BOE 09-14-2017

(gavel banging) – Good evening and welcome
to the September 14th regular meeting of the
Novi Board of Education. If you would all please rise and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance. – [All] I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. – Alright, do we have any changes to our agenda this evening? – We need to add one item to
the agenda for an action item. It was introduced last week. It’s the resolution on the board calendar. It did not make it to
this week’s action item, so we just need to add that resolution so we can move the September
21st to September 28th meeting. – Okay, so can we add that right after our personnel recommendations? Okay. Alright, well moving on, we
have our first opportunity for comments from the audience
related to agenda items. If we have anyone in the
audience that would like to address the board, we would ask that they fill out a green
card at the side of the table and come to the podium, that they might address
the board on agenda items. Seeing no one, we’ll move on
to our reports to the board. Dr. Matthews. – Thank you, Miss Murphy. Tonight we have a report to the board on the Parent/Guardian Climate Survey that was done earlier this year. And all of you have that
survey in your board materials, and I think we have it available
on the big screen as well. So, the purpose of the
survey was to get a sense of what our parents and
community members think of our school district and try to identify how do we better serve our students. Dr. Webber, I’d turn to
you for just a moment to give us some perspective
on how the survey was developed and
information on the survey. – Thank you, Dr. Matthews. So Dr. Jason Almerigi
worked with Oakland schools, is a trained person at survey creation, dissemination, the whole piece. So Dr. Almerigi, through Oakland schools worked with Dr. Matthews, myself, to create a survey based on, and that be would also
congruent with a teacher survey as well as a student survey
in many aspects of it. And really the goal was
that it was simple to get an idea what parents felt
that we were doing well at the community school
district and what we could do better at and I believe Dr.
Matthews has taken a look at the high lines of this survey and together we’ve addressed, I believe three points that we’re proud of and four that we could do better at. Thank you. – So we had a thousand
parents complete the survey and this survey was done
throughout Oakland county and other districts as
well and Dr. Almerigi told us that Novi had the most parent and community members
respond to this survey and so we’d like to, the
high points are, you know, over 80% of respondents
saw teachers as friendly, responsive and respectful. Less than six percent of
the respondents had concerns in this area. Second high point or
positive of the survey was 90% of respondents believe that the school provided
quality facilities for our students. And then our third high
point was that well over 80% of the respondents
stated that teachers care about, have high expectations
for and are respectful towards students and
less than five percent of the respondents had
concerns in these areas. There were four points
that we’ve identified as areas for us to continue to grow in. One was that over 16% of
respondents did not believe that they were given an opportunity
to have a voice in decisions made at the school. And point two was that over 16% of the respondents expressed
concern that the school did not actively seek to build on students’ individual strengths. Point three was over 11% of
the respondents had concerns that the school was
not supporting students in managing their emotions. And then between 15 and 17% of respondents expressed concern about the
school addressing conflict. A significant percentage of
the respondents were not sure of the school’s response
in this area which was also a concern to us. So as we’ve looked at those four areas, we this year are working to
improve in those four areas. In the area of parental
voice, we’re trying to improve our communication from each
building to their parents. Trying to ensure that we
have some routine regular communication that parents
can count on coming to the parents each week. And then we’re looking to create some additional opportunities for parents to provide feedback on critical issues. For example, we’re implementing
the anti-bullying policy and we’ll have a anti-bullying
task force that will include parents on it. We’re also going to encourage
the buildings to identify and create opportunities for
parents to provide feedback on either through their
PTOs, their parent groups to the principal and to
the teachers on issues and ideas they have at the school. In student strengths, we
had a student workshop and Impact 17 that Dr. Webber and Darby Hoppenstedt worked with our students where they
presented to all of our administrators and teachers
on ideas that they saw in the student survey. And part of that was trying to identify how our teachers can
more effectively address student individual
strengths at the school. And then this is also
going to be a focus of our Novi Structural Leadership Team trying to identify how
we create an awareness of and a focus on individual
student strengths at our schools. I think some parents across the spectrum, have, whether a student
is very high achieving, or the student struggles at school, or whether the student
is that solid average, typical Novi kid, they have
concerns that the school may not be attending to
their individual needs as much as possible. So we’re trying to identify
through our administrative team and our building
leadership team how we can work on those individual student strengths and make sure that each
student’s needs are addressed at the school. On managing emotions, this
year we’re working with the U of M Depression Center. They actually were part of
our Impact 17 professional development workshops on student health. And they came and we had professors from the University of Michigan at Impact 17 and they talked to our elementary teachers and our secondary teachers
on classroom mental health strategies for students. And so we had Will Heininger come to address our student athletes at the athletic night
about stress and depression and so we believe that we’ve
identified several avenues to work with helping students manage their emotions at our schools. And then the final issue
is addressing conflicts. Last year at the middle
school we started, yes ma’am? – Just before you move on, I see this
at the bottom. It’s just in tiny print and
I just wondered what is that? – That was a recommended website – For teachers?
– From U of M for teachers to identify strategies that they can use within their classrooms.
– Okay, awesome. – It originates out of the
U of M Depression Center and is a great entry way
not only for our teachers but for parents as well
who are interested in that. – [Miss Murphy] Oh, okay, good. – So we’re gonna develop
a communication strategy to get that information out to parents. – [Miss Murphy] Yeah, good resource. – Yep, it’s an excellent resource. On addressing conflict
last year we started our Olweus anti-bullying
curriculum at the middle school and so this is the second year of that. We believe that that will
have a tremendously positive impact at the middle school. We’re looking at how
do you carry that over into the high school and
what’s that look like at the high school. Is it the same program that
we need at the high school? Is there a different program that we need at the high school? But the issue of student
conflict is one that we need to try to address. We’ve also created two
new hall monitor positions at the middle school. We recognize with just hall
monitor at the middle school we probably didn’t have
enough adult supervision at the school and so we
have a person who’s there before school starts
and works through lunch and then we have a person
who comes in before lunch and works into the afternoon
after the after school activities so that they
can walk the halls, check the bathrooms, do
those kinds of things. We have a new emphasis on school safety here within the district that we’re reconstituting our
school safety committee, we’re focusing on insuring
that all of our schools have updated safety policies. And then we also have our new board policy on student suspension and discipline and those kinds of things. Overall, our schools are extremely safe. We had a really good
meeting on Wednesday at my Coffee With the Superintendent
where we had over 30 parents attend,
Detective Zabick was there to give some perspective on school safety for our parents as well and
so we recognize that this is a concern for parents. What we also try to emphasize is that one, we are a very safe
school, and there’s also a fine line that you kind
of tread with students, trying to make them
aware of issues related to school safety but
not scare them as well. And so we try to walk that line. And we also talked about
the importance of parents trying to get all of
the correct information, recognizing that because of
FERPA, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act,
that we can’t share details at times, but that we
have policies in place that allow us to, if need
be, suspend students for one to 10 days or more if they
continue to cause problems in our schools. And so those are the four
ways that we are kind of addressing these concerns. Mr. O’Connor? – [Mr. O’Connor] How was the
feedback from that coffee? – I think the feedback, Miss
Murphy happened to be there as well and I think overall the feedback was pretty positive. – I actually had gone to
the high school for the, I’ll confess, I wasn’t planning
on going to the coffee, but I was over at the high
school because I misread my invitation for the
National Merit Scholars. (Dr. Matthews laughing) So, I ended up going
over to the breakfast. And I, we got kicked out of the room. Not kicked out of the room,
we got moved because we were at capacity in the one room. And I felt like, parents, a few parents were
like, gosh I never thought of it that way or, and there was a lot of good interesting dialogue. People stuck around afterwards
and talked a lot too. I thought it was really well received and I thought it was, both Dr. Matthews and Officer Zabick did a
great job kind of sharing kind of a different perspective and also listening to parents, you know, where they’re coming from. But I think everybody at
the end of the day felt we’re all on the same page here. So I walked away thinking
that parents really felt like yeah our schools are safe. And it does, when something does happen, and that’s the one point
that Dr. Matthews made, so when something does
happen, that is unsafe, it does, it raises all of our alertness and makes us look at things differently. But overall it’s such an anomaly, we’re very fortunate
that it doesn’t happen on much of a regular basis. So I felt like it was
really good feedback. – And one of the points
