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Board of Education District and Community Relations Committee Meeting - May 22, 2013

Meeting Date & Time: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 5:00 PM
Where: DeLayo Martin Community Room Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE
Minutes: Minutes
Agenda Packet: Packet
Meeting Posted On: 04/19/2013, 6:17 PM
Agenda Posted On: 05/17/2013, 6:17 PM
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District and Community Relations Committee Meeting

AGENDA

 

Wednesday, May 22, 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.

Roll Call

 

B.

Adoption of the May 22, 2013, District and Community Relations Agenda and the Approval of the April 24, 2013, District and Community Relations Minutes (Discussion/Action)

 

II.

Recognition of Jean Genasci from the Superintendent’s Community Council on Equity (Discussion)
Presenter: Winston Brooks, Superintendent

 

III.

Public Forum

 

IV.

Mapping of Community Initiatives (Discussion)
Presenter: Joseph Escobedo, Chief of Staff

 

V.

Report on Community School (Discussion)
Presenter: Shelly Green, Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Kristine Meurer, executive director, Student, Family, and Community Supports Division

 

VI.

Update/Progress Report on Truancy Prevention Pilot (Discussion)
Presenter: Dr. Kristine Meurer, executive director, Student, Family, and Community Supports Division

 

VII.

Next District and Community Relations Committee Meeting

 

A.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 5:00 p.m., at the Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex in the DeLayo-Martin Community Room.

 

VIII.

Adjournment

 







Minutes of the District and Community Relations Committee Meeting

Board of Education

Albuquerque Public Schools

 

A District and Community Relations Committee meeting of the Board of Education of Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) was held Tuesday, May 22, 2013, beginning at 5:00 p.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 5:00 p.m.

  1. A. Roll Call

Present:  Steven Michael Quezada, Dr. Analee Maestas, Dr. Don Duran (by phone), Kathy Korte, Lorenzo Garcia, Martin Esquivel and Dr. David Peercy

  1. B. Adoption of the May 22, 2013, District and Community Relations Agenda and the Approval of the April 24, 2013, District and Community Relations Minutes (Discussion/Action)

Chairperson Analee Maestas asked for a motion to adopt the agenda and approve the minutes.  Steven Michael Quezada moved for approval; Kathy Korte seconded the motion; motion carried. Board members unanimously adopted the agenda and approved the minutes.

II.         Recognition of Jean Genasci from the Superintendent’s Community

Council on Equity

Superintendent Winston Brooks meets bi-monthly with a group of community members to discuss equity issues in the district.  He introduced council member Jean Genasci, who has advocated for many years for all students, but especially the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community.  Ms. Genasci was recognized for tireless advocacy and support for all students in the district by spending countless hours of her own time to ensure students are safe and learning. Ms. Genasci stated that the council is supportive of APS and specifically, the efforts of Mr. Brooks.

III.        Public Forum

Parents and advocates of Washington Middle School students participated in public forum expressing concerns of budget cuts on the effects of APS students’ education, the number of teachers at each school site, assistant principals, transportation, after-school programs and needed resources.

 

IV.       Mapping of Community Initiatives

Chief of Staff Joseph Escobedo shared that Board of Education members and APS staff members are involved in dozens of community initiatives on education.  The administration has taken time to map out those community initiatives and have begun to make connections.  Additionally, the work has been connected to the Mission: Graduate work that is being facilitated through United Way of Central New Mexico.  Mr. Escobedo requested suggestions from board members of more organizations and programs to add to the map.  Mr. Quezada suggested Youth Development Inc. (YDI). Board members requested a future update to learn about how resources and organizations are connected.

 

V.        Report on Community Schools

Dr. Kristine Meurer, executive director, Student, Family, and Community Supports Division, shared that a study conducted in 2011 by the Center of Education Policy Research at the University of New Mexico (Mapping the Landscape of Educational Outcomes in Albuquerque) shows a direct correlation between the lowest academically performing schools and the number of risk factors impacting students and families.

