SVVSD Board of Education Meeting – March 9, 2022
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Unknown Speaker 0:10
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Unknown Speaker 1:31
Good evening and welcome to St. Vrain Valley Schools Board of Education Meeting. Please join us in standing and saying the Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag. States of America indivisible Hi, Christy. Hello. Hi. Can you call the roll, please? Sure.
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Mr. Berthold president. Mrs. Brooks present Mr. Garcia. Here. Mrs. tyrannic. Here. Dr. Martyr present Mrs. Raglan here, Miss Seacrest
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here. And Christie. Were there any agenda items or changes to the agenda this evening? No, there were not. Perfect. Thank you. Before we go any further, I do want to introduce our student representative who’s here this evening. Matteo Gonzaga. Welcome. Thank you for having me. Thank you. Thank you for joining us. So Matteo, you are a member of the Student Advisory Committee. And this is a committee that’s has students representative representing each high school. And this as a committee, you provide a lot of important information, and feedback and help district leaders make decisions, important decisions that are impactful for all students. So thank you for serving in that capacity. Thank you. Are you comfortable introducing yourself and telling us a little bit about you?
Unknown Speaker 3:07
Yeah, for sure.
Unknown Speaker 3:08
So I’m Matteo Gonzaga. I’m a junior at MIT High School. Few things I’m involved in, on the varsity soccer team for me, on the junior secretary for the National Honor Society. And then I’m involved in Student Advisory the district council. So thank you for having me. I’m excited to be here and hear what you guys have to say,
Unknown Speaker 3:29
right? You sound you sound busy. It can
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be a lot to manage sometimes, but it’s nice to be involved with the community because it’s a welcoming and supportive so
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that that community aspect and sense of belonging is so important.
Unknown Speaker 3:45
That’s a good district to be in. So
Unknown Speaker 3:47
it is I would agree. At any point, Matteo during the meeting. If you have any questions, or you’d like to provide feedback, please don’t hesitate to let us know. And a couple of times, I’ll check in with you.
Unknown Speaker 3:59
Thank you very much.
Unknown Speaker 4:00
Great. Last question. Not to put you on the spot. Do you have any? Any, any visitors here that are supporting you this evening?
Unknown Speaker 4:06
Not here, but my mom is streaming at home.
Unknown Speaker 4:09
Fantastic. Then we’ll say hi, mom, and we’ll move forward.
Unknown Speaker 4:13
Wherever the camera is. Right there. Yeah, she’s watching at home.
Unknown Speaker 4:17
Great. I’m sure she’s very proud. Thanks, Matteo. Nice meeting you. Alright, before we go any further, I do want to mention that as the board convenes this evening, I’d like to emphasize that the district’s mission statement is this board and Dr. Hat adds Northstar, 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 in an environment that is inclusive of every child. If everyone could just double check their cell phones real quick, please and make sure that they’re quiet. And then a reminder, as Matteo mentioned, this meeting is being streamed and it’s also accessible. The recording is accessible on the district website beginning tomorrow morning. All right, with that, we quickly approach Agenda Item three, which is our visitors. And the first item we have is 3.1, which is the Toyota T CS elite presentation. Hey, Dina, do you mind if I, I changed that on you? It’d be I know I threw you didn’t say no. Do you know one thing that we always do or that we try to do? I could see Dick looking at me out of the corner of my eyes actually what triggered my memory. Generally, as a board we do try to prioritize students and we know that students need to get home, they need to do their homework and tonight the roads aren’t aren’t looking as good as they typically do this evening. And so if it’s okay with the board would like to go ahead and bump action, our agenda item 6.1. Up next, and that is the Meet High School Student Advisory Council Report feeder Council Report. And that way the kids can get home and start furiously studying. Great.
Unknown Speaker 6:25
Well, good evening, President Sechrist members of the board and Dr. Haddad. Tonight I’d like to welcome our administrative team, our teachers and staff and the superintendent student advisory council members from the meat feeder. The meat feeder is home to our energy Academy, the 2021 Boys State basketball champions, the willingness school in our elementary Mayan Reading Challenge. Numerous all state musicians, strong unified programming, and a high school girls basketball team that will be competing in the state Final Four game tomorrow. These are just to name a few accomplishments and they’ll share many more with you this evening. I would like for our talented school leaders to please stand up to be recognized this evening. And yet with us this evening are Dr. Shirley Jurek from Centennial Elementary School, Betsy ball at Meade Elementary, Josh Barnett and Mead Middle School, Liza Nybo at Coleridge Middle School, and Dr. Brian Young will introduce the other members of his team this evening. Thanks.
Unknown Speaker 7:42
Thank you, Dr. Bhushan. I’m gonna look for there we go tech guy to get things going. Well, thank you, doctor, her dad and school board for having us here tonight. Before we get we did introduction, so I will I will skip that part of our team. Our Student Advisory Council will be introducing themselves as they come up here. But before I get to that, I would like to first start with a few thank yous and I want to thank our superintendent, Dr. Don, her dad, for your strong leadership in your innovative vision that prepares each and every one of our students to compete in a global society. We thank you for your resource allocation, your financial awareness that provides the support that we need to do all the programs that you’re going to hear about tonight. And last but not least, I speak on behalf of all of the principals in our feeder system. We appreciate you giving each and every one of us the opportunity to be leaders in the meat feeder system and a part of the St. Frame Valley School District. To our board president Joey Seacrest, thank you for leading a school board that works such in tandem with our superintendent in our community, and as you said earlier with your mission statement to provide opportunities for each and every one of our students to be successful every day. Lastly, I want to thank Dr. Capetian for your support it with all of the meat feeder schools for both our principals, our staff and our students. Our focus tonight is twofold. The students of the meet student advisory council want to share with you how the meat feeder system is moving full steam ahead. As you know steam stands for science, technology, arts and mathematics. Tonight, you’re going to hear about many of the academic highlights from each school related to steam. The other focus tonight is going to be to recognize some of the amazing educators we have in the meat theater system who are doing this incredible work. We know that if it wasn’t for these passionate educators, that the steam focused programs and the successes that you’re going to hear about tonight would not be possible. At this time, I’d like to have the members of our student advisory council come on up and Join me at this stage, I want to recognize Oh, come on up guys. I want to thank them for putting together this entire report. I want to thank Maggie Macmillan, who you’ll hear from later, who used her skills from her graphic arts class to build this slide deck and she did a phenomenal job, they will introduce themselves, they will talk about highlights from each one of the schools in our system. And then they’re going to recognize an outstanding educator. So without further ado, I’d like to turn it over to Ethan Fisher to get us started.
Unknown Speaker 10:35
Already, then, I’m Ethan Fisher, I’m a junior at meat High School, I’m involved in the football and track teams and a member of NHS as I think almost all of us are. And I’m focusing on meat Elementary, who have been going through a lot of things and they’re my own personal elementary school that I went to. So their SSN and ECSC programs are going very strong in the second year of development, their community event, the Fall Harvest Moon Festival, which has been going on as long as I can remember has had hundreds of visitors, which has allowed them to visit the mobile lab and see what the school is doing. They’ve added a VEX Robotics Club and is up and running for students have an intermediate level. Their stem Explorers Club is offered to anybody at the school. And they’re starting girls who Who Code Club after the school. They brought in over 3200 items for the Weld County Food Bank and other drive that’s been going on since at least I was there. And they continue to place in mind reading challenges which we were the best at when I was there. So the fifth grade students project was on endangered ecosystems and habitats around the world. And it gave a sort of mentorship opportunity with younger students, which allowed them to sort of adopt an endangered animal and study and learn about it. So the educator I’m introducing you today is Mr. Ackerman. Whoops. Who’s been teaching a lot of classes on design thinking he was been here? Well, he was my first teacher. Yeah, I was his first in his first class in fifth grade. So he’s been teaching as long as I’ve been out of elementary schools about six years or so. And further ado.