we made is that because incidents are so rare in our district, when one does happen, it really catches everybody’s attention. In many districts they’re
such a regular occurring thing that many parents don’t pay
a whole lot of attention to kind of the ongoing
conflict at schools. But at our schools we
pay a lot of attention because they are so rare. Miss Glubzinski. – Just an observation,
so we’ve had the dialogue with 30 parents, but we
have a lot of parents in the district. Is there a way to communicate
more of that information? – Yep, Bill Roose and I
are talking about trying to identify ways to
communicate either through our list servers, through,
the news letters that parents get from the schools, by
sharing information on the Facebook page that the district has. In a variety to get that
information appearance about how our schools are
safe and how we’re addressing problems when they arise. – [Miss Glubzinski] Great, thank you. – I wish I would have video taped it. For, you know, that’s social media, video taping is a big trend right now. – [Miss Glubzinski] Ted talk. – Yeah, but I really
did think it was very, not only well attended,
I think a lot of people contributed to that conversation, which also added to the dynamics there and helped people see things more clearly. – So we have had two
parent surveys in the last couple of years, this
years was different than the previous year. There’s some kind of connections. Mr. Cook did a nice job of
providing some information trying to correlate last year’s questions and this year’s questions. This year’s questions had
a more direct connection to the student survey that we did. And so we will follow up
with the student survey information in October for you. But we believe this
was a good first start. We’re gonna continue to do
this survey as the years progress, and so this spring
we’ll do this survey again. And Dr. Webber and I will work with our, with each other to ensure that the survey gets us the information
that we need to continue to get feedback from
parents so we can continue to improve our district. So that was our parent survey. – [Miss Murphy] Mr. Cook. – A couple of things. You say we had a thousand respondents. When I add up the number I
get about two thirds of that. And to me that’s either 30% of them, you know roughly a third
of them don’t know, don’t think it applies. That seems kind of large to me. The other thing, we’ve got
schools with participations on this survey of down under 10%. And I’d like to see 100% of
our parents participating in these surveys. It doesn’t penalize them
anything if they do. It’s just great feedback to the district. If we, yeah, we send it
out once or twice saying hey we have a survey could
you please fill it out? If we send it out more
frequently and push the schools to try to encourage, not
demand, but encourage 100% participation, I think
we could get a lot closer to that ’cause Novi does have one of the, I would say strongest parent
supporting, supported students in the state. I don’t think we’d be anywhere near we are without the parental support we have. And I think that their
feedback is very valuable and we could use more of
it rather than just 10% or 20% of the parents responding. One of the points of growth is the support of the students in their emotions and we had, 11% had concerns, but
others had a few concerns so if you put that on a
scale it does, it doesn’t, when we put social
workers in every school, we were hoping to address some of that. And ya know, are we
gonna just kinda sit back on our laurels and hope that
takes a little bit more hold or are we gonna revisit that and maybe say we don’t necessarily need
all those social workers in the schools? What are we gonna do about that? ‘Cause that is a big expense
that we’ve undertaken in order to get, ya
know, the need our kids, that we perceive our kids needed. I’ve got a concern about that. I love the having social workers and I’ve seen benefits on a few students, but you know, we’ve got
parents that are maybe not seeing that benefit, so, – I can address that a little bit, and I’ll let Dr. Webber
address it as well. Social workers are significant, concern’s not really the right word, but a significant focus for
us in ensuring that not only they work with our special ed population, but also they’re available to work with our general ed population. And so we worked with Darby Hoppenstedt, Shaylee Patel, Dr. Webber,
the building principals, to ensure that the social
work investment that we made, ensuring that there’s at least
one full time social worker in each building to meet
the needs of the students in the building and to
provide support for students that need that and so,
that’s a continuing focus of our work this year
and we’ll be continuing as we move along because
we recognize the importance of ensuring that that
investment is well made. And I’ll turn it over to Dr. Webber for a few comments as well. – Yeah, certainly. I forwarded to Miss Holly and Dr. Matthews the website on mental health, so perhaps on the Friday update. And I forwarded another one
is per Mr. Cook’s comment right now on our second step program that we have with our social workers. The second step is a
curriculum on social/emotional learning for our children. And it’s delivered by our social workers in small group and individual settings. Having the social workers in the buildings five days a week and
speaking with our principals who I have a tremendous amount of faith in it has been an unmitigated
success for the kids that they see. Oftentimes the kids that
our social workers service who are in deep need are kids
that can take a significant amount of time. And today I was at
Village Oaks for instance, and the social worker was
working with a particular student and I helped her work with this student. Seeing that social worker in action, to think there was a
time where we didn’t have a social worker on let’s say a Thursday in that particular building, I know Dr. O’Feely was
here giving training and as I was driving back
to ESB I was very grateful in the fact that we had
a social worker there to help with that student
at that particular time. When we’re looking at how
we track social/emotional success, it’s very different
than how we track the success of what we do in our classrooms. We have 39 national merit semi-finalists, I believe Dr. Matthews? So that’s an easy number
to get your head around, 39, most in the state, pretty incredible. I think there are 42 in
Novi and 39 of them are at Novi high school. So that’s a number that we can
see and get our head around. And I think that the
difficulty when we’re doing some work in social/emotional
health is oftentimes it’s what we don’t see are the metrics that are most important. How many kids aren’t harming themselves, how many kids aren’t
needing additional help, how many kids in those pieces. So to Mr. Cook’s point, I would
say that from a standpoint of when we looked at the
survey that Dr. Matthews did last year, we asked the
social workers to talk about the impact that they were having as well as our principals, that it has been a very welcome piece. I saw it in action today in that stance. More than happy to collect
any data if you guys can provide what kind of
data you’re looking for. That’s really important. I don’t think we’ve every
shied away from providing data, we just need to know exactly
what the look fors are. And we can start digging into that. I’m gonna forward that second
step program to Dr. Matthews and Miss Holly and they can for support. – [Dr. Matthews] Miss Glubzinski . – This isn’t scientific,
of course, but I was in Orchard Hills speaking
with Pam Quitiquit last week and she did bring up the fact that that has really been
helpful for her building and the benefits that
she’s seeing in terms of that social worker’s
knowledge of resources and tools that as a
principal she’s not trained in that area to know. So she’s just really really
appreciative of that resource being in her building
and definitely said that it was valuable and so. – One of the things that
we’re trying to do too, is too, as Dr. Webber
suggested, kind of contextualize how much service the social
workers are providing. What are the themes of the
issues that they’re seeing in the building? How many students are they meeting with? Because we were very
appreciative of what the board has done in providing funding
for these social workers, but we need to make sure
that it’s a wise investment and continues to make an
impact in the building. So we appreciate you
bringing that up Mr. Cook. – [Miss Murphy] Mr. Cook. – To kinda piggyback
onto what Dr. Webber said is the social/emotional aspect
of the kids in our schools is part of student growth. And what we really need
to do is find a way to create a metric around
that and include it in our student growth model
so we’re not only looking at academic scores, we’re also looking at, we then look at the whole child which is something that
we’ve been touting, that we develop the whole child. And I’d really be interested
if we can find a way to create a metric around
that to put into a model that is part of our, put into
our student growth model. I don’t wanna make it
sound like I don’t like the social workers in there, I
just know it’s an expense and we’ve got to to make sure our expenses are spent where they’re needed. And where we’re getting
the best benefit from. Another thing I noticed on this survey is, it’s, yeah safety was kinda
the one that I highlighted, and that’s the perception of the parents. But in there it also says my
students feel safe at school. So, it’s kind of, I don’t know
if you can work on the survey and tweak it a little bit to
try to separate those out, because if the parents
don’t perceive that we’re handling conflict correctly,
but my students are feeling safe at school,
it’s kinda contradictory a little bit because we
have very few incidences, that may be what’s going into that. Appreciate the survey, I
just, when you sent it out, I was so confused on how
it was presented to us that I pretty much had to go through this in order to really understand
what was going on so. – Appreciate you digging into it. And as I said, this will
be kind of an ongoing, evolving survey that we give the parents. And your point is well
taken on needing to try to identify ways to get as many parents to participate as possible. Last year we left if open for a month. We sent out reminders
via school newsletters, we sent out reminders via list serve, we sent out reminders
via Twitter and Facebook, and clearly we need to
find additional strategies to get parents to
participate in the survey and it may be that we need to
have paper copies at school so that parents can access them that way. But we will find a way to
increase the participation. But I would highlight that
Dr. Almerigi says that our district was by far the
district that had the most parents participate in the survey, so. – [Mr. Cook] One last question. – Mmhmm.