A community school is a strategy for organizing the resources of the school and community around student success, addressing many of the barriers to learning.  Its integrated focus on the core instructional program, expanded learning opportunities, and comprehensive support services, leads to more efficient and effective schools, improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.

The ABC Community Schools Partnership of APS, Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque, United Way, and Albuquerque Business Education Compact are focused on implementing the community schools model in APS.  There are four components for the model:  1) Quality Afterschool/Out of School Time; 2) Family Engagement; 3) School-Based Health Care; and 4) Coordination.  Initial schools targeted by ABC Partnership include Pajarito, Whittier, Manzano Mesa, La Mesa, Kirtland, and Emerson Elementary Schools, and Wilson and Grant Middle Schools.

Dr. Meurer explained that the cornerstone of success for community schools is having an assigned coordinator consistently working as a liaison between the programs, the principal and the district.

Issues discussed regarding this agenda item:

  • Funding from business partners
  • Parent engagement creates empowerment to determine and evaluate before and after-school programming
  • Volunteering hours to assist with partnering with outside programs
  • Gratitude for Principal Peggy Candelaria
  • Homework Diner program
  • Funding equals $1.4 million for eight schools and one potential additional school
  • How do charter schools get access to these programs?
  • Multiple experts to create intermediary committee and workshops to determine their readiness to become community schools.

 

VI.       Update/Progress Report on Truancy Prevention Pilot

Dr. Meurer shared that Albuquerque Public Schools is launching a Truancy Intervention Plan (TIP) pilot program.

Pilot schools were asked to identify a minimum of five students with their fifth unexcused absence and develop intervention plans before the end of the 2012-13 school year for the purpose of assessing the process for developing intervention plans.  Pilot sites include:  Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, Volcano Vista High School, West Mesa High School, Garfield Middle School, Kennedy Middle School, Wilson Middle School, Adobe Acres Elementary School, Apache Elementary School, Dolores Gonzales Elementary School, Hodgin Elementary School, Los Padillas Elementary School, Manzano Mesa Elementary School, and Ventana Ranch Elementary School.  These sites will begin full implementation in the fall of 2013.  Additional pilot schools to be added for the 2013-14 school year are Cleveland Middle School, Jefferson Middle School, Washington Middle School, and East San Jose Elementary School.

SchoolMessenger will be used to notify the parent/guardian regarding the need for a TIP meeting.  SchoolMessenger training will be provided to all pilot sites.

Individualized intervention plans for improving student attendance are developed cooperatively with the school’s Health and Wellness Team, student, and parent/guardian.

Interventions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Identification and provision of appropriate academic supports by the school, parent/guardian, and/or community organization(s)
  • Identification and provision of appropriate social, emotional, physical, mental and behavioral health supports from the school, parent/guardian, and/or community organization(s)
  • Identification of individual, relational and/or structural challenges that affect the student’s success and solutions to address these issues
  • Explanation of the student’s strengths and responsibilities related to the TIP
  • Explanation of the parent/guardian’s strengths and responsibilities related to the TIP
  • Explanation of the consequences for each stakeholder if the TIP is not fully implemented
  • Discussion of the benefits for successfully implementing the TIP.

Finally, the TIP process documents efforts made by the school, parent/guardian and other vested third parties to assist the student in addressing and resolving school attendance issues.  This documentation substantiates the “good faith” effort between the school and the student’s parents/guardians should future action be required (e.g., referral to Juvenile Probation).

Issues discussed regarding this agenda item:

  • Modified case management
  • Health and wellness teams placed on an intervention plan to get students back in school and keep them there
  • 17 sites tested in spring
  • Pilot programs helped to improve forms by stating information in a positive manner and reducing unnecessary information
  • Looking for volunteers to assist to help with programs
  • Possibility of hiring another truancy coordinator with social work background
  • Resource guide for pilot programs.

 

VII.      Next District and Community Relations Committee Meeting

Chairperson Maestas announced that the next District and Community Relations Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 5:00 p.m., at the Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex in the Delayo Martin Community Room.

 

VIII.     Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.  Chairperson Maestas announced that the Special Board of Education meeting will start in 10 minutes.

 

 

 

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