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Board of Education Meeting - Dec 7, 2011

Meeting Date & Time: Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 5:00 PM
Where: John Milne Community Board Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE
Minutes: Minutes
Agenda Packet: Packet
Meeting Posted On: 11/21/2011, 8:51 AM
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Board of Education Meeting

AGENDA

 

Wednesday, December 7, 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.

Color Guard Presentation by Rio Grande High School Marine Cadets

 

I.

Pledge of Allegiance / Moment of Silence

 

B.

Roll Call

 

C.

Adoption of the December 7, 2011, Board Meeting Agenda and Approval of the November 16, 2011, Board of Education Meeting Minutes (Discussion/Action)

 

II.

Recognition of Students, Staff and Community

 

A.

Celebrating Student, Staff and School Success

 

I.

Student performance by Eubank Elementary Music Group led by teacher Holly Gilster

 

II.

West Mesa custodian Antonio Gonzalez for his exemplary service to the school

 

III.

Teachers Abel Abeita, Valley High School; William Creech, Rio Grande High School; Julie Gallegos, Juvenile Detention Center; Eliseo Guajardo, Hayes Middle School; Dottie Hounshell, Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary School; Peggy Hulick, Petroglyph Elementary School; Mark Langer, Madison Middle School; Andrea Letter and Doris Zetocha, Monte Vista Elementary School; Dominic Pettine, Washington Middle School; Tess Sanchez and Dane Weiler, eCADEMY; Andrew Sedrel, Eubank Elementary School; and Richard Sleeter, Eldorado High School, for being selected for the prestigious 2011-2012 Qwest/Century Link grants

 

IV.

Janet Kahn, APS Fine Arts instructional manager, for being selected the New Mexico Art Education Association as Art Administrator of the Year

 

V.

Art teachers Kris Keller and Jo Tabacchi for being selected the New Mexico Art Education Elementary Art Teachers of the Year

 

B.

Celebrating Community Partnerships

 

I.

APS Redistricting Committee for selfless service to the community: Esther Rivera and Mike Chavez (committee chairman), District 1; April Arviso and John Herrera, District 2; Emma Sandoval (committee vice chairman) and Richard Asenap, District 3; Clay Campbell and Arturo Archuleta, District 4; Susan Wrons and Zoe Otero-Martinez, District 5; Chuck McMillian and Dan Salzwedel, District 6; Dave Marsh and Martha Nail, District 7

 

II.

Steve Wedeen and Colleen Harris of Vintage Albuquerque LLC, for their contributions to the APS Fine Arts program and for their support of APS students

 

III.

Public Forum

 

IV.

Matters of Information

 

A.

Superintendent's Report

 

B.

Board Member Comments

 

C.

President's Report

 

V.

Special Issues

 

A.

APS Redistricting Committee's Recommendations of Redistricting Concepts (Discussion)
Presenter: Mike Chavez, APS Redistricting Committee Chairman, Clay Campbell, Committee Member, Dan Salzwedel, Committee Member and Michael Sharp, Research and Polling, Inc., Vice President

 

B.

Preliminary Input and Consideration of Approval for Plan from Community Meetings Regarding District Goals (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Winston Brooks, Superintendent

 

C.

Review of 2011 Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) Results (Discussion)
Presenter: Winston Brooks, Superintendent and RoseAnn McKernan, Executive Director of Instructional Accountability

 

D.

Government Affairs Update (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Joseph Escobedo, Chief of Staff

 

I.

Consideration of Approval of Letter to New Mexico Congressional Delegation on Federal Payroll Tax Increase (Discussion/Action)

 

II.

Consideration of Approval of Letter to U.S. Department of Education on New Mexico Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request (Discussion/Action)

 

III.

Update and Consideration for Approval of Letter Regarding A-F School Grading Rule (Discussion/Action)

 

VI.

Approval of Consent Calendar Items (Discussion/Action)

 

A.

Consideration for Approval of Capital Outlay, Property and Technology Matters (Discussion/Action)

 

I.

Approval of the Capital Master Plan Review Committee's Reprioritization Recommendation

 

B.

Consideration for Approval of District Relations Matters (Discussion/Action)

 

I.

Approval of Lawson Cloud Hosting Services Contract

 

VII.

Announcement of Upcoming Board Meetings

 

A.

The next Special Board meeting will be held on Monday, December 12, 2011, at 5:00 p.m., in the DeLayo-Martin Community Room.

 

B.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at 5:00 p.m., in the John Milne Community Board Room.

