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Board of Education Meeting - May 21, 2014

Meeting Date & Time: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5:00 PM
Where: John Milne Community Board Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown NE, Abuquerque, NM
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Board of Education Meeting

AGENDA

 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

5:00 PM

John Milne Community Board Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

I.

Call to Order

 

A.

Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence

 

B.

Roll Call

 

C.

Adoption of the May 21, 2014, Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Approval of the May 7, 2014, Board of Education Meeting Minutes (Discussion/Action)

 

II.

Recognition of Students, Staff and Community

 

A.

Celebrating Student Success

 

I.

Domonic Fischer of West Mesa High School and Derek Kane of La Cueva High School for Receiving the New Mexico School Boards Association’s Excellence in Student Achievement Award

 

II.

Alexis Gough of Cibola High School and Peter King of Del Norte High School, Both Members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SuperSAC) for Receiving $250 Scholarships on Behalf of Superintendent Winston Brooks and Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators

 

III.

Highland High School’s We the People Team for Winning 10th Place at the 27th Annual We the People National Finals

 

IV.

Special Presentation: Wilson Middle School’s Science Olympiad Team, APS’ Top Science Olympiad Team

 

B.

Celebrating Staff Success

 

I.

Recognition for Eddie Soto, Associate Superintendent, Secondary Education, for Almost 35 Years of Service and Dr. Brad Winter, Chief Operations Officer, for More Than 22 Years of Service to Albuquerque Public Schools and Students

 

III.

Public Forum

 

IV.

Matters of Information

 

A.

Superintendent's Report

 

V.

Special Issues

 

A.

Update on Maintenance of Effort (Discussion)
Presenter: Carrie Robin Menapace, Legislative Liaison and Policy Analyst

 

I.

Consideration of Approval of Letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Carrie Robin Menapace, Legislative Liaison and Policy Analyst

 

B.

Consideration for Approval of the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Budget, including Charter School Budgets (Discussion/Action)

 

C.

Consideration of Approval of the Pledge of Support to the Council of the Great City Schools’ Males of Color Initiative (Discussion/Action)
Presenter: Winston Brooks, Superintendent

 

VI.

Approval of Consent Calendar Items (Discussion/Action)

 

A.

Consideration for Approval of Capital Outlay, Property and Technology Matters (Discussion/Action)

 

I.

Approval of Purchase of LanDesk System Management Purchas

 

II.

Approval of the Design Development Submittal for Career Enrichment Center Classroom Addition as Submitted by Lee Gamelsky Architects

 

III.

Approval of the Selection Advisory Committee's Recommendation for the Architect Selections for Four (4) Projects and Four (4) On-calls for Architectural Services Across the District

 

B.

Consideration for Approval of Finance Matters (Discussion/Action)

 

I.

Approval of Budget Adjustments for Grant Management

 

a.

Kindergarten 3 Plus, $5,872,786

 

b.

Elementary Breakfast, $65,141

 

c.

Carl Perkins RFK Charter, $48,286

 

d.

Dual Credit, $47,858

 

e.

Kirtland Korner, $12,575

 

f.

Impact Aid-Indian Ed., $235

 

II.

Approval of Grant Management Inter-Function Transfers for April 2014

 

III.

Approval of Grant Management Intra-Function Transfers for April 2014

 

IV.

Approval of Budget Adjustment Request for School Bus Rental Fee

 

a.

Beal Bus Company, $53,317

 

b.

Albert Sanchez Jr., Bus Co., $40,446

 

V.

Approval of Supplement to School Bus Fleet Service Contract

 

a.

Beal Bus Company, $53,317

 

b.

Albert Sanchez, Jr., Bus Co., $40,446

 

VI.

Approval of Budget Adjustment Increase for 2013-2014 Student Transportation Services-Interest Income

 

VII.

Approval of the State Bilingual Multicultural Education Funding Application 2014-15

 

VIII.

Approval of Budget Adjustment for 21st Century Public Academy

 

a.

A.         Intra-Function BAR #001-027-1314-0027-M

 

b.

B.         Intra-Function BAR #001-027-1314-0028-M

 

IX.

Approval of 21st Century Public Academy Cash Disbursements for April 2014

 

X.

Approval of Statement of Equipment Taken out of Service March 1-31, 2014

 

XI.

Approval of Cash Disbursements for April 2014

 

XII.

Approval of Operational Fund Inter-Function Transfers for April

 

XIII.

Approval of Intra-Function Transfers for April

 

XIV.

Approval of Operational Fund SEG Adjustment

 

XV.

Approval of Operational Fund Budget Increase

 

XVI.

Approval of  FY2014 Q3 Expenditure Report

 

XVII.

Approval of Additional Budget Items for the FY15 Operational Budget

 

VII.

Board Member Comments

 

VIII.

President's Report

 

IX.

