An update from the School Board Meeting held September 14, 2023.
This School Board Meeting Update was written by Richard Sanchez, an educator at Bell Middle School and the JCEA Organizing Action Team Chair.
As always the Board of Education meeting started with roll call, then moved into a quick executive session at five o’clock. The preliminary meeting resumed and roll call happened again, why you ask .. protocol I guess? The audience welcomed, the pledge and then moved to approve the Agenda. Honors and recognition Student Services- Suicide Prevention and Crisis Recovery Team, Jeffco Student that Placed at the National Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Competition, Display of Belonging at Stony Creek Elementary, Pomona High School Musical Theatre Summer Camp Staff (Our very own AR and Union Leader Mellissa Mills), UCHealth and Children’s Hospital Project SEARCH Partnership, and lastly Red Rocks Community College- Unity Banner Project Partnership.
Public Comment was short tonight but many community members from Coal Creek came to address their concerns regarding the proposed closure/ ROFTS phase two and consolidation with Three Creeks K-8. Many heartfelt stories were shared from the tight knit community. An Arvada parent shared his concerns and the importance of building led trainings to support students with special needs that are targeted and bullied. His concerned centered around mitigating suicide risk and trauma in elementary students.
The conclusion of public comment came from an LBG parent that was very upset about the union’s communication regarding pronouns. He referred to a far right website RADAR and encouraged us to stop grooming kids and follow the science of gender affirming care.
The study session started with Property Disposition Process Update. Next was the boundary study update. The discussion included topics such as the negative impacts of choice enrollment, surveys and case studies that are going to be going out to families who are leaving the district. Also, Board Member Schooley made a great point that 25% of the students who are in the Everitt Middle School area choice out to go to another middle school.
Boundary study is being conducted by yet another outside firm….
Regular Business Meeting
All board members approved an addition to Bergen Valley Elementary
The Board held a discussion on the national social media litigation. The district will receive a settlement for damages caused to schools from social media platforms. It was said that these funds that the district is receiving will go back into social and emotional support for students. There was also discussion that there should be student voice about what should be done with the funds that the district is receiving from this settlement. All members voted yes.
Tracy Dorland shared her Superintendent report. Her report started with the building visits she and many members of her cabinet are doing to build trust and understand instructional excellence. Feedback was given to principals to share with their staff. They are looking for patterns and trends within the district. These visits will happen twice a month.
The Board and Tracy discussed transportation challenges. District management is working really hard to ensure that every bus seat is filled. The district also brought in someone from Texas to streamline the training for new bus drivers. Also, discussed traffic issues that are occurring. Tracy ensured that they are listening to the issues that are occurring with buses.
All Board Members discussed the schools they visited in the last month. The meeting ended with a National Suicide proclamation and an invite to educators, families, and community to attend that training