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Board of Education Policy and Instruction Committee Meeting - May 8, 2013

Meeting Date & Time: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 5:00 PM
Where: DeLayo Martin Community Room Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE
Minutes: Minutes
Agenda Packet: Packet
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Policy and Instruction Committee Meeting

AGENDA

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

5:00 PM

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

Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

I.

Call to Order

 

A.

Adoption of the Policy Agenda and Approval of the Minutes of April 10, 2013, Policy and Instruction Committee Meeting (Discussion/Action)

 

II.

Consideration for Approval of Charter Amendment Requested by Gordon Bernell Charter School (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Mark Tolley, Eddie Soto

 

III.

Consideration for Approval of Charter Amendment Requested by Corrales International School(Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Mark Tolley, Eddie Soto

 

IV.

Consideration for Approval of 2013-2014 Fine Arts Education Act (FAEA) Application for Funding (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Luis Delgado, Jami Jacobson

 

V.

Consideration for Approval of Policy Revisions to BE1 - Board of Education Meeting Agendas (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Carrie Menapace

 

VI.

Consideration for Approval of the APS Open Meetings Act Resolution and Board of Education Regular and Committee Meeting Schedule for 2013-2014 (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Brenda Yager

 

VII.

Consideration for Approval of New Policy J18 Cyberbullying Prevention (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Carrie Menapace

 

A.

Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention Procedural Directive (Discussion)
Presenter: Carrie Menapace

 

VIII.

Attendance Procedural Directive (Discussion)
Presenter: Carrie Menapace

 

IX.

Future Items (Discussion)

 

X.

Announcement of the Next Policy Meeting - the next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 5:00 p.m., in the DeLayo-Martin Community Room.

 

XI.

Adjournment

 







Minutes of Policy and Instruction Committee Meeting

May 8, 2013

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, May 8, 2013, beginning at 5:02 p.m. in the DeLayo Martin Community Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE.

 

Present:  Kathy Korte, Don Duran, David Peercy, Lorenzo Garcia, Analee Maestas

Absent:  Martin Esquivel and Steven Michael Quezada

 

I.

Call to Order – the meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m. by Chair Dr. David Peercy.

A.

Adoption of the Policy Agenda and Approval of the Minutes of April 10, 2013, Policy and Instruction Committee Meeting - The agenda was changed.  A correction to item VII was made; it should have read “Consideration for approval of new policy JI8(ji8) Cyberbullying Prevention, instead of J18 (j18).  Kathy Korte motioned for approval of the minutes and agenda as amended.  Lorenzo Garcia seconded the motion.  All indicated they were in favor.

 

II.

Consideration for Approval of Charter Amendment Requested by Gordon Bernell Charter School -
Mark Tolley began by saying the school was seeking an enrollment cap increase from 650 to 1,000 students. The reason is in part due to a court order to reduce the census at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) and a plan to provide an array of re-entry services to the inmates released from MDC and placed in community custody. The increase allows the school to become the educational hub of a re-entry plan for Metro Detention Center inmates placed in community custody.  Mr. Tolley introduced the principal, Greta Roskom. Dr. Peercy asked if APS recently had  changed the enrollment from 500 to 650.  The answer was yes, in January, 2013.

Mr. Garcia asked several questions:

1) A breakdown of student population, i.e., gender, age etc.

  • Ms. Roskom - 87 percent male and 13 percent female.

2) How many are on probation?

  • 25 percent are in community custody and 25 percent on probation.

3) What are the current numbers (enrollment)?

  • Average is 616, includes both inside and outside.

4) How do people become eligible?

  • They are recruited from within the jail and are approved by a classification committee.  If approved by the committee, they are moved to the school pods.  They also serve those who have been referred from different agencies.

5) Does the school serve juveniles?

  • Ms. Roskom said they do, but only two or three a year.  The parents are warned and are told there are other options/programs better suited for their children as they may not want their children working with felons.

6) How many of the school’s students were retained?

  • The average age is 33.  The majority of students do come in at third- grade level for testing.

7) Ms. Korte asked how they are funded.

  • Ms. Roskom said they are funded just like a school.  They get SEG funding from the state for each student.  They do not get funding from the Corrections Department or any other funding source.  Dr. Duran did confirm that to get funding, there is no age limit as long as they have not graduated.  He said hopefully the reengagement and attempt to educate the students will work.  He commended Ms. Roskom for starting up the school.

Mr. Brooks brought up a concern.  He felt the more spaces that are created, the more spaces they would fill. Ms. Roskom said this time the request was different.  They are looking into getting inmates out into the community.  The majority of inmates is awaiting sentencing and have not yet been convicted.  They are limited in space, so they would not get that much bigger. They also want to meet the plan set up by the City. Their goal is to keep their students out of jail.  Dr. Duran motioned for approval.  Analee Maestas seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

III.