Announcement of Upcoming Board Meetings

 

A.

The next Special Board of Education meeting will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014, at 7:30 a.m., in the DeLayo Martin Community Room of the Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown Blvd NE.

 

B.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 5:00 p.m., in the John Milne Community Board Room of the Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown Blvd NE.

 

X.

Adjournment

 











Minutes of Board of Education Meeting

Albuquerque Public Schools

 

A Board of Education meeting of Albuquerque Public Schools was held Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 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.       Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence

B.       Roll Call

Present: Dr. Analee Maestas, Kathy Korte (arrived before the recognition ceremony), Lorenzo Garcia, Martin Esquivel (joined by phone during the recognition ceremony), Steven Michael Quezada, Dr. Don Duran, and Dr. David Peercy

C.       Adoption of the May 21, 2014, Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Approval of the May 7, 2014, Board of Education Meeting Minutes (Discussion/Action)

Dr. Maestas requested a motion to adopt the agenda with the deletion of agenda item VI.B.XVI. Approval of FY 2014 Q3 Expenditure Report since this item was on the Finance Committee agenda as a discussion item only.  The minutes were not ready to approve at this time. Mr. Garcia motioned to adopt the agenda.  Mr. Quezada seconded the motion.  Board members Maestas, Garcia, Quezada, Duran and Peercy voted to adopt the agenda with the changes mentioned.

 

II.      Recognition of Students, Staff and Community

A.       Celebrating Student Success

I.          Domonic Fischer of West Mesa High School and Derek Kane of La Cueva High School were recognized for receiving the New Mexico School Boards Association’s Excellence in Student Achievement Award.

II.         Alexis Gough of Cibola High School and Peter King of Del Norte High School, both members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SuperSAC), were recognized for receiving $250 scholarships on behalf of Superintendent Winston Brooks and Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators.

III.        Highland High School’s We the People Team for winning 10th place at the 27th Annual We the People National Finals

IV.        Special Presentation: Wilson Middle School’s Science Olympiad Team, APS’ Top Science Olympiad Team

B.       Celebrating Staff Success

I.          Eddie Soto, associate superintendent of secondary education, was recognized for almost 35 years of service, and Dr. Brad Winter, chief operations officer, was recognized for more than 22 years of service to Albuquerque Public Schools and students.

III.     Public Forum

Participants of public forum expressed concern that students feel that they are not proficient, concern about resources for standardized testing, concern for special education teachers who are penalized on their evaluations because their low performing, disabled students don’t make the required progress, concern for the teachers spending so much time on professional development, support for pillars of character counts, support for creation of a citizen’s advisory council, concern of the reduction of time allowed for comment at public forum, concern that end of course exams are discriminatory, concern for the disparity of resolution of facility issues in the APS district, support for providing resources for student’s social needs, concern for funding spent on unnecessary standardized testing, concern for the physical and psychological effects of testing on students and teachers, support for strengthening neighborhood schools, concern about the contradiction that students are excelling yet their schools are called failing, concern about teachers affected by the demoralizing and insulting teacher evaluation system, concern that the statistics used to create evaluation results are inaccurate, concern about Montezuma Elementary School’s potential danger due to the condition of the facility, and concern that procedural directives prohibit teachers from informing parents about opting out of testing.

 

IV.     Matters of Information

  1. A. Superintendent's Report

Superintendent Brooks reported on the following issues:

  • Gratitude to the APS Athletics Department, the APS Police Department, the Board Services staff, board members, leadership, school staff members, teachers, parents, and students, who all helped to create memorable graduation celebrations
  • Encouragement to students to continue their education pursuits throughout the summer by reading, researching, studying and learning
  • Congratulations to National Merit Scholarship recipients from Manzano, La Cueva and Eldorado high schools, including a recently announced awardee Yaqoob Qaseem, a senior at Eldorado High School

 

V.       Special Issues

A.       Update on Maintenance of Effort (Discussion)

Carrie Robin Menapace, legislative liaison and policy analyst, explained that maintenance of effort (MOE) is a federal law that requires states and local districts to always make at least the amount of state money available next year as it did in the current year in funding to support students with special needs.  States are required to make the same amount of money available year over year regardless of how much is actually spent on special education programs. Local school districts are required to spend the same amount of money year over year regardless of how much is actually made available for special education programs.

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) failed to meet the required MOE for fiscal year 2010 and 2011 and requested waivers from the MOE requirement for those years. The New Mexico Legislature wasn’t alerted to the MOE issues until December 2012.  In June 2013, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) granted a waiver for fiscal year 2010 but denied the waiver requested for fiscal year 2011.  The state also tried to exercise “flexibility” to decrease the total MOE baseline, and the authority to exercise flexibility was denied by the USDE. New Mexico requested a hearing to appeal the denials.  In May 2014, Judge Richard O’Hair ruled against the appeal and upheld the USDE decision to deny the New Mexico fiscal year 2011 waiver and the ability to exercise flexibility.

