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Unknown Speaker 0:57
Good evening and welcome to St. Vrain. Valley Schools Board of Education Meeting. Please join us in standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Unknown Speaker 1:15
Nation under God, indivisible. It’s wonderful to see a full house this evening, everyone and your smiles welcome. Jim. Could you please call the roll?
Unknown Speaker 1:38
Sure. Mr. Berthold present. Mrs. Brooks Present. Mr. Garcia here. Mrs. Raonic. Excused. Doctor martyr President, Mrs. Raglan here, Miss Siegrist here.
Unknown Speaker 2:03
As the board convenes this evening, I’d like to emphasize that the district’s mission statement is this board and Dr. Hat adds North Star, we make all decisions within the context of educating each student in a safe learning environment so that they may develop to their highest potential and become contributing citizens. We do not take that mission lightly. Our focus is on each and every student having access to the very best opportunities, and an environment that is inclusive of every child. If you could take a moment, please and just make sure that your cell phone is just quiet so that we’re not interrupted. And a reminder that this meeting is being streamed, and you can access the contents on or the meeting itself on the district website beginning tomorrow morning. Before we go any further on the agenda, I would like to welcome one of our special guests this evening. We have excuse me, Mary Ellen Cody with us. And Mary Ellen, you are a student at nyuad High School who was super serving on our Student Advisory Committee. I want to thank you for serving on that committee. It’s a very important role and provides guidance for over a decade now, actually, to Dr. Hat AD, the district as well as the Board of Education on important issues across the district. So if you are willing, we would love to learn a little bit more about you, Mary Ellen,
Unknown Speaker 3:38
thank you so much. It’s an honor to be here. I’m really excited to kind of share the student perspective and learn a lot more about kind of what goes on behind the scenes and with all the head honchos. So thank you so much for having me.
Unknown Speaker 3:51
The head honchos Hmm. So, Mary Ellen, at any point during the meeting, if you have a question or you have a comment you’d like to contribute, please know that you’re welcome. We would love to hear your perspective. All right. Okay, we don’t have any visitors this evening. And with the board support, I would like to move agenda item 6.1, which is the nyuad High School Student Advisory Council feeder report up to the next item on the agenda. We do this at our board meetings regularly because we do want to create an opportunity for the students to do their presentations, and then get home to do their homework. Very important. So if the board is good with that, then Christopher, I’ll ask you to go ahead and introduce agenda item 6.1.
Unknown Speaker 4:41
Thank you board. want to begin by thanking you for this time. The time for the Nightwatch funerary just to present themselves and talk about all the wonderful activities and programs that are available for our students. I want to begin by acknowledging our principals who are here today’s principals You’re already standing which is wonderful. So as I call your name if you could just acknowledge a bit appreciate it. The principal Burlington elementary Miss Jennifer Webster, principal of Indian Peaks elementary Kathy Jo Walder, principal of nyuad. Elementary, Nancy Pitts, principal sunset Middle School, Anthony Barela and the principal of nyuad High School, Eric rush, Cobb. At this time, we’ll turn over to Mr. Eric Raskob.
Unknown Speaker 5:32
Unknown Speaker 5:34
Good evening. Thank you for having us tonight. Thank you, Mr. Chu. Appreciate that. We really look forward to having our students present a lot of the great things that are going on in the nyuad feeder system. So with no further ado, I would like to introduce a senior from our high school His name is Ethan feet. Come on up.
Unknown Speaker 5:54
Hello, my name is Ethan roskov. I’m a senior now on high school. And I’m opening up this presentation. The novel Theater System is an incredible place that fosters truly incredible talent. Countless nyuad alumni have gone on to do fantastic things in the past three years alone are rife with examples of outstanding achievements. For example, last year, Scott Mercer who graduated from nyuad in 2004, rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the IPO for the company that he founded voltage charging. Voltage charging is an electric vehicle infrastructure company that has installed over 2000 electric vehicle charging stations all around the United States, two of which are located at nyuad High School and I would Elementary, at least Craney, who graduated 2014 participated in the 5000 meter finals at the Tokyo Olympics. And in 2020. Now a high school graduate Emily Harrington became the fourth woman to ever free climb El Capitan. And the fourth was a first woman to free climb The Golden Gate route of El Capitan, and under 24 hours, these are incredible stories that those in the nyuad feeder system take great pride in. But these are just three stories. And there are a lot more than three people who have done amazing things because of this system. We have graduates who’ve gone on to study at Yale and Princeton, and Stanford just about every college you can think of. We have nyuad students who have attended. But we also have graduates that have gone on to become incredibly successful by trade school, joining the military, there are so many paths to success. And while none of them are easy, the nyuad feeder system is proof that students are ready and willing to meet that challenge. There are nyuad graduates that are business owners, professional athletes, skilled workers, military personnel, the list is endless. And every single one of those people has a story to tell. And every single one of those stories includes a journey through at least one exemplary school and in that feeder system. I could talk about the amazing people that have gone through the nyuad feeder system for hours. And well I’m sure that would be fun. When asking the question, what’s your story? It seems that some of the most impactful stories come from those who have yet to write their greatest chapters. There are countless students in our feeder system who are on a trajectory to break boundaries, we didn’t know we needed broken to solve problems. We never knew how to solve and change the world in ways we once thought were impossible. And when you ask these future leaders, these future problem solvers, future world changers, what their story is, they’re going to point back to the amazing schools, teachers and peers that gave them the tools to succeed. And they’re going to inspire the stories of countless more students who right now are looking towards a future that holds countless opportunities. There are stories everywhere, waiting to be told, waiting to be shared, and all you have to do is ask. That’s why I’m incredibly excited to be here tonight. So that I can listen along with everybody else in this room, to the amazing answers that these students have to the question. What’s your story? And now I’m proud to introduce you and he can Nagpal head captains, the debate team and your emcee for tonight.
Unknown Speaker 8:42
Thank you, Ethan. Good evening, everyone. My name is Erica nog Paul and I’m a junior at nyuad High School. It is my pleasure to be introducing all of the students that are here representing our feeder tonight. from Burlington Elementary, we have Sophia from Indian Peaks elementary we have Allison from nyuad Elementary we have Reese from sunset Middle School. We have Jose from nyuad High School We have Mary Ellen from nyuad High School we have Audrey and from nyuad High School we have Diego. So first up I’d like to invite Sophia to Bona who was in fourth grade at Burlington Elementary and Joining her is her principal, Jennifer Webster. One fun fact about Sophia is that her favorite animal is a duck. There you go.
Unknown Speaker 9:28
Hi, my name is Sophia Bona and I am a fourth grader at Burlington Elementary. I started at Burlington in first grade. After attending Primrose for preschool and kindergarten. I have lived in Longmont for my entire life. I used to live near Burlington, but now I live 10 minutes away. My parents and I didn’t even think twice about changing schools when we moved because Burlington is awesome. Outside of school I do bouldering at the law mankind collective. I also like to swim and take walks at Golden ponds. I enjoy I’m looking at the different species of birds and fish that I hope to learn how to fish someday soon. Each night I read aloud with my parents. at my mom’s house we are reading Princess Academy, palace of stone. And on my dad’s house, we are reading The Phantom Tollbooth. I love reading graphic novels, biographies, chapter books, everything. I’ve loved reading since I was young, but Burlington has inspired me to branch out in the reading world. Speaking of how amazing Burlington is, the teachers and staff are so kind and caring. My first grade teacher, Miss Parenti was amazing. Every Friday, she would choose a student of the week. During lunch that day, the student would get choose to friends and watch a show where they eat lunch and eat homemade brownies. In my fourth grade class, if you get all your work done, you get to participate in hog wild. Hog Wild is an extra minute is a 30 extra minute choice time from 230. To the end of the day, hog wild encourages kids to be responsible and accountable for pleading their schoolwork. My experience at Burlington has inspired me when I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian, and I still do. But now I want to be an educator more. The teachers have been so nice to me. And I love the idea of working with kids so much that a teacher seems like the right job. They have some pretty awesome ideas. Like my fourth grade instructor Mr. Huey. In his class, we have class jobs like countertop sanitizer, floor inspector, meteorologist and complimentary captain. I think that student of the week is a fun addition to any classroom. at Burlington Elementary, we have so many fun clubs and programs like robotics club windenergy stem Student Council, accelerated math, a musical and young engineers. One point of pride for Burlington as our new geo desert growing up. We are gearing up for this year’s planting season. And we are so excited to be part of the same rain farm to table sub grant. We will be partnering with others students, schools and students from C T C’s agriscience program to build our cafeteria program. Another thing that makes Burlington special is our multi generation community. We have many students that parents, cousins or even grandparents that attended our school. Many families open enroll at our school to keep the tradition going. I totally understand why. I love Burlington sometimes. I wish that it went through 12th grade so I could stay there forever. Every day is a great day to be a trailblazer.