Unknown Speaker 12:15
You know, it’s funny, when Ethan was my student, I actually had to pull him aside because he was reading when he was supposed to be listening. He was one of those students all the time. So, Ethan, it’s good to see you grow and turned into the young man, you are. As Mr. Fisher said, meat elementary has been doing a number of things since I first started teaching in terms of innovation, design, thinking and stem and I am very pleased and proud and honored to really be a part of such a wonderful staff, community, and leadership. Some of the things that we have been doing to help implement these plans for design thinking, innovation, and STEM is we have been with working with the innovation center with Kristin Brahm in a year long professional development program on design thinking, where we have been given time to study, plan, implement, and reflect on our own practices in order to ensure that we are developing the innovative young problem solvers that we need in order to ensure a thriving community and beyond. We’ve recently just had a school wide Design Thinking challenge where we had every single grade level, pose a question to their class about how we could build, implement and maintain a school garden. It was a wonderful hit, the students were incredibly engaged, and we were able to get so many amazing ideas that we’re going to then use to then take into account our own plans for making sure that that can happen successfully. Come next year. Teachers building wide have been tying design thinking into their into the district implemented curriculum, mainly in literacy, in social studies, and also science. And we are working right now with Christian Brom, to find ways to implement design thinking into our math to continue to develop those problem solving minds that we need. We are very fortunate to have a new building. In the new building, we have a brand new Creation Station, which has allowed us the space for our students to take their ideas and put them into action and reality by prototyping. Unfortunately, with four and five rounds coming in each grade level, it’s hard to schedule every single class to get into that. So As a building, we were able to secure a $2,000 grant fund that we are using to build mobile design thinking prototyping carts, which is going to allow flexibility and also convenience for teachers to access prototyping materials that are necessity to the process, which will further bring more teachers into the fold as far as implementing this necessary teaching and problem solving strategy. As Ethan mentioned, we have several afterschool programs, Girls Who Code who look that is looking to promote female representation, the VEX robotics program, and also the stem Explorers Club. So I can confidently say that each and every staff member at our building is working towards innovating the classroom, utilizing design thinking, and stem thinking and teaching strategies in order to ensure that happens. So I can happily say that we haven’t taken st brain by storm. The amount of adoption and embracing of these. STEM design thinking and innovative strategies is helping to set our students up for success in school beyond Elementary, but also looking farther down the road into their own careers that they may choose. Building those 21st century skills now is going to ensure that they will flourish and contribute effectively to our community, and also the world. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 16:48
Hi, I’m Gabby Timmons. I’m a senior at meet high school. I just finished my third year of swimming for Erie High School. So that’s a big accomplishment for me. So I wanted to talk. Thank you. I wanted to talk about Centennial Elementary. They’ve been proud to achieve and things they’ve been proud to achieve this year so far. So Centennial elementary has had about 22 students in their fifth grade class advanced in math and has started sixth grade content in January. Centennial has also can continues to refine their implementation of funding fundations and Orton Gillingham staff is trained in both resources and they are seeing growth in phonics for their students and already they’re also on pace for 85% of their third graders to be on level by the end of the year. They also started their first competitive VEX Robotics Club with 15/4 grade and five in fifth grade students, as well as starting their first Girls Who Code Club in February. Centennial also started doing kindergarten in fifth grade, but he’s again to develop mentorship. And now I would like to introduce Mr. Larsen. She is a teacher at the innovation lab Center at Centennial Elementary School
Unknown Speaker 18:22
Good evening, I’m really excited to be here. I’m not so used to talking to grownups so just give me a little understanding on that. I guess I should have told Gabby that I’m actually a product of the Meet fever feeder I went to meet elementary and middle at the time made high school didn’t exist. I went to Skyline so proud St. Rain grad and now I’m kind of made it full circle here I am speaking at the meet Peter report. So I just think that at the innovation lab, we are doing some amazing, incredible things. There are a few photos of some awesome stuff. So one of them is our VEX robotics teams, which I was a co coach of this year. Some other photos are of some science things, and some engineering challenges. The mission of the innovation lab is to support classroom teachers in science and then add an engineering twist to everything. I see all sixth grade levels once a week for 45 minutes, and everyone has an innovative mindset. So we are all about not just preparing students for something, just preparing students to help themselves be ready for anything. So being awesome problem solvers. We also have a very unique program called Centennial cares where once a month, all of our students participate in it’s like a full anthropic curriculum that I write myself. And recently, the students did some ideating on the martial fires because they were very passionate about out the loss, the great loss that that was and they wanted to do something to help. And so as we were ID ideating, one of the fourth graders said, I would happily break open my piggy bank and give them all my allowance. And so we ran a good old fashioned coin war. And there’s a photo of all the coins that we gathered over the week, we collected $4,400, which was insane. We thought we’d be lucky if we got like $500. And we’d be happy, you know. So delivering that money to the community center in Lafayette was a very profound and humbling moment. And we actually purchased 44 $100 gift cards to King Soopers and target Walmart, and distributed them to volunteers. And as I was dropping them off, the volunteer said, you would never believe how incredible this is. We just received 44 handmade cards from another school and we didn’t know what to do with them. So they put our gift cards in the handmade cards. And they literally started passing them out to families that were they’re applying for assistance as I was filling out the paperwork to donate. So it was really nice to see. And just what a great impact we could make on our local community and step in and help out. I also am doing the girls who code after school, we have about 23rd, fourth and fifth grade girls who are learning to code together and it’s a lot of fun and very inclusive environment. And our robotics team, one of our three robotics teams earned an award this year at our first competition that we’ve ever been in. So we were very proud. And that’s about it. Yes.
Unknown Speaker 21:56
Thank you Miss Sarah Larson. I’m Greta Richardson. I’m a senior at Mead high school, I run track at Mead and I just finished my fourth swim season for Silver Creek High School. And I play harp in our orchestra. And I am vice president of our National Honor Society and I’m part of our outdoors club, and I’m here to talk to you more about core Ridge Middle School. So otter cares grant provided to or course 3d printers, Sparrow bolt kit for iPad, tripod mounts, nine microphones and 20 drones, to their innovation spaces in the technology crap classroom, library and rat lab. They participated in a future cities competition hosted by the research and design lab in a Colorado regional competition and their VEX Robotics competitive teams have also competed in District competitions. Students in Spanish electives have had the opportunity to utilize virtual reality technology. And they have an outdoor classroom and Eco Club that has a Farm to School initiative. All Coleridge, students have completed at least one design project this year and either science, language arts or social studies classes. And the innovation team facilitates collaboration between spaces and core and elective classes. Mrs. Bonnie Palmer, who is in her 29th year of teaching, and her third year at Coleridge teaches the Rad Lab, and makerspace. She is here to talk more about that Rad Lab and project based and design process learning that is being incorporated into classroom instruction.
Unknown Speaker 23:46
Thank you. Thank you for having me. So just a couple of highlights that I’d like to share with you about courage Middle School. We do have a couple of outdoor classrooms actually. And in one of those classrooms, we have an outdoor garden and so our Eco Club is participating in the what was it called, again, the farm. Sorry. I lost it on my notes, Farm to School initiative. And we also have a a like greenhouse in our office, actually our school office. So when people walk in, they can actually see that we’re growing food for this initiative. We’ve completed competed in the future city competition through an after school club, and this was through the Rad Lab. Discovery ad puts on this competition and students to actually design and create and build their own city based on the parameters of the competition and last year was build a city on the moon. This year it was to build a city with a circular economy. So you can Agins students get a lot of experience. We also have mentors, city planning mentors and engineers that work with us to mentor our students. So it’s a great competition. And next year, we hope to make it part of a tech elective class so we can really be more competitive and spend more time with it. They also have a VEX robotics team. We’ve had VEX robotics teams for consecutive years that compete in the district competitions. Students in our Spanish electives, get to use virtual reality and their language studies, which is important and a great connection throughout our school as we use technology in lots of different ways. In our core, and electives classes. We have oh, I talked about the two outdoor classes. Also, all of our students have completed at least one design process round in their core classes. We’ve had over 2000 visits to the Rad Lab between last fall and this spring. Those are individual student visits along with classroom visits. Our Rad Lab is constantly being utilized. And having a certified teacher in the position to oversee the lab and CO plan and CO create and collaborate with teachers has been really effective and our teachers do a great job of taking advantage of that opportunity. And our innovation team does consist of three certified teachers as well, myself, our teacher, librarian and our technology teacher, do a lot of collaboration and CO planning with teachers. So I’m really proud to be a part of this feeder and apart and a staff member at this school and to work with such innovative and professional staff members. So thank you
Unknown Speaker 26:59
thank you. I’m Maggie Macmillan. I’m a junior. I’m involved with a theater program this year as a thespian troupe officer and I’m in our spring production of Seussical which is opening in late April. I’m on an after school team at the Innovation Center focusing on the A in steam. We’re currently creating a comic book about Colorado history to be distributed to fourth graders. And then I’m involved with orchestra AP classes NHS and link leadership. I will be talking about middle school which is where I came from. Multiple students qualified for all state music ensembles, three from orchestra, four from choir seven from band, their NHS NJ HS in Student Council put on a much appreciated Veterans Day breakfast for local veterans. They started their first Pops Orchestra program in the band students had the honor of marching in along that Halloween parade with iReady in math and reading students made over 75% of a year’s growth in half of the school year. And we will be hearing from Megan lawless. This is her 16th year teaching in ninth year serving as director of choirs and Middle School. Previous to her position in Mead. She taught public school middle and high school choir in Chicago, Indianapolis and at the Hong Kong International School. She recently presented a choral reading session at the Colorado State music conference focused on best practices and repertoire at the middle school treble level. Outside of public education Mrs. Wallace also specializes in directing community children’s choirs, most recently with the build bolder Children’s Chorale.
Unknown Speaker 28:34
I also unaccustomed to speaking to a group of adults. So I wrote down what I was going to say and I hope that’s all right. Thank you to the board to my principal, Joshua Burnett and to my mead middle school feeder system for inviting me here tonight. It’s really a true honor to present in front of such an experienced and passionate group. When I started at Meade metal in 2013, I had already inherited a strong program led by Bob latchaw. And my goal was to build upon its already strong foundation and create even more musical opportunities for my students. My goal is and always has been collaboration. And really, this is what middle school is all about trying lots of different things and finding something that you really love to do. I knew we had some real go getters in our student body. So right away added opportunities for students to audition for the district honor choir, and the Colorado Allstate choir and we’re taking four students tomorrow to the festival. We’re really excited about it. And these events have been hugely motivating for our students and a great honor to those that attend. Over 50% of our choir kids sing at the Colorado Eagles game each year. This past month, we had 80 kids singing the national anthem with over 400 Meade community members in the state To cheer us on, it was really exciting. to target those students I have that are really interested in solos, I piloted what is called the vocal techniques class at the middle school level for my eighth graders that allows them to explore solo and duet singing in a really focused and goal oriented way. I’d love the opportunity to teach this class because of the growth it promotes. Students that are apprehensive to sing in front of others at the start of the quarter are singing solos in front of a packed crowd at the dickens opera house by the end of the quarter. They’re really supportive and collaborative. In this class, they have ownership of what they do, and they get really direct feedback on a daily basis that makes them better. And I feel really grateful to have that opportunity. This year, we have an audition to pop choir that’s devoted to music the students choose and love to sing. This group serves as our community extension ensemble performing at community events like the Meet Christmas in the Park, and again at Colorado Eagles games. And this group also gives students a voice in choosing the style of music they sing, which is really important at the at this age. Like I said, collaboration is really, really important to me. And so I’ve developed events within my program that promote that both collaboration between the middle school and elementary school, and also collaboration between the middle school and the high school. I do a program called cookies and Carols that collaborates my sixth grade with the preschool and kindergarten classes. We do a sing along, the little kids sing with us. And then we get to eat cookies at the end. It’s one of the kid’s favorite events of the year. And we also piloted another event this year between us and meet high school called Mad Dog morning, which combined all of our tenor and bass singers from the middle school level, and the high school into a morning where we could all sing together. And that was really cool. In general, the goal of my program is to provide as many unique musical opportunities to students as possible. Watching students learn to express themselves through music is really inspiring to me. There’s something about a music ensemble that builds team spirit in a completely unique way. My colleagues in the band and orchestra programs have also built strong, unique programs. And I attribute much of this to our supportive staff, and administration and district. I have even more I’d like to do in the future. And I’m so grateful that in this district and made metal, the sky is the limit for teacher dreams and ambitions. Thank you so much for this opportunity to be here. I’m really honored thanks.