– Mr. Cook. Where would you see us next year on these, let’s say areas of concern. Where would you like to
see us score on that? We’ve got 16% respondents
do not believe they’re given the opportunity to voice. Do you see that going down to only 12%? Do you see that going, hopefully
going down to one percent? 16% express concern about
the school not actively seeking to build on the
students’ individual strengths, 11% of the other, where
do you see these going? – I would hope that the
areas of concern would see a decrease in the parents who
are concerned in those areas. Part of the interesting pieces of surveys is that when you begin
to focus on an issue all the sudden more parents
begin to pay attention to that issue. And so at times you can
actually see a number go up instead of go down, because
all the sudden parents are focusing on it more. And so my hope would be
that even if the numbers remain static or go up, it
would be because parents are more aware of the
issue than they have been in the past, but our goal
is to have those numbers go down so that they’re not as, that they don’t bubble up or pop up as much as they did this year. – Okay.
– All right. We will move on to our
consent agenda items. We just have one this evening,
a regular meeting minutes from September seventh, I
would entertain a motion. Mrs. Glubzinski? – That the Novi Community
School Board of Education accept consent item A as presented. – I support. – It’s been moved by Miss Glubzinski and supported by Mrs. Hood,
I will call the question. All those in favor please say I. – [All] I. – Opposed? Motion carries six to zero. Next we have our action items. Our first is personnel recommendations. Dr. Matthews. – Thank you Miss Murphy and
I will turn to Miss Diglio. – Thank you Dr. Matthews. This evening I’d like to
make the recommendation of Daniel Griffin who
will be a bus driver. Rachel Kennet who will
be teaching at Adult Ed, our adult basic education support. Mark Lauton who will be a bus driver. Danielle Reiki who will
be a Special Ed teacher at the high school. Michael Renner who will be a bus driver and Samantha Rodman who
will also be at Adult Ed as an ESL teacher. – All right, are there
any comments or questions? Well, excuse me, first, I
would entertain a motion. Mrs. Hood. – I’ll move that the Novi School District Board of Education adopts
the personnel report recommendations as presented. – Support. – Moved by Mrs. Hood and
supported by Mrs. Stevenson, is there discussion on the item’s docket? Mr. O’Connor. – So, just a couple questions
on the position changes. So are these four existing
employees that have been with the district for a while? – [Miss Diglio] So the bus
drivers were substitute bus drivers who are now
coming into the union. And yes, the other, – So they’ve been working as
subs in our district, okay. – Yep, and then the Adult
Ed was also in our district. So whenever there’s a position change we bring them to you to see and they, especially with those bus drivers moving from a substitute position into a union. – So this adult basic education support, she was doing work within that department and then moved up to this? – Right, that’s correct.
– Thank you. – And that’s a new position
through, I believe a grant at the state level. – [Mr. O’Connor] Do we know
what that position’s doing? – I can get information for you. – That’d be good, thank you.
– Absolutely. – Think it’d, I’m not sure
of those two positions but it is worth noting
that our ESL program for the community is
almost over subscribed. We have the morning
session I know was full the other day when they were signing up and so that continues to be a very popular program in the district. – Okay, all right, I have
movement and support, so all in favor please say I. – [All] I. – Opposed? Motion carries six zero. (Dr. Matthews mumbles) – [Mrs. Glubzinski] Resolution. – Yes. So our next item that
is not on our agenda, but we’ve added it, it’s
our resolution to change our meeting from September
21st to September 28th. We had discussed it at the last meeting. – The board bylaw states
that within three days after the board adopts a
resolution changing the date, time or place of a
regularly scheduled meeting, the meeting notice shall
state the date, time and place of the rescheduled meeting
as well as the name, address and telephone
number of the district. Said notice shall be
posted on the front door of the administrative office building and such other places that
the board may determine. So we had originally proposed
a third meeting in September. It was scheduled for the 21st, but I will not be in town. I’ll be at the superintendent’s conference so if the board approves we
would move it to September 28th. And so the recommendation
would be that the board move the meeting from September
21st to September 28th. – I’d entertain a motion. Mrs. Glubzinski. – I move that we change
our September 21st meeting to September 28th. – Is there support? – Support. – So moved by Mrs.
Glubzinski and supported by Mrs. Stevenson, if there’s
no additional questions, I know that we talked about it last time, and I believe that everybody’s
able to be here so? – [Mr. Cook] And the purpose
of the meeting was for Superintendent Ghoul’s objectives. – Yep, yep, Superintendent Ghoul. – [Miss Murphy] It’ll
be a special meeting. – It’ll be a work session. – Work session.
– Work session. – All right, all those
in favor, please say I. – [All] I. – Opposed? Motion carries six zero. Next we have an MASB call for delegates. Dr. Matthews. – Thank you Miss Murphy. The Michigan Association
of School Boards 2017 Delegate Assembly will
convene at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday November 9th
at the Lansing Center. Delegates selected by boards
of education across the state will decide on MASB’s
positions on a wide variety of issues affecting education. All delegates and alternates
must be school board members. Only the delegates and alternates
named by their respective board may offer motions or vote on issues. However, all school
board members may speak on the issues and participate in a debate. So, tonight, we would ask
that you identify delegates and alternates and even
if you can’t attend or discover you can’t attend,
being on the list at least gives you the option if
you decide and you can find that you are able to participate. And so tonight we would
ask you to identify those because we need to submit these to MASB by Friday, October 13th. – Okay, I know I heard from Mr. O’Connor that he is going to attend the
conference and will be there. So I would like to recommend
that he be one of our delegates unless anybody objects to that? And I am also attending,
so I would be happy to be a delegate. – [Mrs. Hood] I would like to too. – Okay. – [Mr. Cook] I will put my
name is as an alternate. – Okay. So, we have Mr. O’Connor,
Mrs. Hood, Miss Murphy as delegates and Mr. Cook as an alternate. – [Dr. Matthews] And Miss
Holly did you get those names? – Yes.
