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Board of Education Meeting - May 2, 2012

Meeting Date & Time: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 5:00 PM
Where: John Milne Community Board Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE
Minutes: Minutes
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Board of Education Meeting

AGENDA

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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 Provided by Eldorado High School Marines

 

I.

Pledge of Allegiance / Moment of Silence

 

B.

Roll Call

 

C.

Adoption of the May 2, 2012, Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Approval of the April 27, 2012, Special Board Meeting Minutes (Discussion/Action)

 

II.

Recognition of Students, Staff and Community

 

A.

Student performance by the Cibola High School Choir under the direction of teacher Ryan Hatch. Cibola High School performed in New York at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall earlier in the year

 

B.

Celebration of the Pepsi Teachers of the Month Ross Nord, Early College Academy/Career Enrichment Center – September; Barbara Norris, Grant Middle School – October; Amy Melia, Sierra Vista Elementary School – November; Robert Sanchez, Washington Middle School – December; January – Judie Dwyer, Del Norte High School – January; Maggie Higgins, Carlos Rey Elementary School – February; Liz Wright, Eldorado High School – March; Sandra Daffron, Madison Middle School – April; Margarita Barraza, Polk Middle School – May

 

C.

Horizon Award APS Education Foundation grant recipients representing 60 teachers at 20 schools earning nearly $61,000 in awards for doing innovative work with students in their classrooms

 

D.

Albuquerque Public Schools teachers representing schools across the district for earning the prestigious National Board Certification for 2011-2012

 

E.

Marvin Callahan, second-grade teacher at Comanche Elementary School, and  Christina Ambriz,  Albuquerque Public Schools health assistant, for their selection as Red Cross Work Place Safety Real Heroes for 2012

 

F.

Dr. David J. Schmidly, outgoing president of the University of New Mexico, for his partnership with, and friendship and support of Albuquerque Public Schools

 

G.

Eldorado High School senior Victoria Luce for her selection as the APS Board of Education’s nominee for the New Mexico School Boards Association’s Excellence in Student Achievement Award

 

H.

Students Mary Montoya, fifth grade Adobe Acres Elementary School; Elena Martinez, eighth grade Cleveland Middle School; Madison Nelson, eighth grade Hoover Middle School; Mireya Cordova, eighth grade Wilson Middle School; and Nader Khalil, 12th grade La Cueva High School, as runners up to excellence for the APS Board of Education’s nominee for the New Mexico School Boards Association’s Excellence in Student Achievement Award

 

I.

Rio Grande High School student CAD architectural design and drafting team Javier Perez, Joshua Tracy and Jorge Morales, winner of the state championship in computer aided design, for exceeding expectations in the state competition under the direction of teacher Bijan Pejman

 

J.

Desert Ridge Middle School students Randy Zhang, eighth grade; Deanna Garcia, eighth grade; Sophie Yang, seventh grade; Emily Hong, eighth grade;  and Hoover Middle School student Karl Eickhoff for winning the MathCounts state competition and moving on to national competition under the leadership of volunteer Judy Moore

 

K.

Eldorado High School teacher Dorene Kahl for the 2012 Nancy Thompson Harris Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature

 

III.

Public Forum

 

IV.

Matters of Information

 

A.

Superintendent's Report

 

B.

Board Member Comments

 

C.

President's Report

 

V.

Special Issues

 

A.

Goal 3-Family and Community Involvement (Discussion)
Presenter: Diego Gallegos, Assistant Superintendent for School and Community Support and Monica Armenta, Executive Director of Communications

 

VI.

Approval of Consent Calendar Items (Discussion/Action)

 

A.

Consideration for Approval of Policy and Instruction Matters from the May 1, 2012, Committee Meeting (Discussion/Action)

 

I.

Approval of a New Mexico High School Competency Examination Waiver

 

II.

Approval of the Elementary Fine Arts Program Plan Through the Fine Arts Education Act

 

III.

Approval of Charter Amendment Request - Gordon Bernell Charter School

 

IV.

Approval of Revisions to GB12 - Employees as Duly Appointed or Elected Officials

 

V.

Approval of Revisions to GB7 - Whistleblower Complaints

 

VI.

Approval of New Board Policy BD2 Audit Committee

 

VII.

Revocation of Board of Education Policy D.05 Internal Audit

 

VIII.

Approval of Student Nominee for the 2012 New Mexico School Boards Association's Scholarship Program

 

VII.

Announcement of Upcoming Board Meetings

 

A.

The next Special Board of Education meeting will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012, at 7:30 a.m., in the DeLayo Martin Community Room.

 

B.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 5:00 p.m., in the John Milne Community Board Room.