Unknown Speaker 32:51
Again, I’m going to introduce myself previously, so I’m not going to do that again. But I’m going to be discussing some things from mid High School. So our juniors took the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying tests and earned a mean score of 1004, which happens to be a 44 point increase from last year and is our highest score in school history. Actually, we have a senior here today, Greta Richardson, who is a national merit finalist, which is a very big deal. Over 33% of our students are in AP courses this year. 95 students have earned credit by taking concurrent enrollment classes through Front Range Community College, which equates to 285 college credits and over $35,000 in college tuition savings. 35 students earn college credit for College Algebra through CU Denver see you succeed program that equates to 105 credits at a cost savings of over $36,000. Mead has added eight clubs and after school activities to our already robust options for students to stay engaged. And 11 of our 12 sports teams have made the state playoffs this year. And now I will be introducing Mrs. Shannon crack who I actually had my ninth grade year who taught AP environmental science, and she will be speaking about the meat energy Academy. Mrs. Cook has been in the district for eight years. And this is her seventh year teaching at Mead High School. For the past two years she has been in charge of the meat energy Academy and during that time, has succeeded in strengthening meats curriculum and their partnerships with indie industry professionals.
Unknown Speaker 34:39
Thank you, Matteo.
Unknown Speaker 34:41
Hi, like Matteo said, my name is Shannon crack, and I run the focus program at Mead High School, which happens to be the energy Academy. And I would just like to say I teach a lot of freshmen and so one of the best parts about teaching freshmen is when you get to see how they grow and develop throughout high school. So it’s really nice to see our wonderful committee hear of students and just how much they’ve grown, it just really warms your heart. So the Meet energy Academy is one of the focus academies that we have in the district. And I truly believe that these focus academies at our high school level are absolutely essential to giving our students a competitive edge for whatever their postsecondary plans are. And the meat energy Academy, I wanted to start off by reading our mission statement, which we develop leaders with the knowledge, skills and passion necessary to actively participate in the complex and changing field of energy. And through unique research experiences create solutions for the world’s future energy needs. As we know, energy is one of the economically most quickly growing sectors, not only here in the US, but in worldwide. So I really do believe that what we’re doing is trying to give students a way to get a competitive advantage. And we do that through our amazing curriculum that we have developed over years working with our industry partners, and also getting feedback from students. We have partnerships with Ames Community College where students can actually earn college credit for taking our first year energy course, students also are able to get an OSHA certification. And through that curriculum, students have access to internship opportunities, and other scholarship opportunities. This is the first year that we have actually introduced a science fair, and we had about 70 students participating in our science fair. And it was amazing students were able to do hands on individualized research experiments, or they were really able to focus on what they were most passionate about. Notably, we had one student who was really into maglev technology in wind turbines. So that’s where you actually get the shaft of the wind turbine to magnetically levitate to try to reduce friction and increase efficiency. He is a very special students. We also have amazing opportunities with our industry partners. We have very strong partnerships with nine industries, notably United power, Western midstream, Occidental, University of Wyoming, and these partners believe in us so much that they are investing not only their time, but they’re also investing money into our kids. They are actively participating in our capstone as mentors. They’re coming in and they’re helping our students prepare their presentations for their final capstone project, which is an entirely student driven experience. Students have done things from work with st brain state park to try to meet their emission their zero, their net zero emissions goal by 2030. They have tried to our students also have worked on how they would incorporate the innovative new field of ag rivel TAIEX. From our one of our partners at Jack solar garden, intimate energy Academy. And this year, students are doing individualized energy projects such as how to utilize grey water systems in homes to generate more electricity. So doing very amazing things. And through that process, university Wyoming has their school of energy resources has pledged a $5,000 scholarship to any of our academy graduates who attend their college. Not only that, but Western midstream has donated $5,000 in scholarships to our students this year. And I think that just shows how amazing our kids are doing and how greatly our energy partners believe in our kids and the amazing work that they’re doing. That is what I have read. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 38:46
Well, thank you, thank you, students for putting all this together. I appreciate it and sharing all the highlights that are going on in the meat feeder system. It’s actually not all the highlights. It’s just a small sampling. I want to thank our excellent educators for being here and sharing all the things that you’re doing with our students. We are so grateful to have you in our system. At this point in time. I’ll see if the school board or superintendent have any questions or feedback or comments for our students.
Unknown Speaker 39:12
Sarah. Hi, I’m Sarah and I represent the Meade area. And it is so nice to see familiar faces this evening. For me, it’s been learning a lot of new people and faces so this feels like I’m at home this evening. First of all, thank you to all the students to get a parent speak tonight is has to take a lot of courage. The room is full. And there are a lot of faces watching you and you all did an amazing job. Wow, I cannot believe all the things that are coming out of our schools. Two of the things that really stuck out to me are collaboration and community. I can tell you that my children are much younger in the system right And that sense of community trickles down to them from the high school. They look up to so many middle school and high schoolers in the system that they, I couldn’t ask for a better sense of community for them from when you all come to sing in events, to when you invite them to high school activities to when you provide your Oh. Recently, there was an event you put out digitally for all of the schools to watch it. That’s all I heard that evening was all about it. It really is a wonderful thing to hear about all the collaboration within your walls, within with each other. And without side industry. Organizations, they’re pouring money and time into our students. And that’s amazing. I hear about the innovation lab Design Thinking project, which is something that I think hear about at home, we have the Rad Lab, singing outside at amazing events and having 400 members of the community come. We have a national merit finalists with us this evening. And I, for you all to be so busy and to share with us this evening means a lot you are why this is why we’re here. And I thank you all for coming. And to the dedicated, selfless and wonderful staff that we have this evening. And admin, I commend you all it takes a lot of time and energy. And our students are the most important thing. And we really appreciate all that you do. And thank you for sharing it with us this evening.
Unknown Speaker 41:51
Thank you, Sara. Any other comments from Borden done?
Unknown Speaker 41:58
Thank you, I just want to first to echo what Sarah said, commend you all I mean, your school is doing some great things. And to hear this is actually my first time hearing about the energy Academy. So that’s great. I mean, I hear a lot of STEM and aerospace in different areas, even the business I think a couple of people talked about that. But this is really interesting and to hear the partners that you’re working with, you’ve gone outside of just the community that’s here. So that’s great. I think you all are doing great things to build the students confidence and ability to to lead to to thrive and explore different areas. You know, energy seems to be a pretty big area and this is this part of the country. But to actually infuse it and bring it into the classroom and find innovative ways for them to learn about it is takes a lot of time. So thank you all for that. And I think I was just either thinking about it or talk to someone recently about the A I think the first young lady is stepped stepped up that was talking about the arts pardon me for forgetting your name, the the A in STEAM, you know that we don’t really always think about it, how it can impact what we learn from a scientific perspective. But the creativity that comes behind it is really important. So thank you all so much for giving the students these opportunities.
Unknown Speaker 43:25
Thank you, Musa. Alright done.
Unknown Speaker 43:29
I was just gonna thank all of you for being here. It’s an interesting thing. You know, when you look back in time, I remember when made high school didn’t exist. And we put together a committee, because we’re building that school after the community passed that bond. And what you start to realize is, you know, when you see all of you guys starting so young, and growing up into the amazing young adults that you are right now, it really is. It’s heartwarming, because I remember when that place meat High School was just a field, and then watching the new elementary school grow and become a new elementary school, and all the renovation out at Meade, middle school, and watching these programs. And you really can say with a straight face that you’ve got a feeder system that can compete with anybody in the country and anybody in the world. And you should be really proud of yourselves and Greta, congratulations on your award, and to our administrators and teachers. Thank you for everything that you’re doing for our children. It’s really pretty special. Thanks.
Unknown Speaker 44:37
Thank you, Don. One, one more. One more thing, please. I do want we had an opportunity to of course thank the students and appreciate you for being here, as well as the educators that are here this evening and the and the building leaders. I wonder if there are any family members, friends, loved ones that are in the audience that are tonight to support the students. And if you are, if you wouldn’t mind just standing so that we could recognize you as well. Thank you We never want to pass up that opportunity. right to say that’s that’s mine. Yeah. I agree. Thank you, everyone. That was a wonderful feeder report. Thank you, principal Young.
Unknown Speaker 45:33
Alright, so Dina, we will have take two and my apologies to everyone who was here from from Toyota. I hope they enjoyed that presentation. And thank you for helping us get students home so that they can focus on on their schoolwork. Absolutely
Unknown Speaker 45:49
not a problem I expected to shift them up. They’re the most important. All right, well, Dr. Head Ed, President Siegrist, and our board members, thanks for having us here. Tonight. I’m going to invite Tony Joe and her team up, we have our friends from Toyota here and teacher. I’ll be brief, I just want to thank first of all the staff at CTC there is just exceptional, outstanding programming happening. They’re in all the different pathways. And they’re super committed to innovating and really elevating their programs according to what the industry needs. And that helps our students because it just sort of greases the wheels for their transition from high school straight into industry really, even if they choose a pathway that also leads through post secondary education. So I’d like to turn it over at this time to Tony Joe nickoli, who is our principal at CTC and thank her and her administrative team also for the work that they do, just constantly elevating what we’re doing over in her neck of the woods.
Unknown Speaker 46:56
Thanks, Tina. Welcome, Tony. Joe.
Unknown Speaker 46:58
Can you guys okay, making sure both mics work thing, you’re good. I feel like I’ve seen a lot of you all lately. So that’s kind of fun. So we were just here in January. I’m also the principal of new Meridian High School. But I am Tony Joe Nicolay, principal of both new Meridian High School and the career elevation and Technology Center. And I’m going to let our team introduce ourselves. But we’re here tonight to talk about really a national partnership that our site was awarded. And we have some of our industry partners with us
Unknown Speaker 47:28
to come up and introduce yourself. Hi, good evening, everyone. Winston Morgan, Toyota motors North America field manager and excited to be here, guys are doing some awesome stuff and keep up the good work.
Unknown Speaker 47:44
Scott Reil with Toyota Motor Sales I work here at the Denver regional office. And I’m a field technical specialist. And this is an awesome opportunity to be able to bridge the gap to train technicians and and students to get in their industry. So thank you
Unknown Speaker 48:06
my name is Joseph ludwell, also a field tech specialist with Toyota. I’m glad to be here. And like Scott, I’m just amazed that we can find these relationships to help in our industry. We really need help getting technicians and your students up to you know our standards and get them in our dealerships. Thank you very much.
