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November 21, 2011
Public Hearing

Board Members in attendance:  Mr. John “Skip” McKoy, Presiding; Ms. Emily Bloomfield; Mr. Don Soifer; Dr. Darren Woodruff; Ms. Sara Mead

Mr. Skip McKoy called the hearing to order at 7:32pm

Acknowledgement of Public Officials
No elected officials were present.

Request for Charter Amendment- Ideal Academy Public Charter School
Ideal Academy was called before the Board.  Seeing that not all of the representatives from the school were present, Mr. Skip McKoy closed the hearing to resume again once all representatives from Ideal Academy were present.

The hearing was closed at 7:35pm


Public Meeting

Board Members in attendance:  Mr. John “Skip” McKoy, Presiding; Ms. Emily Bloomfield; Mr. Don Soifer; Dr. Darren Woodruff; Ms. Sara Mead

Mr. Skip McKoy called the public meeting to order at 7:35pm.

Approval of the Agenda
Mr. Skip McKoy asked for a motion to approve the agenda for the evening.  Dr. Darren Woodruff moved the motion and Ms. Sara Mead seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Approval of the September Minutes
Mr. Skip McKoy asked for a motion to approve the September minutes. Dr. Darren Woodruff moved the motion and Ms. Sara Mead seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Administrative Committee
The contracts for November 2011 for more than $25,000 were received by the PCSB and were read and accepted into the record.

School Oversight Committee- Request for Full Approval- Creative Minds Public Charter School
Representatives: Golnar Abedin, Executive Director and Principal; Patricia Steele, Board Chair; Justin van Fleet, Board Member

Ms. Kimberly Worthington from staff introduced the matter before the Board and recommended that the conditionally approved school be granted full approval.

Mr. Skip McKoy asked the school’s representatives if they have anything that they wanted to say.  Ms. Golnar Abedin said that she was happy for the opportunity to be here.

Mr. Skip McKoy went on to ask if the school has changed their leadership model.  Ms. Golnar Abedin said that they switched from a two-leader model to a single leader model in September as a way to foster greater accountability.

Mr. Skip McKoy asked if Board members have any questions.  Seeing none he asked for a motion.  Dr. Darren Woodruff moved to grant full approval and Mr. Don Soifer seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

School Oversight Committee- Request to Issue Notice of Concern- Compliance Review- Community Academy Public Charter School, National Collegiate Public Charter School
Ms. Monique Miller from staff introduced the matter of school’s lacking necessary documents to document compliance before the Board.  She added that should a Notice of Concern be issued to Community Academy it could be lifted as early as the December 2011 Board meeting if they submit all the necessary documents by then.  The Community Academy campuses that are being issued notices of concern are Amos I, Amos II, Butler and Rand.  

Ms. Monique Miller noted that one of the documents that Community Academy has yet to submit is a new certificate of occupancy.

Mr. Skip McKoy said that he was confused and that he was under the impression that a school could not occupy a space without a certificate of occupancy.

Ms. Monique Miller answered that the city fire marshal is responsible for inspection and that they missed this and approved the schools anyway.

Mr. Skip McKoy asked if it was staff’s recommendation to issue a notice of concern and to have an update at the next meeting.  

Ms. Monique Miller answered yes.

Ms. Emily Bloomfield asked about school nursing certification.  

Ms. Monique Miller answered that the District’s Department of Health will assign a nurse to a school.  If a school does not have a nurse assigned it is because the school does not have a proper nursing suite.  In those cases PCSB recommends to schools that they have someone on site who can dispense medication.

Mr. Skip McKoy asked for a motion to issue a notice of concern.  Ms. Sara Mead moved the motion and Mr. Don Soifer seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Skip McKoy asked for a motion to suspend the public meeting.  Ms. Emily Bloomfield moved the motion and Mr. Don Soifer seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

 The public meeting was suspended at 7:52pm.

Public Hearing

Board Members in attendance:  Mr. John “Skip” McKoy, Presiding; Ms. Emily Bloomfield; Mr. Don Soifer; Dr. Darren Woodruff; Ms. Sara Mead

Mr. Skip McKoy called the public hearing to order at 7:53pm.