Unknown Speaker 12:53
Thank you so much Sophia. Up next from Indian Peaks elementary we have Allison Soto Ramirez who was in fifth grade. And Joining her is principal Kathy Jo Wilder. One fun fact about Alison is that she is bilingual. Here we go.
Unknown Speaker 13:12
Hello, my name is Alison Soto and I have attended any of geeks since I was in preschool and didn’t because it’s a great school. It’s a poster students in their community. My teachers taught me learn English and supported me with my first language Spanish. It means a lot to me that I speak both languages because I could communicate with my family at home, and my friends at school. I can also help other students at my school when they only know Spanish. This year. This year, we had a new student in our class, and she only knew Spanish. So I helped her out because I know what it’s like to only know one language. And Jim peaks is a STEM school. And they teach our students that took about connecting our learning to science, technology, engineering and math. We have different challenges and projects that we work on. On club I’m proud to be a part of is a robotics club for Robotics has taught me how to work with others to build a robot and how to record our building in our engineering notebook. My team members and I speak English and Spanish so we’re able to communicate in both languages about robotics, which is really cool. We qualified for the state robotics tournament this year too, and I’m excited to attend. I appreciate how Indian peak supports where students are in their learning. My teachers noticed that I was scoring high in math like some other students. So now all of us are in accelerated math class. We are moving quickly through fifth grade stuff and now we’re learning sixth grade math. Other teachers help students become stronger in reading math, writing and stem. I am happy that I have attended Indian Peaks and I I think they have prepared me for middle school. I will miss all the teachers though.
Unknown Speaker 15:13
All right, thank you so much Alison. Up next from nyuad Elementary we have Reese macchia, who’s in fifth grade and Joining her is principal Nancy Pitts. One fun fact about Reese is that she has traveled out of the country more than once
Unknown Speaker 15:31
Hi, my name is Rhys Mackin, I’m representing nyrop Elementary School. There are many things we are proud of at night Elementary, but the two points of pride we’d like to highlight are how we extend and enrich the school day and how we give back to others. Now I want students can extend the day with 100 mile running club student council Mombasa club choir robotics in triple A tutoring, or shirt blank tutoring program has 39k through five students that work on math and literacy for an hour and a half three days a week after school. We also have a fifth grade math accelerated class for 29 students are participating in the sixth grade math curriculum. We are very proud of how we work hard to give back to the community. Our student councils successfully ran the canned food drive were 6281 cans were collected. This was our largest and most successful canned food drive in the history of nyuad Elementary School. We also did a gift card drive for the Boulder County via fire victims were over $7,000 and gift cards were donated. Finally, our partnership with Mombasa sister school is as strong as ever. We are on our 14th year of partnering them in it is the largest club ever with 102k through five students participating this year. I’m so glad my family opened enrolled at night Elementary, attending nyuad from preschool through fifth grade has been the best elementary experience a kid could ever have. From day one our family stood out has always felt very welcomed by this nyuad students, families and staff. I’ve grown so much as a student and person from being at NIH won this year. My teacher Miss Wagner really helped me work on my confidence in my family and I have really noticed it. This year. I’m in 100 mile club. Mombasa Club’s accelerated sixth grade math class and I am a member of Student Council. I was also elected mayor for young the mayor of town. One of the really fun fifth grade field trips now isn’t just a great school for students like me. My sister is in second grade and she has an IEP so she needs a lot of extra help. School can be hard for her but Kendall loves nigh on elementary so much. And she Oh she’s always excited to go to school. She had recently won an award at school for the character trait of perseverance. It was so awesome. She was so happy and I was so proud of her. I want to thank all the amazing teachers and staff for making me and all of nyuad students be our best selves. And I want to thank my teacher for coming out tonight. Although I’m really sad to leave nyuad I feel ready and prepared. I’m I feel really well prepared for middle school, and I’m excited to see what my future holds. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 18:18
Thank you Reese. I’d now like to introduce Jose Fuentes Valdez who is an eighth grader at sunset Middle School. And with him tonight we have principal Anthony Barela and community liaison Zuleika Soto. One fact about Jose is that he is bilingual and loves helping those who need assistance with English.
Unknown Speaker 18:38
Good evening. Good evening. My name is also fun towboatus and I’m an escrow officer at sunset Middle School. First of all, thank you all for being here. When we have sunset Middle School, we are very proud of our IB visit as it went really well. We’re also very proud of the numbers. The number of students participate in activities is the highest we have seen in four years. Now here’s my story. I start my journey from those and Omar El Salvador into in 2016. Because gang members were wanting my family and they were afraid of them. So Amanda said to come to us to have a better life only with this. The trip was hard because the friendship full is we’re shooting to see if the people would go back or if they were going to the team. We cross rivers series and mountains to get to this point. The trip became harder and harder because we lost money on food. The first day that I move I missed everything I left behind my family, friends and places. I missed the school I was studying and the teachers. I miss fishing in the river every day and the climate is 32 or 40 degrees, which is Celsius which is 80 to 100 a mug. So the weather is very different. My motivation to learn everything I can was my family because they can’t speak or write in English. They motivate me to be a good person and be kind with others. When I first came to America, the systems were hard to say pronounced read or write. But so to speak it without feeling embarrassed of what people say. I stopped practicing in Puerto Rico became easier and easier and easier to speak, read or write. I started to speak English more fluently and got better at pronouncing the words since it has helped me to learn English and support me through this difficult transition. As you can see, verbal language was very important to who I am as a person. I am very proud to be bilingual because I can help my family by medicine all the things I can meet new people we could anything I can meet new people. And I can have more opportunities to find better jobs in the future. A sunset we celebrate diversity and every student is exposed to English, French and Spanish. Sensory students have an opportunity to learn another language and English may you have a connoisseur mass persona CK classic persona soon Michiana soprano couture ECAM influencia hotelschool Coronavirus, yonder personas Colima Xena do
Unknown Speaker 21:10
translating that last part of it, English has helped me to meet more people and to determine what type of people they are. My vision is to learn the culture and identify how this culture influences other cultures and to create a generation of people who speak more than one language.
Unknown Speaker 21:35
Thank you, Jose and Mr. Leka. Now I’d like to invite Mary Ellen Cody who is a senior at nyuad High School and principal Eric rush called Mary Ellen is was an all state choir attendee and after high school she plans to major in international relations and pursue diplomacy.
Unknown Speaker 21:54
Thank you, Nika. My name is Mary Ellen Cody, and I’m a senior IB Diploma Program candidate at Iowa high school. The foundation of nyuad High School is our academics, we attract students across the region and from diverse walks of life. This year’s freshman class alone is composed of students from 46 different middle schools. Now at high school challenges its students with rigorous courses providing them with the skills necessary to be successful after graduation. 70% of our upperclassmen students are enrolled in at least one but often more AP or IB course, we are proud to announce the 100% passage rate of the 2021 IBDP class the first time in nyuad history. We are also proud to be the first GreenStar School of Boulder County in 2022. This signifies the implementation of composting within the school and a revamped recycling program. Ethan highlighted two of our athletic alumni and the success has continued at our school just since 2014. Now it has won 15 Team state championships in 79 individual state championships. Most recently we are proud of our girls cross country team for winning state and national titles. After outlining some of the outstanding things happening in nyuad, I would like to share a little more of my story. I attended Thunder Valley for middle school and I currently live in Johnstown. Commuting an hour to school each day is not the easy choice and leaving my friends in eighth grade was not the easy choice. Choosing now at high school was the right choice and it remains to be the correct choice for me today. Now at high school has provided me with amazing opportunities in my four years at nyuad. I’ve performed with four different choirs to musical casts in both the marching and Symphonic Band. I’ve been able to serve my peers and community through the choir Leadership Team National Honor Society and Mombasa club. I represented my school on the volleyball court and the track. I look forward to studying international relations in the fall and I feel well equipped to face any challenge posed inside and outside of my academic pursuits. I would like to thank nyuad high school than our community and especially Mr. Rush Cobb for helping me write the last few chapters of my story.
Unknown Speaker 24:00
Thank you, Mary Ellen. And last but not least, I’d like to introduce Audrey Asbury, who’s a junior at nyuad High School. She’s a Colorado State Thespian officer and proudly advocates for all the students involved in theatrical arts across the street. Here you go, Audrey.