Consideration for Approval of Charter Amendment Requested by Corrales International School -
Mr. Tolley said they were seeking to increase enrollment capacity to 260 students and graduate students at 12th grade. The school will add an 11th and 12th grade for a limited number of students.  The student must have been enrolled at this school in the IB middle year’s program for a minimum of two years.  The student must be enrolled in a concurrent enrollment program at UNM or CNM.  The school stresses their commitment to not open a high school Baccalaureate Program. Kathy Korte motioned for approval.  Lorenzo Garcia seconded the motion.  Discussion followed about the issuance of diplomas by the school.  Mr. Brooks asked if they had intentions to apply for the IB certification.  They did not.  Questions and discussion followed about working with Sandia High School and its curriculum.  All indicated they were in favor of the amendment request.

IV.

Consideration for Approval of 2013-2014 Fine Arts Education Act (FAEA) Application for Funding - Jami Jacobson, executive directive of Curriculum and Instruction, began by saying they were there to present the Elementary Fine Arts funding approval (FAEA Application).  She introduced Mr. Luis Delgado, director of the Fine Arts Department.  He gave a brief history of the program and went over the program plan detailing the implementation of the elementary Fine Arts program, including a budget that reflects instructional goals and direction.  The plan is for the next 10 years. (They have finished ten years and are now applying for another ten years.) Discussion and questions followed regarding the funding.  Discussion followed regarding a PED addendum that was issued last year.  Dr. Maestas asked for a copy.  Mr. Brooks asked Mr. Don Moya to answer questions the board had in regard to the art supplies allocations.  Mr. Brooks asked that this item be pulled off the agenda as he felt it had not been run by the proper channels.  Since Mr. Delgado had a deadline, Mr. Brooks suggested it be put on the agenda for the Special Board meeting that would be held the following Friday.  The committee decided to table the item and to bring it back to the Special Board meeting on Friday to meet the deadline.

V.

Consideration for Approval of Policy Revisions to BE1 - Board of Education Meeting Agendas.
Dr. Peercy said the changes were all due to the changes in the state statutes.  We are making sure we are consistent with law.  Dr. Duran motioned for approval.  Mr. Garcia seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

VI.

Consideration for Approval of the APS Open Meetings Act Resolution and Board of Education Regular and Committee Meeting Schedule for 2013-2014 – Due to changes in the state statutes the schedule and resolution were changed.  Kathy Korte motioned for approval.  Dr. Duran seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

VII.

Consideration for Approval of New Policy JI8 Cyberbullying Prevention- The addition of this policy is related to the legislative session.  Ms. Carrie Menapace said, specifically there should be a separate policy addressing cyberbullying, so the district has created one.

A.

Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention Procedural Directive – Ms. Menapace outlined the definitions copied from state statute.  She went over all the changes.  Cyberbullying would be added to the glossary of terms.  Dr. Peercy asked in regard to the scope of the district’s authority how do we deal with things that happen at school as opposed to social media sites?  Carrie Menapace said HB54 actually clarifies this. If a student reports an incident to the school, then the school is required to intervene.  Discussion followed.  Dr. Kris Meurer said the schools need to investigate to the best of their ability and then determine the best way to deal with it; it is a tricky issue for schools and personnel.  Ms. Korte asked if it was in the student behavior handbook.  Ms. Menapace said the handbook already had gone to press but in the current book it already indicates we consider the behavior the same whether digital or traditional.  Ms. Korte suggested we make it more explicit next year.  Dr. Duran said what the courts are looking for is if we are giving the tools to deal with these issues to school administrators and are we recognizing that cyberbullying does exist.  The answer is yes; we are giving direction and training to personnel to recognize cyberbullying.  The whole law on cyberbullying is on-going and is changing.  Dr. Peercy said it is “due diligence.”  Dr. Duran motioned for approval.  Dr. Maestas seconded the motion.  All were in favor.

VIII.

Attendance Procedural Directive – Ms. Menapace began by saying this is the procedural directive that implements the attendance policies. The revisions to the Attendance Procedural Directive were necessary due to statutory changes in House Bill 300 during the 2013 Legislative Session. All three procedural directives have been combined into one.  She went over some of the major changes, one item about pregnancy.  They based the law on the New Futures High School model.  Mr. Garcia thought it was a really good idea as it sets a model for parents whether they are in school or not.  Dr. Meurer indicated she would do an update on the truancy policy at the next District Relations Committee meeting.  Discussion followed.

IX.

Future Items – Dr. Peercy said the Family Engagement Procedural Directive discussion had been requested by Dr. Duran.  A question was posed by Dr. Duran in regard to when there would be an opportunity for the public to comment on the budget; need guidance as we go through the budget process.  It was explained to him that in the past they had community meetings where we actually asked questions and gathered input early on in the year.  The public has had the opportunity to give input.  Mr. Brooks said we could open a web page asking for input.  Don Moya, chief finance officer, said the Finance Department was very close to having the budget done.  Discussion followed as to what has been done in the past.  The last time to give input would be May 22 at the board meeting.

X.

Announcement of the Next Policy Meeting - the next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 5:00 p.m., in the DeLayo Martin Community Room.

XI.

Adjournment – the meeting was adjourned at 6:22 p.m.





 

 

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