Unknown Speaker 48:31
Charles Weber on the assistant principal at the Career Innovation and Technology Center, split some of my time with new Meridian as well but primarily help our teachers and developing partnerships and working on things that we’re going to talk about tonight. So thank you
Unknown Speaker 48:48
hello, everyone. My name is Brian Smallwood. I’m one of the auto instructors over at CTC thoroughly love what we’re doing. It’s uh, it’s awesome. No complaints.
Unknown Speaker 49:00
I did not pay him to say that. No. I would like to thank these gentlemen for driving up this evening. I unfortunately was joking with Winston, I promised him at least 40 degrees, because he’s not used to our Colorado or Colorado weather. So they did. He’s flown in and these gentlemen drove up during what this weather from the south of Denver tonight, so I’m thankful for them. So I know I’ve shared with you just how proud I am of our site of our School of our staff and our teachers. And I just want to reiterate that before we get into this presentation, I would also like to thank Dr. ADAD for all of your support. We are so fortunate at our site to have seven outstanding CTE programs, career and technical education programs and soon to be eight as we will be adding pre law. Our Automotive Technology Program is actually one of our most highly requested program and we actually have private probably close to 280 300 course requests and right now students wanting to access this opportunity because of this Toyota partnership and because of the outstanding instructors that we have. Alright, so we’re gonna go ahead and get started
Unknown Speaker 50:27
the Toyota tax elite program technical technical education college support partnership offers students an opportunity to earn progressive certifications that comply with the highest training standards in the automotive industry, including the National Institute for automotive service excellent. They get certifications in that Toyota and Lexus technical training certifications, and can lead toward an associate’s degree with rigorous advanced training as well. This program is designed to prepare students to become certified technicians through high quality, industry based hands on automotive diagnostics, repair education, Tech’s designates advanced automotive technology programs, and we will be viewed as an official training center for Toyota and Lexus.
Unknown Speaker 51:20
To be selected for this prestigious program, you must meet a rigorous industry and educational standard that includes sound school districts, solid facilities, strong industry partners, outstanding instructors, and a supportive community. Our school district has an outstanding commitment to academic excellence and a robust career and technical education pathway opportunities. We have a solid CTE center that houses to automotive shops, and we’ve established connections with strong industry partners such as SAP, Toyota, Boulder, Toyota, and other local and regional Toyota training, support and technical engineers. We have two outstanding instructors in Brian Smallwood and Joshua Oliver, who hold numerous industry certifications and are committed to the advancement of our students. Finally, we have the support of our local high schools, parents and the greater Longmont community, who are committed to ensuring that our students have access and opportunity programs such as this. As a result of these strategic efforts. We were selected as the third high school site in the nation to offer this programming.
Unknown Speaker 52:34
Through this program, students are exposed to rigorous technical curriculum that includes an introduction to the Toyota Motor Corporation, and a comprehensive series of training courses covering topics such as maintenance and general service, Toyota hybrid maintenance, Toyota recall and service campaign essentials just to name a few. To support this training, Toyota has graciously provided us with two current generation Toyota vehicles to complete drive trains the latest state of the art tools, technology and diagnostic equipment, as well as access to Toyota specific operational processes. We were able to support this partnership by purchasing upgraded equipment utilizing funding from the career development incentive program, or what’s referred to as seed IP. Funding for seed up is provided through the Colorado Department of Education and is authorized by the governor’s office each year. It offers a financial incentive for school districts to offer programming such as this, where high schools students can compete for industry recognized certification, amongst other things in total, through this partnership, and setup, our students will now have access to an additional $130,000 worth of vehicles, tools and equipment that they would not have otherwise.
Unknown Speaker 54:03
Text elite provides a plethora of opportunities to our students, students receive elite faculty factory training have opportunity or numerous certifications leading to immediate higher a wage positions in the shops. Additionally, students will be provided with the opportunity to continue their education through Toyota t 10. Program and earn an associate’s degree. Students are also provided with access to guest speakers field trips, multiple opportunities to engage in work based learning such as job shadows, internships, potential apprenticeships with surrounding toy dealerships.
Unknown Speaker 54:43
So as you can see the potential impact this program will have on students and our local industry is profound. We asked a student one of the students I enjoy really seeing the most in the shop AJ Frio. He is a CTC student as well as The Silver Creek High School student gave a quote that he’s most excited about the exposure to new tools, equipment and technologies that he would not have access to without this program. And last week, when CDE was visiting, he had a chance to share his excitement about this program and partnership with Toyota and what it means to him. So he has some future goals of potentially working with earth Roemer, or exploring this pathway, even more just based on all of the solid training he’s getting. And then one of our industry partners as well shared his excitement. And here’s a picture of our students with CDE, visiting, and some new equipments, and also one of our favorite quotes. But I just want to say that on behalf of the students and staff at the Career elevation and Technology Center, we would like to thank these gentlemen, for their hard work and ensuring that we had an opportunity to actually go for this partnership. And there was a lot of district people involved in securing this partnership, from lawyers to Deena to Doctor Who dad giving us his blessing. And it really took a lot of work to say yes, we, you know, let’s go get this partnership and see what it can bring to kids. So I’m going to let these gentlemen share just what they’re most excited about. And then if you have questions, we’re free to answer them. Thank you. Most excited about putting them on the spot.
Unknown Speaker 56:32
I love being on the spot. It’s not a problem. I think, you know, ultimately, the challenge we’ve had over the years, is getting young people interested in the automotive industry. You know, we all drive around, right. And we also recycle, but we don’t put the dots together, that we need people to actually serve as those guys. And I think for me partnering with, excuse me, partner with you guys is going to lay a foundation to bring more young people into the industry, that they can start working at the dealers and grow and it’s a great career. I had a fun time, my colleagues had a fun time. And we want to just encourage more young people to come in.
Unknown Speaker 57:17
So I have to say that back when I was a youngster, I didn’t know what the heck I wanted to do. And obviously, I was told to I need to go to college. My dad was kind of odd. He was he was anti College. He was he was a brick mason, he felt felt there were too many folks that went to college. And I thought well, that’s not quite right, either. But I had a person that kept bugging me to come work for him at Bert Toyota, way back in the day. And so I decided, Okay, I did. And at that time, I just had some automotive training within High School. And that was just a class there was, it was a regular sit down class, there wasn’t any hands on at that time. But I did have metal shop and wood shop and some of those other things. And so what I ended up doing is I ended up going to work at Byrd Toyota as a intern in the motor home department. And I also went to school at night for business, with the college and I for business. So that was my compromise with my dad for one. But also, wow, well, that was a strong bond, because that’s really helpful to have that business experience. But also to gain the technical experience working at the dealer, and I was really good with my hands, I could take things apart and putting together and that sort of thing, I’d really good with that. And if it met a niche within me that I could actually actually do something and be productive and, and, you know, move forward. So with that, you know, the career path from there for me, and this could be any student out there. The I basically got my degree in business, and I’d been working and on the technical side bend a lot of classes for the technical side. I was shot Foreman there a 26 they asked me to become shop foreman. And so that is a path that you you can take and if you’re aggressive, but imagine being 26 years old, and you have a shop of grumpy Tech’s, you know, that that you had to work with so but the business experience helped me with that because there was leadership skills and I was also you know, had some other leadership training. But then from there, I was there for Toyota for over 30 years. But then I went to work for Toyota corporate, as a field technical specialist, so that’s kind of a career path that these students can be taking. That would be the the ultimate. Now not every student is going to want to take that career path, but they can they can You know, obviously be a very productive technician for many, many years and make a good living. And that is a great opportunity for them. So this is a great bridge for them. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 1:00:17
Do you guys have questions for us?
Unknown Speaker 1:00:20
Thank you, Tony. Cho. Any questions or comments from the board?
Unknown Speaker 1:00:25
I don’t have a question as much as I have a comment. This is amazing. I just remember back when I was in high school, and Mr. Real I’m not nearly as young as you are. But I remember when they had sharp as you say, in the mechanical classes, but this offers a different side of that, I think, from what I remember, I was just thinking I made a point. And you you basically said that, like the alternative pathways, we think traditionally collagen, that is a great pathway for some students, but not all students. And we want in this case, all of our students to be able to experience what they want to do in their their lives, their adult lives in their career. So the education that this brings, and then the business sense that they need to have with that, because then they can decide to go on to something else that they so choose or use it for other things. So I think this is a great program that you have, and it’s going to be something that I know a lot of students will benefit from within our district. So thank you,
Unknown Speaker 1:01:30
chico. Sure. Yeah, I just wanted to say thank you all for the partnership. And Tony, Joe, you and your team for putting this together. I just love that it touches all facets of what we’re trying to do. It impacts the community. You know, there’s a there’s a path with an associate’s degree involved in there, there’s additional certifications, there’s you know, we have great things happening from our, from our teachers, and, but ultimately with our students, and what’s happening there and, and the service they’re providing. And so I just look at this as a ultimate example of what we’re trying to do. And I appreciate you guys for having us kicking this off and putting all together.
Unknown Speaker 1:02:15
Now, just a big thank you to our partners from Toyota, I’ve had a chance to visit with you I was when I went to the earlier presentation, but really, really grateful to all of you. And, Brian, you are an exceptional, exceptional teacher, and coach and what you’re doing for our children is incredible. So thank you for that. I appreciate it a lot. And Tony, Joe and Charles, for your leadership. You know, you guys, we had a chance to meet with your staff the other day and talk about all of the successes, your graduation rates are way up. Here, attendance rates are way up, you’ve got a waiting list for kids trying to get into the school and prompted us the inspiration to think about adding space to your current facility and maybe even adding space on the east side of our district. Because the programs that you are offering are just busting out at the seams. So thank you for everything. You guys are very, very grateful. Thanks.
Unknown Speaker 1:03:22
Thank you, and Winston Scott and Joseph Safe travels. Thank you. Agenda Item 3.2 Is the superintendence Excellence in Education Awards.