Unknown Speaker 24:14
Thank you. Hi, my name is Audrey Asbury, and I am an IB Diploma candidate. I want high school. Distinguished board members. Thank you so much for your continued time and dedication for the wonderful students, educators, administrators, and staff of the St. Vrain Valley School District. I would first like to give a big thank you to my fellow classmate, Diego Castro, who is also a junior at night high for creating this wonderful slideshow presentation that has been going on throughout this whole presentation. As a student who has grown up through the night feeder system, attending both sunset middle school and high I can confidently say that the knowledge theater system has shaped me into the person that I am today. From extensive leadership opportunities to rigorous education experience. I am so grateful and proud to be a student at my high school. We’ve heard from several amazing students this evening. And it’s obvious that in an outfitter, we really value academics. But we also really value the shaping of the whole person. We’ve heard this success stories of our distinguished alumni. And we’ve heard of the developing stories of the current students in our theater, and to the future students of Burlington Elementary. And Dean peaks Elementary, now Elementary, sunset, middle school, and high school, we ask, what will be your story? Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 25:47
That was wonderful. Karen.
Unknown Speaker 25:52
I love stories.
Unknown Speaker 25:53
Was that the last one?
Unknown Speaker 25:56
Okay, well, thank you so much for sharing. I mean, those are amazing stories, and they just represent the amazing champions in this feeder. So it’s, it was personal, and they were all so well done. And, and it, it’s just obvious you have so many people around you, that care for you, and are helping you grow through through your years of education. So I have a couple of questions. Do you have any parents with you tonight? Parents, would you mind standing up? I know you’re all so proud of of your students. And we’re so proud of them to graduation day and now at high school is probably one of my favorite days of the year. It’s just such an amazing celebration and everything that we do everything that you do culminates on that day. And so thank you, thank you for the younger ones in advance of for that day. And for giving us that day. It’s truly a gift to the seniors. So Ethan, Mary Ellen, just two seniors, right? Can you share your plans with us for next year?
Unknown Speaker 27:27
So I’m just still deciding on the college. But I’m really excited to study international relations. And then big picture, I would love to work for the UN and kind of help bridge countries. Awesome.
Unknown Speaker 27:42
Yeah, she’s looking at the big picture. I’m not. I’ve always had a passion for making people smile. That’s why I do theater. That’s why I write poetry. I just love to do that. And my goal is to go into video game design with a minor in some sort of creative writing. So that hopefully I can write the stories for video games to help people escape and just enjoy their time for a little bit. Yeah.
Unknown Speaker 28:12
No more seniors. Okay. Jose, suicide. Yes, incredibly. He necesito Euro con me Espanol. Tambien of llamas. And just thank you so much to all of the administers. I know there you have forces of amazing teachers. All all in those schools, doing amazing work. And thank you so much for being here today and sharing.
Unknown Speaker 28:41
Thank you, Karen Chico.
Unknown Speaker 28:45
Mentioned Diego put together the presentation. Are you Diego. Alright. I just wanted to recognize you as well. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 29:00
Thank you very much. Me OSHA.
Unknown Speaker 29:02
I just wanted to add, this is an amazing group of students like, I am so excited all of the things you’ve done, the championships, the work, the hard work, I mean, knowing what you want. I know as I recall, being in high school and knowing when I wanted to go out and to to Mary’s Point, looking at the big picture when I wanted to go I just knew I wanted to be an engineer. I didn’t know what that meant. But I know this what I wanted to do for my life and my son wants to eat and my son wants to be a game designer. I’m like, what do you do with that? But now I know. So maybe he should talk to you. But that’s amazing. Just to know that you have things that you you love you have a passion for and you know what you want to do? I’m so proud of you all.
Unknown Speaker 29:47
Thank you, Misha, do want to echo Karen’s sentiments and words in thanking all of the building leaders and please take back to your buildings the board’s appreciation to everyone at your school who contributes to all these ones. For students education, and also just one brief comment, you all, I agree with you, Ethan, there are many different paths to success. And I don’t believe there is a right or wrong path. I believe it is about finding the path that best fits you. And so as you’re writing your story, our goal up here is to ensure that Saint reign creates the opportunities for you to craft your own individual story. And asking what somebody’s story is, I believe that is the equivalent of asking who they are. And when you focus on who somebody is, I believe that absolutely, bridges divides and it changes conversations. And I’m convinced it certainly creates a bright and hopeful future. So best of luck to all of you parents, you should be incredibly proud. I’m sure you are but just a reminder. Yeah, thank you everyone Yes. You ready
Unknown Speaker 31:57
all right. Big smiles on 31234 not very nice. Thanks everybody.
Unknown Speaker 32:34
Thank you so much. A nurse,
Unknown Speaker 32:56
thanks for all your help.
Unknown Speaker 33:19
Right, that was certainly a wonderful way to begin our board meeting. We’re now at Agenda Item four, which is audience participation. And I just want to make sure that every audience member who is here to speak this evening has been able to sign up to do so. Is that correct? If you have not signed up, but you would like to speak if you could please raise your hands all right. Are you raising your hand? Call my name? Well, we have sign up sheets here. So if you would like to sign up that’s we would welcome your input. Okay, that would be great. And are you saying speaking on a non agenda item or an agenda item? non agenda item? Great. Thank you very much stick
Unknown Speaker 34:25
okay, you’re all set. Great. Okay. Thank you very much. Nothing. All right. The Board of Education values community perspective, perspectives and feedback from our parents, teachers, staff, and community. During board of education meetings, the board will hear up to 30 minutes of public comment on non agenda items and 30 minutes of public comment on agenda specific items to allow for the greatest number of community members to participate. Each person will be limited to three minutes of public comment at the end. have three minutes, I will thank you for speaking and invite the next speaker to the podium or move on to the next agenda item. If you are speaking to a non agenda item this evening, please limit your comments to matters of public concern about the district. If you have a concern about a specific individual or personnel matter, please reach out directly to a board member, Dr. Hat ad, or the HR department and we will assist you with next steps. It has been the long standing practice of the board to not address or respond during the public comment section of the agenda. But please know that we are listening and greatly appreciate and value the perspectives of our community.
Unknown Speaker 35:50
Our first speaker this evening is Charlie Cropley. All right, then I believe you must be Tim. All right. Hi, Tim. Tim Dillard. Did I say that properly? correctly? I should say a few people get it on their first. All right. I have one a very few then Tim. Then Tim. What we’ll ask you to do is state your name and your address. And then go ahead and begin the public comments, your public comment and we’ll start timing it after you state your name and address and welcome. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 36:28
Thank you. My name is Tim ward. I live at 1544 Lashley Street. Great. So thanks everyone for your time and attention. Tonight I am here speaking both as a resident of Longmont and I am representing growing gardens my employer. I’m here to speak in support of the healthy food initiatives that the El Paso group is advocating for in the school cafeterias. In my work for growing gardens. I manage our seed and seedling donation program here in Longmont and I manage the food project farm at ninth and Lashley This farm is a joint partnership between growing gardens and the YMCA of Northern Colorado. green gardens supports the El Paso group’s healthy food initiatives as it will directly improve access to healthy nutritious food for so many children who need it. green gardens focuses on increasing equitable access to nutritious foods and on raising food literate youth who value healthy eating and who are well equipped to prepare and eat fresh vegetables. Last year, we donated 100% of the 14,000 pounds of vegetables we grew at the farm in Longmont to residents who also live in Longmont who were in need. Unfortunately, food insecurity and hunger is experienced regularly here in Longmont by family whose children attend school in SBST. Food Insecurity is when individuals do not have regular and reliable access to any food, or do not have regular and reliable access to healthy nourishing food. We know that disparities in food access across the country impact children and people of color at significantly higher rates. Regardless of a person’s background or finances, it is a human right to have access to nutritious foods that support human health. Prior to my work at the farm here in Longmont, I also spent seven years working at a local and national level with school gardens and food services and over 15 school districts across the country. During that time, I came to better understand and appreciate both the range of quality of food that we provide for our youth while they’re in school. And the impacts of the various levels of investment we choose to make in the school cafeteria has on the morale culture, health and well being of both the students who eat the food and the cafeteria workers who prepare the food. So I’m dreading this meeting today to tell you that the healthy food initiatives that El Paso is advocating for are important for the health and well being of our next generation. They are they are possible to achieve their impactful if you do and they will make a difference everyday in the lives of Longmont residents and other residents who attend SPVs D schools. So I hope you join me in supporting the investments that El Paso is advocating for. Thank you for your time and attention to this topic.
Unknown Speaker 39:22
Thank you, Tim. Appreciate you being here and sharing your thoughts. And our next speaker this evening is Concepcion Cruz. Hello Concepcion welcome. And if you can just give us a quick second to put on our headsets that would be great thank you
Unknown Speaker 39:41
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Unknown Speaker 39:52
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Unknown Speaker 39:54
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Unknown Speaker 42:34
Thank you very much Concepcion. Our next speaker this evening is the Rosa Rubio. Hello Rosa. It’s nice to meet you.
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Unknown Speaker 45:37
Thank you, Rosa. I think all of our community members who spoke this evening, thank you for being here. And thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Do you want to go back and just visit did Mr. Cropley arrive while we were doing public comments? Alright, that will conclude our audience participation for the meeting. Again, thank you to everyone. We do have Todd one new hire this evening to introduce and it’s my pleasure to invite Todd to the podium to introduce Josh Griffin.
