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Special Board of Education Meeting - Nov 16, 2012

Meeting Date & Time: Friday, November 16, 2012, 7:30 AM
Where: DeLayo Martin Community Room Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE
Minutes: Minutes
Agenda Packet: Packet
Meeting Posted On: 04/26/2012, 2:54 PM
Agenda Posted On: 11/14/2012, 5:53 PM
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Special Board of Education Meeting

AGENDA

 

Friday, November 16, 2012

7:30 AM

DeLayo-Martin Community Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE

Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

I.

Call to Order

 

A.

Roll Call

 

B.

Adoption of the November 16, 2012, Special Meeting Agenda (Discussion/Action)

 

II.

Public Forum

 

III.

Special Issues

 

A.

Research and Polling, Inc. Presentation: Executive Summary of APS Survey 2012 (Discussion)
Presenter: Research & Polling, Inc.

 

B.

Consideration for Approval of the Capital Master Plan Review Committee Recommendation for February 2013 School Mill Levy and Bond Election (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Kizito Wijenje, Capital Master Plan Director

 

C.

Consideration for Approval of a Resolution and Proclamation of Regular District Election and Public School Capital Improvements Tax and General Obligation School Building Bonds (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Kizito Wijenje, Capital Master Plan Director, and Art Melendres, Legal Counsel, Modrall Sperling

 

D.

Update on School-Based Health Clinics Funding (Discussion)
Presenter: Carrie Robin Menapace, Legislative Liaison and Policy Analyst and Dr. Kristine Meurer, Student, Family, and Community Support Executive Director

 

E.

Consideration for Approval of the 2013 Legislative Agenda (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Carrie Robin Menapace, Legislative Liaison and Policy Analyst

 

IV.

Superintendent Report

 

V.

Board Reports

 

VI.

Approval of Consent Calendar Items (Discussion/Action)

 

A.

Consideration for Approval of Policy and Instruction Matters (Discussion/Action)

 

I.

Approval of New Board of Education Policy I.12 Instructional Credit Acceptance

 

II.

Approval of New Board of Education Policy DM1- Title IX Compliance for Parent Organizations and Booster Club Finances

 

III.

Approval of Board of Education Policy K.03 Non-School Use of Albuquerque Public Schools Facilities

 

VII.

Announcement of Upcoming Board Meetings

 

A.

The next Board of Education Meeting will be Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at 5:00 p.m., in the John Milne Community Board Room.

 

B.

The next Special Board of Education meeting will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012, at 7:30 a.m., in the DeLayo Martin Community Room.

 

VIII.

Adjournment

 









Minutes of Special Board of Education Meeting

Board of Education

Albuquerque Public Schools

A Special meeting of the Board of Education of Albuquerque Public Schools was held Friday, November 16, 2012, beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the DeLayo Martin Community Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE.

I.      Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 a.m.

A.     Roll Call

Present:  Analee Maestas (by phone), Kathy Korte, Lorenzo Garcia, Martin Esquivel, David Robbins (by phone) and David Peercy

Absent: Paula Maes

B.     Adoption of the November 16, 2012, Special Board of Education Meeting Agenda (Discussion/Action)

Lorenzo Garcia motioned for adoption of the agenda.  Analee Maestas seconded the motion.  Board members unanimously adopted the November 16, 2012, Special Board of Education meeting agenda.

II.     Public Forum

Topics of public forum included concern that the new Board of Education Policy DM1- Title IX Compliance for Parent Organizations and Booster Club Finances does not consider booster clubs’ need for flexibility, booster clubs that have 501(c)3 status, number of hours provided by booster club volunteers, likelihood of less volunteer booster club participation, extra work for APS school bookkeepers, and that most extra-curricular activities supported by booster clubs are not comparable to athletics in respect to gender makeup and should not be included in the Title IX compliance. Other topics included support for the APS legislative agenda, support for the South Valley Academy Charter School, support for individualized education and smaller number of students per classroom, and concern for underfunding of education in New Mexico.

Martin Esquivel motioned that board member reports be heard before agenda item III. Special Issues. David Peercy seconded the motion. Board members unanimously approved the change of order for agenda items.

III.    Special Issues

A.     Research and Polling, Inc. Presentation: Executive Summary of APS Survey 2012 (Discussion)

Matt Hughes, research analyst of Research & Polling, Inc., presented the results of the Executive Summary of APS Survey 2012. Areas of the survey include the biggest issues facing APS, evaluation of the education system, quality of charter school education, support in the 2013 election for the $200 million general obligation (GO) bond for construction, renovation and repairs, support for a property tax extension for school remodeling, furnishings and equipment, how revenue should be spent, performance on building and renovating, and sources of information about APS.

