September 9, 2019 Minutes

SAULT STE. MARIE AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN 49783

REGULAR MEETING, BOARD OF EDUCATION

Phone 906/635-6609

 

Minutes – Monday, September 9, 2019

 

36.       I.          CALL TO ORDER

President Smith called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and started the meeting with the Pledge in the Sault Area Middle School, 684 Marquette Avenue.

        A.        ROLL CALL OF BOARD

Board Members Present:  Christine M. Curtis, Daniel L. Smith, Martin R. Wolski, Esther L. Proulx

Board Members Absent:  Jay D. Wilson, Melissa S. Pingatore, Joseph A. Cochran

 

37.     B.        ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

It was moved by Member Curtis, supported by Member Wolski, that the Board of Education adopt the agenda as presented.

Yeas:  Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays:  None

Absent:  Wilson, Pingatore, Cochran

Motion Carried.

 

38.     C.     APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Regular Meeting – August 12, 2019

Closed Meeting – August 12, 2019

It was moved by Member Proulx, supported by Member Curtis, that the Board of Education approve the above minutes as presented.

Yeas:  Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays:  None

Absent:  Wilson, Pingatore, Cochran

Motion Carried.

 

39.     D.     BUSINESS REPORT AND APPROVAL OF BILLS – Mrs. Michelle Bennin

Mrs. Bennin sought approval for the August General Fund Bill List.  She reported Chartwells will be including the food bill in the September invoice as the district contracts through them for food service operation.

Mrs. Bennin reported the full business report will be presented at the October meeting and the audit presented at the November meeting. 

Mrs. Bennin reported the district is using e-Funds software for student lunch accounts and athletic referee payments.  She noted the small program fee is covered by the athletic budget.

Mrs. Bennin reported the second of two culverts at the Soo Township School Complex is expected to be installed by November 1.  She indicated the cost is coming from the Maintenance Budget.

President Smith stated the financial statements were reviewed last week by the Finance Committee.

It was moved by Member Wolski, supported by Member Proulx, that the Board of Education approve the August General Fund Bill List in the amount of $1,692,886.83.

Yeas:  Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays:  None

Absent:  Wilson, Pingatore, Cochran

Motion Carried.

 

II.        PUBLIC COMMUNICATION AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

40.       A.     AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

There was none.

 

41.       B.     REPORTS TO THE BOARD

1.     Running Strong Grant – Mr. John Twichel

Mr. Twichel reported on the $1,000 Running Strong Billy Mills Grant he received to help support the underwater ROV project that he incorporates with his STEM curriculum.  He indicated the project is almost fully sustainable as he tries to reuse as many of the parts as possible. 

Mr. Twichel reported he likes to expose as many students as possible to the project as they seem to enjoy learning how to build, operate, and race the underwater vehicles.

2.     Counselor Fly-In Program – Mrs. Susie Talentino

Mrs. Talentino provided the annual Sault High Profile and noted it was prepared by the counseling office and is given to each college or university a student applies to.

Mrs. Talentino reported 149 graduates completed an exit survey last year that  indicated  58% would go on to a 4 year college or university, 19% would go on to a two-year community college or technical school, 9% were going into the military, and 1% was going to play junior hockey.

Mrs. Talentino reported the top ten colleges/universities the students listed were LSSU, NMU, Bay Mills Community College, FSU, CMU, GVSU, MTU, Bay College, MSU, and Stanford.  She attributed the increase of first time students wanting to attend higher education schools was largely due to the student tours her office facilitated.

Mrs. Talentino reported the Michigan Department of Education Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships & Grants received 46% of FASFA applications from Chippewa County, and 70% were from Sault High.  

Mrs. Talentino reported 52% of the students who completed a FASFA application were TIP eligible. 

Mrs. Talentino reported in regards to how the students felt the counseling office met their needs, 78.4% of the students felt counselors were always available when they needed them, 1.4% felt they were never available, and 20.2% of students felt the counselors were sometimes available when they needed them.  Mrs. Talentino indicated she had a total of 375 students on her case load and felt the results were good.

Mrs. Talentino reported the students indicated a desire for more help in applying for scholarships and financial aid, rather than for personal issues like previously thought.

Mrs. Talentino reported she used the $5,000 MCAN Reach Higher Grant to support Big Decision Day with college tours, gifts, and encouragement to promote completing FASFA applications.

Mrs. Talentino reported she used the University of Michigan TRAILS program and selected 10 sophomores to counsel on improving their attendance and grades.

