The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education met on Wednesday, October 14 at 7p. Check out our summary, follow along below with our live notes, or watch the recorded meeting. The Agenda is available on BoardDocs with links to many of the presentations and supporting documents.
Note: Due to a family birthday celebration, I joined the meeting late. In the interest of catching up quickly, I did not take notes during Public Commentary since they are typically read quickly and truncated for time. The full text of the Public Commentary is available on Board Docs.
- Board Meeting Notes
- Moment of Silence
- Public Commentary
- Reimagine Learning/Extended Continuity of Learning Plan
- Safety Net of Supports
- Preparation of Physical Properties for Return to In-School
- Dr Swift’s Health Update
- COVID Health Update
- Teaching & Learning & Schools Update
- Monthly Monitoring
- Road Salt Purchase
- Snow Removal Contract
- Emergency Ductwork Repair
- Consent Agenda
- Items from the Board
- Meeting Adjourns
The meeting started with a moment of silence for Ebone’ Lynne Copeland, an AAPS staff member in the Pioneer scheduling office who passed away earlier this month.
Public Commentary was next with 32 submissions. Since I missed this section, I just skimmed the comments but they do not seem substantially different than previous meeting commentary.
A few key data points from the meeting
- Food Distribution
- Averaging 2200 students served up from 1700
- Has been extended to June 20, 2021
- >2 million logins
- Average of 80k logins on synchronous days, 50k logins on asynchronous days
- 6 million content views
- >700k submissions
- Attendance – there are two state guidelines
- Student Interaction requires two interactions between teacher & student per week.
- 96+% at High School
- 97+% at Middle School
- 94+% at Elementary School
- Daily Attendance – state requires it at 75%
- 90+% across the district.
- District Enrollment is down about 500 students mostly in Y5/K which is consistent across the country.
- Student Interaction requires two interactions between teacher & student per week.
- Health Metrics – As of 10/9
- Cases per 100K is at upper limit of consider range. Cases per million is above the consider range
- Daily trend was down in the county (As of 10/9, it does not look like this will hold for 10/16)
- Positivity Rate in the county continues to be low.
Overall, I noted a shift in attitude on the Board about return to school. They acknowledged that we won’t get to the zero case level originally requested by the AAEA. The October 21 study session (6p) will focus on building preparations for return to school.
The district is proceeding with annual preparations like road salt and snow plowing contracts. They are also doing emergency ductwork repairs at Slauson that were discovered during the annual boiler inspection. All 3 items were presented as first briefings and will have second briefings and a vote at the next board meeting (October 28 at 7p).
Board: Nelson, Kelly, Gaynor, Lightfoot, Baskett, Lazarus
Non-Voting Member & Guests: Swift, Osiznski, Bacolor, Linden, Parks, Fidishin, Minnick, Rice, Lauzzana
Board Meeting Notes
Moment of Silence
The meetings tarted with a moment of silence for Ebone’ Lynne Copeland. She passed away earlier this month. Ms Copeland worked in the Pioneer High School scheduling office and was a co-advisor of the Black Student Union. After 15 years of service to the district particularly to Pioneer families and high school students throughout the district.
After the moment of silence, Trustees Lightfoot extended her sympathy.
Trustee Baskett also extended that this was a sudden, non-COVID death. I want everyone to know she and the family will be honoring her with an endowed community fund through the Ann Arbor Community Foundation. The link will be sent for those who wish to contribute to the fund. The Copeland family has been very involved in the Ann Arbor Community. Her father and brother are also part of the AAPS community.
There were 32 submissions for public commentary. Trustee Kelly also reminds the community that it is not a town hall with an exchange or dialogue. This is not the place for an exchange. Reaching out to trustees via phone or email is recommended.
The full text of Public commentary is a 20 page PDF that is available here.
Kelly – Thank you Ms Osinsnki for bringing public commentary to life. We hear the commentary, we see the emails, we talk to the community.
Swift: I believe our work this evening will be an appropriate clarification
Reimagine Learning/Extended Continuity of Learning Plan
Dr Swift and Trustee Kelly discussed that questions will be at the end of each section.
We are now 8 months into emergency management plan. We appreciate the burden our situation places on folks, students, parents, and teachers and staff.
Safety Net of Supports
Food Distribution will continue through December 31. Currently that is how long the program is authorized by the federal government. Other than Detroit Public Schools it is the largest student food distribution in southeast Michigan.