Unknown Speaker 1:03:40
All right, well, first, I’m looking out in the audience for Michelle, which wow, is Michelle here. Come on up, if you wouldn’t mind please. Michelle is our Chief Technology Officer and has done some pretty incredible work. And she’s got a friend there in the audience that I see Mr. Joe mcbreen, who is our previous chief technology officer and you guys made a great team. But one of the things that I want to recognize Michelle for among other things is she was recently recognized by the Colorado Technology Association, which is the largest Technology Association in the state and not only works with some school districts, but primarily works with all of the tech industry throughout the entire state of Colorado and has tentacles all the way out throughout the country. And so for a school district Chief Technology Officer to win the Chief Technology Officer of the Year for the state of Colorado, competing against everyone Every major organization in this state is pretty incredible. It’s It’s unheard of. And as we speak, you know, Michelle, every time Michelle calls me I’m thinking, Okay, I wonder who else is now recognizing her expertise, because the Colorado Association of School executives has just recognized her as the Dan moss winner of the year for the state of Colorado in education, the the top chief technology leader in the state, and and I could go on and on and on. She has been instrumental in working with Joe and the rest of the team and everybody else in orchestrating a tech plan that is now a national model. And so, Michelle, I just can’t say thank you enough for everything you’re doing for our schools, everything you’re doing for our children, everything you’re doing for this community. It’s pretty impressive. It’s extremely impressive, though. I want to give you this small token of my appreciation, it’s a superintendents excellence in education work, thank you. Dino’s computer to store.
Unknown Speaker 1:06:58
We also have a group of individuals that I want to recognize for the superintendents Excellence in Education Award and I’m going to read something on the morning of December 30 2021. Boulder County in the towns of superior and Lewisville experienced the most destructive wildfire in state history the marshal fire. Over 1000 homes were destroyed, and even more were damaged. As the fire continued to grow, our community needed help relocating residents of Balfour assisted living with nothing more than a phone call and brief conversation. Lance Yock summer, who is our current Director of Transportation was able to assemble a team of dedicated dispatchers and drivers who are willing to help. Not only were they willing to help, but they were prepared to work through the night, six drivers and buses went to Balfour and began the process of loading and transporting the residents. Everyone transported was mobility impaired and required assistance getting them and their equipment on and off the bus. In the days following the bus the team was once again called upon to help. Because of their efforts. Our transportation team was specifically requested to help support the reunification function and transport residents back to their homes. Over the course of this event, the team logged 564 miles driven and combined 73.3 hours of time over the holiday break. After the initial response to the fire had ended, I received a phone call from a member of the Longmont Office of Emergency Management, who gave feedback about the service the transportation team provided. In their words, the team was awesome quick to respond, and seamlessly integrated into the evacuation efforts currently underway. Their efforts made a significant and positive impact on our community, and this award recognizes their exemplary initiative and accomplishment that advances our organizational performance, achievement, wellbeing and service to the entire community. So I’d like to recognize these individuals. I think many of you are here. And if I ask you to come up Steve Warland
Unknown Speaker 1:09:03
Paul up ADIA Paul Shaffer, Lance JACC summer John Costello. Jim Rowan Dwight Tilford. And Frank Mills Elka. And I am going to see if Lance, would you like to share anything about your team and we’ve got Thank you doctor had to present. Yeah. See if we can take your picture and congratulate you again.
Unknown Speaker 1:09:41
Yes. Thank you very much, Dr. Dad, President secrecy members of the board for having us here tonight. You know, Truly this this experience, you know, folks generally reach out to us when they’re asking for access to something and it was in this unique experience that they actually needed us to help them Get away from something right they needed safe refuge. And it was amazing whenever we got that call how quickly we were able to turn to Richard Peebles and safety and security and work with the work with the reunification process to get buses deployed, and get, you know, residents where they needed to be to find safety. So, you know, the team came together seamlessly, they were more than willing to jump in and help wherever they were needed. And I just couldn’t be more proud to serve alongside such an amazing group of individuals. So really, it’s the hard work of our team and the support of the district that that makes transportation successful. So I want to thank you all so much for your support and recognize the group for their hard work right thank you, thank you. Jim. Thank you John.
Unknown Speaker 1:11:13
Paul Yeah. Steve, thank you all for being here all right. Don, thank you for recognizing those individuals and Lance’s team. Lance. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 1:12:36
That brings us to audience participation. I don’t see that anyone has signed up. Is there anyone in the audience this here this evening to speak? Hello. Before we’ll go ahead and come on up, I’m no please come up. I’m going to go ahead and, and make a statement. Thanks, Derek. Appreciate it. All right. No worries. So the Board of Education values, community perspectives and feedback from our parents, teachers, staff, and community. Thank you, Dr. martyr. 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 of three minutes. I will thank you for speaking and invite the next speaker to the podium or move 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 board member Dr. Haddad or the HR department, and we will assist you with next steps. It has been a long standing practice of the board to not address or respond during the public comment section of the agenda. But please know that we’re listening and greatly appreciate and value the perspectives of our community. All right. If you would like to please state your name and address and then we’ll begin timing after that. Okay, thank you.
Unknown Speaker 1:14:36
My name is Justin de pollo. Smits My address is 120 Main Street unit 3202. Here in Longmont. So 8051 Thank you, Justin. Thank you. Thank you. This is my 15th year in public education and my first year here at St. Vrain. Valley School District. My six months at Thunder Valley K eight school have been positive Oh All. Recently I was informed by my principal that my contract would not be renewed. And I would like to outline this evening why this action by my principal should not be approved by the board. I have compiled 73 pages of evidence to corroborate my claims, and I’m happy to discuss this evidence in a different setting. I assert that my principal has made Title Seven and Title Nine violations in her treatment of me and the non renewal of my contract. Additionally, our building concerns related to special education services access to translation services, and students and staff equity issues exist, as FreeBSD has no protocol to support a probationary teacher with a hostile evaluator. And based on the evidence I have collected, I can find no other logical reason for my principal targeting and retaliating against me in this way than that this is at the least unconscious bias, and potentially targeted aggression and discrimination. My Requests this evening are to overturn or table my non renewal for a different administrator to serve as my evaluator through the end of the academic year. And whether or not you decide to return overturn my non renewal please thoroughly investigate my principal and impact of her leadership at Thunder Valley K eight school regarding building culture and climate issues in an attempt to positively impact leadership. nearly 1/3 of our 94 staff members drafted and signed a letter with 27 statements of concern to address a well established pattern of bullying, intimidation and retaliation. That was delivered to my principal on Thursday, December 16. On January 12, we had one on one meetings with Dr. Capetian and Steve VRL, where 30 Teachers spoke, I shared concerns about my principals treatment of me. In the letter, there were concerns about inequitable treatment of LGBTQIA plus staff, and that I helped organize the letter my principal received and I stated, I want to acknowledge that currently, my evaluations are positive and there is nothing negative or disciplinary in my personnel file. CEA and SV VA stated this is the largest staff organizing effort SVB ST has ever seen. In February, my principles singled out me a queer teacher and a trans non binary teacher for sharing an email to trying to support trans and gender diverse students, but didn’t address the straight cisgender teacher who also contributed to that email thread. She ignored concerns of trans and gender diverse students when I brought them up in the email and again ignored those student concerns in person when I pointed out to her that she had not yet acknowledged those concerns. And 10 days later, she non renewed my contract, after I said that she singled me out and I have positive evaluations, nothing negative in my file, no change to my position. She has repeatedly acknowledged that I’m a good teacher. And I was told it was not performance based. I have many more incidents that led up to that. Thank you. Have a great evening.
Unknown Speaker 1:17:54
Thank you, Justin, you have a great evening as well. Is there anyone else to here this evening? Who would like to speak during public comment? All right, then that will conclude our public comment this evening and the audience participation, if it’s agreeable, if the board is agreeable. I would like to give Todd an opportunity. We have four individuals here who are new hires to the district. And if the board agrees, then Todd, we would love for you to introduce the new hires so that we can congratulate them and welcome them to their new positions. Okay.
Unknown Speaker 1:18:32
Everyone agree? Yes. Good evening, President seagrass members of the board. Dr. Dad, it’s my pleasure to bring forth four new four of our new administrator hires. The first one I’m going to have come up as familiar face, Mr. Joe mcbreen. And I wanted to acknowledge that his wife Andrea is here to support Joe in his introduction. So Mr. Joe McBride graduated with a bachelor’s degree focusing on political science and elementary education college from Colorado College. He received a master’s degree focusing on educational leadership, Supervision and Curriculum Development from the University of Denver, from 1991 to 2000. Mr. Macbrayne served as a teacher and Tech coordinator for Garfield’s ar e to school district from 2000 to 2003. He served as a senior sales engineer for Kerry access Corporation from 2003 to 2007. He served as a senior IT Operations Manager for the Boulder Valley School District. And then he joined us from 2000 Oh, sorry, 2007 to 2009. He served as the Director of Instructional Technology for Adams 12 And then he joined us from 2009 to 2018. He served as Chief Technology Officer for its eight brain valley schools. And since 2019, Mr. mcbreen has served as a consultant and executive coach for St. Vrain Valley Schools is currently enrolled includes providing coaching to district leaders assisting with the innovation centers development for artificial intelligence leadership, and supporting the cloud computing implementation of web services at the innovation center. So Mr. Breen has accepted our position as Assistant Superintendent of innovation. So I’d like to welcome Mr. Green and you can address the Board.
Unknown Speaker 1:20:27
Thank you. Thank you. It is an honor to be here speaking with you. And I just like to say it’s no surprise that the Innovation Center is a very special program. And that when the job was posted, I knew I had to apply and with tremendous support from my beautiful wife, Andrea. I was lucky enough to be chosen. And I just like to thank Dr. Haddad for this opportunity and Dr. Kapoor and of course the board. And yeah, I just I just feel humble and grateful. So all I can tell you is that I will do my best in Thank you. I’d be happy to entertain any questions that you might have.
Unknown Speaker 1:21:10
I don’t, I don’t really have a question. But I have a remembrance. You might remember that I was on the search committee and interviewed you by phone for the position of Chief Technology Officer, one of seven members of the phone. And the thing that I recall most vividly is that while the other candidates came before the committee for an in person interview, you were you had your interview by phone standing in front of the Apple headquarters. That’s true. And in fact, you know, when I saw that, Joe, I knew that you were the one for us.
Unknown Speaker 1:21:52
Thanks, Dr. martyr. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 1:21:56
Thanks for sharing that. Joe. Congratulations.
Unknown Speaker 1:22:00
Thank you very much. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 1:22:07
I would like to next introduce Miss Francesca kar Craver as the principal of Grandview Elementary, and she’s attending with her husband Joshua, who’s here in the audience. Miss Craver has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado. She received administrators license and educational leadership from the University of Denver and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education focusing on social justice, equity and school policy from the University of Denver. Miss Carter has been serving in the Adams 12 Five Star school districts since 1999. She has held roles that include primary teacher, learning specialist, reading interventionist, and assistant principal, and since 2016, she has been serving as a principal at Malley drive elementary school. So I’d like to welcome Miss Francesca Craver to as the principal of Grandview Elementary.