Unknown Speaker 46:20
Thank you. Good evening, Madam President, members of the board. It’s my pleasure to introduce to you the new principal at Erie High School, Josh Griffin. We had a nice long select process for every high school and many find candidates and just did an excellent job and rose to the top. Mr. Josh Griffin graduated with a bachelor’s in finance from Santa Clara University. He continued his education and received a teacher’s license in secondary education focusing on Social Studies from the University of Denver in May 2001. He graduated with a master’s in administrative leadership and policy studies with a principals license for the University of Colorado Denver. I know Greg, you perked up when you heard the finance degree? Mr. Josh Griffin has been serving and Jeffco schools since 2006. His roles within Jeffco include teacher coach and assistant principal. Since 2017, he has been serving as the principal at the Avalon Junior Senior High School. And while serving as principal de Havilland received recognition as being a National Blue Ribbon School in 2020. And has also been recognized in US News and World Report as the number one public high school in Colorado. So I’d like to introduce Mr. Josh Griffin.
Unknown Speaker 47:38
And thank you, Todd, I appreciate the introduction. And it’s been great to join you guys for the last 45 minutes. I want to thank the board for this opportunity to speak with you directly. And I’m honored to be considered have been considered and offered the position to serve as the principal of Erie High School. I want to thank Dr. Dad, who I understand is not able to be here with us tonight. And Dr. Capetian. We had a great conversation in the interview process a few weeks ago. And it really, really was honored to have that time with them. And to learn more about this great school district. I want to thank Brian Krause and the Erie High School hiring committee who I thought did an incredible job, very thorough process that I went through to get to where we are today. So I’m really honored to be here. And I want to thank Christopher Chu as well, has been an important mentor for me in my life dating back to my years in high school. I’ve been incredibly impressed by what I’ve learned about St. Vrain Valley School District and my time researching the school and school district. As well as participating in the interview process and getting to know more people it really is an honor to be a part of this in the future a great this great institution in this great school district. Your mission and vision speak to me very clearly. And I really admire the organizational clarity that I can sense already as very much an outsider to this community. I’ve really, really enjoyed learning more. And I’m excited for that opportunity. And finally, I want to say I just can’t believe the welcoming environment you all have created here is incredible. I’ve heard from people from theater schools from Erie from the district and other schools, from district leaders in various positions to welcome me and offer to support me and from someone who’s only worked in one school community. Throughout my career. This has been a bit of a journey. It was a hard decision for me. But every every moment and every day, it seems like I get a new new positive outreach that really is encouraging and uplifting for me as I look forward to this great challenge. And finally, thank you again for the opportunity. And I can’t wait to get started here in July. So I’d be happy to answer any questions. I don’t know if that’s part of the deal, but I’m honored to be here. So thank you.
Unknown Speaker 49:35
Josh. Congratulations. Welcome to St brain and it was a pleasure to meet you this evening. Thank you you too. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 49:42
Appreciate it. Have a good night
Unknown Speaker 49:50
Todd, thank you. Alright, agenda item five this evening is the Superintendent’s report and Dr. Haddad is not here due to prior commitments, he and I did have a conversation I’m going to pass on a little bit of information with you, to you from him, no doubt he would be more effective at delivering this if he were he were here. He did want me to mention that upper Creek robotics won the state competition and did qualify for the world’s middle school robotics. The soaring heights is going to be hosting that state championships for robotics. And that’ll be happening. I believe, this weekend. If I’m inaccurate in that somebody please correct me. Obviously, everybody probably saw the news and saw that wrestling. The state tournament was last weekend and St. Vrain. did very well in boys and girls wrestling. Chico, this is your wheelhouse basketball playoffs have begun. And that is a mix of girls and boys teams. And from my reading in the paper this week, I recall off the top of my head Longmont, Meade, Frederick Silver Creek, Erie. And did I forget anybody? All right, so that’ll be fun. We’ll wish them all the best of luck. And Frederick one last night. Is that correct? The girls said, yeah, the COVID metrics continue to decline. And I think that is it, everything on the list. So we’ll look forward to having Dr. Haddad back for our next meeting. And he’ll give us a little bit more, more detail. Agenda Item six is our reports. We already covered 6.1, which is the nyuad high school student advisory fee to report. And so we will jump right to 6.2 which is the wellness culture and safety inventory updates. And so I believe we have Johnny, Patrick and Olga here this evening, welcome.
Unknown Speaker 52:01
Please take your time. No worries. You know, Johnny, maybe while Patrick is is getting hooked up, the technology hooked up there. I’ll just set the stage a little bit for the presentation unless you’re ready. And then all right, look at that. All I had to do was fill about two seconds.
Unknown Speaker 52:29
All right. So Madam President, thank you for the opportunity to present tonight. And so as a matter of record, I am Johnny Terrell, I am the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services proudly serve here at the St. Vrain Valley School District. Believe it or not, this is my fourth year can’t believe that time goes by pretty quickly when you’re having fun, right. And, and so my charge, at least with our as we start here is to introduce members of our team here. And as you stated earlier, this is a report and the presentation, the intent is not necessarily to solve any problems, or any issues related to the inventory. But we also, you know, welcome any questions in the comments associated with the data. But it is our wellness culture, and safety inventory. I typically administer this each year last year, we did not administer it due to the pandemic. And so what you’re going to see, I’m going to orient you to that here a little bit as Patrick gets our first slide up here is what you’re going to see is a lot of graphs, you can also see a lot of numbers, a lot of data. We’re going to try to get through that as quickly as we possibly can, but also as effectively as we possibly can. And we want to it’s a presentation, but we also invite you to ask any questions as we go along. And also, what you’re going to see is what we believe is some positive trends. And then also some opportunities also for for growth in areas that will be highlighted in the inventory as well. And so given your a little bit background about the inventory, it is an inventory that’s administered to our students in grades nine through 12. The intended purpose is to provide us ongoing feedback. And our sole purpose intent is to maintain positive school cultures. You’ve heard me say this before strong schools equals strong students equals strong communities. And so the intent is not for it to just be stagnant and just to be numbers but us for us as a, as an organization to be able to respond to that data and much of our presentation, especially towards the middle and towards the end. It’s going to give you a brief summary of how we’ve responded to that data over the last six or seven years. So with no further ado, I’m going to turn it over to Patrick, who’s going to share some information about the reliability and validity of what you’re going to be saying here.
Unknown Speaker 55:13
Thank you, Johnny, President synchronous members of the board, thank you for the opportunity to share this data with you. So this is the fifth year that we’ve we’ve offered the wellness culture and safety inventory across the district. We did not offer it in 2020 due to the pandemic. So when you see the graphs, you’ll notice there is no data for that year, but we’ll see it for the other years. This year, we administered the inventory in October, we had, we have it all of our high schools. Inventory included 73 questions across 12 areas. There were over 7000 students at the high school level that responded, that’s about a 70% response rate. And that’s consistent with what we have had. For the overall average over the last five years, though it is down a little bit from our 2019 generation. With that high number of student responses, we’re very confident in the accuracy of this data. And there’s also a strong comparability, you’re competitive comparability with the the demographics within the district. For a specific example, on our October count, we showed at the high school level, there were 37% of our students who were minority students. And on the inventory itself, 39 39% of our students self reported as minorities, so we have a strong correlation there. As students took this, we ensured them that the data the the participation, the inventory was confidential, anonymous and voluntary. And of course, much has changed since we gave them a tour in 2019. And it’s through that lens, the lens of the pandemic that we’d like you to view the data that we share. The first area we’ll look at this is one of the 12 areas is the area of health and wellness, you’ll see a very consistent response rate from students. And what you’re seeing here are positive responses to the questions that were asked on the inventory. So favorable responses, we’re looking for these numbers to be as high as possible. Some specific questions within the health and wellness category include the ones that you see on the screen right now. Most of those are in the upper echelon of scores, the one that got our attention, one that dropped down a little bit this year, was that only 32% of our students claimed to eat breakfast daily, that’s down three percentage points from the last time we gave it. However, when asked do you eat breakfast some days of the week, that number goes up to 80% across the district. Next major error you want to look at is personal safety. Again, we see consistency in the trends over the course of the years that we’ve given this inventory. Some specific questions within that category include 97% of the students claim that they have not been in a physical fight in the last 12 months, and 90% state that they have not felt threatened or harassed or hurt on school property. Next is the area of home and community. And for the first time that in the years we’ve given this we do see a change the positive change in the students responses. Some of the questions in the home and community area are that 91% of the students feel they have someone to speak with at home a lot of serious problem. That’s up 2% from the prior year. Similarly of 2% was the quiet was a 96% of respondents who said they feel safe in their community or in their neighborhood. We also have a lot of consistency in this district with 79% of the students saying they’ve not moved in the last 12 months.