 

VIII.

Consideration for Approval to Adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to NMSA 1978, ‘(§ 10-15-1 (H) (2)) for the purpose of discussing a “limited personnel matter” regarding prohibited practice complaints of two former employees (Action)

 

IX.

Reconvene to Open Session

 

X.

Statement of Closure

 

XI.

Consideration to refuse to act further, adopt the report, require further investigation or conduct a hearing on the prohibited practice complaints of two former employees (Discussion/Action)

 

XII.

Adjournment

 









Minutes of Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education

Albuquerque Public Schools

 

A meeting of the Board of Education of Albuquerque Public Schools was held Wednesday, May 2, 2012, beginning at 5:00 p.m., in the John Milne Community Board Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE.

 

I.        Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m.

A.       Color Guard Presentation Provided by Eldorado High School Marines

I.        Pledge of Allegiance / Moment of Silence

B.       Roll Call

Present: Analee Maestas, Kathy Korte, Lorenzo Garcia, Marty Esquivel, Paula Maes, David Peercy, David Robbins

C.       Adoption of the May 2, 2012, Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Approval of the April 27, 2012, Special Board Meeting Minutes (Discussion/Action)

President Maes stated that agenda items VI.A.II. and IV. were requested by board members to be reviewed for approval separately from the consent calendar items. Lorenzo Garcia motioned for adoption of the agenda, with the changes requested by board members and approval of the minutes. Analee Maestas seconded the motion. Board members unanimously adopted the May 2, 2012, Board of Education meeting agenda and approved the April 27, 2012, Special Board meeting minutes.

 

II.       Recognition of Students, Staff and Community

A.         Cibola High School Choir students were recognized for the board meeting performance under the direction of teacher Ryan Hatch and for performing in New York at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall earlier in the year.

B.         Ross Nord, Early College Academy/Career Enrichment Center – September; Barbara Norris, Grant Middle School – October; Amy Melia, Sierra Vista Elementary School – November; Robert Sanchez, Washington Middle School – December; January – Judie Dwyer, Del Norte High School – January; Maggie Higgins, Carlos Rey Elementary School – February; Liz Wright, Eldorado High School – March; Sandra Daffron, Madison Middle School – April; Margarita Barraza, Polk Middle School – May were recognized as Pepsi Teachers of the Month.

C.         Horizon Award APS Education Foundation grant recipients representing 60 -teachers at 20 schools earning nearly $61,000 in awards were recognized for doing innovative work with students in their classrooms.

D.        Albuquerque Public Schools teachers representing schools across the district were recognized for earning the prestigious National Board Certification for 2011-2012           .

E.         Marvin Callahan, second-grade teacher at Comanche Elementary School, and Christina Ambriz, Albuquerque Public Schools health assistant, were recognized for their selection as Red Cross Work Place Safety Real Heroes for 2012.

F.         Dr. David J. Schmidly, outgoing president of the University of New Mexico, was recognized for his partnership with, and friendship and support of Albuquerque Public Schools.

G.        Eldorado High School senior Victoria Luce for her selection as the APS Board of Education’s nominee for the New Mexico School Boards Association’s Excellence in Student Achievement Award

H.         Students Mary Montoya, fifth grade Adobe Acres Elementary School; Elena Martinez, eighth grade Cleveland Middle School; Madison Nelson, eighth grade Hoover Middle School; Mireya Cordova, eighth grade Wilson Middle School; and Nader Khalil, 12th grade La Cueva High School, as runners up to excellence for the APS Board of Education’s nominee for the New Mexico School Boards Association’s Excellence in Student Achievement Award

I.           Rio Grande High School student CAD architectural design and drafting team Javier Perez, Joshua Tracy and Jorge Morales, winner of the state championship in computer aided design, for exceeding expectations in the state competition under the direction of teacher Bijan Pejman

J.          Desert Ridge Middle School students Randy Zhang, eighth grade; Deanna Garcia, eighth grade; Sophie Yang, seventh grade; Emily Hong, eighth grade;  and Hoover Middle School student Karl Eickhoff for winning the MathCounts state competition and moving on to national competition under the leadership of volunteer Judy Moore

K.         Eldorado High School teacher Dorene Kahl for the 2012 Nancy Thompson Harris Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature

 

III.      Public Forum

Topics of public forum included support for education to encourage open debate by studying the works of the founding fathers of the country.