 

VIII.

Consideration for Approval of APS Board of Education to Convene in Executive Session Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act NMSA 1978 (§ 10-15-1 (H)(7)) for the Purpose of Discussing Threatened Litigation: Kelly Hammett v APS (Tort Claim) (Action)

 

IX.

Reconvene to Open Session

 

X.

Statement of Closure

 

XI.

Adjournment

 









 

Minutes of Board of Education Meeting
The Board of Education
Albuquerque Public Schools
A meeting ofthe Board of Education of Albuquerque Public Schools was held
Wednesday, December 7, 2011, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the John Milne Community Board
Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE.
I. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 5:03 p.m.
A. Color Guard Presentation by Rio Grande High School Marine Cadets
I. Pledge of Allegiance I Moment of Silence
B. Roll Call
Present: Marty Esquivel, Lorenzo Garcia, Kathy Korte, Paula Maes, Analee Maestas,
David Peercy, David Robbins
C. Adoption ofthe December 7, 2011, Board Meeting Agenda and Approval of
the November 16, 2011, Board of Education Meeting Minutes (Discussion/Action)
David Peercy motioned for adoption ofthe agenda and approval of the minutes. Kathy
Korte seconded the motion. Board members unanimously adopted the December 7,2011, agenda
and approved the November 16, 2011, Board of Education meeting minutes.
II. Recognition of Students, Staff and Community
A. Celebrating Student, Staff and School Success
I. Students of the Eubank Elementary Music Group, led by teacher Holly
Gilster were recogoized for their performance.
II. West Mesa custodian Antonio Gonzalez was recogoized for his exemplary
service to the school.
III. Teachers Abel Abeita, Valley High School; William Creech, Rio Grande
High School; Julie Gallegos, Juvenile Detention Center; Eliseo Guajardo, Hayes Middle School;
Dottie Hounshell, Georgia O'Keeffe Elementary School; Peggy Hulick, Petroglyph Elementary
School; Mark Langer, Madison Middle School; Andrea Letter and Doris Zetocha, Monte Vista
Elementary School; Dominic Pettine, Washington Middle School; Tess Sanchez and Dane
Weiler, eCADEMY; Andrew Sedrel, Eubank Elementary School; and Richard Sleeter, Eldorado
High School, were recognized for being selected for the prestigious 2011-2012 Qwest/Century
Link grants.
IV. Janet Kahn, APS Fine Arts instructional manager, was recogoized for
being selected the New Mexico Art Education Association as Art Administrator ofthe Year.
V. Art teachers Kris Keller and Jo Tabacchi were recognized for being
selected the New Mexico Art Education Elementary Art Teachers of the Year.
B. Celebrating Community Partnerships
I. The APS Redistricting Committee was recogoized for selfless service to
the community: Esther Rivera and Mike Chavez (committee chairman), District I; April Arviso
and John Herrera, District 2; Emma Sandoval (committee vice chairman) and Richard Asenap,
District 3; Clay Campbell and Arturo Archuleta, District 4; Susan Wrons and Zoe OteroMartinez,
District 5; Chuck McMillian and Dan Salzwedel, District 6; Dave Marsh and Martha
N ail, District 7.
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II. Steve Wedeen and Colleen Harris of Vintage Albuquerque LLC, were
recognized for their contributions to the APS Fine Arts program and for their support of APS
students.
III. Public Forum
The topics of the public forum included support for a citizen committee agenda item
based on a petition given to the board and concern for the security of retirement funding.
IV. Matters ofInformation
A. Superintendent's Report
Superintendent Brooks reported on the following:
• Continued communication with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation regarding the charter
compact grant and the Common Core implementation.
• Gratitude for support of the community members and staff who participated in the district
goals and redistricting meetings in the past few months
• Support for the community involvement in the partnership of the APS parent advocacy
group concerned with improving educational opportunities of APS students
• Congratulations to members of the Board of Education for being selected as Board of
Education ofthe Year by the New Mexico School Boards Association
B. Board Member Comments
Board members commented on the following:
• Support for continuing improvement in many areas of the district
• Appreciation for analysis of education and capital progress
• Support for the Fine Arts program and the connection to academic success
• Value of the New Mexico School Boards Association (NMSBA) training programs and
gratitude for the chance to have APS board members present at the recent conference
• Support for reviewing possibilities for a Community Advisory Committee
• Appreciation for military service members, who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor and their
families' sacrifices
• Responsibility to be vigilant to fo !low Character Counts
• Concern for morale of employees if they are faced with their co-workers receiving
special treatment
• Concern for retroactive decisions without consideration from the board
• Concern for board policy and employees as elected officials
• Request more information about the changes of the policy and procedural directive
regarding political leave
• Support for the board to participate in the NMSBA training programs
• Interest in evaluation of superintendent strategies
• Support for the redistricting committee and their dedication to thoughtful discussion