Unknown Speaker 1:23:08
Hello, everyone, nice to see you nice to see your doctor head out again. So I’m super excited. You know, it’s always nerve racking when you’re leaving a district of 23 years to come to another district and start all over. But I am super excited for this opportunity. And I look forward to getting to know all of you getting to know my community. I know that I made the right choice after my current. My current superintendent said, you know, kid, you made the right choice for yourself. And you know, that means a lot to me coming from a district and growing up in that district and knowing that you guys have a great reputation, and I have teetered back and forth to join st moraine for about five years. I spent a lot of time with other administrators in St. Brina at the case conference, and so they finally talked me into taking the step and come on over here. And so I’m super excited for it. So thank you for this opportunity. And thank you to Dr. Hidalgo and Jackie for help for believing in me and allowing me to have this opportunity as Grandview principal.
Unknown Speaker 1:24:13
Thank you. Congratulations, Francesco. Welcome to St. Brain.
Unknown Speaker 1:24:16
Thank you. And I’m also open to any questions if you have any for me,
Unknown Speaker 1:24:22
right. I’m wondering if you have anybody here to celebrate with you. My husband, Joshua. That’s my husband. Hi, Joshua.
Unknown Speaker 1:24:28
He is an administrator in GF. CO. So maybe I’ll talk him to come up here. So we’ll try but he hasn’t agreed yet. So
Unknown Speaker 1:24:38
at a minimum, you’ll have plenty to talk about. Exactly. Nicely. Yes. Well, thank you. Welcome.
Unknown Speaker 1:24:44
Thank you. I appreciate it.
Unknown Speaker 1:24:50
I’d like to next introduce Miss Pauline Davis as the Special Education Coordinator and she’s joined and attending her husband, Michael who’s in the audience? And then Emily Scott as representing special ed. So, Miss Davis graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Colorado Boulder. She also received a master’s degree focusing on special education from Regis University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education and educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Northern Colorado from 2010 to 2014. Miss Davis was a teacher at Summit charter Middle School, from 2014 to 2019. She served as a special education teacher, MT SS coordinator, 504 coordinator and intervention specialist at Imagine charter school. And she currently serves as the Special Education Coordinator in Adams 14 school districts. So I’d like to welcome Miss Davis as a special education coordinator.
Unknown Speaker 1:25:56
Good evening, thanks. I’m so excited to be here. I had the opportunity to pick up the booklet, The St. Brain innovation, and read through it and read some of the exciting things that are happening in this district. Sorry, can you hear me now? Thank you. I just wanted to express how excited and grateful I am to be long to be coming on board to a district that is so innovative and collaborative. And we can see the outcome with the students that we heard from earlier today. So thank you very much.
Unknown Speaker 1:26:29
Thank you Pauline. Welcome, congratulations.
Unknown Speaker 1:26:38
And finally, I’d like to introduce Miss Nick net, Nanette mercury as assistant principal for launch ad and she’s attending with her husband, Chris. So Chris to wave it over there. Mr. Berger. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Howard Payne University. She received a master’s degree in education, focusing on teacher leadership from Lamar University, and Chelsa received a master’s degree in school leadership and administration from the University of Colorado Denver, from 2004 to 2012. Miss Mercury served as a secondary English language teacher, at Carmel High School from 2012 to 2017. She served as an educational technology specialist at Boulder Valley School District. And currently she serves as an instructional coordinator for the St. Vrain Valley School. So I like to introduce to you.
Unknown Speaker 1:27:33
Thank you so much. I’m so excited to accept the position as an assistant principal for lunch fed, to serve alongside Julie, and to really be a part of taking lunch to the next level, and the opportunities it really has for our community and our students. So thank you so much.
Unknown Speaker 1:27:50
Congratulations on that. Hi, Julie. Todd, thank you. And one more. Welcome to everyone, and congratulations on your new positions. Thank you, Don. Agenda Item six is the superintendence report.
Unknown Speaker 1:28:07
All right. Well, thank you. And, Todd, thank
Unknown Speaker 1:28:10
you for pardon me five,
Unknown Speaker 1:28:12
all of the great work that you and your team have done recruiting some excellent additions to our team. So I just want to thank the teachers and staff I’ve been visiting with each school’s teaching, group and staff group. Today, I started my day at Highlands elementary with their staff and ended it with nyuad High School, and just beginning each meeting with examples of the excellence that’s happening in their schools. And it really is pretty amazing, even at regular times, but to see the work that’s being done. During the pandemic, it’s just been pretty amazing. So thank you to our teachers, our staff, and our building leaders also want to recognize the robotics programs. You know, we were state champs in elementary, middle and high school. And we have currently the number one ranked team in the world. We have about 163 robotics teams, and continuing to grow that program under the leadership of many. So it’s a it’s really an exciting time for robotics, and St. Brain and are all of the students that are participating. Also had a great visit with Chancellor for the University of Colorado, Denver and the provost there and some of her team. And we’re working with Apple and on a pretty exciting partnership. So there’ll be more to come with that. But Joe, I appreciate you joining us with your leadership there. And it’s pretty exciting time with some of these. We also have a governor’s visit visit coming in march towards the end of March and that will be exciting looking at workforce readiness in st brain. So we’ll provide some more information around that. We are doing A project with the Colorado business roundtable where we’ve invited about 20 superintendents. And Debbie Brown is the president of the Colorado business roundtable will invite a number of corporate and business leaders. And we will be meeting with them to build partnerships with the Colorado Association of School executives and the Colorado association of school boards. And so Dr. margar, I know you’ll be attending as a representative while you’re actually the president of the school board for Colorado associate Well, Colorado Association of School Boards president and Joey, you’ll be attending as the president of the St. Vrain Valley School District Board of Ed. So we’re excited about that. You also saw some of the great new hires and we are out early and we’ll be we’ve got some pretty robust pools for teaching and staff. So we’ll be looking forward to that. Todd, you and your team have your hands full, obviously, but they’re going to be recruiting far and wide, also had the opportunity the other day to go to Frederick High School and celebrate with Garrett Colvin and his family. He was just appointed to the West Point. And it was great. Congressman Buck’s office came and represented Congressman buck to congratulate him. And Garrett, also a member of our student leadership, team, student advisory group. We have a lot of exciting events going on the Final Four for meats girls, and the Final Four for Fredericks boys for basketball for the state playoffs. So that should be a lot of fun. And we have the all state choir for middle schoolers this week, as well. So I’ll be attending those and looking forward to our kids doing more great work. And the last thing I’ll say is, you know, when you heard about Medes focus school, and you know, Miyoshi, you had mentioned about the aerospace and some of the others, you know, about really back in 2009, we thought about incorporating different focus school programs that would be above and beyond our traditional programs. And now we have over 70 of these instructional programs throughout the district, including things like stem and aerospace and virtual reality. And we’ve got you saw the energy program and the medical and biosciences program and the leadership program, and the International Baccalaureate program. And all of these things that run all the way through our systems pre K through 12. And now the P TECH programs grades 13 and 14. And the just the opportunities for our kids are pretty incredible. And we’re going to continue to grow them, but a lot of a lot of work done. But just when you see the end result of these things, is what you saw for me is happening in just about every feeder, well, not just about in every feeder system in our district. So thanks.
Unknown Speaker 1:32:43
Thank you, Dan. I appreciate your leadership and, you know, everything that everyone’s been talking about and in your updates tonight, really all of this contributes to just creating future graduates who are innovative and problem solvers. And I can’t think of anything else. That the world needs more right now. All right. Agenda Item six point we’re on 6.2. Correct. Okay. Scott, that is the 2022 through 2026 District enrollment projections. 2026 26.
Unknown Speaker 1:33:23
Right. Welcome to see you all and I thought everyone was here to hear projections but there’s but the place that was
Unknown Speaker 1:33:34
empty it’s just a brief intermission. I’m certain they’re grabbing a snack and they’ll be right back.
Unknown Speaker 1:33:40
Okay. That makes me feel better. Can everyone see the screen is that on? People’s oh is that up? Yeah, he’s okay. Is it
Unknown Speaker 1:34:18
it’s not if it’s in the screen, it’s
Unknown Speaker 1:34:23
I’d say my tone is unplug and replug. So what it’s seeing is just your screen. That’s not the same presentation. Oh, is that right? Oh, see? Oh, yeah. Interesting. It’s, it’s a mirroring thing on your computer.
Unknown Speaker 1:34:50
Alright, Scott, while you’re working on that, I think I’m going to check in with Matteo. Okay. Yeah, Matteo. Any thoughts or questions? so far on on the meeting,
Unknown Speaker 1:35:03
I think it’s cool that we’re talking about meats focus program, energy Academy. I haven’t personally been involved in it. But I know a lot of people who haven’t I know, Mrs. Crack is a really good leader for those kids. Having had her freshman year.
Unknown Speaker 1:35:20
I would agree. I would agree. Absolutely. And it’s wonderful to see the opportunities and just learn a little bit more. There was probably three or four things in the presentation that I wasn’t aware of beforehand. So it was very helpful. Yeah, thanks, Matteo. We’ll turn it back to you.