Unknown Speaker 58:54
I think one piece too to highlight is the inventory is our model closely after the Healthy Kids Colorado survey and the National YRBS survey as well. And so many of the questions are very similar to that. What we like about the survey that we administer, is that we have a little bit more latitude and ability to fashion questions that are specific to our school district. And we get the results back in real time. And so makes us a little bit more nimble to be able to address trends in real time. And we’ll talk about that a little bit later, as we speak about the next steps and what we actually do with the data. And so as it relates to healthy B behaviors related to alcohol specifically again, you’ll see a positive trend of 88% from 2015 to 2021. Another positive trend as relates to tobacco and tobacco use. Again, the positive trends indicate the number of students who say they don’t participate In those things, okay. And then healthy Billy behaviors related to marijuana use another positive trend heading in the right direction 90% health behaviors related to other drugs, positive trend 97% of our, our students are making decisions, or at least they’ve indicated they’re making decisions by way of this inventory that I think we would all be pleased with that they’re not participating in these things. And specifically, 98% of students have not driven a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. That’s one percentage increase 88% Have not consumed alcohol in the past 30 days, that’s up 6% 95% have not ever smoked a cigarette, that’s up 2% And then 94% have not used an e cigarette in the last 30 days. And as it relates to school safety, you see that that trend has been relatively flat over a period of time. And what that specifically means this, and let me hold up just for a second here, these are not all the questions that are associated with each one of these categories, just the ones that we really want to spell out. Okay, so 98% have not threaten, harass or hurt another student or school property. That’s a positive increase of 1% 96% have not bullied other students on school property in the last 12 months or 1% increase. 83% have not experienced cyber bullying in the past 12 months, that’s relatively static and 88% feel safe at school, up 3% school culture at 81% trend is pretty static over a period of time since 2015 some specific points that we want to highlight 97% feel that graduating from high school is important to them relatively static 94% Have goals plans, hopes for their future that’s down one percentage point 94% have lots of opportunities to be involved relatively static. 88% like their school, it’s up 1% and 90% believe adults in their in their school respect and care about them. That’s up three percentage points. And again, just thinking about the context have been in the midst of a pandemic for the last two and a half, half school years here. school culture 65% participate in school related group activities that’s down 4% 69% Feel students treat each other with respect that’s up 4% and 75% feel safe to express who they are at school that’s down 1% percentage point 81% feel like they are a part of their school and relatively static school behaviors related to bullying. Again, a positive trend 85% Okay. Specifically 76% have never been bullied on school grounds that’s up 5%. Again, maybe numbers may be impacted by pandemic and the you know, the ability to be in school over the last year, year and a half or so. 84% have not been bullied in the past 12 months up 6% 96% have not participated in bullying in the past 12 months up 1% and 83% have not experienced cyber bullying, cyber bullying in the past 12 months Excuse me.
Unknown Speaker 1:03:54
Mental Health. Okay, so we see a relative decline in this space, down three percentage points from 2019 to 2021. Specifically, what does that mean? 66% have healthy ways to manage stress that’s down one percentage point 40 42% are comfortable talking about feelings with other people that’s down seven percentage 41% experienced sadness or hopelessness for extended periods of time. That’s up 3% And then 13% have contemplated suicide that’s relatively static, I’m going to turn it over to is Olga Cordero who’s going to maybe give us a little insight to some of that as well.
Unknown Speaker 1:04:44
So as you all know, I have been a counselor in this district for over 20 years and so we definitely take this this category all of it, but this category to that extra level of thought. What we have noticed is that within the the within the pandemic, we have been To maintain at the 13%, we would say that 13% is 13%. Too many, right? So having said that, we should be known, we should note that statewide, the average for those contemplating suicide across according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey was at 18.8%. Last time we researched the data was 17% 24.1 of the total were girls and 13.3. Were boys with 19.1 being white.
Unknown Speaker 1:05:38
And now, a brief summary of you know, and you’ll notice it says our plant responds by design, a systemic approach to how we conduct business and do our business here in the same brain, I believe, really lends to a lot of the positive trends and some of the numbers and not losing a lot of ground during during this pandemic. We often say we, it wasn’t just about surviving the pandemic, but it was also about thriving in the pandemic. And we understand and realize not all of our recipient groups, not all of our students fall into that category. And so, but systemically and as a system, I think we’ve done a great job, at least since I’ve been here over the last four years and, and quite frankly, way before that, and doing these things right here, and it’s hiring and maintaining highly qualified and skilled staff. And so what you’re going to see is some bullets here, we’re going to drill down into some of the some of the details of what some of these bullets mean, maintaining a strong focus on academic programming, providing foundational access and opportunity for all of our students, continuing to provide key personnel support for our most impacted populations. We by design have added additional counselors, interventionists, psychologists, social workers, school resource officers, and nurses. And we’re going to speak to some of the details of of that as we move through the presentation here. We continue to expose our personnel to high quality training and resources through our Office of Professional Development, late starts administrative training. Each month, we conduct what we call a student services, open labs, where we really drill down to everything from threat assessments, how do we conduct those? How do we support our students along the lines of trauma informed care, a whole gamut of different types of topics, that we open up to all of our counselors, interventionists and administrators to get additional training and understand our processes as a system, and our targeted PD. And not only targeted PD, but being able to respond and respond to data, not only the data that you see here, but a lot of the anecdotal data. A great example of that is we were noticing during the school year that we were having a lot of activity, and our middle school level. And a lot of a lot of things centered around just how do we treat each other and how we treat each other as human beings. And we were able to have conversations about that and be able to respond and react as a system. And what came out of that wasn’t necessarily a reprimand, but instead doing what middle schoolers do, and getting them behind the cause. And we call that the kindness kindness campaign. And so we implemented a kindness campaign, pushed it out via Twitter, and it was highly successful. And really over, you know, a period of a relatively short period of time, we saw those behaviors begin to shift and change as a result of being able to be responsive to what we’re hearing in our schools. And then we continue to support a strong fund balance with supplemental grant funding, money isn’t everything, but it goes a long way to help support the programming and a lot of the supports that we have for students. And we continue to maintain strong community partnerships. And we’re going to talk about that a little bit later here. And then maintain strong school cultures. Specifically, highly qualified and skilled staff. Don’t try to add up the 2004 1666 and 1429. It will not add up to 5055. Okay, that’s not the intent of this. So we have a total of 5055 employees. 2004 of them are certified staff members. 16 166 are teachers, a part of that certified staff, satisfied staff Number are the teachers and also what we call our special services providers. OT PTS SLPs nurses, and so they make up that 2004 That’s why those numbers don’t add up to 5055 and then 14 129 classified staff members 141 admin staff, and then 96% and we’re proud of this fact. 96% of our teachers are considered infield or aka highly quality applied right, but they’re in their, their field of study. And we think that’s important. And that’s significant. And all of these highly qualified staff members, I believe epitomize our, our vision and mission of our school district. And, and I can attest to the fact that they’re sold out to support students and make sure that they realize their full potential for not only their full academic potential, while also considering their social emotional well being as well. We’re proud of the fact that we have a strong focus on academic programming across our school district, not only along the lines of the traditional reading, writing and arithmetic, but also in the space of innovation. Right in technology, we have over 70, high quality rigorous instructional programs, very proud of our P TECH programs, that is a game changer, being able to access an associate degree while you’re here also in school. And so we also actively pursue grant opportunities, like the National Science Foundation grant, which I believe we were awarded for $94,000 in that space. Foundational access and opportunities is also significant and important. At the early years, right? Examples of that is project launch. We provide project launch, I elementary and middle schools, which serve over 4000 students may not seem that significant. But why many a while many of our school districts that surround us are seeking opportunities to cut the number of courses that they provide, and educational opportunities they provide by going from five school days to four school days, we double down and actually increase the time that we have access with students, right at no cost to our students. At achievement advancement Academy, aka AAA, we’ve extended the school day because we know as a part of this pandemic, there are two elements that are significant and important that we’re finding associated along the lines of research, developing rapport and relationships with an adult of influence, and also having purpose and not only your learning. And so us keeping our doors open and providing opportunities for students to do those very thing develop rapport and relationship with a significant adult, and also them at their learning, making meaning for them and having meaning for them, we believe is significant. And it has allowed us to bend that curve a little bit in terms of being dramatically and negatively influenced by the pandemic is as evidenced by the data that we’re seeing. also proud of the fact that we started diversity, equity, inclusion, professional development at all of our schools and in our school district that’s consistent across our across our school district. The accelerated Mathematics Program is significant important. We know a key marker of not only high school success, but college success is eligible eighth grade algebra one. If students can be successful there, and we’re preparing students in that place, then we know that they have a good launchpad to be successful beyond our doors of savory Valley School District. Also over 10 years of full day kindergarten is significant and important as before it was actually mandated in the state was having conversations about that. We we embarked on that over a decade ago. And then over 10 years of high quality preschool early childhood education is just a significant P key support personnel always going to speak about that.
