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Board of Education Meeting - Jan 16, 2013

Meeting Date & Time: Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 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: 05/29/2012, 11:16 AM
Agenda Posted On: 01/15/2013, 4:45 PM
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Board of Education Meeting

AGENDA

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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.

Pledge of Allegiance / Moment of Silence

 

B.

Roll Call

 

C.

Adoption of the January, 16, 2013, Board of Education Meeting Agenda (Discussion/Action)

 

II.

Recognition of Students, Staff and Community

 

A.

Student Performance by Desert Ridge Middle School jazz combo students Mark Shover – saxophone, Joe Timmins – trombone, Brooke Madsen – keyboard, Eliana O’Brien – piano, and Molly Ranger – drum set, under the direction of  teacher Donna Schmidt

 

B.

Desert Ridge Middle School Band Director Donna Schmidt for being selected as the only representative for New Mexico featured in the annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” report by the national School Band & Orchestra magazine

 

C.

New Mexico Automobile Dealers Association represented by Charles Henson and Quality Mazda dealership represented by Annette DiLorenzo Thayer for continued partnership and support of APS student achievement

 

III.

Public Forum

 

IV.

Matters of Information

 

A.

Superintendent's Report

 

B.

Board Member Comments

 

C.

President's Report

 

V.

Special Issues

 

A.

Consideration for Approval of Release of the FY12 Audit Presentation to the Board by the Independent Auditor, Clifton Larson Allen, LLP (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Don Moya, Chief Financial Officer

 

B.

Consideration for Approval of Gifts, Grants and Donations of More than $5,000 (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Brenda Yager, Executive Director of Board Services

 

I.

New Mexico Highlands University’s offer to transfer the ownership of the FCC-authorized construction permit for a station to be built in Newcomb, New Mexico

 

C.

Legislative Update (Discussion)
Presenter: Carrie Robin Menapace, Legislative Liaison and Policy Analyst

 

VI.

Approval of Consent Calendar Items (Discussion/Action)

 

A.

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

 

I.

Approval of the 2013-2014 Alternative School Year Calendar

 

II.

Approval of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Memorandum of Understanding

 

III.

Approval of Section I. Instructional Policies

 

a.

IA – Academic Goals

 

b.

IC – Instructional School Year Calendar

 

c.

ID – School Day

 

d.

IF – Instructional Class Sizes

 

e.

IG – Curriculum Development, Adoption and Review

 

f.

IH – Instructional Program

 

g.

IH3 – Distance Learning

 

h.

IH4 – Establishment of Magnet Schools

 

i.

IH5 – Special Services in Delivery of Instruction

 

j.

IH6 – Graduation Requirements

 

k.

IH7 – Instructional Credit Acceptance

 

l.

IJ – Instructional Resources and Materials

 

m.

IK – Academic Accountability

 

n.

JI8 – Acceptable Student Use of Education Technology

 

VII.

Announcement of Upcoming Board Meetings

 

A.

The next Special Board of Education meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., in the DeLayo Martin Community Room.

 

B.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at 5:00 p.m., in the John Milne Community Board Room.

 

VIII.

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, January 16, 2013, 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

A.     Pledge of Allegiance / Moment of Silence

B.     Roll Call

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

C.     Adoption of the January, 16, 2013, Board of Education Meeting Agenda (Discussion/Action)

David Robbins motioned to adopt the agenda. David Peercy seconded the motion. Board members unanimously adopted the January, 16, 2013, Board of Education meeting agenda.

 

II.     Recognition of Students, Staff and Community

A.      Desert Ridge Middle School jazz combo students Mark Shover – saxophone, Joe Timmins – trombone, Brooke Madsen – keyboard, Eliana O’Brien – piano, and Molly Ranger – drum set performed at the board meeting under the direction of teacher Donna Schmidt.  Board members recognized the students for their contribution to the meeting.

B.      Desert Ridge Middle School Band Director Donna Schmidt was recognized for being selected as the only representative for New Mexico featured in the annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” report by the national School Band & Orchestra magazine.

C.      New Mexico Automobile Dealers Association, represented by Charles Henson and Quality Mazda dealership represented by Annette DiLorenzo Thayer, were recognized for continued partnership and support of APS student achievement.

 

III.    Public Forum

Topics of public forum included historical cultural inequities, support for anti-racism training, support for cultural proficiency training, and support for interventions to close the achievement gap.

 

IV.    Matters of Information

  1. Superintendent's Report

Superintendent Brooks reported on the following:

  • Recognition for APS and APS Fine Arts
  • United Way Vision Council
  • 2013 New Mexico Legislative Session and Governor’s Legislative agenda
  • APS Education Foundation Day at the Whole Foods Market at Wyoming and Academy
  • Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex is voting site for the bond election and board member election until January 31

 

  1. B. Board Member Comments

Board members commented on the following:

  • Support for continued work towards cultural proficiency and equity to help close the achievement gap
  • Recommendation that the SuperSac students be exposed to the cultural proficiency training
  • Support for finding ways to work together statewide to create the best educational experience for all students
  • Support for the continued efforts in art and music evidenced in the recent award that APS received
  • Support for the AYS and APS MOU because it is collaborative
  • Recognition for the All State Choir performance
  • Recommend acknowledgement for the students selected for the performance
  • Recommend to find support for nurses, counselors and mental health professionals
  • Reminder that diversion of resources due to the request of the NM Department of Education impacts the classroom
  • Concern that the people at some of the school board candidate forums are accusing board members and administration of being racists
  • Review of statistics showing that all students in poverty have difficulty achieving academically regardless of race
  • Support for quick and thorough responses for resolution of issues at schools
  • Support for the Bubble Gum Brigade to spread the news of the need for improvements to APS schools facilities on behalf of the bond election
  • Concern for the burden that teachers and principals must carry in dealing with student achievement, testing requirements, and evaluations

 

  1. C. President's Report

President Maes reported on the following:

  • Concern that board members are not considered culturally proficient by some members of the public

 

V.     Special Issues

A.     Consideration for Approval of Release of the FY12 Audit Presentation to the Board by the Independent Auditor, Clifton Larson Allen, LLP (Discussion/Action)

Don Moya, chief financial officer, explained that per Section 12-6-5 NMSA 1978, the audit report does not become public record until five days after the date of the release letter (January 9, 2013). Once the five-day period has expired, the audit report shall be:

▪released by the office to the Legislative Finance Committee and the Public Education Department; and

▪presented to a quorum of the APS Board of Education at a public meeting for approval, per Section 2.2.2.10.J(3)(d) NMAC, requirements for contracting and conducting audits of agencies.

He also explained that there were no recommendations for changes to the audit from the State of New Mexico Audit Office.

Board members expressed gratitude for the excellent work done by Don Moya and his staff to continuously improve the quality of financial reporting and timeliness of submission.  Concern was expressed regarding some of the charter schools ending the year in a negative balance.

David Peercy motioned for approval of the release. David Robbins seconded the motion. Board members unanimously approved the release of the FY12 audit presentation to the board by the Independent Auditor, Clifton Larson Allen, LLP.

 

B.     Consideration for Approval of Gifts, Grants and Donations of More than $5,000 (Discussion/Action)

I.      New Mexico Highlands University’s offer to transfer the ownership of the FCC-authorized construction permit for a station to be built in Newcomb, New Mexico

Brenda Yager, executive director of Board of Education Services, explained the factors and benefits of accepting the donation from New Mexico Highlands University. While the value of the proposed transfer does not meet the donation level of $5,000, the extenuating circumstances of working with the New Mexico Highlands University, the FCC, and Newcomb-area community entities and the resulting expense of the station build-out warrants approval by the Board of Education.

David Peercy and David Robbins requested clarification for the short- and long-term costs to APS to accept this donation. Ms. Yager explained that KANW is an enterprise system and will not be asking for additional funding.

David Peercy motioned for approval of the donation.  Analee Maestas seconded the motion.  Paula Maes requested a roll-call vote with the results in approval of the New Mexico Highlands University’s offer to transfer the ownership of the FCC-authorized construction permit for a station to be built in Newcomb, New Mexico.  Paula Maes abstained from the vote due to her connection with the New Mexico Broadcasting Association.

 

C.     Legislative Update (Discussion)

Chief of Staff Joseph Escobedo reported on the legislators who comprise the committees of the 2013 New Mexico Legislative Session. He also reported on the sponsorship of legislation that impacts the APS legislative agenda.

Board members discussed the following issues regarding this agenda item:

  • Concern for the timeline of the budget process
  • Funding for rewarding highly effective teachers and principals
  • Concern that rewards will unlikely reach teachers who don’t teach math and reading
  • Support for rewarding teachers only if it can be equitable
  • Requests for information of impacts to the teacher tier-level system
  • Concern that funding will not be available for programs that already exist
  • Recommendation to replicate successful programs, such as APS’ Early College Academy and Career Enrichment Center
  • Support for the expansion of Medicaid and possible support for nursing and medical preparation educational programs
  • Support for mental health resources and staffing to be considered high in the budget
  • Support for assistance to families to complete forms to be eligible for Medicaid

 

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

Agenda items VI. A. I., II. and III. g. through n. were motioned for approval by David Peercy.  Kathy Korte seconded the motion.  Board members unanimously approved these items.

Agenda items III. a. through f. were motioned for approval by David Peercy and seconded by Lorenzo Garcia.  Board members unanimously approved these items.

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

I.        Approval of the 2013-2014 Alternative School Year Calendar

II.       Approval of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Memorandum of Understanding

III.      Approval of Section I. Instructional Policies

a.       IA – Academic Goals

b.       IC – Instructional School Year Calendar

c.       ID – School Day

d.       IF – Instructional Class Sizes

e.       IG – Curriculum Development, Adoption and Review

f.       IH – Instructional Program

g.       IH3 – Distance Learning

h.       IH4 – Establishment of Magnet Schools

i.        IH5 – Special Services in Delivery of Instruction

j.        IH6 – Graduation Requirements

k.       IH7 – Instructional Credit Acceptance

l.        IJ – Instructional Resources and Materials

m.      IK – Academic Accountability

n.       JI8 – Acceptable Student Use of Education Technology

 

VII.   Announcement of Upcoming Board Meetings

President Maes announced that the next Special Board of Education meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., in the DeLayo Martin Community Room and the next Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at 5:00 p.m., in the John Milne Community Board Room.

 

VIII.  Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

APPROVED: ____________________________

Paula Maes, President

 

 

 

 

 

ATTEST: __________________________

Kathy Korte, Secretary

 

 

 

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