 

IV.      Matters of Information

  1. A. Superintendent's Report

Superintendent Brooks reported on the following:

  • Importance of taking the time to recognize the dedication and ingenuity of the teachers and students
  • SuperSac conversation with principals and participant transition as seniors graduate
  • Recognition of Sandia High School’s wind ensemble placing first in the 5-A classification of the statewide New Mexico Music Educators Association’s Concert Band contest. Eldorado High School placed second and La Cueva High School placed fourth.
  • Board Member Esquivel’s daughter, Graciella Esquivel, for writing the guest column “APS Prepared Me for the Big League” that appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on April 28, 2012.

 

  1. B. Board Member Comments

Board members commented on the following:

  • Celebrating the students recognized with Thunderbird awards
  • Concern for the cost of the fine arts instructional supplies
  • Recommendation to engage the community to support students with instructional supplies
  • Reminder of the responsibility for the use of funds entrusted by tax-payers
  • Support for APS quality of education, which provides the most out of opportunities
  • Celebration of the 2012 Week of the Young of the Child
  • Appreciation for teachers especially in recognition of National Teacher Week
  • Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Sierra Vista Elementary School
  • Celebration of National Board Certified Teachers

 

  1. C. President's Report

President Maes requested that the order of the items on the agenda be changed to review the consent calendar items for approval before the special issues section.

 

V.       Special Issues

A.       Goal 3-Family and Community Involvement (Discussion)

Diego Gallegos, assistant superintendent for School and Community Support and Monica Armenta, executive director of Communications, reviewed the action steps of Goal 3: Albuquerque Public Schools will meaningfully engage families and enhance partnerships with the community to maximize student achievement.

The action plans for Goal 3 are as follows:

  • 1.0:  APS will fully develop and implement effective, district-wide parental/legal guardian access to student information
  • 2.0:  All staff will be provided professional development on strategies which assure that families and other visitors experience safety, comfort, friendliness and respect at all APS sites.
  • 3.0:  APS, in partnership with the community, will plan and launch a parent university model.
  • 4.0:  A comprehensive district volunteer services program will be developed and implemented to support schools.
  • 5.0:  Recognizing that each school community is different and reacts differently to the tools that are used, a consistent triad of communication using established Web, phone and print based methods will be maintained.
  • 6.0:  Strategies to establish both formal and informal opportunities in individual schools for families and other school staff to form stronger partnerships will be developed and implemented
  • 7.0:  A focused and aligned district direction for all required or existing “advisory” groups will be developed.
  • 8.0:  APS will implement pilot community school sites
  • 9.0:  The district’s community fundraising and in kind donation mechanism will be organized and strengthened.
  • 10.0:  Necessary translation and interpreter services for essential school and district information will be made available.
  • 11.0:  Technical assistance for creating or strengthening family organizations will be provided to schools.
  • 12.0:  The foundations of cultural proficiency will be applied in all APS policies and practices.

Board members discussed the following regarding this agenda item:

  • Support for inventory of programs and services to align with financial goals
  • Support for fundraisers inventory and expenditures
  • Request that this goal be brought to the next District and Community Relations Committee meeting for follow-up and board member questions

 

 

VI.      Approval of Consent Calendar Items (Discussion/Action)

A.       Consideration for Approval of Policy and Instruction Matters from the May 1, 2012, Committee Meeting (Discussion/Action)

David Peercy motioned for approval of agenda items VI. A. I., III. and VIII.  Kathy Korte seconded the motion.  Board members approved the New Mexico High School Competency (NMHSC) examination waiver, the charter amendment request - Gordon Bernell Charter School, and Sheneille Wilson as the student nominee for the 2012 New Mexico School Boards Association's scholarship program.

I.        Approval of a New Mexico High School Competency Examination Waiver

II.       Approval of the Elementary Fine Arts Program Plan through the Fine Arts Education Act (FAEA)

David Peercy motioned for approval of the FAEA plan.  Lorenzo Garcia seconded the motion. Board members expressed concern about compliance with state requirements for funding and the increase in cost of materials.  Board members unanimously approved the Elementary Fine Arts Program Plan through the Fine Arts Education Act (FAEA).

III.      Approval of Charter Amendment Request - Gordon Bernell Charter School

IV.      Approval of Revisions to GB12 - Employees as Duly Appointed or Elected Officials

Public forum for this agenda item included concern for the conflict with the negotiated agreement, support for a citizen legislature, and a reminder that state employees cannot service in the legislature.