Request for Charter Amendment- Ideal Academy Public Charter School
Representatives: Dr. George Rutherford, Principal; Pearline Humbles, Instructional Coordinator; Percy Wilson, Board Member

Ms. Charlotte Cureton from staff introduced Ideal Academy’s request to amend their charter to formally document  their decision to rescind the high school program before the Board.

Dr. Darren Woodruff asked if the school could give an update on the academic program and how it has progressed since dissolving the high school.

Ms. Pearline Humbles said that the school has continued with the curriculum from 2009-2010, that they have integrated the Common Core standards, and that they continue to use the Marzano research based strategies.

Mr. Don Soifer asked about the enrollment numbers.

Ms. Pearline Humbles said that when they wrote the amendment that the school’s enrollment was at 272 students, but is now at 284.

Mr. Skip McKoy asked for the projected amount of students.

Ms. Pearline Humbles answered 330 students.

Ms. Emily Bloomfield asked since the school no longer has a high school component, how they are preparing students to transition to high school.

Ms. Pearline Humbles said that in the proposed charter amendment the school invites counselors to come speak to students and parents in middle school about high school.

Ms. Emily Bloomfield asked if they could speak to the discipline policy, and in particular, if they could speak to clarifying the guidelines for suspension and expulsion.

Ms Pearline Humbles said that she knows that some children have IEP’s before they are suspended, and that they speak to the special education coordinator and determine if the student should be suspended or if an alternative form of punishment should be prescribed.

Ms. Emily Bloomfield asked if this is outlined in the student handbook.

Ms. Pearline Humbles said that it has not been added to the handbook because they are waiting for the amendment to be passed first.

Dr. Darren Woodruff asked if there are interventions prior to a student being suspended.

Ms. Pearline Humbles said that they try to work with the student, and then have a counselor work with the student, and then they have the parents come in.  She added that they also have in school suspension.  These all happen before an out of school suspension, and are all spelled out in the amendment.

Ms Sara Mead said that the business plan talks a great deal about fundraising and asked how much they will rely on fundraising going forward.

Mr. Percy Wilson asked for clarification.

Ms. Sara Mead said that she wanted to know how vital fundraising is to sustainability for the school.

Mr. Percy Wilson said that it’s important for growth, but that per pupil costs are able to be met with their current funding levels.

Ms. Sara Mead asked how successful they have been so far in their fundraising.

Mr. Percy Wilson said that they have just gotten started but that they will keep the Board posted.

Mr. Skip McKoy asked for questions.

Mr. Skip McKoy asked the school representatives if they think it was a good decision to close the high school.  

Dr. George Rutherford and Mr. Percy Wilson both said that it was a good decision.

Mr. Don Soifer moved to approve the charter amendment, and Ms. Sara Mead seconded.  Ms. Emily Bloomfield added that the Board would still like guidelines for disciplinary policies for students with IEP’s.  The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Skip McKoy asked for a motion to close the public hearing.  Mr. Don Soifer moved the motion, and Ms. Emily Bloomfield seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Public Hearing closed at 8:05pm

Public Meeting

Board Members in attendance:  Mr. John “Skip” McKoy, Presiding; Ms. Emily Bloomfield; Mr. Don Soifer; Dr. Darren Woodruff; Ms. Sara Mead

Mr. Skip McKoy restarted the Board Meeting at 8:06pm

School Oversight Committee- Request to Lift Board Action for Attendance and Truancy
Ms. Kimberly Worthington from staff presented the matter before the Board to lift Board actions for attendance and truancy for the 4th quarter of School Year 2010-2011.

Two Rivers Public Charter School and IDEA Public Charter School were identified by Ms. Kimberly Worthington to have met criteria regarding lifting the notices of concern for attendance and truancy.