Unknown Speaker 1:35:39
Sounds like it’s back on on your screens. Okay. Yeah, so I want to talk about our next five year enrollment projection. And I’ll break down a few things in areas that we’re looking at. There are a number of factors out there and of course, the pandemic has been one over the past couple of years that have impacted enrollment. But in terms of the economic forecasts that I’ve looked at, locally, economically in Longmont, they’re expecting a 71% of respondents to a survey expect profitability to go up, another 12% stayed the same. So 83% of employers in Longmont expect increasing growth in them in the job front. Over the next two years long live mount is considered a boomtown by several publications. Colorado State Demographer identify Colorado is the sixth fastest growth state with the 2020 census. And they’re expecting to see International in migration to begin to increase again, and they’re starting to see some of that happen at the end of 2021. See you leads, projects 87,000 jobs in 2021. That’s their testament for what was added, and another 73,020 22. So they and several others believe that the state has exceeded finally pandemic levels of recovery. There are some economists that say it’s happening in this first quarter, but see your leads in Colorado future Center said September of 2021. So there’s good science in the economy. There’s several researchers that say housing, though, is still behind, really from the 2008. Recession, never really kind of caught up or kept pace with demand. So another two to three years out some say five to seven before housing, can meet the demand, housing construction. And then, of course, our own district, we saw a much stronger growth this past year, then than we expected in many districts saw. So we added over 800 students, which was a pretty good strong growth and recovery from the pandemic that same brain had and other districts didn’t have. So that’s another factor as we look out the next five years. Of course, there’s some headwinds. Continued impacts of the pandemic, will students still want to opt for online or come more in person? We do have that option in our district, and we saw significant interest in our launched ad program. So that was one of the factors I think that helped us in recouping enrollment growth from the pandemic. Work worker shortages are an issue. The state is kind of documented that fewer workers returned in that kind of pre retirement age from the pandemic. So there’s a need for workers. And we kind of see it, you see it in signs all across the state. Other issues has housing shortages, as I mentioned, and cost the boulder MSA is the most expensive housing market. So that can drive issues as far as can people locate here. There’s inflation supply chain issues, remote workers are increasing. So the potential of workers from out of state applying for jobs in Colorado. That’s kind of an unknown at this point. And then we’ve had lower birth rates over the past few years. But the state demographers identified that some of that may be reversed as millennials. Enter the 30s and many of them have delayed childbirth, and they’re beginning to to have children later in their marriages than previously, previous generations. And of course world impacts world events.
Unknown Speaker 1:40:17
Looking at Job rate growth, Weld County is one of the stronger areas expected to grow at three to 4%. Job growth, Boulder County at two to 3%. And again, we’re looking at around 70 to 80,000 jobs next year. So the the state the CEU leads, is expecting to see grow job growth, population growth over the next 10 years, from 5,700,000 to almost 6.5 million. And interestingly, the rate of growth is going to be increasing over the next few years to 2026. So current rate of point 8% And reaching a great growth rate of 1.3% by 2026. So these next five to 10 years, a little bit of a ramp up and growth is expected. How that plays out in the front range, in particular, as we look at 2050 will reach a population of 7.5 6 million, with 6.4 million of it in the front range. And you can see weld, it’s one of the faster growing areas which contains much of our fast growth as well. And same brain. As you look at Boulder and weld are two primary counties weld, just past Boulder County, in 2020. So and their rate of growth is going to really carry them to 2050 to almost double what Boulder County. So again, a lot of the growth is going to be happening in our eastern part of our district, I 25 Corridor Greeley, and parts of weld that are a little bit further north. So how that plays out again, population in the next five years. Here again, we also see an increasing growth rate, if you look on the far right, from point 3%, growth in 2022, to 8% growth in Boulder County, and similar for well, 2.3% growth in 2022. And a growth rate of 3% by 2026. Some of that is birth in, in weld. And of course, weld is one of the areas where the birth number is increasing. You can see on the bottom of that chart 23,000 births over this time period 11,000 deaths compared to Boulder County that are a little bit closer births and deaths. So a little bit lower birth number in the Boulder County area, and 30 to 32,000 in migration into Weld County. So if we could bring births into our district, here, again, we kind of defy the state trend a little bit. The state overall did see a drop in 2020 and 2021 due to pandemic related other factors. But we had our largest number of births in the past 10 years. So we were still seeing growth at an early age in our district. And again, at the time these infants turned into five, six year olds, we’ve added typically two to 300. So that’s kind of been our trend. So some of that in migration on top of the birth number over the next 10 years, about 100,000 births in weld 23 24,000 in Boulder County. And then the chart that you can see shows a gradual increase of birth and then a leveling off in 10 or 15 years. So there is kind of a period as millennials enter birth age that we’ll see a little bit of an increase in Colorado. You can see the death rate we had a spike in 2020 a lot of really to COVID but that continues to go up as the state of Colorado ages
Unknown Speaker 1:45:09
unseen. So I want to just talk briefly about building permits. The communities are projecting 2500 permits housing permits. So that’s one of the higher numbers in the last 10 years. And we can see that the larger area is is Longmont with 847. But the areas Broomfield and airy together are, are kind of picking up as you combine that area into the Erie feeder, they’re going to be very close to the Longmont total in permits. And some of the difference. Weld County communities are doing more single family, which has a higher student yield some of the Longmont projects or multifamily which has a lower student yield over the past several years to 2008. It’s kind of a similar breakdown, with long not having the majority of housing permits. And then as we look, this is a chart that reflects projects that we’re reviewing in the planning office. And these are future projects, final plats, preliminary plats concept plans. And so this past year, we reviewed projects that equated to 14,000 dwelling units. So a lot of these are, you know, ways down the road. This could take seven to 14 years depending on build out of of the communities, but it at least brings lots into the pipeline, which helps can meet some of the housing demand that we have. And then as you look at where those projects, the large projects are, again, it’s in the Weld County portion there within the green and blue shaded areas on either side of I 25. So if you break that down into the projections, this is the Longmont area feeders Longmont, nyuad, Silver Creek skyline. And those are relatively flat as we go out. There are some growth areas in Longmont, particularly nyuad. There’s a gravel mine area that has potential for a couple of 1000 housing units, but there’ll be some gravel mining first. So that’s a little ways out. So just a slight increase, it’s still very similar to where it was in 2011. The big difference is the Weld County feeders, Erie, in red, Frederick and green meat and the light blue are the ones that were seeing the growth. So to do a quick sum up, we’re looking at 290 additional students. Last year, we had 886 additional students. So it’s it’s a little bit conservative, more conservative than this past year’s growth 119 of that growth is charter projection, again, and I think you’re aware that the charters do their own projections, and I use theirs in our our evaluation. So looking out five years, we would had a mid level be at 33,952 students not counting preschool students, so relatively moderate conservative approach at this point. But given all the factors, we feel pretty comfortable with this. It is a number that’s under the number of housing permits that are being projected. So it could be it could come in higher than this number. But at this point that we’re we’re starting and schools are staffing based on these numbers. So be happy to answer any questions. I know it’s a lot of data.
Unknown Speaker 1:49:25
Thank you, Scott, per student. Board Member questions or comments this evening. Tech.
Unknown Speaker 1:49:33
Thank you, Madam President. Scott, always good to see you. i This is one of my top three presentations during the year at least. Both the fault report and the nice projections. I’m encouraged to see that the you’ve chosen for the projection for the coming year to be more conservative Then, it has been. We noted last year, or I noted last year that last year was the first year in six years that your projection was, in fact, under the actual amounts, we grew faster than you thought for the first time ever, at least in the last six years.
Unknown Speaker 1:50:22
It’s about half and half if you go back through my history of projection, so it’s on average, we’ve grown 23 over my average projection. It’s the last five. I know all the numbers.
Unknown Speaker 1:50:37
Well, I will say in my term on the board, okay. You were remarkably optimistic during that time, and well, not remarkably, consistently, consistently. So I do think I appreciate the care and the research that you do to develop these numbers. And it really does put us in a position so we can be confident about the range of projected student growth that we could expect, certainly compared with other districts. So I guess I had just one specific question. And you alluded to it with regard to the number, the 119 students that are projected to grow for our charter students. What is your experience from past projections from the charters? Not the numbers the charters, schools give you?
Unknown Speaker 1:51:38
Typically, they’ve been over projecting. So they’ve, like one year, it was about 250 over? So I mean, that factors into to my number because I, I use their number. So they’re, I think they feel confident in their number. And I have no reason to question it. Typically, it’s been though over what actually come in comes in. So.
Unknown Speaker 1:52:09
And for the years out, I know that the 119 is just for next year. But the years out, I noticed those come back to what I would consider to be more in line with historical trends.
Unknown Speaker 1:52:24
And those are the ones that I develop, because they don’t do a five year projection. So I use their one year projection. And then I develop trends that I’ve looked at over the past and extended on. So they’re not impacted budget wise by that five year, because we update every year, but to the five years my projection out, but the one year is the charter.
Unknown Speaker 1:52:54
Thank you for clarifying that. So the overall take home message for us and St. Fran for the next five years is
Unknown Speaker 1:53:04
it’s a pretty moderate growth rate. It does. Copy in a way mirror, what the State Demographer is saying, in terms of births, growth in Boulder and Weld County. Both of those counties are going to have increasing growth rates. So that is kind of a new feature and in their projection. So this is maybe even a little bit more moderate than the state demographers projection. But I think this is something that easily could be seen in the next five years.
Unknown Speaker 1:53:43
Thank you very much.
Unknown Speaker 1:53:47
Any other board member comments or questions? Chica?
Unknown Speaker 1:53:52
Scott, thanks for this report. Obviously, the growth in areas is kind of unbelievable. And future buildings probably needed. They’re there. Can you speak to that at all? And are there any other areas that you think might, you know, we like building or schools?
Unknown Speaker 1:54:13
Yeah, I area is one of the areas that will have future needs. I mean, we’re in a process of evaluating land acquisition. And I mean, we own a number of parcels in the Weld County area. So we’re ready to go on a number of things. But there’s still some acquisitions that we need to look at. But we will evaluate this in terms of the next five years, but also I’ll look at this further out 10 to 20 years, and start breaking down where I see and the timing I save facilities. So that’s kind of a next phase after this is looking a little bit further out to identify how we can plan for future needs. But there will be some in the next five years that’ll start to require attention. So Aries one of them
Unknown Speaker 1:55:17
sorry, Scott, just one follow up question when we’re looking out, not so much in the five year timeframe, but maybe in the 10 year timeframe, which I know this report doesn’t cover. But you do look beyond that time.
Unknown Speaker 1:55:32
While we’re growing overall, as a district, do you see foresee the need to look at existing facilities with regard to whether they are they will remain open in time?
Unknown Speaker 1:55:54
I don’t see any indication of that at this point. You know, that’s something maybe after five years, we’ll see how long, it would probably, you know, we’re talking a little bit about Longmont and there are still some growth areas, they’re a little bit slowed. So, in particular, there’s 2000 lots in the nyuad area of Longmont. So timing of that could factor into, you know, we’re going to fill up schools at a higher capacity in Longmont at some point. So I don’t think anything is in, in that kind of condition where we would start looking at consolidating or combining so we’re not there.
Unknown Speaker 1:56:42
Yeah. Yeah, thank you. I, that has been a commented, I’ve heard from some people that in the neighborhoods that people that I talk with, and not intermediate concern, there’s something that as we look in the five to 10, and heavy gun range that will come before the sport.