We have details on food distributions here. Breaking news; Emergency food distribution is extended through June 20, 2021. Dr Swift shared this update from Ms Minnick.
Supply distribution went well and continues on a smaller scale for specialized equipment for art, music, and other classes.
Distribution of devices to students, help with internet access via hotspots and the Comcast Essentials package.
Appreciate emails from parents with notifying about power outages, and other technology
- More than 2 million logins since September 8
- 1.8 from students.
- about 80k average on synchronous days
- 50k average on asynchronous Wednesdays
- Over 6 million content views
- More than 700k submissions.
Rec & Ed’s free Wednesday and Saturday programming. has had more than 1000 participants both in person outdoors and virtual.
Preparation of Physical Properties for Return to In-School
See the September 30th presentation for some work being done in the buildings to prepare them. The October 21 Study Session at 6p is focused on preparations in the building for a return to in-person.
Dr Swift’s Health Update
Yesterday the district received an alert from Dr Khaldun the Chief Medical Executive of Michigan. It highlighted an increase in hospitalizations across the state. Cases are on the rise and hospitalizations are up 80%
We recommend continuing virtual due to concentration of cases in AAPS zip codes, local levels and trends in the last two weeks, and cases per million and cases per 100K.
We do routinely check in with other similarly sized districts in university towns and remain in a similar status. Just today, I checked in with another similar superintendent in Michigan (I am guessing East Lansing). We also hear the concerns of our parents. We are working to add supports for the most vulnerable including those with special needs and youngest learners.
We will continue to prepare for hybrid stage. Most impacted learners who usually learn in very small classrooms will receive additional face to face time.
Process and protocols are ready for when it is safe for indoor gatherings. All staff members have received COVID awareness training.
I want to highlight a Call to Action for Congress to include:
- Resources to support needed PPE
- AAPS has already spend $600k on the initial order of PPE. That is estimated to last only 8 weeks.
- Readily available & timely testing & tracing
- Turnaround on testing & tracing is much longer than needed. Other countries referenced in public commentary have this piece of the puzzle.
- Technology & Connectivity
- Food Distribution
- Literacy Efforts
Kelly asked for clarification on December 31 deadline for meals. That is due to the curent authorization, not that we will stop that day. We will advocate for an extenson of that.
Swift: Emergency status allows us to do drive through, and do breakfast and lunch. We have applied for dinner authorization. It also allows us to provide 7 days a week and not 5. That is part of our call to action for Congress to extend the program as needed past .
We are up form 1700 to 2200 students regularly served through food distribution. Process under way for Thanksgiving, holiday, and end of the year. This year it will look a little different, but we are working on it.
Trustee Lazarus: Because we are in virtual world, I would like clarification on logins. What qualifies it as a successful login vs a chid trying to login multiple times because of tech issues.
Swift: Dr Kellstrom can clarify the metric and how we can or cannot distinguish them.
Kellstrom: Those are successful logins once child has entered and is in the platform.
Lazarus: Can we see how long that it’s not just a few seconds or minutes.
Kellstrom: Yes, it logs different elements – discussion, assignments, submissions.
Lazarus: I’ve heard comments and frustrations form parents, but I appreciate all the options and it’s just going to get better. When glitches come up we can get better and fix faster.
Kellstrom: Yes, you hit the nail on the head. We’ve seen improvements even in the last week.
Kelly: It’s the best Plan B we could hope for.
Gaynor: I know teachers are working amazingly hard, some even say it’s unsustainable. Hopefully that will smooth out. I know you’ll talk about engagement, do we have reports on quality of engagement. Some teachers are reporting students aren’t using cameras and we don’t want to mandate that.
Swfit: I’ll start the answer and continue in Teaching & Learning, but Dr Kellstrom are there metrics you can see.
Kellstrom: We can see depth in discussion vs activity vs portfolio. The teacher really can see that information and as they get better and more confident levels of engagement tend to rise and the community becomes connected together.
COVID Health Update
Ms Bacolor provided COVID health updates.
Dashboard will be updated weekly on Fridays. Some commenters discussed metrics that they were too strict. The metrics approved does have a CONSIDER range which is not as strict as the AIM page. This was based on community feedback and consultations with epidemiologist.
Since this data on Friday, we are up in county and state of Michigan.
She shared a comparison of cases per million on September 16, 30, and October 9. On September 16, it was borderline on the consider region at County, Region, & State. But, sine then cases have increased in all 3 categories.
Cases Per 100k is from Harvard Global Health Initiative. They report a bit faster than the MI Safe Start for cases per million. This is currently closer and at the top of the CONSIDER for Washtenaw County.
