Minutes for September 10, 2019 Regular Meeting

Minutes for September 10, 2019 Regular Meeting
Posted on 10/03/2019

1. CALL TO ORDER

Board President Bryan Smith called the Board Meeting to order at 6:06 pm. He thanked everyone for coming and reminded the audience to silence their cell phones and/or other electronic devices during the meeting.

Board Members Present:
Bryan C. Smith, President
Sonya C’Moya, Vice President
Brandon Campanella, Secretary
Frank A. Otero, Member
Milo W. Moody, Member

Administrators Present:
Dana Sanders, Superintendent
Brian Baca, Deputy Superintendent
Claire Cieremans, Chief Finance Officer
Julie Romero Benavidez, Assistant Superintendent
Susan D. Chavez, Assistant Superintendent
Casey Ahner, Dir. of Instructional Support
Sonia Allen, Dir. Of Educational Technology
Erica Hidalgo, Dir. of Elementary Programs
Wilson Holland, Dir. Of District Athletics
Mary McGowan, Dir. of Compliance
Cynthia Philips, Dir. of Special Education
Andrew Saiz, Dir. of Personnel
Sandy Traczyk, Dir of Finance
Elena Trodden, Dir. of Assessment and Accountability
Susan Beyerl, Coordinator of PowerSchool
Cathy Chavez, Coordinator of Federal Programs
Alicia Himes, Coordinator of Personnel
Eliseo Aguirre, Principal, Century High School
Melissa Contreras, Principal, Ann Parish Elementary
Diedra Martinez Munos, Principal, Desert View Elementary
Sara Graf, Asst. Principal, Desert View Elementary
Paulina Merida, Asst. Principal, Ann Parish Elementary

Others Present:
Anna Padilla, Valencia County News Bulletin
Margo Rivera, NEA Los Lunas
Sixteen (16) Community Members and Staff

2. ANNOUNCEMENT OF MEETING

Superintendent Dana Sanders reported the meeting had been announced in accordance with the Open Meetings Resolution, and was a legally constituted meeting of the Los Lunas Schools Board of Education.

3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Madison Villella, a sixth grader from Desert View Elementary, led the audience in the Pledge.

4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Mr. Smith asked if there were any changes or deletions to the agenda. There being none, Mr. Smith called for a motion.

Ms. C’Moya moved, and Mr. Campanella seconded, to approve the agenda as presented by Ms. Sanders and her staff. There being no discussion, Mr. Smith called for a roll call vote with the following results: Milo W. Moody - yes; Brandon Campanella – yes; Sonya C’Moya –yes; Frank A. Otero – yes and Bryan C. Smith –yes. Motion passed.

5. PUBLIC COMMENT

There were no (0) request to address the Board.

6. APPROVAL OF CONSENT ITEMS

Mr. Campanella moved, and Mr. Moody seconded, to approve all of the items on the action agenda by consent with the following exceptions: Item #10. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE: School Buses 27118 2019-2020 Capital Outlay and School Bus Replacements

Prior to voting on the consent items, Mr. Otero was given clarification that the union members had ratified the collective bargaining agreements prior to them being brought to the Board for approval.

Mr. Smith announced for the benefit of the audience, that consent items were the action items on the agenda presented by the Superintendent and her staff for approval. The action items had been reviewed by the board members individually. If no discussion had been asked for regarding the items by any of the board members, the items were submitted for approval with one motion/vote.

There being no discussion, Mr. Smith called for a roll call vote with the following results: Milo W. Moody - yes; Brandon Campanella – yes; Sonya C’Moya –yes; Frank A. Otero – yes and Bryan C. Smith –yes. Motion passed.

7. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

August 20, 2019 Regular Meeting (Approved by Consent)

8. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

A. Student Representative Report:
Robert Sartin, Century High School

Ms. Sanders welcomed Robert Sartin, the student representative from Century High School. Robert thanked the Board and Ms. Sanders for allowing him to talk to them about things going on at Century High School, then gave the following report.

Robert said the first thing he would like to talk about was the staff. When he first started going to Century High School, he thought it was going to be like Los Lunas High School. He thought it was like Los Lunas High School at first, but when he came out of ATLS, he noticed the teachers had more one-on-one time with students. Over the past three years and going into my fourth he had at least all the teachers once and he’s noticed they all have different ways of helping students and working with students to get them back on track.

The next thing Robert said he wanted to talk about was how some of the teachers have switched to doing stuff on canvas on our mac books. When they first got their mac books it was a little confusing because canvas was hard to learn but over the past couple weeks, he had gotten used to using it. When you walk into the labs at Century High School you will only see a few students on the computer in the labs - the rest will be on their mac books.

Robert said he would like to talk about the new credit recovery program called Apex. He said Apex is honestly an easy program from what he had experienced in mathematic. Personal finance was the hardest class. He said that because he had been working on it since school started and has only got 2.8% done in financial literacy and 5.9% in economics. Apex was hard to learn at first but over the past couple weeks it has had problems but they have been resolved.

