School Board notes

  • AGENDA: No changes.

  • MINUTES: Unanimously approved.

  • GOOD NEWS ITEM: Winners of the annual 5th Grade Career Fair essay contest shared their work with the school board. Students were given a list of questions and a recording sheet for taking notes on the colleges and careers they learned about. After the Fair, students submitted essays about what they learned during their career fair experience. Winners received a college bag filled with various college/career related items.

  • STUDENT ADVISOR REPORT: Rogers High School student advisor Andre Ramsey reported on the opening of the in-school clinic later this month.

  • APPOINTMENTS: The board adopted liaison and committee assignments for the year.

  • HEARING OF DELEGATES: One speaker on new board member training.

  • CONSENT AGENDA: Unanimously approved.

  • DIVERSION AND MENTORING: Dr. Adam Swinyard, associate superintendent for Teaching and Learning; Dr. Oscar Harris, community engagement coordinator; Nicole Jenkins-Rosenkrantz, Community Partners manager; and Julie Schaffer, Restorative Practices specialist, presented an update on family and community engagement. Focuses include cross-community collaboration, specialized mentoring, diversion programming, restorative practices, and conflict resolution training.

  • SECONDARY UPDATE: Dr. Swinyard, Heather Bybee, curriculum director, and Shawn Jordan, secondary education director, discussed secondary updates focused on the second year of math curriculum implementation, STEM and career connections in computer science, human growth and development implementation, pre-AP course offerings that have been extended to all freshman English and biology classes, improving culturally responsive curriculum, graduation pathways, and other updates.

  • SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING: Dr. Swinyard and Ms. Bybee discussed the swing back toward balance to learning that includes the skills necessary to manage emotions and maintain positive relationships. Those include self-management, social awareness, learning strategies, growth mindset, self-efficacy, and grit.

  • POLICY UPDATES: Dr. Linda McDermott, associate superintendent for School Support Services, briefed updates to policies about AEDs; delivering medications at school; parental administration of marijuana; student fees, fines, or charges; and drug-free school community and workplace. Several updates are to bring district policies current with recent changes in state law. Board action is anticipated on Feb. 12.

  • BOARD REPORTS: Board president Jerrall Haynes participated in the ACT 6 scholarship selection committee. Director Nikki Lockwood participated in interviews for new members for the Human Growth and Development Committee. Director Mike Wiser visited Franklin Elementary.

  • SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Shelley Redinger reminded board members about the GSI education grows event on Friday morning. She also reported that the leadership team is watching weather closely for an expected significant accumulation of snow to make sure school and extracurricular activities can proceed safely. Friday is an early release day for students.