– Okay. – [Mrs. Glubzinski] You can
add me to the alternate list. – Okay, terrific. And we’ll put Mrs. Glubzinski
on the alternate list as well for that evening. It’s kind of nice that we
don’t have a school board meeting that evening
’cause normally we do. So it’s nice to be able to have a little additional participation. Okay, terrific, so we need a motion. – Motion and a vote. – And a vote. I would entertain a motion. – Okay, I’ll take a swing at this. I recommend that the Novi
Community School District Board of Education designates
the follow individuals to serve as delegates and
alternates to the MASB 2017 Delegate Assembly. And those delegates are
Mr. O’Connor, Mrs. Hood, Mrs. Murphy, alternatives,
or alternates are Mrs. Glubzinski and Mr.
Cook, sorry for pointing. – It’s okay. That’s been moved.
– Support. – It’s been moved by Mrs. Hood, supported by Mrs.
Glubzinski, any discussion? All those in favor please say I. – [All] I. – Ney? I mean those opposed please say ney. Motion carries six zero. Okay, we are on to our
technology bid package. Dr. Matthews. – Thank you Miss Murphy. The first one of this
technology bid package 16. This is for the middle school auditorium and we discussed this last week. And it’s recommended that it be awarded to Advanced Lighting and Sound
in the amount of $142,275. Mr. O’Connor asked some
questions that I believe I sent to the board but would
like to read the questions and answers just so that the community has those answers as well. What speakers and
amplifiers are being kept? And the speakers and
amplifiers that current feed the lobby area will remain untouched. What legacy speakers and what equipment are you recommending to remove? The overhead, the EV speakers
within the auditorium are recommended to be removed
and replaced with the JBL line array speakers. The new audio console, audio
processor and amplifiers will replace the current
equipment in place now. All legacy equipment will
be offered to the district to retain if they wish or
awarded, or the awarded vendor will responsibly dispose
or recycle off site. The backstage problem is
not being able to hear with our monitoring system,
is this problem being solved by this recommendation? The four stage monitor,
speaker output plates, boxes and microphones input
plates boxes will have their cabling tested, connected
and new jacks installed. Four new audio stage monitor
speakers are being provided to allow sound to be heard on stage both downstage and upstage. Sometimes there’s not enough
lighting on the stage, will this recommendation
solve this problem so the stage can be
filled with enough light from stage left to stage
right within the proscenium? I’m not sure what that is,
but I’m sure it has to do with the stage. The project includes the
installation of eight new LED color changing light fixtures and eight new cyclorama
LED light fixtures. These new fixtures will
not require gel packs and ladders when changing colors. The awarded contractor will
review with the auditorium manager which fixtures to replace. These fixtures have the
potential to add the quantity of light fixtures as they
only require a total of two electrical circuits
for all 16 new fixtures where the incandescent
fixtures required one circuit for each fixture. What is meant by control panel? The project screen works great. The HDMI access in the light
booth is the preferred way for lights and projection
to work together, is that what we’re trying to accomplish with the control booth? The projector screen is not
in scope and will remain with no alterations. The projector will be
replaced with a brighter, higher resolution projector
capable of supporting the newer, digital formats. The current input to
the projector is located at the audio desk in the auditorium. The control panel refers
to the new interface that will allow a user to
turn on the LCD projector and send an HDMI signal
to the new LCD projector from the audio desk in the auditorium. The lighting booth in the
rear of the auditorium will receive a new
lighting console interfaced with the existing lighting dimmer system. This is not an HD, there
is not an HDMI input in the light booth location currently. Under general repairs does
this include all circuitry, including dimmer racks? The project does not include
repairs to existing circuitry, dimmer racks or its components. The awarded contractor
is to report any issues that are discovered that may need a repair during the installation
for further action. And does this also include
the headsets on stage and throughout the auditorium? During design and review we were informed that the current intercom
system does not need any additional repairs and will
remain with no alterations. And finally does this also
include the ripped cyclorama that is located upstage? The scope of the project did
not include the replacement of the current cyclorama screen. And so those questions, if
you have additional questions we have our tech team here to
answer those questions as well but the request for
the board is to approve this bid this evening. – Okay, I’d like to
entertain a motion first. And then add discussion. Can I have a motion? – I move that in the best
interest of the Novi School Board District that the bid for
the middle school auditorium project be awarded to
Advanced Lighting and Sound in the amount of $142,275. contingent upon successful contract negotiations, further that the assistant superintendent of business and operations
be authorized to expend the funds from the 2014 bond. – Support that. – All right, it’s been
moved by Mrs. Stevenson and supported by Mr. O’Connor. Are there additional comments
or questions about this? Mr. O’Connor. – Thank you so much for
answering those questions and reading those, we appreciate it. Just a couple of follow
up questions with it. I’m super pleased that
we’re doing this upgrade as part of the bond, it was badly needed with the middle school. I’m just concerned a little
bit about some scope. For example, question six,
and if this is a lot of cost, it’ll layout, but the whole
idea of having an HDMI input into the light booth, I
think would be also good. As well as have it in the projector. I understand that that’s out of scope, but I know that that’s been a concern in terms of just having that
connectivity with the projector but also with the light system. So if that’s something you
could at least look into? And if it’s a lot of
money, then that’s fine, but I think that’s something
that the space needs. – [Dr. Matthews] Could you
introduce yourself first? – Oh I’m sorry, yes. My name’s Scott Smith, I’m with
Integrated Design Solutions. I was a technology
consult for the district, and we also have Dean Harris. He’s a senior designer,
kind of our AV specialist. And he was the one that went
through and did the design for this project. Yeah, we can certainly look
into that, Mr. O’Connor. As far as with the bid
and they had responded as the drawings were, but
that was something that– – [Mr. O’Connor] No, within the bid specs. – We can take a look at
it and see what it is. – [Mr. O’Connor] I know
it’d be outside the scope, that’s fine. – We wouldn’t expect, we
wouldn’t expect the additional cost to be very high,
because it would really be just kind of lengthening
wire and leading a route to the lighting unit, so. – And also if we could look into, and I don’t know how big a deal this ripped cyclorama is too. I mean, if it doesn’t need
to be replaced, that’s fine, but if that’s something
that we could look into. Again, no problems with the bid, I’m just concerned about
the specifications. Also from a safety
standpoint, there really, there’s been a lot of
problems with overloading in the system, an again
I know this isn’t part of the spec, so no concern with the bid, but if that’s something to
look into just from a safety perspective, just that circuitry. It just gets into overload. So if there’s something we can do to help with the electricity
there, that would be good. If it’s not a big, ya know,
if it’s a big cost up, that’s a different issue. You know, I just think
these would be things that would enhance what we’re doing here. – [Mr. Harris] I can respond to that. – [Dr. Matthews] That’d be great. – By adding the new lighting board console it’ll be mandatory that
Advanced Light and Sound, the contractor of choice,
will have to reprogram and reevaluate the entire dimmer system. At that time, if they
do discover that there’s some overloading taking place– – [Mr. O’Connor] With
the circuitry and that. – With anything, if they see
any damage they’re very good about letting us know so that
we can let you folks know if there’s any repairs
that need to be made. At the time, we weren’t aware
of any overloads on the dimmer system, not to say that
possibly somebody had plugged too many lights into one
socket or something like that. It might just need to be balanced. – [Mr. O’Connor] It’s a
student operated situation so, – Right.
– That could happen. I just want to make sure that
we have it covered, cool. – Okay. – [Dr. Matthews] That’d be great. So you took note of that Scott? – Yeah, yeah, absolutely.