Unknown Speaker 1:57:02
Yeah, yeah, we’ll definitely keep our eyes on that. Yeah.
Unknown Speaker 1:57:07
Which is a good segue deck. You know, and you read a lot about that in other school districts. Also, Scott, one of my key takeaways, you know, Don mentioned, future boards are part of made deck mentioned future future boards. And that’s one of my takeaways is that St. Ryan boards of education for many years to come are going to have growth in front of them and how to address that growth. As Chico mentioned, particularly, in Weld County and out in that area, that’s something that won’t go away. Yeah. So, you know, Scott, everybody’s asked questions, and we’ve had several, several key takeaways. Also, I think it’s an I want to thank you, this is an interesting time. I’m not in your shoes. But I would imagine it’s an interesting time to offer projections. Going through the pandemic, there are many pieces that we don’t necessarily know what the long term impacts will be.
Unknown Speaker 1:58:02
Right? Yeah. And there’s, there’s new ones every year, it seems so just additional factors to look at. And that yeah, the pandemic and online versus in person created a lot of dynamics for a lot of districts to try to sort through. So
Unknown Speaker 1:58:19
it said, and I think it’s interesting to the impact of remote work, I, you know, I would have never connected that to your projections. So that was really eye opening to me to think about Colorado as a whole. one general question. As you talk with your colleagues around the state. Are you seeing st Vrain in alignment with other districts? Are we still in a different position with them them based on on growth?
Unknown Speaker 1:58:44
Yeah, we’re in a little different position because of Weld County and I 25 corridor and the growth of many of those communities. So you know, Boulder Valley is a little bit more built out and very costly to buy new housing there. So Longmont is getting kind of close to that. So we see some price impacts there. But we’re in a little different, more favorable, I guess, as far as growth goes, because of the eastern part of our district. You know, there’s still some growth other districts, Brighton is still growing and some of those others north along Windsor winter and in those areas, but we’re one of the few that’s kind of in a growth area.
Unknown Speaker 1:59:39
That’s good for St. Brian, I think I read this week, the median price in Longmont for our new home was 600,000 that we just went to be, you know, Don, I know this is something that that you’ve talked about for years, but we see the students here tonight, and we talk about all these opportunities, and that’s an investment in current students. So excess, right and now and in the future. And it’s also important for future students. But it’s also important to attract people to the district so that the district can continue to grow and offer those programs that all. It all comes together. Yeah. So, Scott, I don’t believe there any other questions? Thank you very much for your expertise. Appreciate it. And we’ll look forward to your next presentation. Sure. All right. We are approaching eight o’clock. We do have our consent items, and then one, one action item this evening. I don’t anticipate that we’ll take a full 15 minutes but I would ask for a motion to extend the meeting by 15 minutes, please. Oh, moved by gem in a second. Second. by Sara and Christy, can you call for the vote, please?
Unknown Speaker 2:00:47
Mr. Berthold? Yes, Mrs. Brooks? Yes. Mr. Garcia? Yes. Mrs. Puranic? Yes. Dr. Martyr, yes. Miss Ragland absent. And Miss Seacrest.
Unknown Speaker 2:01:00
i Thank you Christy. With that all confirmed that board members do not wish to pull any consent items this evening. Then I would entertain a motion for approval of 7.1. Staff terminations leaves 7.2 staff appointments 7.3. approval of minutes for the February 9 2022 regular meeting, February 16 2022 study session, February 2320 22 study session and February 2320 22. regular meeting 7.4 approval of recommendation to hire Assistant Superintendent of innovation 7.5 approval of recommendation to hire principal at Grandview elementary 7.6. Approval of recommendation to hire Special Education Coordinator for the 2021 2022 school year 7.7. Approval of recommendation to hire assistant principal at launched Ed. Launch Ed 7.8 approval of second reading board policy F eg construction contracts bidding and awards 7.9. approval of contract award for waterline replacement at Longmont High School and seven point 10 approval of change order one two CMGC for Skyline High School turf.
Unknown Speaker 2:02:19
So moved. Second. Mr. Berthold? Yes. Mrs. Brooks? Yes. Mr. Garcia? Yes. Miss her. Ganic? Yes. Dr. martyr. Yes, Mrs. Raglan, absent Miss Siegrist.
Unknown Speaker 2:02:37
I thank you, Christy. We have one action item this evening, which is a point one, that is the recommendation for approval of teacher contracts 2022 to 2023 non renewal notices. Hi, Todd, welcome back.
Unknown Speaker 2:02:52
Thank you. Good evening, again, presidency Chris, members of the board, Dr. Dad. So it’s such as staying listening to Scott How accurate he is with his projections of a year and sometimes even down to the student. And with those enrollment projections. Our staff has been busy with schools and departments have been busy working with supervisors, the finance team and HR to prepare staffing plans for the next academic school year. This year, just so you know, we have fewer non renewals than previous year, mostly due last year to the additional staffing of Launchpad during COVID. And also when analyze and doubt data from the prior two years as compared to this current year. We’re projecting actually fewer resignations and retirements from what was different than what you hear in the news from the state of Colorado as well as the nation. There’s talk about the great resignation and and people leaving and that type of stuff. Our that actually does not show that percent brain in fact, from a teacher perspective and a total school employee perspective. Our year to date right now, if we projected to the end of the school year, will not match what we’ve seen in the previous two years. So interesting data. We will start our beginner hiring process in the next few weeks. And based on the information shared from our university partners and the number of Colorado, the graduates in Colorado, especially focusing on education, those completers coming out of the state of Colorado has declined dramatically. And so the teacher supply will not equal the demand, especially in hard to fill areas like special ed, Math, Science, World Language. St. Brian is going to be strong in that competitive market, though. And partly, again, you know, we are one of the few districts in the state especially metro area actually growing and we are seeing some of our neighboring districts actually in decline in enrollment. And so that puts us in a strong position As well as our academic excellence, represent reputation and innovative approach. We’re also posting our vacant teaching jobs early and will be attending recruiting events in and out of Colorado. With that said, it is recommended that the Board of Education approve teacher contracts for all probationary and non probationary teachers currently employed by the same brain valley schools with the exception of those listed on the board agenda.
Unknown Speaker 2:05:28
Thank you, Todd. Appreciate that background. And it’s a super interesting time to be an HR. Yes. I don’t anticipate any board member comments or questions. All right, Misha,
Unknown Speaker 2:05:42
so I do want to comment on the gentleman at I don’t know how to pronounce his last name to POTUS. Just Yes. Then just to start with his first name. And an apartment pardon me? Did I didn’t I wasn’t able to do that. I’d like to understand more about that situation and what occurred through the emails because we don’t have that information in front of us right now. So I would say that I probably am not going to vote for this because I want to understand that situation more.
Unknown Speaker 2:06:18
Thank you, Misha. Good, alright, with that, I wouldn’t entertain a motion please. For Approval of action item 8.1 which is the recommendation to approve the teacher contracts 2022 2023 non remote renewal notices salute by Chico. Second, and a second Tech. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 2:06:44
Mr. Berthold. Yes, Mrs. Brooks Nay. Mr. Garcia? Yes. Mrs. Hornick? Yes. Dr. martyr? Yes. Mrs. Ragland absent Miss Siegrist.
Unknown Speaker 2:06:57
I thank you, Christy. All right. We don’t have any discussion items this evening. Matteo, you’ve been very patient. This meeting went a little bit long. You have the board and Dr. Hat ad here. We would love to hear any comments or questions and please know, beyond this evening, you are always welcome to reach out to us.
Unknown Speaker 2:07:18
Thank you, I just want to say they were discussing attracting people from out of districts into our schools to help them grow. And I want to say, personally, I come from the world RFI J districts. And I switched after my eighth grade year, and I started in SV VST, as a freshman. And I just think because of what you guys do, and how you put out what our schools offer, it attracts people who may be searching for something different to meet their needs, whether that be educationally or like in the community. I know for me, the community here is something I wouldn’t want. Or I couldn’t have really anywhere else I can imagine it. And there’s a lot of classes for example, next year, I’ll be taking classes at the Innovation Center. Regarding business and entrepreneurship, which I’m pretty excited to do. I don’t think I would have been able to do that in other districts. So I guess Jose, thank you for helping keep the district in line and attracting people from out of district that may want other opportunities.
Unknown Speaker 2:08:25
Thanks, Mattel, you are most welcome. Do you mind if I ask you what attracted you to meet high school?
Unknown Speaker 2:08:32
Yeah, it was my mom. She actually was looking, I didn’t know. And she
Unknown Speaker 2:08:40
moms are very, very intelligent right now.
Unknown Speaker 2:08:43
But she went to a meet presentation night or something along the lines of that, and then told me a little bit later, we looked into it, we did a tour, I actually have a personal connection to one of the counselors, Anthony Elliot, at Mead, I played club soccer with his son. So I’ve known him for a few years. And he gave us a tour. And you know, it was kind it was a cool change. So you know, I took it up and my mom was looking because she wants what’s best for me in the long run. So I appreciate that. And it was probably the best decision I’ve made.
Unknown Speaker 2:09:16
So I think that’s beautiful. And you know, there are there are there are other benefits to that as well. Right? Because as a ninth grader, you needed to make new friends and become part of an entirely new community. And that experience of doing something unknown is going to serve you very well when you you head off to your next steps after st brain
Unknown Speaker 2:09:37
for sure. It was it was definitely a hard decision to make. Because you know, I kind of grown up around those kids in that area with no they were my friends that I went to elementary school with. But there was also I realized that there was more, you know, I just kind of wanted to get a change and like I said it was a good decision, both for my education and learning
Unknown Speaker 2:10:00
Well, we are thrilled to have you here in St. Brain. And thank you for joining us again this evening. And please don’t hesitate to reach out at any point if you have any thoughts or concerns that you would like to share with us outside of the the Advisory Council.
Unknown Speaker 2:10:14
Thank you for having me tonight.
Unknown Speaker 2:10:15
I appreciate it. Absolutely. Tell your mom we all said hello as well. All right. The board is going to reconvene here in the boardroom. Next week on Wednesday, March 16. From six to 8pm for a study session. And with that, I wish everyone a wonderful day at school tomorrow and entertain a motion for adjournment. Please.
Unknown Speaker 2:10:38
Moved by Sarah
Unknown Speaker 2:10:40
and a second by Moshe. All in favor, aye. Great. Thank you, everyone.