• Appreciation for more accountability and transparency of the district, especially for the
capital review
• Concern for the delayed projects of the capital
• Support for the Partners in Education and Advocates for Public Education (PEAPS)
citizen advocacy group and the importance of advocating for public schools and teachers
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V.
Appreciation for the redistricting commitments and hours dedicated to the quality work
C. President's Report
President Maes reported on the following:
Gratitude for the APS administration and educators for supporting the board
Correspondence sent to public forum participant's interested in the board reviewing the
citizen's adversary committee at a future meeting
Administration and board have support more feedback
Special Issues
A. APS Redistricting Committee's Recommendations of Redistricting Concepts
(Discussion)
Mike Chavez, APS Redistricting Committee chairman, presented plans designed for the
board, reviewed the process of community meetings, participation by board members and
community members, expressed appreciation for open, direct and respectful communication and
urged board members to seriously consider community input in their decision process. He
explained that the committee narrowed the choices of the plans to Plan M, which received 7
votes and Plan F, which received 3 votes.
Clay Campbell, APS Redistricting Committee member, reviewed plan M and Dan
Salzwedel, APS Redistricting Committee member, reviewed Plan F.
Michael Sharp, Research & Polling, Inc., vice president, refreshed the concepts used to
create the redistricting plans.
Board members discussed the following issues regarding this agenda item:
• Verification that the plans were based on the 2010 data, not projected growth research
• Request to have comparison information about all of the plans reviewed by the
committee
• Concern that Plan M was not available for the public to review because it was the last
plan presented
• Concern that Plan A and C have too many constituents to have equal representation
• Request for continued discussion of the redistricting plans at a future board meeting
where it is the only agenda item
• Request that the public is clearly invited to the next meeting discussing redistricting
B. Preliminary Input and Consideration of Approval for Plan from Community
Meetings Regarding District Goals (Discussion/Action)
Superintendent Brooks reviewed the work completed to gather information from the community
at the eight community meetings to review the goals, requested that administration narrow the
goals to three areas: student achievement, financial stewardship and parent community
involvement, and create action steps to be presented in January
Board members discussed the fo llowing issues regarding this agenda item:
• Recommendation that goals considered cover safety issues, the importance of an
independent police department, the ability to set rules and follow procedures consistently
and the number and coordination of police departments on APS campuses
• Concern that the three areas were developed because these are the areas that the
community was given to discuss
• Recommendation that goals need to include assisting English Language Leamer (ELL)
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students and closing achievement gap with a comprehensive plan
• Recommendation that engagement be considered as part of the goals
• Support for addressing the achievement gap as a subset of academic goals
• Support for sub goals under major goals
• Concern that goals need to be narrow considering narrow resources
• Support for SMART (specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals with
precise data and regular reports back to the board
• Request for regular reporting of progress to close achievement gap
• Support for quarterly goals reporting and linked to superintendent's evaluation
• Concern that the A-F grading system does not address the achievement gap
C. Review of 2011 Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) Results
(Discussion)
Superintendent Brooks stated that APS volunteered to participate in the TUDA (The Trial
Urban District Assessment) because we are not afraid to be held accountable, but we should be
held accountable in a fair way. Currently, the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational
Progress is the only way to fairly compare district to district, and state to state. We also
participated in this testing to create a baseline.
RoseAnn McKernan, executive director oflnstructional Accountability, explained the
results of the test, and they are available by district only. The NAEP website access will allow
APS to compare other districts with similar criteria. Results show that APS performs comparable
to other TUDA districts in fourth grade and better than most TUDA districts in eighth grade.
Gaps show that APS faces challenges in educating students of color and students in poverty.
These challenges are similar to other large cities and the nation. APS out-performed the state in
three of the four assessed areas by percentage of students who scored at or above proficient.
APS performed very well considering the rigorous testing and standards.
Board members discussed the following issues regarding this agenda item:
• Support for a common test across the nation
• Encouragement to review the NAEP website
• Support for common concern to close achievement gap