Percent of Positive Tests continues to be within the goal range in the county but higher at the region and state.
School outbreaks are important to see how others are going. There’s been a fairly consistent private school outbreak in the last couple weeks. Once a week there is a listing of all cases with transmission at school the previous week. It only includes lab confirmed cases and not probable cases – someone showing symptoms with a known exposure isn’t always tested. The report only counts transmission on school property.
The State’s School Outbreak is available here. Of note, Father Gabriel Richard in Ann Arbor is a new outbreak this week with 12 students. This week’s report had 346 cases with 66 new and 288. 48% of cases were at high school, 37% were at PreK-Elementary, 15% at middle school.
80% of cases from 9/24-10/7 were in 18-22 year olds and heavily impacted zip codes on/near campus. The question is will there be spillover to other parts of the community. A large study was published by CDC on October 9 looking at 767 hotspot counties. Early increases in positivity in under age 24 predicted a surge of cases in those 25 and over.
All Michigan Schools have to publish COVID-19 case data. AAPS has it on the website. Currently there are 4 new cases – 3 at Huron and 1 at Balas. There are 49 people in quarantine. This is not notification of those who have been exposed – that is still happening. But multiple cases at a school does not necessarily mean they are connected to each other. With each case we are making changes to protocols and procedures.
Nelson: Can you say what we should expect the environment after a vaccine generally available and Michigan Medicine and St Joe’s have said it’s safe. Say there’s a vaccine that is 70% effective and only 50% get it, that’s only about 1/3 of the population protected. A vaccine will be helpful but the risk will still be there. We’ll still need to wear masks, etc, It won’t be a silver bullet that takes us back to pre-COVID.
Bacolor: Yes, that’s right. A vaccine may only be 50%. The current vaccine trials also aren’t for kids under 18. My hope is a vaccine goes to those who are highest risk which includes a lot of our teachers and administrative staff.
Nelson: This means we’re going to be living with the virus for quite a while. And that causes me to think as providers of education we shouldn’t have a mindset to just hold things together until a vaccine and we can return to where we were. Staying virtual until the virus is not among us we would stay virtual for months or even years. I think we need to just recognize we’re going to need to figure out face to face with the virus while keeping it at bay as much as possible.
Bacolor: I agree. We’re trying to get community spread that we can feel confident school mitigation measures will protect people well enough and will prevent the see-saw of open/close which other school districts are encountering
Nelson: I don’t want open close too often, but there is a trade-off. But we need to do the best we can. One of the indicators of a sensible person in public service is someone who knows that wasn’t the right decision and I’m going to change it.
Kelly: I think of it like Strep Throat. There’s no immunization. But we’ve found a way to live with it. We get the letter home, we have treatments. We use best practices to mitigate. I think the longer we give our medical experts to research treatments and understand further impacts, the better we can feel comfortable going forward.
Nelson: I think one solution is the hybrid model where we aren’t choosing. Some are thriving with virtual.
Kelly: Two quick question on the state dashboard, those are lab confirmed cases acquired in the school setting, but ours are any that have been reported to us/ Is that the differnt?
Bacolor: Yes, there can be overlap. Our dashboard is any cases lab or probable and whether contracted on our campus or contracted off campus, but was on campus at some point.
Kelly: On CDC report about campus to community spread and lag time from 18-22 to the rest of the community. Was there any common thread: faculty, children,
Bacolor: The study is not campus to community it is just based on age group. But when they looked at counties that became hotspots it was likely that it was first in the 18-22 year olds. There was no look at how, it just focused on data and where it was.
Lightfoot: You shared metrics start at 10/12 for AAPS cases. We had cases confirmed prior to that. I don’t want people to assume it ws ok before that.
Swift: As you know we have experienced cases in the district since last spring. We’ve worked with Washtenaw County Health Department and supported their tracing efforts. The requirement to share was to tart on Monday and we only received the instructions on Friday the 9th. When the Michigan Supreme Court Decision came down on Friday, our County Health Department quickly issued a mandate to cover the gap with a mask mandate.
Teaching & Learning & Schools Update
Ms Parks, Ms Linden, & Dr Fidishin provided information on Student Engagement and Supports.
It is the 5th week of full day instruction.
Linden: I’m proud of our teachers and leadership team with how they’ve come together to overcome challenges. Students are engaged, help desk calls have decreased.
