Board Meeting Synopsis 1.15.15

Here’s a very brief run down of events from Thursday night’s BoE meeting.
This isn’t everything by all means, but it covers the big items of the night.   
5:30 pm Study Session where staff presented to the board on the Jefferson Plan 
6:30 pm Regular Board Meeting:
Awards and Recognitions
Two Jeffco Schools students who received perfect scores on their ACT: Tara Santi/Lakewood High School and Ryan Blay/Jefferson Academy
Lakewood High School science teacher Suzanne McClung for her achievement in earning the Amgen Science Teaching Excellence Award.  Ms. McClung was one of only nine educators nationwide to receive this acknowledgement and received a $10,000 award.
Lakewood High School social studies teacher Sara Shackett for being named the 2014 Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the National Council of Social Studies Teachers.  
Jeffco school communities and their parent, teacher and principal leadership for achievement of the 2014 Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards and/or the John Irwin School of Excellence Awards.  Forty-two schools (up by one from last year) will be recognized for their work.Board docs
First Public Comment – highlights
  • Parent Molly Snyder presents a petition with 6,500 signatures for BoE Majority members to resign
  • Board Members begin taking “moments of personal privilege” to respond to comments, Parent Molly Snyder is not allowed to respond


Agenda Item 7.01
Details on  Alameda Plan presented by staff 
* Witt makes note of the high rate of capacity at Stein Elementary and suggests since it is such a popular school, the district should consider replicating it.  ( the issue with Stein’s overcrowding is not the number of families who attend (or want to attend) the school as much as the number of children from the same families who live in Stein area and attend the school. That is to say many of the families in Stein might have 2, 3, 4 or more children who attend.)
Facilities Needs presented by staff.
Motion to approve a Certificate Of Participation* for $80 million to address urgent needs in NW Arvada Corridor and Lakewood (Solterra) failed in 3v2 vote.  Williams, Newark and Witt opposing.
Witt proposed instead the district use bond funds from the 2012 3B bond ($99 million) to finish the Sierra Elem. Phase II, and look at other options to address the growth, such as boundary realignment.  A motion was made for such a plan, and then tabled on legal counsel’s advice (Brad Miller).   
  • Certificates of Participation: A lease-financing mechanism where the government enters into an agreement to make regular lease payments for the use of an asset over some period, after which the title for the asset transfers to the government. Since the government can decide, at any time, to discontinue the lease, COPs do not constitute a multi-year fiscal obligation and so can be issued without voter approval. Department of the Treasury – Public Finance & Debt Issuance
Agenda Item 7.02   
PARCC Waiver – Board voted 3-1 (Williams, Newkirk and Witt voted Yes, Dahlkemper voted No, and Fellman abstained) Thursday night to direct Superintendent Dan McMinimee to seek a waiver from the Colorado Department of Education, knowing that the waiver might not be legal.   
Agenda Item 8.02
-Chief Financial Officer Askelson, Kathleen – promoted from within
– Chief  CommunicationsOfficer Pinto, Nina – new hire
When asked about the hiring process for Ms. Pinto, Dan McMinimee noted in his response that we should never just bring one candidate forward to hire.  Seems a bit ironic considering he was the ONLY final candidate brought forward for his position.  Dahlkemper pointed out Pinto is Graduate of Leadership Program of the Rockies
  • Nina Pinto will be responsible for the broad areas of public information, community relations, media liaison, and publications regarding educational issues and the District. Education Information: 1993, J.D. University of San Diego, San Diego, CA. 2011-present, Aspen Lane Media, LLC, Denver, Colorado.  


Public Comment Part Two
Speaker confronts Board President, Ken Witt on lack of response to letters and Meeting with at Jose O’Shea’s.  
  • Witt takes moment of personal privilege and says he will continue to meet with members of other boards.  
  • Dahlkemper asks Witt if teacher comp was discussed, only to be ignored.
Board Work Calendar
  • Future Board Retreat is discussed.  When Dahlkemper asks the purpose and responses she gets from Witt:  School grade configurations and experts like Steve House
  • Dahlkemper asks for update on Golden View Classical on status of the 17 waivers they requested, only to be shut down by board majority.
Meeting is adjourned at 11:20 pm