Mrs. Talentino reported she worked with the senior class on Mental Health Awareness Day to help students learn what to do when they are anxious or depressed.  She indicated her desire to making this an annual event. 

Mrs. Talentino reported she was 1 of 20 counselors selected to participate in the Counselor Fly-In Program at the University of England.  She reported she toured 5 different universities and came back with a greater appreciation for international studies after learning about their general education requirements, tuition and housing costs, and time involved in obtaining a degree.

Mrs. Talentino noted the Manchester University tee shirt she was wearing and stated their program was impressive.

President Smith congratulated Mrs. Talentino on her selection and thanked her for sharing her experience. 

3.     Annual Academic Progress Report – Mrs. Amy Scott-Kronemeyer

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer presented the Annual PA-25 Report.  She noted the district uses the data to review student achievement levels in the tested areas, to focus on areas of school improvement, prioritize needs and purchases, in grant acquisitions, for planning and professional learning, and as a tool for the future.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported the district enrollment of 2,023 for 2019, 2,171 for 2018, 2,247 for 2017, 2,264 for 2016, and 2,370 for 2015. 

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported there were 745 Native American students enrolled in 2019.   

Mrs. Scott Kronemeyer reported the district had 150 Schools of Choice students enrolled in 2018, and 133 in 2019.  She noted there were 51 resident students enrolled elsewhere in 2018 and 68 in 2019.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported 14.34% of last year’s enrollment received special education services.  She noted that amount is lower than at the ISD and state level.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported the district offers 21 different Special Education Services and the most heavily populated area is in Speech and language Impairment when those type of services are searched for early on.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer stated the academic goals are to engage all students to be prepared with knowledge, literacy and STEM skills for college, the workforce, civic life, and to be responsible citizens in a changing world.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer indicated in her presentation of the PA-25 data, she highlighted areas of strength and growth with a bull eye symbol and areas to focus on with a star.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported on the Grade 3 and Grades 4 through 8 ELA (MSTEP) results by the district, EUPISD, and state for years 2016 through 2019. 

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported last year the district had 48.6% of its Grade 3 students proficient in ELA, the ISD had 39.4% and the state 45.1%. 

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported the goal is to have 85% of the district’s students proficient in ELA and STEM starting this year.  She noted the Sault Schools scores are included in the ISD and state scores, and the district makes up one third of the ISD. She indicated

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer stated sometimes there is student movement, but it doesn’t always show in proficiency.  She indicated the district has offered reading recovery for 23 years, and half of the Grade 5 WIN time is now used for extra support, as well as 45 minutes a week for students in Grades 2 through 4. 

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported on her concern for the 2019 variance in Grade 5 ELA, but indicated it may be because students shift from learning to read, to reading to learn at that level.  She noted the district is still above the ISD and state in this area.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported on the 2019 ELA for Grades 6, 7, and 8, and noted the district scores exceeded those in the ISD and state.  She reported even though it was not well received by the parents, additional class time was given to those students and their test scores show improvement in reading and writing. 

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported improvement on the 2019 Grade 8 PSAT but indicated the district did not have the staff for a full hour of instruction.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported students are outperforming what is expected on the Reading RIT assessments for Grades K though 10.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported the STEM Goal is to have 85% of the students proficient in early numeracy, and even though there still needs to be more progress, the district showed a 4.1% increase over last year with more kids in advanced level math.  Also noted was the district remained above the ISD and state for the past four years in this area.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer presented the percent of proficiency on the PSAT Grade 8 math for Grades 4 through 8 for years 2016 through 2019.  She noted this year’s freshmen have received math instruction every day for the last six years and now the district is piecing in language arts as it doesn’t have the resources to offer multiple curriculum at the same time and level.  She indicated Grades 4, 5, and 6 were above the ISD and the state for 2019, but Grades 4 and 5 may need some extra support, and Grades 6 and 7 have been struggling to stay with the ISD in the past.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported the overall Mathematics RIT Growth assessments for Grades Kindergarten through 11 indicate the district is growing in all Grades except Grade 5.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported on the Social Studies (MSTEP) results for Grades 5, 8 and 11 by district, ISD, and state for years 2016 through 2019.  She noted the goal is to increase the percent of proficiency on the assessment, but was happy the district has outperformed the ISD and state over the years.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer indicated in a couple of years there will not be test scores in Social Science as a new pilot program is being implemented just as had been done for General Science.  She presented the General Science RIT Growth assessment for Grades 3 through 10 and indicated her excitement to see next year’s MSTEP results as that will be the first year after the pilot program was implemented.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer presented the 2019 PSAT 8/9 Performance Summary.  She noted 213 students were tested, 35% of the students met and or exceeded the benchmarks for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW), and Math, and 65% of the students need to improve in one or both section scores.  She noted her concern for the math score being below the ISD’s score.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer stated the PSAT score gives an indication on how a student could do his/her first year of college.  She reported looking at the overall SAT performance for EBRW, Sault High was above and Malcolm was at 10% of the ISD score.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported on the STEM goal to have a target score of 85% for Career and College Readiness in Math.  She presented the last four year’s CCR-Math data and indicated the combined score of Sault High and Malcolm was above the ISD, but trailing below the state.

