason for three year renewal is to coincide with the deadline set by statute 22-8B-4.2). David Robbins motioned for approval. Paula Maes seconded the motion. All were in favor. Ms. Maestas had a question in regard to the three years to find a facility: at the end of the three years do they apply for an extension? Mark Tolley said they could submit changes.
A.
Public Forum -None
VIII.
Consideration for Approval of Digital Arts and Technology Academy Charter School Renewal Application – Mr. Tolley presented. The recommendation was to approve for three years (to coincide with the deadline set by statute 22-8B-4.2.) with two conditions. The conditions placed on the renewal: DATA’s governance council will sign the APS statement of assurances in the APS renewal documents and DATA will agree to enter in to a performance contract with APS (APS will require these contracts from all locally authorized charter schools). This will be their second renewal. Lorenzo Garcia motioned for approval. Analee Maestas seconded the motion. All were in favor.
A.
Public Forum - None
IX.
Consideration for Approval of La Academia de Esperanza Charter School Renewal Application – Mark Tolley presented. The administrative recommendation was to renew the charter for three years with one condition. The condition placed on this renewal: LADE will agree to enter into a performance contract with APS. APS will require these contracts from all locally authorized charter schools. The three year term is to coincide with the deadline set by statute 22-8B-4.2. Kathy Korte motioned for approval. Analee Maestas seconded the motion. All were in favor.
A.
Public Forum – none
X.
Consideration for Approval of Los Puentes Charter School Renewal Application –Mark Tolley presented. The recommendation was approval for three years with one condition. The condition placed on this renewal is that Los Puentes would enter in to an academic performance contract with APS. (APS will require these contracts from all locally authorized charter schools). The three year term is to coincide with the deadline set by statute 22-8B-4.2. Analee Maestas motioned for approval. Lorenzo Garcia seconded the motion. All were in favor. Mr. Robbins
commented in regard to the facilities; have administration look in to the possibility that the charter school be part of another school. He felt it would help the capital issue.
A.
Public Forum - None
XI.
Future Topics: JROTC Update; Long-term Suspensions (Vision Quest), Standard Based Assessment; Review of the Trademark for High School Logos; Common Core Standards; Public Forum and Board Reports; International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Update; Truancy Update; Retention Research; Career Enrichment Center Presentation of Curriculum and Innovative Courses; Update on Rio Grande High School; Small Learning Community Grant Evaluator Report; APS Charter School Collaboration Compact (Gates Foundation); Family Engagement Presentation; Instate Preference; New Student Management System; Student Behavior Handbook.
The following question was asked by Ms. Maestas: When would they make a decision in regard to CATA. Mr. Brooks said he would give an update in the future.
Kathy Korte asked that SBA be put on the agenda for January.
XI.
Announcement of the Next Policy Meeting – the next meeting will be held Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 5:00 p.m., in the DeLayo-Martin Community Room.
XII.
Adjournment – the meeting was adjourned at 7:59 pm.

 

 

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