– Okay, perfect. – I was gonna bring that up
in our tech talk meeting. – [Dr. Matthews] Great. – I don’t, from my
perspective, I don’t think these are anything to
hold up the recommendation or anything, ’cause– – Perfect. – All right, we have a motion. I’m gonna–
– Question. – Oh I’m sorry.
– I’ve got one question and one comment. My question is replacing the
overhead lighting with LED in there and going from 16
circuits down to two circuits which I understand why with LEDs, do we end up with the control on the LEDs to be able to manage the spectrum of light that they would need for
a production on the stage with only the two circuits? – [Mr. Smith] Yes. – Okay, simple answer’s yes. (laughs) – Simple answer is yes. The technical answer is
that new LED light fixtures are adjustable, so we
don’t need the old dimmers to bring an incandescent
bulb and take it down. We address it with a digital data signal and so they can control each
and every one of those lights to different colors. – [Mr. Cook] Hence reducing
the load on the circuits, so, – Way less. They all plug into one another. We can run up to about 12 LED
lights on a 20 amp circuit. And then they don’t have to get up there if they want blue, wanna
turn the stage blue, it’s a control, you don’t
have to get up there and put gel on them. So it’s a much safer
environment for the students. – My comment is last week
there was a question asked if all of the stake
holders had been involved in the specification of the bid. You mentioned that Lucas
Luan, our auditorium manager was involved, I’m just
kind of disappointed that Laurie Burkhart
wasn’t listed in that, or the theatrical parents
organization that, they’re putting money
into the theater groups and to bring up some of our survey scores on being involved in what the school does, to have them involved and
kind of setting the direction on where we want to go on
these things would have been, – [Mr. O’Connor] Parents have a voice. – Yep, good point.
– Okay. – I will tell you this. I’m the one that designed
the high school system. And I designed this one with
the fact that these students would be going to the high school. So they’re a smaller level
system, but same like and kind of operation, so when
they learn how to run that system at middle school, and they go to the high school, it’s gonna be a very small learning curve. – That was mentioned last
week and we really appreciate the alignment of the two. It’s greatly appreciated
and we’re not learning a whole bunch of different,
kids aren’t having to learn a whole bunch of different
systems and stuff. Really appreciate that. – [Mr. Smith] That’s a Harris plan. And then we hear you for the involvement of the, we’ll do more due
diligence in future business we do here. – Terrific.
– Appreciate it. – All right, well I do
need to take a vote, so all those in favor of accepting
the bid package number 16 please say I. – [All] I. – Opposed? Motion carries six zero. Next we have our
technology bid package 17. Dr. Matthews. – Thank you Miss Murphy. And this is a technology
bid package number 17 for firewalls for the district. And it was explained last week this, we created some cost savings
because there were multiple districts throughout the county
that were involved in this and so we would ask that
you approve this expenditure from the capital project funds
as was presented last week. – [Miss Murphy] All right,
I would entertain a motion. Mr. Cook. – I move that in the best
interest of the Novi Community School District approve this
expenditure, further that the assistant superintendent
of business and operations be authorized to expend
the funds from the 2014 capital projects fund. – Support. – It’s been moved by Mr. Cook
and supported by Mrs. Hood. Any discussion on this? Mr. O’Connor. – So I was not here last
week, although listen to the discussion on tape. As I listened to it on tape twice, I had no clue about this. So I’m assuming Wanda, that you understand this firewall stuff and
everything’s gonna work? I mean, I don’t need to make
it at a second grade level, but I have no clue how
these firewalls work, so with all, I mean, in my opinion we can spend a little more
money to make sure that our firewalls work. – [Wanda] We are spending the
appropriate amount of money for what is needed here. – Okay.
– Yes. – All right. I did try to watch it twice
and still didn’t get it, so I’m trusting you.
– Okay. – [Dr. Matthews] We trust Wanda as well. – Firewalls keep the bad guys out, right? – There you go.
– Yes they do. – Virtual bad guys. – The virtual bad guys. – And there’s lots of them out there. – Yeah. – All right, Mr. Cook. – This is for multiple districts? And the cost, I assume
is being shared across all these districts? – It was a bid for 10
districts in Oakland County. So that we would appreciate
the value of the multiple districts bidding and
receive a lower cost. And that’s why they bid for 10 districts. – [Mr. Cook] Okay, thank you. – And we do, I don’t know if you noticed, I’m sure you did on the back page of it, but we expect to get a
rebate back from the e-rate from this too. So that will be very helpful as well. – [Mr. Cook] Yep. – [Miss Murphy] The amount
outlined on our package though is $47,842.70
– Correct. – [Miss Murphy] For the first
year and then it declines to about 4000 for the next two. – That’s correct. – [Miss Murphy] Okay, then
we’ll anticipate a rebate, but we don’t know the amount yet. – Correct.
– Okay, wonderful. Well we’ve had movement and support, if there’s no additional comments
I will call the question, all those in favor, please say I. – [All] I. – Opposed? Motion carries six zero. Next we have our best
of England field trip. Dr. Matthews. – Thank you, Amy Miller, Novi
high school English teacher is requesting that 24 to
36 English and ELA students get to travel to England
during spring break next year. The cost is approximately
$4000 per student. Three other high school
teachers will act as chaperones. And this is being brought to the board so that the students
can have plenty of time to prepare for this trip. And so we would recommend
that the board approve this best of England
trip during spring break next year for our students. – [Miss Murphy] I would
entertain a motion. Mrs. Hood. – I recommend that the
Novi Community Schools Board of Education approve
the best of England trip to, the best of England
trip during March 30th 2018 through April 7th 2018. – Support. – Moved by Mrs. Hood and
supported by Mrs. Stevenson, is there any additional
discussion or comments on the field trip? Seeing none, I’ll call the question. All those in favor please say I. – [All] I. – Those opposed? Motion carries six zero. – All right. – And I’m sure every board member will put their name in to
be an additional chaperone? – Exactly.
– Yes. – Exactly. All right, next we have our
superintendent evaluation. And it seems a little
awkward to have you comment on your evaluation, I don’t know. So using, this year we
used Michigan Associative School Board Superintendent
Evaluation Tool. It was our first year of
using this particular model. It has been approved by the state, so it was one that the
state has kind of mandated that we have to use a tool
that has been approved by them. So Dr. Matthews, this is
my copy of the evaluation. Provided us a lot of artifacts of detail on each performance indicator. Every performance indicator
is one of the professional standards for educational leaders, so it’s all based on research. We did work with Dr.
Matthews in a closed session and had some dialog. There are many areas
that we were able to come to consensus on, but there were four areas that we were not, so we
are going to vote on those as a board this evening and then we will come
back with the final tally of everything at the
first meeting in October for a vote on the final
product of the evaluation. So, the first performance
indicator was performance indicator A1 which was policy involvement. – [Mr. Cook] Excuse me. Are we gonna, how is this going to work? Are we going to vote
on these individually? – Yes.
– Okay. – Yes.
– Thanks. What I was gonna tell you
before, it’s all listed in here one together, but okay. – Okay. Yeah, but each one is indicate,
will be a separate vote. So the first one is
A1, policy involvement. And it is, I’ll entertain a motion. Mrs. Glubzinski. – [Mr.s Glubzinski] I
move that the board rate the superintendent effective
indicating that he is actively involved in the
development recommendation and administration of district policies. – [Mrs. Cadwell] Support. – Okay, it’s been moved by Mrs. Glubzinski and supported by Mrs. Cadwell. Is there a discussion? Mrs. Glubzinski. – Right, I’ve had the opportunity
to chair the Governance of Policy Committee since January and we’ve met quite a bit
and Dr. Matthews has attended all the meetings. He’s provided answers to questions, gone and worked with Mrs.