• Concern that APS is a major district
• Support for collaboration with other areas dealing with the same issues
• Verified that students of color includes Hispanic, native and black students
• Interest in differences in the outcomes between boys and girls
• Access to NAEP and TUDA is one of the values of belonging to the Council of the Great
City Schools
• Concern regarding the progress and distribution of information regarding the Hispanic
Education Act considering the lack of progress in closing the achievement gap
D. Government Affairs Update (Discussion/Action)
I. Consideration of Approval of Letter to New Mexico Congressional
Delegation on Federal Payroll Tax Increase (Discussion! Action)
Joseph Escobedo, chief of staff requested that board members approve the letter
because the U.S. Congress must act to extend the 4.2 percent federal payroll tax by December
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31,2011, or the tax will increase to 6.2 percent, which means families with a yearly median
income of$56,000 would pay an additional $1,130 in taxes next year ifthere is no action by
Congress.
Mr. Robbins stated that the federal deficit is increasing and federal government
needs to take steps to make changes by reducing expenses. He also stated that if the lower tax
rate continues, the inflation rate will increase.
David Peercy motioned for approval ofthe letter. Lorenzo Garcia seconded the
motion. Board members approved signing the letter to the New Mexico Congressional
Delegation supporting the 4.2 percent federal payroll tax extension, except for opposition from
David Robbins.
II. Consideration of Approval of Letter to U.S. Department of Education on
New Mexico Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request
(Discussion/Action)
Mr. Escobedo requested that board members approve the letter to provide input
on the New Mexico Public Education Department submission of ESE A Flexibility Request on
November 14, 2011, and request assistance in proper stakeholder engagement due to the impact
to the APS district.
He explained that according to the u.s. Department of Education, ESEA
Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions (D-2), the SEA must provide a description of how the
SEA meaningfully engaged and solicited input on its request from teachers and their
representatives, as well as diverse community and appropriate stakeholders.
David Peercy motioned for approval of the letter. David Robbins seconded the
motion. Board members approved signing the letter to the U.S. Department of Education on the
New Mexico Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request.
III. Update and Consideration for Approval of Letter Regarding A-F School
Grading Rule (Discussion/Action)
Mr. Escobedo requested that board members approve the letter because the APS
Board of Education and administration submitted comments and questions to the New Mexico
Public Education Department on October 21, regarding the proposed rule for the A-F School
Grading Act and the district has not received a written response. Additionally, there is concern
that stakeholders will not understand the process because they won't be informed before the
baseline grades are distributed to districts on Monday, December 12, 2011, yet the final rule
won't be published until Friday, December 16, 2011.
David Peercy motioned for approval of the letter. Lorenzo Garcia seconded the
motion. Board members approved signing the letter regarding the A-F school grading rule.
VI. Approval of Consent Calendar Items (Discussion/Action)
Lorenzo Garcia motioned for approval of the consent calendar items VI. A. and B.
Analee Maestas seconded the motion. Board members unanimously approved the Capital
Outlay, Property and Technology and of District and Community Relations consent calendar
items.
A. Consideration for Approval of Capital Outlay, Property and Technology
Matters (Discussion/Action)
I. Approval of the Capital Master Plan Review Committee's Reprioritization
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Recommendation
B. Consideration for Approval of District Relations Matters (Discussion! Action)
1. Approval of Lawson Cloud Hosting Services Contract
VII. Announcement of Upcoming Board Meetings
President Maes announced that the next Special Board meeting will be held on Monday,
December 12, 2011, at 5:00 p.m., in the DeLayo Martin Community Room and the next Regular
Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at 5:00 p.rn., in the John Milne
Community Board Room.
VIII. Consideration for Approval of APS Board of Education to Convene in Executive
Session Pursuant to the Open Meetings Act NMSA 1978 (§ 10-15-1 (H)(7) for the Purpose
of Discussing Threatened Litigation: Kelly Hammett v APS (Tort Claim) (Action)
David Peercy motioned to convene in executive session. David Robbins seconded the
motion. The roll call vote resulted in agreement of board members to convene in executive
session at 7:25 p.rn. for the purpose of discussing threatened litigation: Kelly Hammett v APS
(Tort Claim).
IX. Reconvene to Open Session
The meeting reconvened in open session at 7:52 p.rn.
X. Statement of Closure
President Maes stated the APS Board of Education met in executive session on December
7, 20 II, to discuss threatened litigation and the matters discussed in the executive session were
limited only to those specified.
XI. Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.rn.
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