Unknown Speaker 1:13:49
So you know, as we were looking through what what makes our district successful, I think this is a strong part of our district that makes us very successful. And that’s that currently we have a total of 97 school counselors in our system. In the last five years, we have added 19 school counselors, eight at the high school level, one additional at the high school level through a school counselor core grant, I’d be remiss to say that Kristin Heflin is wasn’t here, but she is and she’s the mastermind. She’s on our team. She’s out of the Office of Student Services. She’s right here and she she really does a lot of work around the school counselor core grant and making sure that we are doing what we need to do in compliance and maintaining the highest quality of counselors within our system, looking for that success in attendance, in icap in development of our student achievement, and making sure that our students are doing well. So like I mentioned through the scout, counselor, school counselor core grant, we had we have one high school, three middle school and three elementary counselors. If you look at the numbers we have we’ve added also three P teach counselors one at Skyline one at fresh Drik and when it silvercreek, we also have one P teach counselor and she’s over at the Innovation Center. She’s phenomenal. Total interventionists in our district, it’s 29.5. In the last five years, we’ve added 9.5 FTE. Okay. And that comes out of our Medicaid funds and also through the reengagement grant. So how do we fund these sources through general fund, school counselor core grant funding? If you look at the total there, that’s over to close to $2.5 million. And I’ll tell you, Kristin, does an incredible job of managing that. I’m glad you’re here. And so then, moving on from there, the school health professional grant, which is half a million, and Medicaid funds, that’s over 2,000,002.5. So what do we do to continue maintaining high quality staff? We do all of it. Honestly, from literacy Foundation’s at the elementary level, through evidence based reading. We do equity and diversity training, just as Johnny mentioned earlier, the open labs that he mentioned earlier, where we have opportunities for our district leaders, counselors, teachers, anyone who wants to participate in these one once a month, sessions to join us and have conversation question and answer. style. It’s, it’s really valuable. We also have mental health first aid folks who are available throughout our district to teach those classes. We do social emotional learning curriculum. So as we’ve said many times in our past presentations, at the elementary level, we have infocus, middle school, seven mindsets. And at the at the high school level, we have sources of strength. And this is not all we do. This is just bullet points of just highlighting a few of the ways that we continue to have high quality staff training. So if we look at the the grants and the supplemental funding funding that we have received through the Colorado Department of Education, we look at the comprehensive literacy State Development Grant. That’s $1.5 million about we also have the IRS grant, which is expelled in that risk student services grant close to a million dollars. The school counselor core grants that we just mentioned a little bit earlier 2.5 million, the McKinney vento those are for our students who are experiencing homeless homelessness, pardon me. And then we also have the reengagement grant. And that’s close to a million dollars. So big investment in our students. So that’s 10 point 5 million active grants, serving our students from kindergarten all the way to grade 12.
Unknown Speaker 1:17:45
And something that is very near and dear to our department is the relationships. I do see a couple of our folks here in the audience as well. And I was very pleasantly surprised to see you here. We have folks that we work with closely through Boulder County impact. Our El Paso folks who were here speaking earlier, as well, we have Out Boulder and we have the NAACP, st st frame Safe Schools Coalition, the list goes on and on and on. The key here is the relationships piece. We’re not We’re not sending our families out to have a band aid response. We are here to collaborate to have conversations, there is value in the relationships when we’re able to engage in a trusting relationship and have conversations around what’s best for our students. We want our students to be successful. We want them to grow, to leave our district and do what our nine what high school students were doing, and talking about to be the best that they can be. So those relationships with our partners are very, very important. Oasis rise against suicide. And just to highlight a few of the business and corporate partnerships, here are some of the splattering of them. We have over 200 current businesses and corporate partnerships that enhance enhance our work with our students from kindergarten all the way to the 12th grade, educational experience, UC Health IBM Google. That is something that we’re very proud of.
Unknown Speaker 1:19:21
So as you can see, it’s a it’s a comprehensive systemic approach, just to reiterate the fact that strong schools equal strong students equals strong communities. And so equally as important our co curricular programs are important after school activities, athletics, I would be remiss if I didn’t say I would be hard pressed to be standing before you if it were not for athletics and basketball and initially being able to run fast and jump high and I can’t do that very well anymore. So thankfully along the way, I learned a thing or two and got my degree and many people like yourself get open up doors of opportunity, and many of them had to push me through. But I did get through and, and it was because of that involvement and co curricular activities initially that sparked that interest in education. So and then STEM education, as we mentioned before, you saw evidence of that to the Nightwatch. Feeder supported by priority schools programs, we’re very proud of the fact that we have a seal of by literacy. And our students I ELA students are doing well, we’re narrowing the achievement gap in those spaces. And then anti bullying programs, we have anti bullying programs throughout our system PBIS GSAs, we have active GSA, so we’re very proud of that in all 19 of our schools, when just five years ago, there were less than five GSAs active GSAs in our system. So we’re very proud of that. Our elementary libraries, robust, wonderful places of learning, we’ve added books on family diversity and gender identity. We’ve even looked at our board policies in this space, specifically definitions around sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, believe that’s significant and important. And then the creation of the parent Diversity Committee, we’re very proud of that and excited about that growing. And in the near future here, we meet with our parents every month. Really, they’re an arm of our leadership, st brain organization. And so right after that, that meeting, we meet with our parents and have conversations about what they’re seeing, we present data to them, to make sure that they’re informed and have a voice in a seat at the table to be able to address any issues. And so again, we’re excited about those opportunities. And again, strong school coaches continued. continue our work in cultivating inclusive schools, we we we really proud of the fact that we’re we stood up a an Office of Equity and community engagement, we’ve increased a personnel support in that place. And specifically, I want to highlight our translation services I newest office, and the office of under the umbrella of equity and community engagement, where we have hired three additional translator interpreters. And now you can go on our website and seek out an interpreter systematically seek out an interpreter or translator. And it just doesn’t necessarily happen by chance that you’ll get that interpreter translators by design, that you can do this systematically by going to the students services, web web page, press the button and then requested a translator interpreter, not just necessarily in Spanish, but any any any language you can potentially think of. And so one of the people that oversees that, or the person that oversees that is Martha booth steals raise your hand, Martha, Martha is here, and she does a fantastic job of coordinating that. So we’re proud of that. And then in terms of the data, and in terms of this survey, remember we started at we wanted to get feedback from our students. And so their feedback is significant and important. So we’ve received that feedback from approximately 7100 students. And now you may be wondering, so what are the next steps? Now? What are you what are you going to do that or do with that information. And so you’ll see, you know, the plan is to be able to share this information, share this presentation with as many stakeholders as possible. And then not just the stakeholders, stakeholders, but also do something that’s, you know, that’s, that’s tangible with that. And so the plan is to be able to share this presentation with Ira assistant superintendents, who will have the ability to meet with their school and their school teams. We do, we’re just seeing just sort of a macro version of the data, we have the ability to be able to drill down to each one of our schools to see what those responses anonymously look like. That’s important to, to mention that it is an anonymous survey. But we do have school level data, were able to be able to have conversations with school leadership, specifically leadership teams, to ask them, okay, here’s your numbers. And so what do you think about those numbers? And how do you want to respond? And that’s the end of the presentation. Thank you,
Unknown Speaker 1:24:31
Johnny. Thank you. And Patrick and Olga as well, I wonder if, before we, before we go any further. One of the things that I do believe contributes significantly to the districts and the students success is I believe that Dawn leads the district in a manner where there are no silos. You see, all departments, all teams and all people working together. toward the same, the same goal, the mission of the district. And so I wonder if to set that stage, if you could please just introduce yourselves again and and share your titles so that we can, we can see a good example of not having those silos.
Unknown Speaker 1:25:19
So my name is Olga Cordero, I’m executive director of equity and engagement out of the Office of Student Services.
Unknown Speaker 1:25:29
And I’m Patrick, mount, Executive Director of data and analytics on the district Technology Services team.
Unknown Speaker 1:25:37
And I’m Johnny Toriyama, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.
Unknown Speaker 1:25:41
Thank you. And then we noticed throughout your presentation, there was everything from grants to of course, finances, counselors, business leadership, Martha, thank you for all of your services that you provide, particularly in our board meetings, we appreciate you. And so there aren’t any there aren’t any silos. So I wanted to cover that before we started. And then also, Johnny, I want to go back to something you said at the beginning of the meeting, that we’re not here to solve problems this evening. We’re not here to take a deep dive into the data. We’re here to listen to your report, certainly ask meaningful questions. But if we want to dig in any deeper, we can we can reach out to Don to do that. You know, the first question on my list was, what will you do with the data? And you already answered that you talked about the slide. And then you actually gave an example of what you do with the data. And I want to make sure that I’m hearing some things accurately. This is a snapshot in time, it’s not. It’s important to remember that it’s a snapshot in time. And then also, is there anything in the report? I’d like to know that that surprised you? The mental, Olga, you talked I have notes all over the place. Apologies, Olga, you talked about the mental health section. And, you know, if you look and you read the news, there’s been a lot of talk about mental health over the course of the pandemic. Anything that that surprised you around around that that 13% suicide number has been consistent for a few years now?