Upon inquiry from Member Curtis, Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer indicated the district implemented a new math program two years ago that offers five hours of intervention at the Middle School.  She explained math intervention is a class of less than 20 students who are struggling in different sections and need the support of the teacher to focus on them.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported the High School offers a SAT prep course that is designed to prepare students to take the SAT.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported on the targeted goal of having 85% of students be Career and College Ready (CCR) in Evidenced Based Reading and Writing (EBRW).  She presented the scores for the four years broken down by state, ISD, Sault High and Malcolm.  She reported Sault High exceeded the ISD and state scores for all four years.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported on the MSTEP Grade 11 percent of proficiency in Social Studies for years 2016 through 2018 and broken down by state, ISD, Sault High, and Malcolm.  She indicated the district did very well and was above the ISD and State.  She stated the assessment goal for Malcolm is to increase the percent of proficiency.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported 264 CTE Program certificates were awarded in 2018, and they were also core performance indicators of career readiness. 

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported the student graduation rate after four years of high school is 84.13%, after five years is 88.12%, and after six years is 96%.  She explained some students need a little extra time to catch up so they enroll in Malcolm for their 5th and/or 6th years.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported the district follows up on students who have enrolled in college to see if they have earned enough credits after two years to sustain them to graduation.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported on the top ten colleges/universities the Class of 2019 indicated they were attending, and noted 8 recipients who were offered full tuition scholarships.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported on the following intervention programs.

ELEMENTARY

Kindergarten - Individualized Reading Improvement Plan; Grade 1- Math Recovery, Math Intervention, Reading Recovery, and Individualized Reading Improvement Plan; Grade 2 - Math Intervention, Reading Intervention, and Individualized Reading Improvement Plan; Grade 3 Math Intervention, Reading Intervention, Individualized Reading Improvement Plan; Grade 4 Math Intervention, Reading Intervention


MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle School Math Lab-WIN and Reading Lab-WIN
HIGH SCHOOL

High School SAT Prep/ALEKS, and Malcolm Achieve

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported the teachers use formative assessment on a real-time basis to see what types of intervention particular students need.  She noted the district offered summer programming in Early Literacy and Numeracy for 85 students, High School Credit Recovery for 32 to 38 students, Special Education for 10 students, and 1,806 meals were served through the Meet Up and Eat Up summer program.

Upon inquiry from Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer, there were no questions. 

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported she had seen some good gains and observations with the summer school program, and the high school credit recovery was working. 

 

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported on the following 2019-2020 Improvement Focus Areas.
- Increased Social and Emotional Supports already instituted through the ISD Social Worker at the high school. 
- Focused Early Warning and Intervention Systems of attendance, behavior, and achievement by monitoring early and often as well as intervening        early and often.
- Implement a pilot Computer Science Standards program to implemented overall.
- Coaching for high need areas of Kindergarten through Grade 3 Literacy and Kindergarten through Grade 8 Math.
- Focus on content literacy practices for Kindergarten through Grade 12 Literacy.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported the district teaches in soft learning areas (STEM, Art, Music (band, choir, theater) Environmental Stewardship, Nutrition, Exercise, Volunteerism, and Foreign Language), and they are not easily tested.

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer stated through continuous and intentional improvement, the staff works hard to give students choices.

President Smith thanked Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer for her thorough report.

 

III.      ACTION ITEMS AND BOARD REPORTS

42.       A.        PERSONNEL – Superintendent Hall
 

New Hires

Mrs. Chevillot introduced Mrs. Misty Joy-Lewis and reported on her experience and wonderful credentials.

1.     Misty Jolly-Lewis – Kindergarten Teacher – Washington S2019chool

It was moved by Member Curtis, supported by Member Wolski, that the Board of Education approve the recommendation to hire Misty Jolly-Lewis as Kindergarten Teacher at Washington School.

Yeas:  Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays:  None

Absent:  Wilson, Pingatore, Cochran

Motion Carried.