Holly to get information and feedback back from Neola. And has been highly
responsive and has contributed quite a bit during the committee meetings so I think that would
demonstrate that he’s actively involved in the development
and recommendation of the district policies. – [Miss Murphy] Okay. Mr. O’Connor. – I would recommend, unless
the board wants to do it differently that we don’t
comment on these four things that we disagree with. We all talk to each
other behind closed doors and it is the superintendent’s evaluation. I think we should just
vote because in essence if we’re gonna try to
advocate for one position or another, it gets into
positive and negative comments in an open session when
we’ve already gone through this commentary in closed session. I just don’t think it’s
fair to the superintendent that we do that. That’s my recommendation. – [Miss Murphy] Is the rest
of the board comfortable with that as a process? Okay. All right, it’s been
moved by Mrs. Glubzinski and supported by Mrs. Stevenson
so I will call the question. All those in favor of rating
Dr. Matthews as effective in this category, please say I. – [Several people] I. – Opposed? – Nay.
– No. – Motion carries, four
to two with Mr. O’Connor and Mr. Cook in the minority. Our next item is performance indicator B2 communication with the community. I would entertain a motion. Mrs. Hood. – It is recommended that the
board rate the superintendent as highly effectively
indicating that he actively seeks two-way communication with the community as appropriate. – Support. – It’s been moved by Mrs. Hood and supported by Mrs. Stevenson. All those in favor please say I. – [Several People] I. – Those opposed. – No.
– No. – Motion carries four to two. Performance indicator D5
is resource allocation. I would entertain a motion. – I’ll make a motion. – Thank you. – It is recommended that the
board rate the superintendent as highly effective
indicating that resources are distributed based upon district goals and seek to meet immediate
objectives and long range. Sorry, immediate and
long range objectives. – Is there support? – Support. – Moved by Mrs. Hood and
supported by Mrs. Glubzinski. Yes? – I believe in closed session this was, we had disagreed but it was
between a three and a two if I’m not mistaken. Has that changed? During out discussion I
think that the disagreement– – We did not come to consensus on this in closed session. I believe some of the
discussion was trying to reach consensus if I don’t recall,
if I recall that correctly. – Yeah, I recall the problem
was between a three and a two. I don’t remember four being part of that. – Well, if board, if we take this and it, and the vote does not pass, then we could, somebody else could make a motion for a different category, right? – Mmhmm.
– Yeah, I understand. It just seems that it’s
interesting that the motion is for a number that
wasn’t really discussed in closed session, that’s all I’m saying. – We have a motion, it’s been supported. I would call the question. All those in favor of ranking
Dr. Matthews highly effective in this category, please say I. – [Several People] I. – Opposed. – [Two People] No. – Motion carries four to two. All right, performance indicator
G is our student growth and I would entertain a
motion on this as well. Mrs. Glubzinski. – I move that the board
rate the superintendent as effective indicating
that 75 to 89% of students met growth targets. – Support. – It’s been moved by Mrs. Glubzinski and supported by Mrs. Stevenson. All those in favor of ranking Dr. Matthews effective in this category, please say I. – [Several People] I. – Those opposed. – [Two People] No. – Motion carries four to two. All right. I’m gonna suggest a brief
break before we come back for, and then I’m anticipating
maybe a little bit robust discussion, so if we could take, how about five after eight we will return. It is 7:57 now, so it’s
about an eight minute break. – Thank you.
– Thank you. – There we are and we are back. Thank you, we have just
returned from a break from the September 14th meeting of the Board of Education. Our next item on the agenda this evening and for information and discussion only is the Bosco property. Dr. Matthews. – Thank you Miss Murphy. The city of Novi has
approached the Novi Community School District with the
proposal to lease the land commonly known as the
Bosco property located at 11 Mile and Beck Road. The land would be developed
by the city to be used as recreational field. Tonight the board will preview and discuss the proposed lease. Several questions were
sent to me ahead of time and so I’d like to
respond to those as kind of an introduction to the discussion. One is in the lease it talks
about if a bonafide offer is received for the land,
the city would have right of first refusal. A bonafide offer for the
purposes in legal terms, for the purposes of an
agreement is a good faith offer in writing from a third
party, not an affiliate of the selling shareholder
for cash or terms with the intent to purchase. So if we received such an
offer, the city would have the right of first refusal. What is the land currently zoned? The land is not zoned
residential is all that I know. And so I’m not sure they have
a school zoning category, but it is not zoned
residential at this point. Is there a reason we could
not develop the fields and then rent to the city
or others thus maintaining control of the land and its use? We could absolutely develop the field, however that costs money and time and we have a recreational millage, but it is currently
being used for a variety of other items. In addition, if we were
to develop the fields, we would be responsible
for maintenance and upkeep. It was asked if the agreement
gives the school district any rights to use the property. It does not at this time. We could discuss including
a clause that would give the district access if needed. At this time I’m not aware
that we would have a need for additional field space
except possibly for baseball and softball since we just
have one of those fields each over at the high school complex. And technically the
softball field is on land that we lease from the city. It was also asked if the city would assume all liabilities for injuries. I would agree that would
be an appropriate clause to consider in the lease. Concerns have been expressed
about the limits that developing the property
for fields would impose. In conversations with the city manager, I’ve discussed leaving a
significant portion of the property near 11 Mile Road
available for the district to build a school if one is required. With the field space, with the fields, a space
would only be available for an elementary school. Currently the city
manager has indicated that their proposal would be
to develop fields south of the current Bosco house
that runs along Beck Road. And in the land, the
section of land that is towards 11 Mile Road. They’re not proposing that
they would develop as fields. They might be used as parking lots, but the city is aware
that I would like for them not to develop that
portion so that if indeed we would need a school,
we could have it there. And so, it is absolutely a concern that we not be hamstrung
and create a situation with our property that would prevent us from meeting the needs of our students. And it might be appropriate
to place in the agreement the understanding that
the city is only using a portion of the land,
leaving other land available to be developed. The question was asked if
this agreement was reviewed by Trun Law, and the
answer to that is yes. I sent it to Mr., one
of the attorneys there and he has reviewed it and
awaits for some direction from the board as well if
there’s additional items that the board would
like to see in the lease. The concern about future use
of property is reasonable one. It appears clear that the
city needs field space and this property is one of the few spaces that is not zoned residential
and can provide those spaces. Would the city re-zone
residential if we received a bid on the property? That’s a question that I
do not have an answer for. So at this time, you have
the lease that has been proposed by the city. We have had, the lease
has been modified some after conversations with the city manager. But I thought it was appropriate
to bring to the board for you to give some feedback
so that we could either decide that we want to
continue exploring the lease, or whether or not we
have any interest in that and not moving forward. – Mrs. Glubzinski.
– Those answers that you just gave us, are we
getting those in writing? That would be–
– Certainly. I can–
– We didn’t get an email with those responses yet, right? – You did not.
– If we could have that in writing that
would be helpful for me. One of the things you
made a comment about, somebody asked about the
district’s right to use the facility and you said
baseball and softball. But the one thing I think
they’re gonna develop is cricket.
– Cricket, yep. – And I mean, we may find
ourselves in a situation where we wanna have a cricket team. And then that would be something that, so I think it is important
that we would potentially be able to use those.