Unknown Speaker 1:27:20
It has. And what I would say is that we were in we are in the middle, hopefully it’s toward the end of a pandemic. And to be able to maintain that number there, in the midst of all of the national crises that we’re having system wide with our health organization, right. I find like, I feel like our resources are really kicking in. And we’re able to maintain versus see an increase in the suicide ideation rate.
Unknown Speaker 1:27:48
Okay, thank you. And I agree with you 13% Too much, because it is I hope goes without saying, you know, I was also surprised to see some numbers increase around families and hope and somebody that you can talk with, which is interesting, I went, I can’t help but wonder if that’s part of the pandemic, which is, is neither here nor there. On that one. Anything, you know, clearly, this is a comprehensive approach. It echoes Richard safety presentation from before district wide, comprehensive, no silos, anything else that you think is important for us to know or anything you would want us to ask? You?
Unknown Speaker 1:28:29
Know, I think, to your point, Madam President, they’re very, very few of any silos and St. Green Valley School District. And I think, again, not to be a broken record, I think that’s by design. And I know that to be by design in terms of even how are how we meet as a cabinet. Right. So if I think about what my what a two week period looks like, and you may or may not be aware of this. So I’m an Assistant Superintendent. Well, I know that I’m going to meet with other assistant superintendents, on the every two weeks on a Monday afternoon. Okay, we’re going to have conversations that is consistent with the conversations that we have every Tuesday, in either small cabinet or large cabinet. And small cabinet and large cabinet are assistant superintendents, executive directors, right, anyone that leads the department. So every week we’re having having that conversation, right. And then we know that we’re going to have a leadership meeting with all of our principals that first Thursday of every month, right, and then you see this consistent theme consistent message throughout in terms of how we’re communicating and how we address issues. And then there are level meetings. Right. And so what’s common throughout, I mean, all of those meetings, so I’m one person that’s in all of those meetings, but it’s not just me, it’s members of departments, heads of schools, that are having the same consistent conversation about how we’re going to address key issues, how we’re going to solve problems. So one thing that I really appreciate it, and I, this is my 26th year in education I’ve been in for previous school districts that didn’t experience that level of continuity and consistency. And so when I came here, my whoa, wow, I get it, I see now why, you know, we’re able to really circled the wagons, and make sure that we really address an issue. So if there’s an issue, and it’s front and center, we have everyone who could make a difference in the room consistently over a period of time, you would have access to any and everyone who has a department who has a school in a two week period of time, multiple times. And so, again, that’s by design, they had multiple opportunities to be able to address key issues. And so those are examples.
Unknown Speaker 1:30:48
That’s helpful. And so to bring it back to the inventory, or to connect it to the inventory, then if I’m understanding you, you know, and we can even talk about next steps. So you get the inventory, you have all this data, you have this information, you’re able to parse through it with leadership, and then it just it scaffolds downward is what I’m going to say, into the building level to ensure that people who are interacting with the students have the resources that they need to ultimately ensure that the students have the resources that they need and opportunities xOP fair in my layman’s terms. Okay, thank you. I appreciate it. Board members, questions or comments on the survey this evening. An inventory sorry,
Unknown Speaker 1:31:35
I can just I just wanted to make a general comment that you’ve just cast a wide net over our students that feels so protective, you know, despite their just obvious mental health issues in every population, but I love the professional development for all staff, because you never know what staff member is going to impact a student or that a student will trust. So I love that the professional development is open to all for addressing student needs. And, and that you’re really focused on addressing the social determinants of health, because we know that of mental health, really, we know how much of an impact that those disparities play in, in our population. So thank you, for your attention.
Unknown Speaker 1:32:26
Appreciate that. And we would be remiss if we didn’t say in partnership with our with our community partners, they are I mean, they, they’re gold, they really support us and support our students. So that’s why it’s important that we have a dedicated space and time to be able to hear from them. They hear from us.
Unknown Speaker 1:32:45
Absolutely. And when we say each and every student each and every day, we mean that. It’s not just about the academics. It’s not about color, it’s not about you. It’s everything from our gifted students, to our students with disabilities. When we talk about professional developments, we talk about unique populations that need an extra layer, or maybe we lead and we need to learn from right when we’re talking about our community partners. We invite those thought those thought partners in the work that we do, so yes, professional development includes the entire student, second language learners, all of it.
Unknown Speaker 1:33:25
Thank you. Me, OSHA. I can’t I’m sorry. Did you say you had a comment? You didn’t I apologize. Dr. Martyr,
Unknown Speaker 1:33:35
was one of those guys over here.
Unknown Speaker 1:33:37
Well, I was thinking I would go around, I would go around the horn, so to speak. So my apologies, Dr. Martyr,
Unknown Speaker 1:33:43
thank you. I’m really encouraged by the by the comprehensive presentation that we’ve gotten that really, that also stresses, the number of departments and the number of people that are involved in and being focused on establishing and maintaining and growing a healthy learning environment for all of our students. So that comprehensive nature came through last time you made the presentation to us, and you’ve wrapped it up since that time. Specifically, I’m I am encouraged by the increasing number of counselors that we’ve added. That’s in direct response, I think, to the challenges that we’ve discovered as we flipped most more closely. And it’s clear that we’re paying attention and progressively making changes. To do better what we do well, I would say that so in the overall spectrum, I that I find there’s great source of both great reason to be couraged by the outcome but also motivated to keep, keep moving forward. A couple of observations about the data. But not so much the data but the presentation to call a one year change a trend is unusual. So I would say that when we’re looking over a five year period, that hopefully things will go in the direction that we want them to go. And when they are going in the direction we want them to go, we tend to attach more significance to that, when they’re going in the direction we don’t want to go. It’s still just a one year, one year data point. So it may be a reflection of a random variation in the statistics. And I think that there was nothing in the data that said, at the very highest level, that we should be doing something different than we’re doing, apart from looking for better ways to meet the needs that we’ve identified. So NVu presented us with averages, a district wide average, I guess my question is not just identify a particular group or school, but are there outliers in the that are buried in the data that you are focusing on as a result of what you’ve learned through this survey?
Unknown Speaker 1:36:52
We can go a little bit deeper on the data. But beyond what we presented here today, intentionally we don’t have access to the student level individual student level responses.
Unknown Speaker 1:37:02
But you have a high school, we do have a high school. And that’s my question. Yes.
Unknown Speaker 1:37:07
Yeah. And I think probably, if you want to dig into that reach out to Don, and he can certainly, certainly, it’s
Unknown Speaker 1:37:13
just a general question. The general question is, are there outliers? would, at the school level, within the data that are leading you to focus in a different way? And at those schools?
Unknown Speaker 1:37:31
Yeah, I would say maybe at some of our alternative schools, and again, probably may be a victim of the data, because the number the sample size is so small. So you see these variations, right. And so we see, we see some differences there. And also, some of our schools that traditionally may not participate in inventories and surveys. So like, you know, some of our homeschool programs. So we’ll see some variations there also, but the sample size may not be large enough to really gleam a lot. But that’s why, you know, we hand that data over to and have the ability to hand that data over to some large area assistant superintendents who can speak directly with the school to try to figure out exactly what those numbers mean.
Unknown Speaker 1:38:17
Thank you, that addresses my question, because oftentimes, when you look at averages, you miss the important sub components of that. Thank you very much.
Unknown Speaker 1:38:31
Great. Thanks, Nick. All right. Thank you so much for the presentation, and for your dedication, obviously, to student well being. And we appreciate you being here this evening. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Mary, Ellen, before we get to our consent items, I do want to take an opportunity to check in with you any questions or comments that you might have?
