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, PSES principal Justin Cowan and the fourth grade team presented information about the new educational online platform called Summit Learning, which supports and enhances the personalized learning process currently underway at the elementary school.
Cowan explained the program and reported on progress into its one-month inception. After several weeks of training this summer, the fourth grade team implemented the new process at the beginning of the year. So far, students’ reception of the new platform and ability to catch on have been very positive. Results are also very promising.
(Note: The district will share more information and articles about Summit Learning at PSES via the website and e-newsletter in November.)
Here are the highlights from the regular meeting, which 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:
- Senior administration meets this week with GE Johnson and RTA Architects to discuss the high school safety project. Also, the access control bid for PSES and PSMS has moved forward.
- Linda Reed and Laura Mijares met with the director of PPOS, James Lewicki, to discuss the charter school’s annual review, set timelines, and outline next steps.
- The food services team is preparing for the CDE food service audit, taking place November 13-14.
- As part of the San Juan BOCES services, ASD’s gifted education program is subject to a Colorado Gifted Education Review every four years. That team met with a number of ASD staff members and gifted lead teachers, submitting a preliminary exit report on October 5. A full written report will be available in the next few months. Superintendent Reed’s comments in her report, “I think overall, the review was very complimentary of the work being done in SW Colorado, in support of gifted students. Also, while they didn’t focus on individual districts, quite a few of their positive comments were related to the work we are doing in ASD. Kudos to Carrie [Steadman] and all of the gifted lead teachers for truly differentiating programming for our gifted students.”
- A team of auditors spent 3 days in the district reviewing information provided by Finance Director Michael Hodgson. The final audit report will be presented to the board at the December meeting.
- The district is exploring additional funding streams to support our Native American or Alaskan Native students. ASD may be eligible for between $100,00 and $120,000 from two federal programs -- Impact Aid and Title VI.
- Reed provided an update on the MLO.
- The unofficial October enrollment count stands at 1,708 students with this breakdown: PSES, 539; PSMS, 511; PSHS, 492; PPOS, 96; PFS, 70.
Assistant Superintendent Laura Mijares provided a summary of curriculum redesign efforts, expenditures, and philosophy. Here is a summary of Mijares’ report: The District has committed over $750,000 in curriculum funds. Guiding principles include that curriculum will be based on the Colorado Academic Standards. The process will support the professionalism of teachers and provide opportunities to collaborate with local peers as well as teachers in the region and the state. Throughout four years of focused spending the District has emphasized personalized learning and increased rigor.
District admin provided an update on work being done at the high school to stabilize the hill behind the gymnasium. Work done or in process includes stabilizing and restructuring hill slope; providing adequate drainage; reconstructing road grading/gravel and repaving; and resurfacing gym floor. Damage is covered by insurance.
Under discussion Items, the board considered the following items:
- Approval of the board calendar
- Feedback on the proposed CASD resolutions so that Bruce Dryburgh can accurately represent board’s position at the CASB fall delegate assembly October 18/19.
The board reviewed recommended action items on the consent agenda including, claims totaling $1,044,519.38 and personnel hirings.
Under action Items, the board considered the following items:
- Approval of the revised vision/mission statement for Pagosa Peak Open School.
- Second reading of policies (school wellness, federal procurement, public’s right to know that addresses district’s digital records)
Brooks Lindner provided feedback on recent BOCES meeting.
You may access complete department reports, updates, and agenda items at Boarddocs.
Next board monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, in the middle school library. Check the website calendar for exact details and possible updates.