Board Update (Committee of the Whole): 1/22/2024
Agenda Item 4.0
Clearmont – Wellness Warriors – 4.01
Students and staff from Clearmont Elementary gave a presentation on their Wellness Warriors Club. The club is designed to practice mindfulness and engage in social emotional learning techniques to foster mental health and well-being. Students shared how the practices have helped them both inside and outside of school and gave some demonstrations to the board. You can view the presentation slides here and watch it here.
Dual Language Program – 4.02
Members of the Dual Language Task Force gave an overview of the dual language programs in CCSD59. This included current student demographics, program history, enrollment projections, and benefits of the program. Staff members also shared strengths as well as the challenges with accessing the necessary resources to effectively teach students in the program.
The presentation illustrated areas of improvement for the program and defined possible next steps. The board will continue discussions and review potential long-term solutions to strengthen the health of dual language in CCSD59. You can watch the presentation here and view the slides here.
Agenda Item 5.0
Approval of Wold Educational Alignment Study Proposal for Remaining 11 Schools – 5.01
Wold submitted a proposal per the Board’s request to complete Educational Assessments of the remaining 11 schools in CCSD59. Wold previously completed assessments for the three junior high schools, as well as Brentwood Elementary. The proposed process for the remaining CCSD59 schools would begin in February 2024, with an anticipated completion and board presentation of the findings in August 2024. The proposed fee structure is $7,000 per school, which includes a full assessment of each building from a teaching and learning perspective.
From this work, Wold will produce Educational Alignment Assessments to evaluate how adequate each site is to deliver a future-ready instructional curriculum.
The board approved the proposal.
Agenda Item 6.0
Calendar Survey Results – 6.01
The board viewed a presentation and discussed options for the 2024-25 school calendar, as well as the results of the recent calendar surveys shared with Ridge families and staff. The presentation included historical data on traditional and balanced calendars in CCSD59 and how the two have different impacts on staffing and scheduling. You can view the presentation slides here and watch it here.
The administration will prepare three draft calendars for the board to review at the next meeting: a traditional calendar, a balanced calendar for Ridge with an early start date in July, and a balanced calendar for Ridge with a start date aligned to the traditional calendar. The board plans to take action on the approval of the 2024-25 school calendar at the next meeting on February 12, 2024.