Approved:  7-29-08

Brookline School Board Meeting

CSDA Media Room

May 27, 2008

 

Dave Partridge, Chair

Marcia Farwell

Beth Lukovits

Wanda Meagher

Cindy Ryherd (late arrival 7:10 pm)

 

Rich Pike, Superintendent of Schools

Carol Mace, Director of Curriculum

Bob Kelly, Director of Special Education

Patty Montague, Special Education Coordinator

 

Laurie Wenger, Principal CSDA

Dr. Anthony Luzzetti, Principal RMMS

Kevin Stone, Assistant Principal

Mary Kay MacFarlane, Recording Secretary

 

Dave Partridge called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Dave announced that they would be taking some agenda items out of order.

 

Preschool

 

Bob Kelly discussed the current out of district placement for preschool students in the district.  Currently there are 7 kids at preschool at Sunrise and 1 student at another location.

 

I.                   Current 2007/2008 Preschool Expenditures:

RSEC Sunrise Preschool Programming: 7 Students plus 2 in May 2008

                                                             Actuals:               Preschool Funding

                                                                                    Model (A)      Model (B)

Tuition:             $60,901             $60,901         $60,901

Transportation: $16,110             $  8,000         $  8,000

Speech/Lang.:               $27,535                                   $27,535

Occupational:               $24,880

Physical Therapy:          $  6,520

Aides 1:1                      $35,237

 

                     Subtotals:                      $171,183             $68,901         $96,436

 

 

 

 

II.                In-District Projected Programming Expenditures (2007/2008 Rates):

 

Staffing Model (A)

 

      Special Education Teacher (FTE 1.0) MA Step 5                     $60,261

Classroom Paraprofessional (FTE 1.0)Cat.5 Step 2                  $15,113

 

Subtotal:                                                                                   $75,374

                  

                   Staffing Model (B)

 

      Special Education Teacher (FTE 1.0) MA Step 5                     $60,261

Classroom Paraprofessional (FTE 1.0)Cat.5 Step 2                  $15,113

PreSchool Coord.(FTE .5)/Sp.Lang. Therapist(FTE .5)            $60,261

 

Subtotal:                                                                                 $135,635

 

III.             Integrated Preschool Tuition/Revenue:

 

Individual Tuition Sample:  

Three Year Old Class: 6 students: $210/month

Four Year Old Class:   6 students: $240/month

2006/2007:    $22,730

2007/2008:    $24,300                                                                                    

IV.              Program Approval Process:

 

Application Process:

      Physical Location

      Fire Inspection

      Written Curriculum

      Staffing and Respective Credentials

      Integrated Student Ratio: 50% IDEA/50%nonIDEA

      Class Size        

     

School Board Review and Approval of DOE Application

NH Dept. of Education Preliminary Program Approval

NH Dept. of Education Final Program Approval

    (After Program is in place and operating with onsite visit)

 

 

V.                 Additional Considerations:

 

Least Restrictive Environment is In-District

Significantly Increases Parental Contact and Communication

Significantly Facilitates Parental and Student Transitions to RMMS

In-District Programming can absorb additional referrals up to Program Approval:  Classroom Enrollment 12 at 50% IDEA

                  Three Year Old Class:   6

                  Four Year Old Class:     6

Procedurally cannot “predetermine Placement Decisions:

      As such, cannot assume all identified students would be in program

Notification of intent to RSEC

Notification of intent to local preschool programs

 

Model A:          deficit of $6,400, after revenue $17,900.

 

Model B:          deficit of $39,000, after revenue $14,700 deficit.  Bob Kelly stated that this model works well in Hollis. 

 

The Board discussed the benefits and costs of bringing a preschool program in district.  The program would require written curriculum.  The student maximum would be 6 identified and 6 non-identified students.  The DOE would give preliminary approval, then there would be a site visit. 

 

Wanda Meagher likes the idea of doing monthly child find in district. 

 

The preschool would occupy a conference room at the end of the second grade.  Preschool would run four days a week with 3 year olds in the morning and 4 year olds in the afternoon.