Board members discussed the following regarding this agenda item:

  • Reminder that the revision would not be part of the contract until it has been negotiated
  • Support for the rights of teachers to serve in the legislature
  • Many legislators serve at great personal expense and take a leave of absence to participate in official legislative duties
  • Concern for the financial ramifications considering the budget deficit
  • New Mexico is one of few states that does not pay legislators
  • Extreme burden incurred by legislators to participate without pay
  • Education needs to be funded adequately

David Robbins motioned for approval of Option 1 revision of the policy, which adds the following language to the current policy approved in 2001:

 

Leave of Absence

District personnel serving as a legislator in the New Mexico State Legislature shall be required to submit for a leave of absence to perform official legislative duties. Albuquerque Public Schools shall not compensate employees for leaves of absences taken to perform official legislative duties. Albuquerque Public Schools also shall not grant an employee any form of paid leave for absences taken to perform official legislative duties.

District personnel who hold public office shall refer to administrative procedural directives and the appropriate negotiated agreement to determine appropriate compensation and leave of absence procedures when performing official duties.

 

Marty Esquivel seconded the motion.  President Maes requested a roll call vote, which resulted in approval: Marty Esquivel, Lorenzo Garcia, David Peercy and David Robbins voted for the motion; Kathy Korte, Analee Maestas and Paula Maes voted against the motion.

V.       Approval of Revisions to GB7 - Whistleblower Complaints

David Peercy motioned for approval of the revisions.  Lorenzo Garcia seconded the motion. President Maes requested a roll call vote, which resulted in unanimous approval of the revision of the APS policy GB7-Whistleblower Complaints as follows:

The Board of Education shall not permit unlawful or dishonest unethical behavior by district employees. Albuquerque Public Schools shall provide employees and the community a means to confidentially file, in good faith without fear of retaliation, whistleblower complaints regarding such conduct. These complaints shall be fully investigated by with the appropriate Albuquerque Public Schools supervisors or administrators the superintendent and/or by his/her designee.

VI.      Approval of New Board Policy BD2 Audit Committee

Public forum for this agenda item included support for board members to receive all the information as soon as possible and concern that the APS audit procedure has not been followed.

Board members discussed the following regarding this agenda item:

  • Concern that the internal auditor has not had the opportunity to review the policies and provide feedback
  • Concern that the procedural directive can be changed without notification to the board
  • Support for responsibility to taxpayers
  • Support for an independent voice and checks and balances

David Peercy motioned for approval of the new board policy.  Kathy Korte seconded the motion. President Maes requested a roll call vote, which resulted in approval of the new board policy BD2 Audit Committee:  Lorenzo Garcia, Kathy Korte, Analee Maestas, David Peercy, and Paula Maes voted in favor of the motion; Marty Esquivel was absent, and David Robbins voted against the motion.

VII.     Revocation of Board of Education Policy D.05 Internal Audit

David Peercy motioned for approval of revocation of D.05 Internal Audit.  Kathy Korte seconded the motion. President Maes requested a roll call vote, which resulted in revocation of Board of Education policy D.05 Internal Audit:  Lorenzo Garcia, Kathy Korte, Analee Maestas, David Peercy, and Paula Maes voted for approval;  Marty Esquivel was absent, and David Robbins voted against the motion.

VIII.    Approval of Student Nominee for the 2012 New Mexico School Boards Association's Scholarship Program

 

VII.     Announcement of Upcoming Board Meetings

President Maes announced that the next Special Board of Education meeting will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012, at 7:30 a.m., in the DeLayo Martin Community room and the next Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 5:00 p.m., in the John Milne Community board room.

 

VIII.    Consideration for Approval to Adjourn to Executive Session pursuant to NMSA 1978, ‘(§ 10-15-1 (H) (2)) for the purpose of discussing a “limited personnel matter” regarding prohibited practice complaints of two former employees (Action)

David Peercy motioned to adjourn into executive session.  Analee Maestas seconded the motion. President Maes requested a roll call vote, which resulted in agreement of board members to convene in executive session for the purpose of discussing a "limited personnel matter" regarding prohibited practice complaints of two former employees.  The meeting was held in executive session in the DeLayo Martin Community room beginning at 7:55 p.m.

 

IX.      Reconvene to Open Session

The meeting reconvened at 8:28 p.m.

 

X.       Statement of Closure

President Maes stated that the APS Board of Education met in executive session on May 2, 2012, to discuss a “limited personnel matter” regarding prohibited practice complaints of two former employees and the matters discussed in the executive session were limited only to those specified.

 

XI.      Consideration to refuse to act further, adopt the report, require further investigation or conduct a hearing on the prohibited practice complaints of two former employees (Discussion/Action)

David Peercy motioned to refuse to act further in the investigation on the prohibited practice complaints of two former employees. Lorenzo Garcia seconded the motion.  President Maes requested a roll call vote, which resulted in unanimous approval of the item, except for no vote from Marty Esquivel due to his absence.

 

XII.     Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.

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