Robert said he had helped multiple students figure out Apex and log into Apex. He had helped students in multiple classes figure out how to submit and do their work for Apex. He has helped students copy and paste their study guides and practices into word documents so they can get them done and turned in.

Robert said he would also like to talk to them about the social life and special programs at CHS. He said the social life at Century is very great in every class because the teachers have the students collaborating. The friendships around Century are great. You see groups of friends laughing and messing around together.

One special program Robert said he wanted to mention was the drama program that Mr. James Demers teaches. The drama club will be having a festival next month with multiple groups performing one act plays.

The next program Robert said he would like to talk about was the GRADS Program. GRADS stands for Graduation Reality And Role Skills. This program gives teen parents an opportunity and resources to not give up on life. This program is taught by Ms. Julie Dutchover. Students who have been in the program have said Ms. Dutchover is their role model. Some students say this because she and the GRADS Program made them realize the importance of graduation.

Robert said the next thing he would like to talk about was the television announcements and the after-school crafts program and science program. He said that as you walk into Century High School, you will see a television in the front office.

This television shows you that Ms. Johnson got Teacher of the Year and it will also tell you the bell schedule for the different days we have different schedules. For example, Monday is a half day and Tuesday-Thursday are full days and Fridays are for those assigned cap. The television will also show you things the staff has participated in and done.

The crafts class will be having an after-school construction program. This program will be similar to the one they had last year but this year they won't be building a horno at Los Lunas Middle School; it will be at their own school, Century High School. The class will be building a horno in the back of the school on the east side of the playground. This will also be put to use not just for show — they will actually cook food in it! The benefits of this program are the students will be getting paid $9.00 per hour to build the horno. The class will also be learning construction such as carpentry and stuccoing.

The last program Robert said he wanted to talk about was the science program. This program will be run by Mr. Cole along with the crafts program. The science program will be Wednesdays after school from 2:30 to 4:30. This program will allow students to work on big labs and extensive labs. This program will also allow students to work on science projects to enter in the district science fair at Los Lunas High School. It will allow students to become more skilled in science and the class is more in-depth and practical.

Robert said the final thing he would like to talk about was some of the teachers' opinions of the new credit recovery program. Mr. Demers said that he thinks the program was pretty good and he neither liked or disliked it. He also said that the students will actually have to be doing stuff so they will learn. Ms. Dutchover said that the program was going to be a great system because students will be more responsible in getting their work done. Mr. Cole said that he likes that the students are more challenged and it gives them a better way to learn. He also said that from a teacher's part, it was more challenging to grade because of how much more it challenges the students.

Robert thanked the Board and Ms. Sanders for providing him with the chance to come out and tell them about Century High School. He said he was honored to have Mr. Aguirre as his principal.

The board members individually thanked Robert for his extremely detailed report, and stated that they especially liked that he took the time to do research, and get quotes.

Ms. Sanders added her comments and commendations of those of the Board regarding the excellent job Robert did on the presentation.

She then confirmed that Robert would be the CHS Student Representative for the 2019-20 school year.

B. School Report: Deidra Martinez Munos, Principal, Desert View Elementary

Ms. Martinez Munos thanked the Board and Ms. Sanders for allowing her to speak to them about Desert View Elementary. She introduced Sara Graf, the new assistant principal at DVE, and recognized the DVE staff members who were in attendance.

Ms. Martinez Munos reported that they had retained 81% of their teachers to begin the 2019-2020 school year, and did not have any open teaching positions at this time.

Ms. Martinez Munos said their plan to address student reading achievement results including the following:
-Collaborative teams
-Unpacking Essential Standards
-WIN - “What I Need”, 2nd year
-Jaguar Academy - Extended Learning Time
-CORE - 6 Step Phonics

Ms. Martinez Munos stated that their plan to address student math achievement results were as follows:
-Collaborative teams
-Unpacking Essential Standards
-Jaguar Academy
-Grade Level Interventions

Ms. Martinez Munos stated that some of the challenges they faced at DVE included:
- K-5 + - being able to keep teachers and scholars together - huge stress to have to pay back $

- Extended Learning Time - Fear of burn out of staff and scholars - 2 days a week

Ms. Martinez Munos reported that they had many victories at Desert View that included the following:
- Grade B Report Card
- Level 3 Highly Reliable School - 39th school in nation
- WIN - What I need

Ms. Martinez Munos chose to showcase the following areas:
- Cheer Club received 2nd Place at VHS in April 2019
- Completed RTI / WIN (What I Need) Manual
- Level 3 - Highly Reliable Schools

Discussion ensued regarding the mobility rate, commitment of the teachers and staff at DVE, the Grade of a B, the achievement of earning the High Reliable Schools Level 3, their ranking in the nation, and the WIN program. They were commended for referring to their students as scholars, which the board members felt set the tone for all they did there.

Ms. Martinez Munos was thanked for her candor in regards to K-5 Plus, inclusive of the fact that she was concerned about several factors including following the PED’s strict criteria, and a concern that they might have to return funds despite their hard work because of factors they couldn’t control, as in the case of teachers/students leaving, which having the same teacher was a stipulation.