Due to the actions of the NMPED for fiscal years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, statewide school districts received $60 million less than they needed to adequately fund special education students. This resulted in Albuquerque Public Schools providing $15.6 million to special education students by cutting the amounts available in other areas of the Albuquerque Public Schools budget, including funding available to support all students with smaller class sizes, support staff such as social workers, counselors and nurses, incentives to attract and retain qualified teachers, and/or upgrade technology needs.

The New Mexico Legislature appropriated additional funds for fiscal years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 to ensure special education were sufficiently funded, but if the New Mexico Public Education does not account for and replace the funding that should have been made available for fiscal years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, the federal funding available for special education could be permanently reduced.

I.        Consideration of Approval of Letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (Discussion/Action)

Carrie Robin Menapace, legislative liaison and policy analyst, introduced a letter proposed by the APS administration be sent by APS Board of Education to USDE Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding the status of NMPED’s appeal to the USDE based on Judge Richard O’Hair ruling that New Mexico did not have the authority to exercise flexibility to decrease its maintenance of effort level.

The APS administration believes it’s important to alert the USDE that local districts continued to maintain appropriate funding for special education students even though the fiscal support from the state declined.  The USDE can decide to decrease the state’s IDEA Part B federal grant by the same amount the state failed to maintain effort by, which is $34 million. Due to the negative impact a cut in federal funding would cause on local districts, APS administration would like to offer alternative solutions to the USDE in which the state would meet its MOE requirement, restore funding to districts lost during the fiscal crisis, but continue to receive federal funding to support special education students.

The letter proposed for signature by board members expresses support of Secretary Duncan and Judge Richard O’Hair’s concurrence to deny NMPED flexibility to decrease our maintenance of state financial support for students with special needs; informed that in the APS budget process, special education was held harmless at the expense of regular education programs, staff and class sizes; request that USDE consider not imposing a decrease in federal funding but instead explore the option of putting NMPED on a payment plan to pay New Mexico school districts the previous $60 million in funds that were not made available  during fiscal years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012; and placing NMPED on a corrective action plan to guarantee compliance with federal law.

Dr. Peercy motioned that all board members sign the letter along with the superintendent.  Kathy Korte seconded the motion. Dr. Duran recommended that the second to last paragraph should say that APS is the leader in New Mexico, and APS would like to guide the state in a collaborative and proactive way.  Dr. Peercy agreed to amend the motion to include Dr. Duran’s recommendation.  Board members Maestas, Korte, Garcia, Quezada, Duran and Peercy voted to approve the letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan with the changes recommended by Dr. Duran and sign with the use of digital signatures. Mr. Esquivel was unavailable to vote on this agenda item.

 

Discussion regarding this agenda item included:

  • Request for letter to be sent from the APS Board of Education to call a special legislative session to address this issue
  • Status of the reply from Secretary Duncan to the NMPED request for appeal is currently based on comments made to the media that NMPED would seek a higher court to appeal
  • Concern from parents of gifted students
  • Importance to emphasize that the special education programs were not harmed in the budget process but the regular education students were the ones who received less resources due to this situation
  • Obligations to the special education students and requirements were honored
  • Important to be careful using language especially in regard to decisions made by previous boards of education

 

B.       Consideration for Approval of the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Budget, including Charter School Budgets (Discussion/Action)

Don Moya, chief financial officer, and Ruben Hendrickson, deputy chief financial officer, presented the fiscal year 2014-2015 APS budget, including charter school budgets and requested that board members approve the budgets as presented.

Discussion regarding this agenda item included:

  • Increase in fixed costs continue to outstrip increases in revenue
  • Funding is still below 2009 levels
  • Budgets includes a salary increase for the first time in five years
  • $5 million will be needed to balance the budget, which means using non-recurring revenue for recurring expenditures
  • Importance of reversing the trend of placing funding below the line where it will not go through the funding formula and it is not available for local districts to use where it is needed most
  • Importance of including community input in building the budget
  • The APS District is on sound financial footing
  • Changes in staffing due to funding that no longer exists

Dr. Duran motioned for approval of the budgets.  Dr. Peercy seconded the motion.  Board members unanimously approved the fiscal year 2014-2015 APS budget, including charter school budgets.

 

C.       Consideration of Approval of the Pledge of Support to the Council of the Great City Schools’ Males of Color Initiative (Discussion/Action)

Winston Brooks, superintendent, and Joseph Escobedo, chief of staff, presented the Council of Great City School’ males of color initiative resolution and requested that board members approve and sign the pledge of support.  The Council of the Great City Schools has taken considerable leadership over the last several years to focus attention and energy around the African American, Hispanic, and other males of color in our urban school systems.  This is a powerful new opportunity to join the White House, USDE and the Council of Great City Schools to demonstrate leadership for the nation in committing to improving the outcomes for these students.