Student Engagement by state requirement includes 2 way instruction twice a week with 75% of students attending daily. Communication must be between teacher or other district employeee for strudent learning, grade progression, or academic progress.
If interaction is not live, there must be a record of conversation by email, phone, instant message, or face to face when allowed. We are meeting two way requirement through daily instruction, we don’t really need to use email.
Student interaction averages over 95% across the district.
- 96+% at high school has been consistent week to week
- 97+% at middle school consistent week to week
- 94+% current at elementary school up from 91% in week one
Ms Parks: We know daily attendance is important. Teachers are still recording attendance daily. Logging in at any time during the learning mark. They are marked Unverified if they are not in a learning block. In realtime school staff is following up with those families to see if they can help families get logged in.
Average daily attendance is a bit lower since it is daily vs 2 interactions a week. Daily attendance is still over 90% across the district.
Followups on daily attendance are helping to identify technology gaps and to connect families with wraparound support provided by community centers and other resources.
Virtual small group literacy groups and others are still happening. When safe to we will add more in person support groups.
Student Intervention and Support Services
Specialized services have been provided since September 8. Ancillary relate services have been provided since September 21. IEP meetings are being convened. paraprofessional are supporting students online. New this year they have complete access to district devices and systems. They initiated Parent Support Groups in the spring and they are ongoing. There are SISS sStudent Supports available on the website.
Staff Support with ongoing paraprofessional training. Encourage collaboration with teacher and service provider sessions.
Digital Library Update
This is a progress update. Sora is a digital library for all K-12 students. It is just like checking out a book in the school library. Librarians and ELA teachers have curated this collection to make sure it’s the best it can be. It began small scale rollout with middle school ELA team. They’re working in teams in a book group reading the same book. By the end of the month, we anticipate it to be ready that all students.
Renaissance myOn side is another digital library for PreK-5. This replaces the leveled readers that teachers used. Full scale rollout was last week. 8500 students logged in with 647 faculty. And 4386 finished books for 1138 hours and 35 minutes spent reading.
With OverDrive Sora, books are automatically returned. There is no losing books that keeps them from checking out another.
Flexible Learning Paths: Our goal is to provide flexible learning pahts that best support students and falies.
If the schedule isn’t working, your student is disengaged, etc. contact teachers and administrators. They want to help and create a flexible learning path.
Gaynor: 3 For Dr Swift & 3 for Dr Fidishin.
About quality of student engagement, what evidence do we have about student engagement (narrative/anecdotal)? We’re hoping to smooth things out and there will be less technology glitches. What have we changed in virtual day and screen time. Is it take make it more workable. I mentioned most students don’t have cameras on and its hard for teachers to measure engagement
Swift: Student engagement is measured in not different ways as in classroom although we’re missing proximity. During a virtual class students respond in various ways, there may be an assignment, discussion room. Today I observed a class where each student had to develop a slide. There are quantifiable ways we see a chlid is responding. If they’re not ther are real time calls going out.
Linden: We are monitoring it constantly. We have lots of anecdotal data from teachers.. Professional development and teacher expectation is not a time to check out and listen to a lecture. That’s better for asynchronous.
Parks: Sometimes we don’t get a response from a student. Right now sometimes that’s at lunch distribution and reminding to give a response in class. Some intervention specialists are checking in real time in person in a socially distant way.
Swift: There are so many varying needs of families. We have provided middle of the day exit time. We are gong to meet families where they are. We’re analyzing results of parent survey from the previous two weeks. Our goal is an additional set of adjustments – not a major redesign, but adjustments that seem to be the wisdom of the day. For the youngest grades we found many were about individual family circumstances.
Gaynor: Is there a way we (you as administrators, us as board members) can hear from teachers. We hear from parents who are dissatisfied, but aren’t hearing from teachers
Swift: We are engaging with teachers and staff to see how it’s going and ot add some open ended – what are barriers, what are bonuses. We are also hearing from the TLNs (I think this is teacher learning networks). Staff survey goes out in a few days.
Gaynor: Is part of that survey in regards to staffing. For example, Dexter doesn’t have enough staff in some ancillary jobs to return at a higher rate. Will we know if we will have enough staff.
Swift: Our HR team is working to answer that question. It wouldn’t go on survey, but we are analyzing it. Buses are parked with hiring drivers sign. Kitchen staff, Durham, Chartwell’s, etc. all remains in process. But by the time that occurs people’s situation may change.
Gaynor: What is current status on enrollment?
