The Board of Education approved a proposal for restructuring the Elementary Strings Program. They also participated in a discussion about the Library and Social Studies curricula and received an update on the progress of the Wydown Middle School construction project.
Board members Susan Buse and Brad Bernstein were sworn-in to another three-year term at the Board of Education meeting. The Board also approved the two-year teacher salary agreement, reemployed certificated staff and part-time temporary employment and approved a resolution to refinance bonds and save the District $250,000 over the life of the bonds.
The Board of Education approved a lease proposal to install eight arrays of solar panels on District buildings for an estimated $651,000 cost-savings for the District over the next 20 years. The Board also participated in a discussion about how the District organizes for learning.
The Board of Education reviewed the State of the District Planning Report outlining enrollment projections, staffing and financial projections. They also approved the 2013-2014 school calendar and the framework for the development of the 2013-2014 school year budget.
The Board of Education participated in a discussion and study session about the Humanities programs, which include Literacy, Social Studies, Library and English Language (EL). An overview of the programs, along with small group work during the meeting, allowed the Board members and Humanities coordinators to collaborate on the areas of focus for the programs’ self-study as part of their regular curriculum reviews this year.
The Board continued its discussion on Superintendent Dr. Sharmon Wilkinson’s recommendations for $1.7 million in permanent budget reductions presented at the Jan. 9 meeting. The Board also reviewed and discussed the draft 2013-2014 school year calendar.
Superintendent Dr. Sharmon Wilkinson presented her recommendations for $1.7 million of permanent budget reductions developed with input from District leadership, staff and community members through the Long-Term Financial Planning process. The Board of Education began its discussion of these recommendations and will continue its conversation on Jan. 23 and 30.
The Board of Education participated in a discussion about Part-Time Temporary Employment and Field Trips as part of the District's continued work with Long-Term Financial Planning. The meeting also included a compensation discussion comparing Clayton and its local market districts based on staff salary and benefits.
The Board of Education continued its work with Long-Term Financial Planning by reviewing high school programming and staffing, reviewed revisions to the District's draft mission, vision and core values statements and approved a resolution endorsing Proposition S, a tax increase proposal by Special School District that is on the November 2012 ballot.
The Board of Education voted unanimously to support the five-year extension for enrolling new students in the Voluntary Student Transfer Program (VST) and continue accepting new VST students through the 2018-2019 school year. They also reviewed the District's elementary programming and staffing and long-term financial projections.
The Board of Education approved the District's 2012 tax rate, reviewed enrollment, staffing and compensation trends from the past five years as part of the District’s Long-Term Financial Planning efforts and continued its discussion on the five-year extension of the Voluntary Student Transfer Program.
The Board of Education and the Board of Alderman held their annual joint meeting with the Clayton Recreation, Sports and Wellness Commission to review the budget for the Center of Clayton.
The Board of Education began a series of updates that will focus on the District's Long-Term Financial Planning efforts with a presentation and discussion that focused on a financial overview of the District and the permanent budget reductions that were made last year.