– Have access, okay. – Mr. Cook. – To clarify something,
the land is currently zoned as residential acreage,
– Oh is it? – Which a lot of our schools
are on land zoned that, with the exception of
the high school which is, what’s it say it’s single
family residential. So it is currently zoned residential, meaning we get, and acreage
meaning without any changes it would have to be larger lots, so, I like the idea of reserving
some of the front of it if we need to build a
new school, just in case. But the planning stages,
from the planning stages to breaking ground
usually takes enough time, I would think, that
the two year time frame we have in this agreement should suffice. I wouldn’t want to go any longer though. – There was a question as
if two years was too long. You know, this is the fall of 2017. And so the question becomes if
we were to reach an agreement with the city, how quickly
could they get fields in there and start to use those fields. My guess would be it would
not be till at least 2018 sometime if not later. And so that’s why the
city was proposing 2020. And then with the two year
window for reclaiming the land. And again, at this point,
we are currently not using the land so the question is whether or not we wanna work with the city
to provide our community with some access to
fields because the fields are in need in the community. And I don’t have an answer to that. It seems like it would
be a reasonable proposal, but our responsibility as a school board and school district is
to protect the interests of the district and so there’s a little, a tension there trying
to figure out exactly what that means and how
does that responsibility relate to this property
at 11 Mile and Beck. – My other question has to
do with we just constructed a storage building that land. And we also have another one. Does this agreement
include those buildings for the city use or would we maintain? ‘Cause I didn’t see
anything about in here of us maintaining the use of those buildings. – That’s a great question. My understanding as Mr. Auger
and I looked at the property is that that would not be
included in the field use because I mentioned the
new storage facility to him and so, but that’s a good
point to probably include that in the lease. – [Miss Murphy] Mr. O’Connor. – Yeah, before we get into
details, just to kinda take a step back, this is
something that was discussed about four or five years
ago at the board level and at the time, you were against this. So I’m kinda interested
just philosophically, why all the sudden the change in heart, and why are we looking at this now? – Four or five years ago,
you know it was shortly after the city had proposed their
bond for the swap of land between the city and the school district. I was relatively new to the district. We were trying to decide
what’s in our best interest, and now five years later
the property continues to sit fallow. It seems like there’s a
possibility of putting the land to community use and so
perhaps we could work out an agreement where we would
still have rights to the land, especially if we needed it
for schools or facilities for our district and so
the city approached us, and I thought it was at
least a reasonable thing to discuss with the board at this time. – [Miss Murphy] Okay, Mrs. Glubzinski. – One thing that would be
helpful for me is to know what space we have
available if we have growth in our student population. You know, we’ve added kindergarten rooms and rooms to the elementary schools but, and we want really, one
of our goals has been to continue to keep our
class sizes small, right? So I wouldn’t like us
to see a situation where our hand is forced to increase class size because we’re out of space
when we have property that the tax payers have
approved for us to have for future use to benefit their students. So if there’s a way, – Yeah, I can work with Miss Minnick, – To get that information,
it’d be helpful. – We can identify how
many classrooms we have available or empty at this time. We clearly are using most of
the classrooms in the district but we can get a count of
the ones that are available and potentially what that
looks like for future growth in the district.
– Okay, good. The other thing that goes
along with that is Mr. Barr had shared with us areas that
were still gonna be developed and potentially how many
housing units were going to be in those. That, to me, would be helpful to find, I’m not quite sure you know,
because he was tracking. And it’d be great to track,
like there’s property on Grand River that has,
earth moving equipment now, so, it’d be nice to know
in the next five years, I know we’re almost built
out, but there seems to still be things going up. – And I think that’s a really good point. Trying to think through,
think about where we’re headed and part of that is that, as our current bond is ending,
it’s probably appropriate for us to do another facilities review to identify what our
current facilities are, what our projected growth
is and whether or not our current facilities can
handle that projected growth, or whether we need to, as we have done at for
example Deerfield Meadows, Parkview and Village Oaks,
you know, added classrooms, is that the preferred method
of us continuing to grow, or would it be appropriate for us to add a whole separate building
to contain growth. Those are good questions that
probably could be answered as we do a facilities review as well. – Are there comments or questions? Mr. O’Connor. – Just now getting into the
nitty gritty a little bit. On the first page, the number one, the term of the agreement, 25 years. I’m not a lawyer so when I read this, it says any time after December 31st 2020 the district may notify the
city of the district’s intention to use the land for the
district’s own purpose. And then there’s a two year delay on that. So it’s any time after 2020,
we at any time can say. – Can reclaim the land.
– Okay, after 2020. – [Dr. Matthews] Correct. – All right. Do we have, you know, we don’t know, and I agree with you that I do think we need another assessment to make sure that we’re
where we’re at in terms of what we do in the future. But we’ve always talked
about additional facilities, again, these are all just conceptual, all brainstorming stuff
that we’ve talked about the need for a robotics facility and what we, because of the growing demand from the elementary level on up. Clearly I would think it’d
be best if that facility was an extension of the high
school if we even did it. But is there, my question is more from a land use perspective, is there enough space
behind the high school, if we were to do, again conceptual, if we were to build anything,
obviously we’ve got this land, but is there enough land
to build extensions behind the high school here? – We are engaged in kind of
an evaluation of the current space at the high school
that we use in that wing that all of you are aware of
that’s kind of in the back hallway towards that
student lot in the back. And so part of what we’re
doing is kind of reviewing all of that space and looking
at if it can be reconfigured and there’s some storage
space back there as well, plus some land back there. And so part of the facilities
review would look at that option and kind of create
a plan as to whether or not if we indeed wanted to
add some specific robotics kinds of space, whether
it would be possible to do it back there. So that’s a good point. – Yeah, and I say robotics
because that’s right now, the immediate need, I mean
if we’re looking long term, and our mission is to develop
a world class education for our students, it could be health care, whatever the emerging sectors are. But facility space for
to develop curriculum. I just wanna make sure
there’ll be enough space there. – Our current high school is
designed to hold 2400 students and we currently have just under 2100, so there is theoretically space
for 300 additional students in the high school. That doesn’t include, Mr.
O’Connor, your point of if we need some specialized learning
spaces, for health care, for robotics, for manufacturing
or whatever the case may be. – [Mr. O’Connor] Advanced
manufacturing, yeah. – But potentially there is
space in the high school because it’s designed for
a space of 2400 students. – So that wouldn’t affect this, okay. I agree with your comment,
you’re asking for more direction, I agree with your comment
that there should be a hold-harmless clause for
any injury or whatever. That should not be the
school districts liability. And I agree with Mrs.
Glubzinski’s comment that we should have right of
first refusal on anything. Because whether it’s
cricket or whatever they’re interested in developing,
it’d be cool if our kids had a right of first refusal clause because we could develop a lot
of cool different programs, even if it’s
– Even if it’s (cross talk) – Right, yeah schedule B kind
of stuff, right, exactly. I agree with that. Overall, philosophically,
again we need to dot the I’s, cross the T’s et cetera, but overall, I’m like 300% in favor of this. I was four and a half,
five years ago as you know. I think this is great that
lines of communication are opened up. It seems to protect the
district from what I can see, except for a couple of those points. I think this is a great idea. I mean it’s really stupid
that this land has sat there for this long and while
I agree we need to look at our enrollment projections, I know there’s not a lot of
land left to develop in Novi. And I know through the last
bond Mr. Barr was very concerned and made sure that we had
those four or five extra classrooms in all three of those buildings on the west side where there’s growth. So we’ve planned for that you know. So, I just, I think this is great. I really, I’m like 300%
behind this as long as we have those specific clauses
that we talked about. – And this comes to the
board not as an action item, so it’s not introduced
tonight so it could be action at our next meeting. It’s introduced tonight
to get some feedback from the board so I can
work with the attorneys to add some clauses that
would protect the district. But I wanted to bring it to
the board because the city approached us, it seems
like a reasonable suggestion to at least examine whether
or not we could have a partnership with the city on this issue. And if we can, I think it
would be mutually beneficial for the city and our residents
to have some additional space as long as we protect
the interests of the district. – [Miss Murphy] Mr. Cook. – It just kinda dawned on me,
I know the city has the ITC where they have their
baseball, softball fields and soccer fields down
at Eight and Napier. But now we’re looking to
potentially develop more athletic fields, or the city doing that. The one thing that connects
the two is the ITC pathway. Has there been contact about
maybe making this a trail hit? – We have not had those
discussion actually, but that’d be a great idea. – It’s in their plan.