The following schools were recommended by Ms. Kimberly Worthington to have their notices of deficiency for attendance and truancy lifted:

  • Excel Academy Public Charter School
  • Hope Community Public Charter School- Lamond Campus
  • Ideal Academy Public Charter School- Peabody Campus
  • Imagine Southeast Public Charter School
  • Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School (Formerly known as Hyde Leadership Public Charter School)
  • William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts- Lower Campus
  • William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts- Upper Campus
        
Ms. Sara Mead moved to lift the notices of concern, and Mr. Don Soifer seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Ms. Sara Mead moved to lift the notices of deficiency, and Dr. Darren Woodruff seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

School Oversight Committee- Request to Approve Accountability Plans
Ms. Monique Miller, Ms. Rashida Kennedy, and Ms. Kimberly Worthington from staff presented the accountability plans before the Board.

Ms. Monique Miller stated that PCSB school Performance Officers went over accountability plans over the summer and worked with some schools on revising their plans during the fall.

AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School
Ms. Rashida Kennedy said that the school has added an assessment target and that the level or rigor is the same as their previous accountability plan. 

Mr. Skip McKoy noted that he would be abstaining from this vote.   Ms. Emily Bloomfield moved to approve the plan. 

Dr. Darren Woodruff asked if the differences between schools in terms of their various accountability plans in trying to capture actual student performance something the Performance Officers are comfortable with. 

Ms. Monique Miller said that PCSB is working on improving the accountability plan process. 

Dr. Darren Woodruff asked if we might ultimately have a set of assessments that we approve of and others we disapprove of for use by schools. 

Ms. Monique Miller said that is something we would want to shoot for.

Dr. Darren Woodruff seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4-0.  Mr. Skip McKoy abstained.

Community Academy Public Charter School
Ms. Kimberly Worthington stated that the school has worked hard to improve their plan.  They have changed their metric for growth and made a minor adjustment tweaking the language on their early childhood assessment.

Ms. Sara Mead thanked Ms. Kimberly Worthington for her work with Community Academy on this.

Dr. Darren Woodruff moved to approve the plan and Mr. Don Soifer seconded.  The motion passed unanimously

DC Prep Public Charter School
Ms. Kimberly Worthington noted that the school chose to change their assessment in literacy development.

Mr. Skip McKoy noted that he and Ms. Sara Mead would be abstaining from this vote, and that he had Mr. Brian Jones’s proxy vote.

Mr. Don Soifer moved to approve the plan, and Ms. Emily Bloomfield seconded.  The motion passed 4-0.  Mr. Skip McKoy and Ms. Sara Mead abstained and Mr. Brian Jones voted aye by proxy.

Excel Academy Public Charter School
Ms. Rashida Kennedy stated that Excel Academy has made many changes to their plan.  She made note that some of the wording in their targets did not capture their academic progress.  They also changed their reading assessment for progress and achievement, and included DC CAS on their achievement.  They had aggressive targets for assessments last year and have amended their targets to something more realistic.

Dr. Darren Woodruff moved to approve the plan, and Mr. Don Soifer seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School
Ms. Rashida Kennedy stated that it is Inspired Teaching’s first year in operation and that their targets are all set at 70%.

Dr. Darren Woodruff noted that he is abstaining from this vote.  Ms. Sara Mead moved to approve the plan, and Mr. Don Soifer seconded.  Ms. Sara Mead thanked Ms. Rashida Kennedy for her work.  The motion passed 4-0.  Dr. Darren Woodruff abstained.

Septima Clark Public Charter School
Ms. Rashida Kennedy said that the school has revised their progress target and removed their mission specific target.

Mr. Don Soifer moved to approve the plan, and Ms. Sara Mead seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Don Soifer wanted to make sure that the Board is on the record about schools with higher proportions of students with special needs.  He said that it is important in the coming weeks and months, as there will be much discussion about the Performance Management Framework (PMF), that there be an alternative distinction for schools that serve large populations of special needs students.  He went on to add that PCSB will work with schools to create an alternative framework for these schools and that he expects it to be forthcoming. 

Dr. Darren Woodruff wanted to echo about the potential of an alternative PMF to get away from a focus of having to teach to the test culture and is more interested in finding out what the best practices are.

Public Comment
None.

Meeting adjourned at 8:33pm