Deputy Superintendent Melissa deVita updated the board on the district’s bond sale, which occurred earlier in the day. $96.7 million was the total amount raised, and out of 10 bidders Wells Fargo had the winning bid. The true interest costs were under 3 percent. The money raised will be spent on new school and construction projects. The board passed the association resolution, 15-18, unanimously.
Melissa deVita and Executive Director of Human Resources Jeff Thomas presented the annual report to the board on student enrollment, demographics, and staffing. The district grew by 530 students this year, 31 students over what was forecasted, bringing the district to a total of 19,716. This was a growth of 2.7 percent, which is in line with the average growth rate of 3 percent in recent years. Certificated staff grew by 10.4 percent. Class sizes remained generally the same, with small decreases in many grade levels and a few outlying increases. Demographic information for students and staff was also presented.
Representatives from Eastside Pathways provided an update on their work with the school district and in the wider community, including an overview of the organization’s mission of supporting students from cradle to career, and of the collective impact model, and partnerships. Eastside Pathways’ collaboratives were discussed and a more detailed overview of the attendance collaborative was presented.
Dr. Mills gave the board another update on Elementary School 18, and highlighted a memorandum of understanding with Microsoft to collaborate on envisioning and building classroom experiences that integrate new approaches to teaching with technology. Several members of Microsoft who will be working with the district were at the meeting and were introduced to the board.
Due to concerns raised at the board meeting regarding the substitute shortage, a report will be compiled and presented to the board outlining the situation and possible next steps to better meet the needs of both staff and students.
Board Meeting Agenda
Due to the fluidity of meeting topics, the start times listed for each item are approximate and could start and/or end before/after the start time.
4:00 ROLL CALL and PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (2 minutes)
4:02 APPROVAL OF AGENDA (1 minute)
4:03 CONSENT AGENDA (2 minutes)
- Adoption of the Minutes of November 3, 2015 Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors
- Inclusion of emailed comments from the Public Comment link on the District website in the current meeting minutes.
4:05 PUBLIC COMMENTS (10 minutes)
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4:15 FINANCIAL SERVICES & OPERATIONS – Melissa deVita (10 minutes)
REPORTS TO THE BOARD
4:25 Student Enrollment/Demographics/Personnel – Melissa deVita & Jeffrey Thomas (25 minutes) – View Presentation
4:50 Eastside Pathways – Stephanie Cherrington (25 minutes) – View Presentation
BREAK (5 minutes)
5:20 OLD BUSINESS / NEW BUSINESS (10 minutes)
- Elementary #18 Update Tim Mills
5:30 BOARD OFFICERS 2015-2016 DISCUSSION (25 minutes)
5:55 BOARD COMMENTS (10 minutes)
6:05 AGENDA PLANNING (5 minutes)
6:10 PLUS/DELTA (5 minutes)