Ed Affairs Committee Presentation December 2019
The Educational Affairs Committee met on Tuesday, Dec. 17 with school director Pam Henry presiding and all school directors present. The agenda included three items: 20-21 school year calendar, challenge program and special education. More than 10 community members attended the meeting.
CSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tamara Thomas Smith presented three options for the 2020-21 school-year start: Pre- and post-Labor Day and a flexible start based on when Labor Day falls. The administration recommended the pre-Labor Day start, and the board will vote on this recommendation at its Tuesday, Jan. 7 legislative meeting.
Supervisor of Gifted Education Matt Pimental presented on the district’s challenge program continuum. The district recognizes the need for objective criteria to determine who receives math and/or literacy support. Focusing on these two areas presents the challenge of ensuring students identified through the multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) process receive needed support. As a solution, entrance into the math and literacy supports will be based on the objective criteria of performance-based locally normed common data. Additionally, students will be reevaluated at the end of each report period.
To give CSD families the opportunity to learn more about the Challenge program and its proposed changes, Pimental will deliver his presentation at the Administration Building on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at 10 a.m.; Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at 2 p.m.; and Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at 6 p.m.
The final presentation of the evening was the district’s special education attorney Andy Faust from Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP speaking about a new federal guidelines about disproportionality, in which schools must determine whether rates at which minority group members are identified as disabled are placed in restrictive settings once identified, or are subject to exclusionary discipline exceeds rate for all other group members. As a district with significant disproportionality, the District must set aside 15 percent of its 2019-2020 Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) subsidy, approximately $133,000, to develop a targeted regular education intervention programming that addressed the problem.