Board members discussed the following regarding this agenda item:

  • How does the property tax show up on the property owner’s bill?
  • Concern about federal tax changes in the next few months
  • Concern about adequate funding for education
  • Clarification that the survey is not representative of the general public, but it does represent a random sample of registered voters who have voted in at least one of the two previous elections
  • Concern about students failing and dropping out of school

B.     Consideration for Approval of the Capital Master Plan Review Committee Recommendation for February 2013 School Mill Levy and Bond Election (Discussion/Action)

Kizito Wijenje, Capital Master Plan director, presented the Capital Master Plan Review Committee priority of recommended APS projects.

Board members discussed the following regarding this agenda item:

  • Charter schools included in the priority list based on prioritized needs
  • Process for charter schools to receive capital funds
  • Some charter schools have submitted a five-year facility plan that does not fall within the level of prioritization
  • Concern that the lack of infrastructure for the Chaparral Elementary School area will not be adequate for the anticipated volume of traffic
  • Support for smaller community elementary schools

Martin Esquivel motioned for approval of the prioritization list of projects.  David Robbins seconded the motion. Board members unanimously approved the APS projects prioritization list recommended by the Capital Plan Review Committee and Superintendent Brooks.

C.     Consideration for Approval of a Resolution and Proclamation of Regular District Election and Public School Capital Improvements Tax and General Obligation School Building Bonds (Discussion/Action)

Kizito Wijenje, Capital Master Plan director, and Art Melendres, legal counsel, Modrall Sperling, presented the resolution and proclamation of regular district election and public school capital improvements tax and GO school building bonds.  Key elements of the resolution and proclamation are the deadlines to process documents with the Bernalillo County Clerk’s office and the list of early voting and voting day polling locations.

Lorenzo Garcia motioned for approval of the resolution and proclamation. David Peercy seconded the motion.  Board members unanimously approved the resolution and proclamation of the regular district election and public school capital improvements tax and GO school building bonds.

D.     Update on School-Based Health Clinics Funding (Discussion)

Carrie Robin Menapace, legislative liaison and policy analyst, and Dr. Kristine Meurer, Student, Family, and Community Support executive director, explained the factors affecting funding of the APS school-based health clinics, the possibility of facilities closing if funding cannot be obtained, and the need for a long-term plan for continuation of services.

E.       Consideration for Approval of the 2013 Legislative Agenda (Discussion/Action)

Carrie Robin Menapace, legislative liaison and policy analyst, reviewed the draft 2013 legislative agenda. The agenda was posted on the APS website so community members could view it and submit recommendations.

The following comments were submitted by the community:

  • Eliminate charter schools from the small-school size adjustment and make sure that lease assistance payments can be maintained at the appropriate level
  • Introduce legislation to support anti-bullying and punishments for students who bully and parents who allow their children to bully
  • Address the transfer process issues due to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that allows first priority to students transferring from a school in need of improvement and not siblings

Board members discussed the following regarding this agenda item:

  • Equalize funding by eliminating charter schools from the small -school size adjustment
  • Importance of small class sizes to give students individualized attention that can help them succeed academically

Lorenzo Garcia motioned for approval of the 2013 legislative agenda.  David Peercy seconded the motion.  Board members Korte, Garcia, Esquivel, Robbins and Peercy voted to approve the 2013 legislative agenda; Analee Maestas abstained from the vote.

IV.    Superintendent Report

Superintendent Brooks reported on the following:

  • Mayor Berry’s State of the City address and  his support for the International Baccalaureate diploma program at Sandia High School
  • Benefits of the partnership between the City of Albuquerque and Albuquerque Public Schools
  • APS report to the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) regarding the information technology commitments necessary to implement the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Common Core assessments
  • APS report to the LESC regarding teacher evaluations

V.     Board Reports

Board members discussed the consent calendar items, see comments noted with the applicable agenda item below.

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

Analee Maestas requested that board members vote on each of the consent calendar agenda items individually.

Analee Maestas requested that board members vote separately on each of the consent calendar items.