 

Ms. Rondeau recommended the following:

2.     Ginny Shadnaw – English Teacher – Sault Area Middle School

It was moved by Member Curtis, supported by Member Proulx, that the Board of Education approve the recommendation to hire Ginny Shadnaw as English Teacher at Sault Area Middle School.

Yeas:  Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays:  None

Absent:  Wilson, Pingatore, Cochran

Motion Carried.

3.      Ashley Rave – Art Teacher – Sault Area Middle School

It was moved by Member Wolski, supported by Member Proulx, that the Board of Education approve the recommendation to hire Ashley Rave as Art Teacher shared between the Middle School and High School. 

Yeas:  Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays:  None

Absent:  Wilson, Pingatore, Cochran

Motion Carried.

 

Mrs. Lussier recommended the following.

4.     Katie Watchorn – Business Education Teacher – Sault Area Career Center

It was moved by Member Curtis, supported by Member Wolski, that the Board of Education approve the recommendation to hire Katie Watchorn as Business Education Teacher at Sault Area Career Center

Yeas:  Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays:  None

Absent:  Wilson, Pingatore, Cochran

Motion Carried.

 

Dr. McFarlane presented the following recommendation.

5.     Sheila Eckerle – Paraprofessional – Sault Area High School

It was moved Member Proulx, supported by Member Curtis, that the Board of Education approve the recommendation to hire Sheila Eckerle as Special Education CI Paraprofessional at Sault Area High School.

Yeas:  Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays:  None

Absent:  Wilson, Pingatore, Cochran

Motion Carried.

 

Dr. Hall presented the following on behalf of Mr. Lockwood

6.     Jenna Killips – Freshmen Volleyball Coach – Sault Area High School

It was moved by Member Curtis, supported by Member Wolski, that the Board of Education approve the recommendation to hire Jenna Killips as Freshmen Volleyball Coach at Sault Area High School.

Yeas:  Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays:  None

Absent:  Wilson, Pingatore, Cochran

Motion Carried.

 

Mrs. Chevillot presented the following recommendation

7.      John Ferroni – Playground Supervisor – Washington School

It was moved by Member Proulx, supported by Member Wolski, that the Board of Education approve the recommendation to hire John Ferroni as Playground Supervisor at Washington School.

Yeas:  Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays:  None

Absent:  Wilson, Pingatore, Cochran

Motion Carried.

 

43.       IV.       ADMINISTRATION REPORTS

A.        Superintendent Report

Dr. Hall reported former science teacher and founder of the Natural Science Rock Park, Dennis Dougherty, announced there will be a dedication ceremony of a new Syenite Yooper Rock to the park on Sunday, September 15 starting at 1 p.m.  He indicated everyone is invited to attend.

Dr. Hall reported on the law enforcement Handle With Care initiative that aims to help students who may have potentially been traumatized by a situation law enforcement officers have encountered, and the school should pay special attention and handle the student with care.   

Dr. Hall announced Bruce Brown, 1976 graduate and owner of Alpine Chocolat Haus Sault, has sponsored a Fundraiser to support student athletes.  All of the money from the ice cream sales will be donated to help the different pay to participate fees.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dr. Hall encouraged everyone to stop by.

 

44.       V.        BOARD GOVERNANCE AND BOARD POLICY ISSUES

Upon inquiry by Member Curtis, Dr. Hall reported the district was not planning to have the high school lab complete for first semester, and it will remain an open classroom until the counter top is replaced.

Upon inquiry by Member Curtis, Dr. Hall indicated the district is looking for someone to teach high school special education and middle school 5th grade.  He noted the middle school position is a bit of a surprise, but it is currently being filled with a retired teacher as a long-term sub.

Upon inquiry from Member Proulx, Superintendent Hall reported the new Middle School Science Teacher is expected to arrive within the next couple of weeks.

Member Curtis thanked Dr. Hall for keeping the Board informed on the latest events so they are aware if they should hear things out in the community.  

 

45.       VI.       FUTURE PLANNING

President Smith reviewed the following events.

October 14 - Regular Board Meeting - 7 p.m. - Middle School

November 11 – Regular Board Meeting - 7 p.m. - Middle School

 

46.       VII.     ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Board at 8:20 p.m., it was moved by Member Curtis, supported by Member Wolski, that the meeting be adjourned.

Yeas:  Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays:  None

Absent:  Wilson, Pingatore, Cochran

Motion Carried.

 

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 Daniel L. Smith, President 

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Melissa S. Pingatore, Board Secretary

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Judy L. Sirk, Recording Secretary