Discussion regarding this agenda item included:

  • Importance of advocating for Hispanic students in addition to African American students
  • Request for how results of efforts will be reported
  • Support for a cultural proficiency task force committee
  • Request for an agenda item to go to the Policy and Instruction Committee to consider creating a Board of Education Cultural Proficiency Task Force Committee

 

Dr. Peercy motioned for approval of the pledge of support. Mr. Garcia seconded the motion. Board members unanimously approved the pledge of support to the Council of the Great City Schools’ males of color initiative.  Mr. Escobedo confirmed approval to use digital signatures on this document.

 

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

Ms. Korte motioned to approve section A. and B. of the consent calendar agenda items with the deletion of agenda item VI.B.XVI. Approval of FY 2014 Q3 Expenditure Report.  Mr. Quezada seconded the motion. Board members unanimously approved the motion.

A.       Consideration for Approval of Capital Outlay, Property and Technology Matters (Discussion/Action)

I.          Approval of Purchase of LanDesk System Management Purchase

II.         Approval of the Design Development Submittal for Career Enrichment Center Classroom Addition as Submitted by Lee Gamelsky Architects

III.        Approval of the Selection Advisory Committee's Recommendation for the Architect Selections for Four (4) Projects and Four (4) On-calls for Architectural Services Across the District

B.       Consideration for Approval of Finance Matters (Discussion/Action)

I.          Approval of Budget Adjustments for Grant Management

a.         Kindergarten 3 Plus, $5,872,786

b.         Elementary Breakfast, $65,141

c.          Carl Perkins RFK Charter, $48,286

d.         Dual Credit, $47,858

e.          Kirtland Korner, $12,575

f.          Impact Aid-Indian Ed., $235

II.         Approval of Grant Management Inter-Function Transfers for April 2014

III.        Approval of Grant Management Intra-Function Transfers for April 2014

IV.        Approval of Budget Adjustment Request for School Bus Rental Fee

a.         Beal Bus Company, $53,317

b.         Albert Sanchez Jr., Bus Co., $40,446

V.         Approval of Supplement to School Bus Fleet Service Contract

a.         Beal Bus Company, $53,317

b.         Albert Sanchez, Jr., Bus Co., $40,446

VI.        Approval of Budget Adjustment Increase for 2013-2014 Student Transportation Services-Interest Income

VII.      Approval of the State Bilingual Multicultural Education Funding Application 2014-15

VIII.     Approval of Budget Adjustment for 21st Century Public Academy

a. Intra-Function BAR #001-027-1314-0027-M

b. Intra-Function BAR #001-027-1314-0028-M

IX.        Approval of 21st Century Public Academy Cash Disbursements for April 2014

X.         Approval of Statement of Equipment Taken out of Service March 1-31, 2014

XI.        Approval of Cash Disbursements for April 2014

XII.      Approval of Operational Fund Inter-Function Transfers for April

XIII.     Approval of Intra-Function Transfers for April

XIV.     Approval of Operational Fund SEG Adjustment

XV.      Approval of Operational Fund Budget Increase

XVI.     Approval of  FY 2014 Q3 Expenditure Report

This agenda item was removed from the agenda.

XVII.    Approval of Additional Budget Items for the FY15 Operational Budget

VII.    Board Member Comments

Board members commented on the following issues:

  • Concern for teachers who are faced with evaluation results that are based on inaccurate information and documentation errors
  • Concern that New Mexico students can’t find jobs in New Mexico
  • Support for creating a New Mexico State Board of Education
  • Recommendation to teachers and parents to contact elected officials to advocate for improving the teacher and principal evaluation process
  • Support for change in the governor’s office
  • Gratitude for the opportunity to celebrate the graduations of APS students
  • Request for a letter to be sent to APS principals, teachers and staff commending their exemplary work with students
  • Support for revisiting the resolution regarding evaluations and sharing it with other school districts
  • Concern for the governor’s effect on the public education opportunities for New Mexico students

 

VIII.   President's Report

Dr. Maestas reported on the following issues:

  • Gratitude for efforts of the administration to ensure parents were informed of graduation requirements for their students
  • Support for focusing on observations of teachers as a valuable tool for teacher evaluations
  • Recommend that approval of a letter supporting a special session be put on a future Policy and Instruction Committee agenda
  • Request a presentation on the lawsuit regarding education and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund ( MALDEF)
  • Request for discussion with Senator Keller at an upcoming board meeting

 

IX.     Announcement of Upcoming Board Meetings

Dr.  Maestas announced that the next Special Board of Education meeting will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014, at 7:30 a.m., in the DeLayo Martin Community Room and the next Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 5:00 p.m., in the John Milne Community Board Room of the Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown Blvd NE.

 

X.       Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

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