A.     Consideration for Approval of Policy and Instruction Matters (Discussion/Action)

I.     Approval of New Board of Education Policy I.12 Instructional Credit Acceptance

Board members discussed the following regarding this agenda item:

Analee Maestas stated that she was disappointed the APS district is regressing in support for student opportunities to graduate.  She emphasized the importance of supporting choices and options for students, especially when the traditional school environment may not be conducive to academic achievement for all students.  She stated that many of the board members are not committed to the charter schools; however, charter schools are reducing the dropout rate, increasing the graduation rate, and increasing the enrollment in post-secondary education.

Lorenzo Garcia stated that he was concerned that Analee Maestas accused board members of not being concerned about the issues of charter schools when board members have been reluctant to shut down charter schools even though legislative ambiguity of the charter schools’ responsibilities remain.  He stated that he supports quality education available at some charter schools, but he will not support charter schools with administrations that cannot follow the rules with integrity and provide academic rigor to protect students and tax-payer investments in charter schools.  The I.12 policy is a fair policy that addresses issues that need to be addressed.  Kathy Korte and Martin Esquivel expressed support of Lorenzo Garcia’s statement.

David Peercy motioned for approval of policy I.12.  Martin Esquivel seconded the motion.  Board members Korte, Garcia, Esquivel, Robbins, and Peercy voted for approval of the new Board of Education Policy I.12 Instructional Credit Acceptance.  Analee Maestas opposed this agenda item and David Robbins was unavailable to vote.

II.    Approval of New Board of Education Policy DM1- Title IX Compliance for Parent Organizations and Booster Club Finances

Board members discussed the following regarding this agenda item:

  • Having parents so involved and providing support to the choirs, bands and other groups on a volunteer basis is very inspiring and supportive of students' academic success.
  • APS tries to get people to donate their time, expertise and resources and transitioning to this process could be seen as taking away autonomy and capability.
  • Board members and administration understand the inconvenience and realize the imposition that compliance will be for all of the booster clubs, especially because they were choir or band members and/or they are choir or band parents.
  • Board members and administration want students to be successful and want the community to feel that we are doing everything we can do to support this success.
  • It is important to collaborate with the community and booster clubs in finding solutions to streamline the process, provide flexibility and be the least burdensome as possible.
  • All of Dr. Diego’s responsibilities of Title IX have been turned over to Kenny Barreras and Julie Sanchez, supporting athletics and activities, under the direction of Dr. Winter.
  • The steering committee can meet with parents and volunteers concerned with the Title IX issues to answer the questions of who will do the work, how it will be done, what will it cost to do this additional work previously done by volunteers and the impact on fundraising efforts.
  • APS administration and employees are prepared to take on extra work of the funds record keeping and reporting.
  • The Title IX documentation process will need to continue flexibility and support the needs of the booster clubs, while reporting the funding will satisfy the reporting requirements of the auditors.
  • There is no intent to bar expenditures.
  • Title IX compliance is more than a state issue because the federal law applies to all activities
  • The state law changed to require that athletics report enrollment and funding sources on each district's website and the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) website.
  • State law is specific to athletics, but the availability of information brings awareness to the six prongs of Title IX, which protects opportunities for academics, testing, after-school activities, athletics, employment and pregnant teens.
  • By meeting the intent of Title IX with the new policy, APS is providing opportunities for all district students.
  • Clear reporting is essential to be in compliance with the New Mexico state law and New Mexico Equities Act.

Lorenzo Garcia motioned for approval of policy DM1.  David Peercy seconded the motion.  Board members unanimously approved the new Board of Education Policy DM1- Title IX Compliance for Parent Organizations and Booster Club Finances; David Robbins was unavailable to vote.

David Peercy emphasized that the needs of the volunteers and booster clubs need to be taken in consideration when developing the procedural directive for this policy.  Analee Maestas requested that complete disclosure of the cost of implementing this policy be presented to board members.

III.   Approval of Board of Education Policy K.03 Non-School Use of Albuquerque Public Schools Facilities

Martin Esquivel motioned for approval of policy K.03.  Lorenzo Garcia seconded the motion.  Board members unanimously approved the Board of Education Policy K.03 Non-School Use of Albuquerque Public Schools Facilities; David Robbins was unavailable to vote.

VII.   Announcement of Upcoming Board Meetings

Kathy Korte announced that the next Board of Education meeting will be Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at 5:00 p.m., in the John Milne Community Board room, and the next Special Board of Education meeting will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012, at 7:30 a.m., in the DeLayo Martin Community room.

VIII.  Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:18 a.m.

 

 

 

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