Further discussion ensued regarding the overall effectiveness of the program, the lack of a break, which could result in the real possibility of teacher burnout. Ms. Martinez Munos added that they were constantly working on ways to motivate the staff and students, and to keep that from happening.

Mr. Smith stated that he understood their concerns with the K-5 Plus Program but reiterated that he really liked K-5 Plus and felt it was very important to continue the program. Discussion ensued regarding the benefits of the program and criteria for receiving funding.

Mr. Martinez Munos and Ms. Graf, along with their staff, were thanked for their report and commended for their efforts.

9. APPROVAL OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS BETWEEN LLS AND NEA-LL

A. Certified: 2018 – 21 (Approved by Consent)

B. Educational Support Professionals (ESP): 2017-20 (Approved by Consent)

10. APPROVAL OF PURCHASE:

School Buses 27118 2019-2020 Capital Outlay and School Bus Replacements

Ms. Sanders, Mr. Baca, and Ms. Cieremans gave a detailed overview of the 36 bus purchase.

Extensive discussion ensued regarding the ongoing discussions with the State through multiple meetings, how the buses would be utilized, the timeline of receiving the buses, the areas they would be utilized and housed, the fuling costs associated with the new buses, and options for the same, and the part the State would have in the process, inclusive of costs, training, etc.

Mr. Campanella moved, and Mr. Moody seconded, to Approve Item # 10 APPROVAL OF PURCHASE: School Buses 27118 2019-2020 Capital Outlay and School Bus Replacements as presented. There being no discussion, Mr. Smith called for a roll call vote with the following results: Milo W. Moody - yes; Brandon Campanella - yes; Sonya C’Moya - yes; Frank A. Otero – yes; and Bryan C. Smith - yes. Motion passed.

11. APPROVAL OF ANNOUNCEMENT OF MEETINGS

Mr. Smith announced that this brought them to the announcement of meetings. As allowed by the New Mexico Open Meetings Act and the District’s Open Meetings Resolution, on occasion, a quorum of board members attended the same function, including those held at school sites, at the district level, as well as, sports functions, conferences, workshops, and trainings.

Members agreed to refrain from discussing, and/or acting upon, board issues in those settings. In addition, only official meetings were published, and, if other meetings were scheduled, they would be announced in accordance with the NM Open Meetings Act.

Mr. Smith then announced the following meetings:
• September 17, 2019 Finance Committee Meeting CO Conference Room 8:30 am
• September 17, 2019 Board Work Session CO Board Room 5:30 pm Work Session Regarding Assessment Results (Quorum in Attendance)
• September 24, 2019 Regular Board Meeting CO Board Room 6:00 pm

12. CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Closed Session for Discussion Regarding Disposal / Acquisition of Property Specifically: Discussion Regarding Possible Land Purchase {Pursuant to 10-15-1 H (4) NMSA 1978)

Mr. Smith called for a motion regarding Item #12.

Mr. Otero moved, and Mr. Campanella seconded, to go into Closed Executive Session Discussion Regarding Disposal / Acquisition of Property Specifically: Discussion Regarding Possible Land Purchase {Pursuant to 10-15-1 H (4) NMSA 1978). There being no discussion, Mr. Smith called for a roll call vote with the following results: Milo W. Moody - yes; Brandon Campanella – yes; Sonya C’Moya – yes; Frank A. Otero –yes; and Bryan C. Smith –yes. Motion passed.

CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Board went into Closed Executive Session at 6:50pm.

Mr. Smith called for a motion to go back into Regular Session.

Mr. Moody moved, and Ms. C’Moya seconded, to go back Regular Session. There being no discussion, Mr. Smith called for a roll call vote with the following results: Milo W. Moody - yes; Brandon Campanella – yes; Sonya C’Moya – yes; Frank A. Otero –yes; and Bryan C. Smith –yes. Motion passed.

REGULAR SESSION

The Board went back into Regular Session at 7:15 pm.

Mr. Smith announced that the Board had gone into Closed Executive Session for Discussion Regarding Disposal / Acquisition of Property Specifically: Discussion Regarding Possible Land Purchase {Pursuant to 10-15-1 H (4) NMSA 1978). No other topics were discussed, nor were any decisions made in Closed Executive Session.

13. ACTION AS NEEDED REGARDING CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Smith announced that no action was needed regarding the Closed Executive Session.

14. ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Moody moved, and Mr. Campanella seconded, to adjourn the meeting. There being no discussion, Mr. Smith called for a roll call vote with the following results: Milo W. Moody - yes; Brandon Campanella – yes; Sonya C’Moya – yes; Frank A. Otero –yes; and Bryan C. Smith –yes. Motion passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:16 pm.
Approved this 24th day of September 2019.

Bryan C. Smith, Board President
Brandon Campanella, Board Secretary
ksw
Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2019 Intrado Corporation. All rights reserved.