In Attendance: Dr. Gasket, Chris Rossini, Diane Silvestri, Julie Salley, Doug Curry, Michael Linn, Marian Ouellette, Pat Kordelski, Kris Voll-Laound, Ian Deonise, Elaine Jacobs, Chris Maza, Erin Cunningham, Debbie Schmid, Melissa Topel, John Focht, Michelle Faudskar, Tami Taylor, Nancy Walker, Amy Marcus, Ralle Krenitz Absent: Jerry Withers
I. Welcome/Check In
- Dr. Gasket asked all to introduce themselves, and give any time restraints.
- Dr. Gasket reviewed agenda with the members. Suggested taking more than 1 straw model to Cabinet to be presented to the Governing Board during the Study Session in December.
- Also mentioned this should be the last meeting as the goal is to come to consensus.
II. Review Straw Models and issues
- Discussion and brainstorm: Dr. Gasket asked all groups to report out on what the feedback was from respective groups.
- Explorer ending at 3:30; later start time for professional development
- If it's not broken, don't fix it.
- Okay with doing PLCs before/after school.
- Lack of information is cause of not receiving support at this point.
- Some 9:00 schools would prefer to have them in the morning.
- 67% favorable responses to extend the school day from parent survey.
- Some concern about affecting the instructional time.
- Internal conflicts about principals calling meetings over teacher calling meetings.
- Concern about the concept being viewed negatively from a marketing standpoint.
- Much more enthusiasm for early releases rather than late starts because students tend to be freshest in the morning.
- Concern if there is a late start that teachers may not return to their schools/classrooms on time.
- Reminder that this model isn't intended to add instructional time; not significant impact on benefitting teaching time.
- Concerns from teachers on the minimum requirement for compliance of IEPs.
- If we alter the school day times, possibly move HS times later and ES times earlier.
- Suggestion to add to the instructional day and embed PLCs at ES; MS/HS okay either way.
- Probably need to be competitive with the new Basis School.
- Keep up with the other districts and increase the school day length.
- Transportation issues between picking students up in the dark; if we slip ES and HS hours, we would create several positions at ES.
III. Additional "Straw Models"
- Discussion and brainstormed additional straw models as a group.
IV. Pros and Cons of all models
- Committee members compared options against the brainstormed parameters/interests.
- The entire group compared all suggested options and came to consensus with 3 potential straw models:
- Model A:
- 1 x month using staff meetings
- 30 minute staff meetings
- 1 1/2 hour PLC
- 20 hour meetings used
- (6) 1/2 days would remain
- Model B:
- 1 full day in beginning of the year dedicated to PLC
- 10 principal meeting days = PLC days
- (6) half days
- Model C:
- Extend the ES day by 30 minutes
- Redistribute professional development days
- Take 2 of the 5 days at the beginning of the year and 1 day from the end of the year for a total of 3 days (or 18 hours) that would be used throughout the year for PLC. (Based on site decision)
- Leave the (6) 1/2 days as is.
- Additional points of clarification:
- Would need approximate costs of transportation for an applicable models.
- Would need to have discussions with principals prior to going forward.
- Will recommend idea of extending the ES school day by 30 minutes with Cabinet.
- Some ideas discussed will result in the need for bargaining.
VI. Consensus on models to recommend
- The entire group compared all suggested options and came to consensus with 3 potential straw models above.
- Will take the 3 straw models and present to Cabinet.