Unknown Speaker 1:38:54
Um, yeah, so in preparation for this meeting, I reached out to as many people as I could, a bunch of people, I’m close to some of my former educators. I have two younger brothers, one of one is he attends me Middle School. And so I just kind of wanted to get their input and see if there’s anything that I should bring up during this meeting that would kind of benefit them. And I think in regards to this presentation, it’s encouraging to know that the district is aware of a lot of the concerns that students and teachers have one of my questions that I sent out an email, I was curious as to what what people’s most urgent concern was regarding the district and a lot of people probably a majority of my responses had to do with mental health and how the district was responding to that after COVID especially. So I think it’s, as I said, it’s very encouraging to know that you guys are aware and you guys are making changes and you know, altering, so that We have more upward trends in mental health and relating areas. So
Unknown Speaker 1:40:09
thank you very much. I appreciate that. And thank you for reaching out and bringing other people’s perspectives with you. Yeah, I have this feeling you’re going to be very successful. Post post graduation. Mary Ellen. Thank you. Thank you. Alright, that brings us to Agenda Item 6.3. Greg, which is our fiscal year 2022. January financials, and the Board did meet with you at a study session prior to this meeting, went over those financials. And at that meeting, Dr. Martyr shared that all of the financials were reviewed with the Finance and Audit Committee meeting, or at the Finance and Audit Committee meeting this week, as well. Yes,
Unknown Speaker 1:40:50
absolutely. So we did cover it fairly in depth tonight. The January financials include the amended budget that you approved in. So we’re actually now comparing the amended budget, which includes actual data instead of some of the forecasted data such as funded pupil count, and per pupil revenue and assessed valuation. So it’s, it’s a lot more solid. What I would say is that, as the course of the pandemic has occurred, that we have put some funds kind of into a yellow light, where we’re concerned about them. And they have been that way for over a year in in, in the case of community schools and nutrition services. And we have been able to get those back to green. So if you look at the executive dashboard that’s out there. Green means we’re ago and everything’s good. Yellow means we need to kind of monitor, we’re back to Oh, green, things are going really well. And so if people want to go out and look at it, we’ll post it on the website tomorrow.
Unknown Speaker 1:41:58
Great, thank you. They can look at that. And they can also listen to that study session from the recording on the district website as well. Absolutely. Appreciate it. Thank you. Alright, agenda item seven is our consent items. I do want to confirm that board members are not pulling any consent items this evening. Is that correct? All right, then I would entertain a motion please for approval of 7.1 recommendation to hire principal at Erie High School 7.2. Approval of purchase and trade in of network products. 7.3 approval of purchase of Chromebooks and Google management licenses 7.4 approval of amendment to construction manager general contractor contract for the Indian Peaks elementary school security improvements project 7.5 approval of amendment to construction manager general contractor contract for the Rocky Mountain Elementary School improvements project. So moved by me OSHA. Second and a second by Karen.
Unknown Speaker 1:43:03
Mr. Berthold Yes. Mrs. Brooks? Yes. Mr. Garcia? Yes. The tyrannic nappsa. Dr. martyr? Yes, Mrs. raglan. Hi, Miss Siegrist. Hi.
Unknown Speaker 1:43:17
Thank you, Jim. Our action items this evening are Agenda Item number eight and 8.1 specifically as a recommendation for adoption of Resolution to proclaim proclaim student voter registration Awareness Week as APR four through 820 22. Hi, kale. This this is something that was added to our agenda. Dr. Martyr helped me through three years ago, right. Has it already been three years? Yeah. That’s what I thought time goes quickly. It does go quick does it does go quickly. So I’ll let you frame this up. And then I’ll ask Karen to read the resolution.
Unknown Speaker 1:43:59
Absolutely. So in partnership with the Boulder County Clerk and recorder’s office, we spend a week each year at our high schools through selected liaisons that are trained. Giving awareness to voter registration for our students is particularly important for our outgoing seniors. Even if they’re not of age, they can pre register as early as 16 years old or high school students can. And then when they become of age, they are registered to become a voter in the upcoming elections. So again, in each of our high schools, we’d have identified liaisons through the principals. We work with Boulder County to provide educational materials to them. And I’ve got to say usually, it’s our social studies teachers, they do a marvelous, marvelous job of getting the information out and really doing a great job of educating about how easy it is to become a registered voter in Boulder County, Colorado and the United States. So this is just a a proclamation proclaiming that week that this is the week we’re going to do it in conjunction with Boulder County Clerk and recorder.
Unknown Speaker 1:45:06
Thank you kill Karen.
Unknown Speaker 1:45:12
Student voter voter registration awareness week, April 4 through eighth 2022. Whereas the right to vote is an important civil liberty in the core of American democratic system and whereas the whereas voter pre registration for high school students who are 16 or 17, and registration for high school students who are or will turn 18 before an election should be accessible and convenient. And whereas educators play a critical role in the development of their students as productive and active citizens, and participation in the electoral processes one way students can become informed and engaged citizens. And whereas Boulder County Clerk and recorder elections divisions will work with the St. Vrain Valley School District as well as other interested parties to conduct voter registration, outreach and education to high school students across the same Valley School District. And whereas APR four through 820 22 will be the third annual student voter registration awareness week in which teachers and staff will be encouraged to educate students on voter registration, hold registration and civic engagement opportunities and make voter registration and pre registration accessible and convenient for adult eligible high school students throughout the district. And whereas students can apply to register to vote by submitting paper applications to their appointed school liaison or local county clerk and recorder office, completing the online form on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website or at a voter registration drive, and whereas voting is a vital part of our democracy and ensures that everyone’s voice is heard, there should be resolved that the same brain Valley School District supports the growing involvement of the student body in the democratic process and designates the week of April 4 through eighth 2022 as student voter registration Awareness Week, adopted this 23rd day of February 2022.
Unknown Speaker 1:46:57
Thank you, Karen. If there aren’t any comments or questions, I would entertain a motion for approval please. So moved by Karen. Second. And Dr. martyr.
Unknown Speaker 1:47:11
Mr. Berthold? Yes. Mrs. Brooks? Yes. Mr. Garcia? Yes. Dr. martyr? Yes. This is Raglin. I miss Siegrist.
Unknown Speaker 1:47:23
Hi. Our final agenda item this evening is also an action item 8.2. And it is a recommendation. And this is a first reading discussion of board policy, f e. G, which is construction contracts, bidding and awards. Hi, Brian,
Unknown Speaker 1:47:41
Joy. And board and Don and Jackie, I’m sure watching as well. But But yeah, FPG. And this is a pretty simple change. What we realized is that f e g requires a resolution be passed each time we do a bid on a project. And you guys would be reading a lot of resolutions. So we recognize that was not maybe the right thing to have in here. So we took it out. So basically, the approval is you guys approved the contract and we sign the contract?
Unknown Speaker 1:48:17
Right? And the specific dollar amount is on that is $100,000.
Unknown Speaker 1:48:22
Yes. Which is $1 difference from fvh. 99,999. I know that’ll throw you off. But
Unknown Speaker 1:48:34
all right. Any board member comments, questions?
Unknown Speaker 1:48:40
Just to comment. So Brian, this, this would conform with current practice. You’re we’re changing the resolution to conform with current practice, which is we authorize it based on the information that you provide? Initially.
Unknown Speaker 1:48:56
Yeah, that is correct. In the past week, we haven’t done resolutions until to be honest with you recently, when we recognized oh my gosh, we’re supposed to be doing a resolution in addition to the approval to sign the contract. And then going through that, of course, we realize that cumbersome effort that
Unknown Speaker 1:49:16
well, and the information that you provide to us has gotten progressively, at least in my view, the presentation has gotten progressively better. And we have a sense of the history of each of the authorizations, the overall authorization and then each change. So I think this this resolution is conforms to the current practice and is really everything that we need moving forward.
Unknown Speaker 1:49:44
Yeah, fair enough. Anybody else? All right. Deck. Would you like to make a motion then for approval of action item 8.2.
Unknown Speaker 1:49:55
Unknown Speaker 1:49:56
Thank you. Second, and Musa
Unknown Speaker 1:50:03
Mr. Berthold? Yes. Mrs. Brooks? Yes. Mr. Garcia? Yes. Dr. martyr? Yes. Mrs. raglan. I miss Siegrist.
Unknown Speaker 1:50:12
I thank you, Brian, up. Did you have something else?
Unknown Speaker 1:50:16
Actually second reading? Do you want me to bring back second reading and just put it in the consent?
Unknown Speaker 1:50:23
I’m fine with that as the board fine with that. Yes. Deck, I can see you want to say something?
Unknown Speaker 1:50:30
Are we able to prove it on first reading or not?
Unknown Speaker 1:50:38
won’t become, oh, gosh, four times here until the second reading, but I certainly the you can approve the first reading now. And we’ll bring it back next time and you guys can actually make it. Board policy.
Unknown Speaker 1:50:52
That’s what I thought is that we would have to wait for that that vote anyway. Right. Okay. Yeah. I like your thought though. Yeah. Yeah, Tim, thank you very much. I’ll put it in consent. That’d be great consent, and we’ll approve it and get that taken care of. So, alright, we are ready to conclude our meeting this evening. Of Believe it or not, we won’t convene again until March 9. Holy smokes, right. And that’ll be here for a regular meeting in the boardroom at 6pm. And then we also have a study session on Wednesday, March 16. And that will be at Coleridge Middle School. With that, I would ask for a motion. I would entertain a motion for adjournment. A gentleman Yes. All right. And a second second by Misha All in favor. Aye. Thank you everyone drive through