 

Committee:       New Principal/Tony Luzzetti, Bob Kelly, Patty Montague, Kevin Stone, Speech Specialist, possibly Maureen Chroma.

 

Energy Independence Initiative

 

Venu Rao gave the presentation. 

 

Objectives

 

Overarching Plan

 

 

Phase I, thus develops a Proposal Document that investigates the conservation techniques, and required alternate energy sources with the cost to implement them, a ROI analysis, and a detailed plan to successfully implement the proposed solution(s).

 

 

Project Organization

1.      Establish a Project Advisory Council

2.      Establish an Academic Advisory Council

3.      Identify an overall Project Coordinator

4.      Select Student Teams

5.      Identify committed parents/citizens to help in various aspects of the project.

 

Anyone interested in joining this project should contact Venu Rao or SAU#41.

 

Open Forum

 

No items for open forum

 

AYP Discussion

 

Carol Mace started the discussion on AYP with her report.

 

Background

 

On May 8, 2008 Commissioner Lyonel Tracy released 2008 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports for NH elementary, middle, and high schools, and for each school district.  AYP is required by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and determined by performance on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).

 

AYP Determination for Schools/Districts

 

The 2008 reports are based on the October 2007 NECAP results for grades 3-8, and 11 together with the 2006-2007 NH-Alt results for grades 2-7 and 10.  AYP reports use an index model where schools and districts receive full credit (100 points) for each student who scores Proficient or better (levels 3 and 4) and partial credit (20, 40, 60, or 80) for student scores that are below proficient (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b).

 

To make AYP, a school must meet performance targets established for both reading and mathematics.  The performance targets increase each year until the school year 2013-2014 when all students must reach proficiency to establish AYP.  The 2008 index targets increased from those set in 2005. The reading target moved from 82 to 86 and mathematics went from 76 to 82.  Academic performance for the school as a whole is measured as well as the performance of subgroups of students (ethnicity, socioeconomic status, educational disability, and non or limited English proficiency). In order to make AYP, both the school as a whole and each subgroup must meet the performance targets.  In addition, a school must meet state targets in other areas including student participation rate (95%) and attendance rate (90%). 

 

A group may meet the AYP performance expectations in a content area in one of three ways:

·        Meeting or exceeding the target index value

·        Being close enough to the target index value that it cannot be confidently determined if the group is “truly” below the target

·        Meeting the “Safe Harbor” criterion of decreasing the percentage of index points that were not earned by the group by at least 10% from the previous year, increasing the percentage of students who scored in the proficient achievement level, and meeting the “other” indicator (attendance rate)

 

Summary of Brookline District Status Reports

 

Overall, Brookline School District students performed very well.  However, the Educational Disability subgroup did not make AYP in Reading or Math.

 

·        Participation rate   100

·        Attendance rate     96.1

·        Performance index score for reading

ü      District as a whole (459 students) 94.9

ü      Economically disadvantaged subgroup (16 students) 86.3

ü      Educational disability subgroup (55 students) 74.9

ü      Other subgroups are fewer than 11 students and not required to meet the performance targets

·        Performance index score for mathematics

ü      District as a whole (459 students) 91.5

ü      Economically disadvantaged (16 students) 85.0

ü      Educational disability subgroup (55 students) 72.7

ü      Other subgroups are fewer than 11 students and not required to meet performance targets)

 

Summary of Richard Maghakian Memorial School Status Reports

 

RMMS made AYP in all areas.

 

·        Participation rate   100

·        Attendance rate     95.8

·        Performance index score for reading

ü      School as a whole  (194 students) 96

ü      Educational disability subgroup (21 students) 79 (within confidence interval range)

ü      Other subgroups are fewer than 11 students and not required to meet the performance targets

·        Performance index score for mathematics

ü      School as a whole (194 students) 94.4

ü      Educational disability subgroup (21 students) 84.8

ü      Other subgroups are fewer than 11 students and not required to meet performance targets)

 

Summary of Captain Samuel Douglass Academy Status Reports

 

CSDA made AYP in both Reading and Math except for the educational disability subgroup.

