May Meeting Notes

Andersen Site Council

19 May 2015

Meeting Minutes

 

Members Present: Alberto Barraza, Annie Heideman, Denise Wells, Eudet Ballina, Gayle Hammer, Jairo Moncada, Jamie Edwards, Katie Stobb, Lorena Silva, Lori DuPont, marija nicholson, Octavia Magee, Paula Williamson

 

Guests Present: Robert Taylor

 

Interpreter: Casey Englund

 

·      By Laws Review and Vote

o   Jamie provided a draft of proposed bylaws that were compiled from the bylaws of other site councils

o   Those in attendance read the draft and started a discussion about possible amendments that could be made

o   Denise provided further information on how the school budget works:

§  We have four different funding sources

1.                    Referendum funding

a.     These dollars are primarily used to reduce class sizes and for technology needs

b.    This funding comes from tax payers

c.     A referendum must be voted on and approved in order for this funding to exist

2.                   Federal Title 1 funding

a.     The amount of Title 1 dollars we receive is determined by our free/reduced lunch count

b.    These dollars come with a lot of rules on how they can be spent

c.     This funding is primarily used to support family involvement and to support students who are academically behind

d.    We are a school-wide Title 1 school

3.                   Compensatory funding

a.     Like Title 1, the amount of Compensatory funding we receive is determined by our free/reduced lunch count

b.    The rules for using Compensatory dollars are less rigid than those for Title 1

c.     These dollars are used to buy ESL teachers, SERTs, Social Workers, AEs and additional classroom teachers

                                                                                            i.     For example, the district says we should have 5.1 sections of Kindergarten but we use Comp dollars to have 7 Kindergarten classes

                                                                                          ii.     We also purchase 27% of our ESL teachers using Comp dollars

4.                   Fund 1

a.     This is state funding that is based on a per-student allocation

b.    This is how we purchase most of our classroom teachers and specialists

o   We ran out of time for a full discussion on the proposed bylaws and therefore were unable to vote and adopt the bylaws. We agreed that members should email their questions to Jamie by May 26th and that we would start our first meeting of next year with a vote on the bylaws.

 

·      Dress Code for 2015-2016

o   The proposed dress code for next year is:

§  TOP:  Solid Navy Blue, White, or Black

§  BOTTOM: Solid Black or Khaki

§  School staff will not be enforcing it. It will be up to the parents to make sure their children are dressed appropriately.

o   There was a lot of discussion around the idea of having a dress code:

§  Challenges with having a dress code:

·      Takes a lot of resources to enforce it (staff time, loaner uniforms, educational time, etc.)

·      Procuring the supply of shirts to sell – The district rules have gotten stricter on this

§  Question: If we’re making it optional, why bother to have it at all?

§  Comment: If we want the students to come in uniforms, the teachers also need to lead by example and dress professionally.

§  Suggestion: Enforce a professional dress code for students?

§  Suggestion: Ask staff to wear something to identify themselves as Andersen staff?

§  Comment: We should spend more of our time discussing behavior, school cleanliness etc. instead of debating the uniform policy

§  Question: Are uniforms equitable?

o   We agreed that we could all support the dress code as proposed

Future items:

·      Paula mentioned that she would be interested in connecting with neighborhood businesses to see if they would be interested in partnering with us to improve our school library

·      In the future, how can we be more efficient in getting through information?

o   A request was made that any documents that we would be discussing at the meeting be sent out in advance

o   Next year, we will extend the meeting length by 30 minutes. The new meeting time will be 4:30-6:00pm

·      The request was made to put behavior on the agenda for a future meeting