Swift: We are down a similar percentage to eery county in SE Michigan. Thats about 500 students of our 18500. It seems pretty consistent mostly around Y5 & kindergarten nationally. Already looking at next fall expecting a bumper crop of Y5 & K.
Gaynor: For Dr Fidishin – I quickly looked for the parent resources on the website & couldn’t find it
Fidishin: Described it (I too got lost)
Thanks to Trustee Gaynor for locating the page and sharing to his Facebook page. You can find it here: https://sites.google.com/aaps.k12.mi.us/siss-resources/home
Swift: We will work on it.
Gaynor: Peer to Peer mentoring. Are there plans to resume that even virtual? It was a great program when i was teaching.
Fidishin: We were workign on that program this week. We have plans to do virtual. Beginning of school year was making sure students were learning and connecting. Now looking to add more.
Gaynor: You talked about how the program is getting going. There are difficulties with virtual. Can you talk about the biggest challenges with providing services virtually and what changes are being made because we aren’t doing things in person.
Fidishin: All teachers either self-contained or resource room are providing services to the best of their ability in virtual. First we look at students IEP and determine if we can provide a free appropriate public learning. This is why we created good faith effort and contingency learning plan. They are developed by tam and parents who are a critical member of IEP team. What we can provide in virtual learning with core curriculum areas plus support services – speech & language, social, physical therapy, etc. We identify how to structure in the virtual learning. When we return to face to face IEP will convert back to what is active.
Kelly: I appreciate seeing engagement across grade bands and that it was in the mid-90%s. Knowing we can measure that I have qustions about how we measure other tings. What is our engagement when we are in school – chronic absenteeism, dentist appointments, illness.
Linden: I love that question. We’re usually above 92-93% in a traditional year. We’re a point or two. Remember it’s if thery’re there at any point in the lesson, so they may be 10 minutes late but still count as full.
Kelly: What percent of student are getting full IEPs delivered? Can we measure how may are engaging as their IEPs are written.
Linden: Good Faith Effort is part of IEP.
Fidishin: Good Faith Effort is not officially designate by MDE so it’s not incorporated in IEP platform, it is an attachment. So it’s hard to pull the data. It would be a manual task that we could do for next board meeting.
Kelly: I wouldn’t ask to do for our meeting, but there is value to se how many the obligation is to provide additional services at return to person. So we can plan staffing and more to deliver that much as with a predicted Y5/K bubble next year.
Swift: We would think of leveraging staff for return and into next summer and next year. We’re on a long game to ensure students are whole.
This is a financial update. The presentation can be seen here.
Increase of cash on hand from August 2019 to August 2020 is a combination of CARES funds and decreased expenditure due to closures and a delay of some purchases.
Nelson: When you compare report to budget that is the one we adopted that was conservative, but it came out better than we hoped.
Minnick: We did not have a budgeted decrease in state aid with what the legislature and governor agreed on and passed.
Nelson: While you are here we are interested in report on enrollment numbers. Is there any update at this point?
Minnick: We are continuing to crunch the numbers. We have an idea of our enrollment. We have positive attendance, but the conversion between head count and FTE is still happening.
Lightfoot: In line with Trustee Nelson’s question, these conclusions look like what? What does it mean? Are there any waivers or anything extedned form state as regard to count
Minnick: Way FTE looks different from head count is high school student who doesn’t have full course load, CTE programming, etc. When we calculate funding from this year, there is a change. Last year funding was based on October count (90%) & prior February (10%). This year those ratios stay the same, but that only counts for 25%. 75% will be based on last year’s numbers. The state is trying to reduce impact of falling enrollment in districts.
Lightfoot: Part of the conversation was on that policy that districts who gain students lose in that scenarios. For district’s gaining students. that’s not a win. How long does that hold? For next year? Do they make up for students like ours that might gain students but lost money on that older data.
Minnick: There are provisions for districts gaining enrollment. We are anticipating a dreduction but those numbers aren’t known. For next year, I have not heard any speculation. I do know projections for state school aid look positive, but general fund numbers look dire.
Road Salt Purchase
Swift: This is an annual purchase. I know people will ask we are virtual, why do we need salt. But our district operations continue and we hope to get to a place where we are open for classes.
This purchase is part of the state of Michigan Consortium MiDEAL. Price has increased significantly (26%) from $47.83/ton to $60.15/ton. Since the consortium has a new vendor, board approval is needed. They are committing to 250 tons from Morton Salt Company for October delivery and 900 tons as needed from Detroit Salt Company
Details are available in this document for download.
