Preview: January 28, 2016 School Board Study Session

The Board holds a study session at the Ed Center this Thursday, January 28th, beginning at 5:30pm. If you can’t attend, please watch via live stream.

Before we get into the meeting agenda, we want to make sure you’re aware of the upcoming community budget forums – the board wants to hear from you! Please plan to attend a forum:

Monday, Feb. 1

  • 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., Deane Elementary gym (park at Ray Ross Park across the street), District 4
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Pomona High School library, District 1

Saturday, Feb. 6

  • 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Arvada West High School auditorium, District 3

Wednesday, Feb. 10

  • 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., Evergreen Firehouse auditorium, 1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen,
    District 2
  • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Deer Creek Middle School cafeteria, District 5

Now, on to the agenda. First, the board will hear from the Technology and Data Privacy Advisory Committee. Read the committee’s bylaws and learn more about their work here. The committee seeks direction from the board to set its priorities for the rest of this school year and next. We expect the board to ask about the status of the district-wide dashboard, and any impacts to or concerns regarding data privacy.

Next, the District Accountability Committee presents. As of this post, no attachments have been posted so we’re not sure what to expect here, especially given the new make-up of the DAC. We should hear recommendations from the DAC pertaining to the budget and the district Unified Improvement Plan. With the district still processing data from last year’s PARCC and CMAS assessments, and those results unable to align with prior TCAP data, all schools have a new baseline. We hope the board will push district experts to dive deeply into the numbers to identify and address issues as swiftly as possible.

Three charter school contracts are be up for renewal next month: Addenbrooke Classical Academy, New America School, and Compass Montessori-Golden and Wheat Ridge. The board will be briefed on the charter school contract renewal process.

On January 8th, staff informed the board that enrollment in Jeffco’s Virtual Academy for the K-5 program is significantly below projections. Jeffco staff do not recommend continuing the program. However, Two Roads Charter School wants to amend its contract in order to continue offering the program to Jeffco families. Currently, the standard Jeffco Schools Charter contract prohibits charter schools from offering an online program. Expect the board to ask about legal concerns, intellectual property concerns and concerns over any precedent that might be set by modifying the Two Roads contract. We also wonder if Two Roads has enough enrollment interest to justify this shift.

Next up – an update on district-wide facilities to provide direction on the development of a draft Facility Master Plan and urgent facility needs. District staff will review the purpose of a district-wide Facility Master Plan, identify the process of identifying new needs and assessing existing/deferred needs, efficiencies that can be implemented, and the impact of enrollment.

Lastly, the board will receive information on upcoming negotiations with district employee associations (the JCEA – teachers, and CSEA – janitors, bus drivers, secretaries, etc.). Negotiations begin February 6th at the Ed Center and will be public and live streamed. We’re hopeful that the district and its associations can mend fences and work together in the best interest of Jeffco’s students. Jeffco MUST be attracting, hiring and retaining the best and brightest, especially with regard to “hard-to-fill” positions and “hard-to-staff” schools.

The next board meeting will be on February 4th. Please continue to pay attention to what’s going on in our district. Our board wants to hear from you. What are your concerns? What are your priorities? Feel free to email any and all Board members your thoughts, concerns and priorities:

Email all five Board members: board@jeffco.k12.co.us

Email Board President Ron Mitchell (District 5): romitche@jeffco.k12.co.us

Email Board First VP Ali Lasell (District 3): alasell@jeffco.k12.co.us

Email Board 2nd VP Susan Harmon (District 2): suharmon@jeffco.k12.co.us

Email Board Secretary Amanda Stevens (District 4): ajsteven@jeffco.k12.co.us

Email Board Treasurer Brad Rupert (District 1): crupert@jeffco.k12.co.us

–Jeffco Proud!

2 thoughts on “Preview: January 28, 2016 School Board Study Session

  1. Thank you for the update

  2. Please continue being transparent.

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