Please note: The following highlights are not intended to report on all discussions or decisions that the board has undertaken at this meeting. Once approved by the board (generally at the next monthly meeting), minutes will be posted at the end of this article.
At the BOE’s work session, Assistant Superintendent Laura Mijares presented a report of the 2017-18 assessment data, based on state results of testing conducted last spring. The CDE’s Preliminary District and School Performance Frameworks shows that our schools are functioning within the performance category, which means district schools meet state guidelines and expectations. Test results also indicate a general growth trend upwards, which is good news for the district and demonstrates that deliberate attention and hard work are paying off.
Mijares presented several charts on the results of the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests, illustrating the upward trend from the last few years. Students in grades 3-8 are required to take tests in English Language Arts, Math, and Science. Growth rates are determined by how a student performs from one year to the next. Results show that in most categories and grade levels, students are exceeding or nearly meeting the growth rate from the year before.
At the high school, where students are required to take the PSAT or SAT, results indicate that students are still under the state average, yet growth trend is upward. The Class of 2019, for example, showed marked improvement of scores in Reading/Writing and Math.
See Boarddocs.com for more graphs and CDE reports.
Here are the highlights from the regular meeting, which immediately followed the work session.
To commemorate lives lost during the attack in New York and Washington D.C. on 9/11, Superintendent Linda Reed requested a moment of silence. Nearly 3,000 people died on that day, 17 years ago.
Report from Superintendent Linda Reed:
- Interoperability Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) are being secured between ASD and law enforcement/emergency response agencies. Once the MOUs are in place, the district will pursue a CDE grant to help purchase appropriate radios, part of the proposed Interoperable Communications System.
- Bids for providing/installing access control systems throughout the district are expected by Friday, Sept. 14. The district will review and select a vendor for recommendation on Sept. 17.
- ASD maintenance crew has completed first phase of hurricane window film; second phase to be finished within the next two weeks.
- Four doors at the middle school need to be replaced before access controls are installed. Pricing options are being investigated now.
- Several staff and community members attended Standard Response Protocol training on August 28, offered by the “I Love You Guys” Foundation. Says Reed, “I’ve had staff members indicate that the training was the best they had had in their careers as educators.” A surprise lockdown drill at the high school went well.
- Deputy James Martinez, the district’s first full-time School Resource Officer, started work last Tuesday on the first day of school. Reed reported on further efforts to collaborate with other community stakeholders to hire more SROs.
Food Service Update
- Food Service Director Todd Stevens introduced a new menu for the 2018-19 school year, which includes more freshly prepared options and less processed foods. Stevens also reports more participation this year (882) than last (791).
- As of Sept 10, school enrollment is as follows: PSES, 544; PSMS, 519; PSHS, 505; and PPOS, 91. District total is 1,659, which does not include Pagosa Family School numbers.
Assistant Superintendent Laura Mijares explained new classes being offered at Pagosa Springs High School for the 2018-2019 school year. Among these is Technical Math, referred to as MAT 107 and 108 at the community college level. MAT is a dual credit high school course supported through Pueblo Community College.
Board members discussed an annual review of the district’s charter school, Pagosa Peak Open School. Areas of improvement were highlighted, yet the board reiterated its general support of the school and commitment to PPOS’s success.
Under Action Items, the board considered the following items:
- The common assignment system stipend as part of the 2018-19 salary schedule
- Proposed high school swim team coaching salary
- Bid from Papa Murphy's Pizza for Pizza Fridays
- Bids to provide design/build services for the PSHS safety project
- Amend policy DFA-DFAA and regulation JFABB-R as presented
- Authorize the waiving of policy DJG and allow the purchase of services from Lobo Outfitters and Monograms Plus
Board member Brooks Lindner gave report on the previous Board of Cooperative Educational Services Board (BOCES) meeting.
You may access complete department reports, updates, and agenda items at Boarddocs.
Next board monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, at 6pm in the PSHS auditorium.