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Board Update 1/9/2024

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Board Recognition/Presentations

Agenda Item 3.0 

Clearmont – Wellness Warriors – 3.01

Due to weather conditions, this presentation was rescheduled for the next board meeting on January 22, 2024.


Superintendent reports

Agenda Item 5.0 

Early Learning Presentation and Planning – 5.02

The board heard a presentation regarding early learning in CCSD59 from Dr. Elizabeth deGruy, Executive Director of Educational Services, presented alongside Michele Ramsey, principal at the Early Learning Center, and Melissa Ward, Early Childhood Coordinator. 

Topics included types of programming offered, historical trends, recognitions, requirements for eligibility, and planning for the future. You can watch the presentation here and view the slides here.


Action Items

Agenda Item 7.0 

Approval of Intergovernmental Agreement with School District 21 for the Director of Safety Agreement – 7.01

District 59 is partnering with District 21 to employ a Director of Safety that will oversee school safety procedures, the district school resource officer program, and more. This position will split time equally between the two districts. 

The board approved the intergovernmental agreement between Districts 59 and 21 for one year.


Discussion items

Agenda Item 8.0 

2024/2025 Calendar/Holidays – 8.01

The Board continued discussions on the school calendar for the 2024-2025 school year after beginning discussions in December. The board annually votes on official holidays and the final day of school. A potential timeline for preparing and approving the 2024-25 school calendar was also reviewed.

The board also continued the conversation of collecting family feedback via a survey regarding the school calendar for next year. Based on the discussion, the survey will focus on the balanced calendar formerly used by the Ridge Family Center for Learning, and a survey will be shared only with families and staff at Ridge. Survey results will be shared with the board before the next board meeting on Monday, January 22, 2024.

Master Agreement with Nicholas and Associates – 8.02 

In December, the board approved a contract with Wold Architects and Engineers for architectural and engineering services related to the design and construction of Brentwood and other projects. The District entered two separate agreements to be utilized dependent on whether a construction manager will be utilized for certain projects.

Administration will be recommending Nicholas and Associates to be the construction manager for the Brentwood project given their established relationship with the District. The board will vote to approve the recommendation at a future meeting. 

Wold Educational Alignment Study Proposal for Remaining 11 Schools – 8.03

Wold has submitted a proposal per the Board’s request to complete Educational Assessments of the remaining 11 schools in CCSD59. They have previously completed the assessments for the three junior high schools, as well as Brentwood. The process would begin in February 2024 with an anticipated completion and board presentation of the findings in August 2024. The proposed fee structure is $7,000 per school, which includes a full assessment of each building from a teaching and learning perspective. 

From this work, Wold will produce Educational Alignment Assessments to evaluate how adequate each site is to deliver a future-ready instructional curriculum.

The board will vote on the proposal at a future meeting.

 

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