 

·        Participation rate   100

·        Attendance rate     96.3

·        Performance index score for reading

ü      School as a whole  (265 students) 94.1

ü      Economically disadvantaged (11 students) 85.5 (within the confidence interval range)

ü      Educational disability subgroup (34 students) 72.4

ü      Other subgroups are fewer than 11 students and not required to meet the performance targets

·        Performance index score for mathematics

ü      School as a whole (265 students) 89.4

ü      Economically disadvantaged subgroup (11 students) 85.5

ü      Educational disability subgroup (34 students) 65.3

ü      Other subgroups are fewer than 11 students and not required to meet performance targets

 

Additional thoughts

 

Overall, Brookline students perform very well on NECAP assessments and in meeting AYP performance targets, even as those targets have increased. The special education cohort alone did not meet the target index score.

 

With regard to this cohort, we need to keep in mind No Child Left Behind requires that we assess students using a grade level assessment that may not be appropriate to their level of instruction.  This requirement presents unique challenges for these students.  Questions we must ask are:  “Can this student demonstrate competency if the question is worded at his/her level?” Or, “Can this student calculate accurately on the skills he/she has been taught?”  It is important to remember that this cohort can make progress, but still not make the performance target as defined by No Child Left Behind. 

 

Looking at NECAP data gives just one snapshot of student progress.  A single assessment measure is not sufficient to measure overall student and/or program success.  To get a more complete picture, we must also examine other forms of assessment, such as NWEA, formal and informal test results, classroom performance, and day-to-day work samples.  We continuously look at these forms of data to identify strengths, weaknesses, and inform curricular and instructional decisions and maximize student success.

 

The full AYP District and School Summary, Data, and Index Reports are included with this packet.

 

Additional AYP resources are available at www.ed.state.nh.us/education/ayp

 

The Board discussed the results of the AYP for CSDA and RMMS and plans for corrective action.  The audience asked questions pertaining to AYP and grade level expectations.

 

Principal’s Report

 

Laurie Wenger gave the principal’s report.

 

I.          Programs, Activities, Events

 

Calendar

 

May 29            Chorus Concert-CSDA-7:00 pm

June 2              Gr.5&6 Integrated Project Night – CSDA 6:00-7:30 pm

June 3, 4,&5    Gr.5&6 Track Meet-Souhegan HS (rain date-June5)

June 5              Band Concert – CSDA-7:00 pm

June 11            Field Day-Kindergarten-RMMS

June 12            Field Day-CSDA

June 13            Field Day-RMMS

June 17            Last Day of Kindergarten

June 18            Gr.6 Graduation-CSDA-7:00 pm

June 19            Last Day of School

 

II.        Enrollment Projections for 2008-2009

 

K-90                                        4-110

1-73                                         5-96

2-81                                         6-93

3-72

 

III.       Personnel

 

IV.       Building & Grounds

 

V.        Response to AYP report at CSDA

 

Correspondence

 

Rich Pike recommends accepting the requested leave for Tim Putnam.  He has been offered a Fulbright opportunity in Japan for 3 weeks.

 

Marcia Farwell made a motion to accept the leave request for Tim Putnam.  Cindy Ryherd seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.

 

Rich Pike recommends Lyudmyla Mayorska for a grade 4 teacher at CSDA.

 

Marcia Farwell made a motion to accept Lyudmyla Mayorska as a grade 4 teacher.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.

 

Minutes

 

Marcia Farwell made a motion to accept the non-public minutes of May 13, 2008 meeting as amended to show that the sick band discussion occurred in public.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.

 

Marcia Farwell made a motion to accept the public minutes of May 13, 2008.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.

 

Marcia Farwell made a motion to accept the public minutes of April 22, 2008, as amended to change boar to board.  Beth Lukovits seconded the motion.  The motion carried by a vote of 5 yes, 0 no.

 

Beth Lukovits made a motion to go into nonpublic under RSA 91A:3IIc, reputation.  Wanda Meagher seconded the motion.  The motion carried by unanimous roll call vote 5 yes, 0 no.

 

9:55 pm

 

 

Date __________________________      Signed       ________________________