Nelson: To highlight the second two categories of 900 and 300 tons are as needed. We are alway hopeful we won’t need quite that much. Is that correct?
Rice: Yes, that i correct.
Nelson: In finance council we had a good discussion the environmental impact, can you discuss alternative to salt and why you are recommending salt.
Rice: We do use another product for sidewalks that is more eco friendly. This is for roadways and a bulk purchase. If we used what we use on sidewalks for roadways it would probably be double the cost.
Baskett: How does this purchase compare to last year in terms of volume and is there a minimum we have to purchase?
Rice: This is based on what we’ve normally done. The price has gone up quite a bit.
Baskett: In terms of volume is this the same amount we usually buy.
Rice: It is the same quantity. It’s like 26% higher cost.
Kelly: Whataccounts for increased price? Pandemic, slat market?
Rice: We asked the same question. State of Michigan bid it out and these are the vendor’s prices.
Kelly: There’s a lot of uncertainty this year. La Nina, Pandemic. If we don’t need as much as we can pull, what happens if we have extra from the initial purchaes?
Rice: Yes, we have a salt bin at the Pioneer football field and store it there.
Snow Removal Contract
Swift: A few years ago we took one large snow removal contract and broke it into zones. This protects us when one company has trouble with manpower and also to allow opportunities to work with smaller companies. Breaking up the contract allowed that to happen.
This year there are 3 zones up for renewal on snow removal. It has been bid out
- Zone 2: Pioneer, Dicken & Lawton
- Zone 4: Clague, Logan, A2 Steam, Thurston, & Freeman Environmental Education Center
- Zone 9: Balas, Transportation, Bryant, Pattengil, Westerman
An average year would costa bout $171K but we recommend a 20% contingency for $206K.
Nelson: A difference between the lowest responsible bid vs the lowest bid. In finance committe you gaev a nice explanation for not choosing a slightly lower bid.
Lauzzana: Under the RFP structure we can evaluate criteria besides price. In this case, the reference checks were that they not provide snow removal surfaces.
Emergency Ductwork Repair
By school code we need to move forward with emergency repairs with due haste. This is already in process since it was an emergency nature. It is an expensive section of ductwork and has little pinholes in it. There are some supply chain issues so it will be closer to October before this was completed. Our middle schoolers are in phase 3 of return, so we feel confident repair can be completed before return. But because weather is changing this needs to be done with haste.
Lauzzana: This is the Flue exhaust ductwork from the boiler tot he chimney. Pinholes are problematic because it allows CO2 to enter the building. It’s not currently an health issue but it needs to be addressed. Exhaust gas is corrosive so this happen. Ductwork is old.
Funding from sinking fund. The vendor is a preapproved vendor.
Lightfoot: Was this discovereda spart of review of facilities & HVAC?
Lauzzana: Not as part of COVID response which we discussed, but annual boiler inspections.
Lightfoot: So this was the only thing we found?
Lauzzana: We inspect them all every year. Usually we find minor issues that are under the threshold for board approval.
Lightfoot: Is that an anomaly or something that happens?
Lauzzana: In a building as old as Slauson it’s something we can expect to find. That’s part of why we do inspections. With our aging buildings these inspections are important.
Lightfoot: Do we prioritize older biuldings, or do them all
Lauzzana: We do all every summer
Kelly: I’m glad to hear it is already in progress. I liek to keep the process of first briefing & second briefing. As long as you dn’t need us to fasttrack,
Swift: I believe it is fine to leave it in second briefng.
Lauzzana: Nothing is holding us up.
Kelly: This is a way to thank our voters. Having the sinking fund vs the general fund helps. My question is is this recyclable or how do we dispose?
Lauzzana: It is metal and recyclable. Steel prices aren’t typically high, but it is cheaper to recycle than pay landfill fees.
The only item was approving the September 30th meeting minutes. Motioned by Gaynor. Seconded by Nelson. Motion Carries.
Items from the Board
Gaynor: I want to thank community members engaging in Public Commentary and contacting the board. It is important that we hear from you. I want to recognize that most parents are suer to recognize their child’s teacher.
Kelly: Reminder of election on November 3. 3 seats on Board of Education are on the ballot with 7 candidates. The district’s PTO Council will host a Zoom candidate forum on October 19 at 7p.
School board is important in day to day life. It’s in teh Non Partisan section on the back of your ballot.
Gaynor motioned to adjourn, seconded by Nelson. The meeting adjourned at 10:47p