– It’s in their plan? – Because they’re already developing, with that at Eight and Napier,
they’re already starting to develop pathways that go, – It already comes up by there. It doesn’t go over there. – This would be a natural connection if we agree to it, ’cause it’s our land, but yeah it would be a natural connection. – Just a, were you gonna
say something else? Okay, I just have a couple quick things. We have in the three
of the contract it says attached as exhibit D, but
we did not get exhibit D attachment, so if we
could get a copy of that. ‘Cause I think that shows the concept and it will give us some
idea of where the land is and how much land they’re using, and I would like to
know how much land would then be left over for our use, whether we think that’s
sufficient for our needs. So, this is what I’ve
heard so far from the board in terms of what they would
like in additional information. The past capacity in our classrooms, and also what is the need, so
based on projected enrollment numbers and development
in the communities. I know I did a little
exploring on the website today, but you can’t tell how
many of them are built out and already occupied and how
many are yet to be developed. But some of them have significant – Potential.
– Potential, right. So if we could do kind of
an exploration of all that. I also heard that we’d like
to have an idea of what our capacity of facility space is for additional curriculum
needs we might have and our capacity to add on to buildings. Also, the needs assessment,
do we have a timeframe for that at this point? – We’re going to bring
kind of a recommendation to the board in either October or November to engage in that process
over the winter period. And so it would be probably,
my hope would be completed by February or March of next year. – Next year. And what is the timeframe with
the city on this particular– – [Dr. Matthews] That’s a great question and I’m not 100% sure
what the timeframe is. My sense from talking to Mr.
Auger is that it’s sooner rather than later. – [Mr. O’Connor] I can tell
you they’ve been waiting for five years. (Dr. Matthews laughing) – All right, and then
the hold-harmless clause, the right of first refusal and, – Just that legal counsel
reviews this from the perspective of protecting the district
as opposed to just, – [Dr. Matthews] Making
sure it’s a good lease. – Right.
– Right. And Mrs. Hood. – I just had a question and
I had talked to Dr. Matthews about this when we first
got this several weeks ago. And maybe number eight takes care of it. So in terms of protecting
the assets of the district both from a financial perspective, but also I think in the
spirit of we are a public school district and I
would like a limitation that this land is not usable
by another educational facility whether it’s a charter school or surrounding,
– Private school. – Or south lying schools
if they’re out of room, that either we have
first right of refusal, or however that would be structured and I don’t know if
number eight does that. – Yeah, and that’s a great
question because I spoke with Mr. Auger about
that and he believes that number eight addresses that. I just needed to get some
feedback from the board as to whether or not the board
believes that number eight addresses that, that the
agreement is not assignable by the city to any other
individual or entity and that the city shall
not sublet or otherwise agree to allow without
the district’s approval the organized use of
improvements on the land by other individuals or
entities except as part of the city’s parks, recreation and cultural services activity. So in my mind that limits
it just to city parks and recreation use as
opposed to use by any other organization, but we could
certainly strengthen that clause if the board felt that that
was an important thing to do. – Yeah, I was gonna say, I’m not a lawyer. I don’t think you are either. – I’m not. I don’t even pretend to be. (Mrs. Hood laughing) – But I would like that specifically, – Spelled out.
– Yes. – To make sure that eight
covers that concern. – All right, thank you. Other comments or questions? I would be curious as to
if the city decides to then purchase the land from
us, do they have to go out for a bond for that in
order to purchase the land? I don’t know the answer to that but, Mr. O’Connor. – They’ve been in the
process of saving money over the last five years to,
if we were to be in agreement to develop this property,
so they would not, to develop this short term,
they would not need money. Whether they wanted to
purchase and go after a bond, there’s quite a few different
priorities that they’re discussing now and through their goals. Because for example they’re
looking at a community-wide $30-40 million bond to
increase that growth. But that also includes
Northville, Plymouth, so there’s a lot of other issues there. So I don’t think they’re there yet. But they could be in the
future if we were to agree to this step one. They do have enough money to
develop the land for short term use because they’ve been
saving dollars for that. – [Miss Murphy] Okay, I
appreciate the additional– – And my understanding in
talking to Mr. Auger is that what they have conceptually
in mind at this point is just fields, no permanent
structures on the land, no permanent bathrooms
and no permanent shelters. It’s just a field,
probably irrigated somehow, but kind of a gravel parking
lot as opposed to asphalt and those kinds of things. It’s what he has told me at this point. – [Miss Murphy] Okay, Mr. Cook. – I guess to piggyback on
what Mrs. Glubzinski said and also what Mrs. Hood
said, if they develop it and we were to come up with
like say a cricket team or cricket club, I wouldn’t have a problem with Northville having a
club like that and wanting to use the property as
long as we had the right to choose the times that our
club or something like that would do it. – [Dr. Matthews] As long
as we had the priority? – Yeah, setting the priority
versus completely restricting the use of it. – It does say without
the district’s approval, so we could approve that is something– – Yeah, I understand that. I just don’t want it put in
there that they can’t do it because what if, I used Northville before, I’ll use ’em again, if
they develop a cricket club before we do, then you know. – I think that we would need
to kinda think that through carefully to make sure that
we wouldn’t get in a position that if we said yes to group A than that automatically means
that you’d have to say yes to group B or you get in a
position where they could claim that we weren’t
being fair or equitable and those kinds of things.
– Discriminating. – So that’s where the
attorneys come in handy. – Mr. O’Connor.
– Part of that clause development we’ve already
got a framework for that in our policies in terms of facility use the way community education
and parks and recreation work with each other now
in terms of who has rights of first refusal et cetera, because we’re sharing
facilities with them as part of our rectories. So the framework for that
clause needs to be tightened up, we already have that within
our policy in terms of– – Good. – Us, then somebody else, then Northville, the Boy Scouts, not the Girl
Scouts, all that kind of stuff. So all those provisions are in there. – Can I ask one more thing,
if we could have a timeframe from, like say we needed to build a school or some other facility,
like what the timeframe is from kinda start to finish of that. – How long it takes?
– Yeah. – Sure.
– Like when could we with this current contract get a shovel in the ground basically? And–
– And in addition, that exhibit B, because if it shows– – Yes, if that’s sufficient. – That we would have access immediately to a portion of the land,
so I will work on that. – Yes. – And we’ll talk to Plante
Moran Cresa about what potentially, how quickly this thing, the things move once you make a decision that you wanna go forward. – Okay. – As you remember, our early
childhood education center, we made the decision and we
had shovels in the ground about nine or 10 months later. – Right.
– And so it can happen very quickly, then it
takes at least a year if not longer to build a facility, but those are certainly
important considerations. – Just things to keep in mind.
– Yep. – [Mr. O’Connor] But it also
takes 18 months to two years to reach out to our
community and engage them. – Get the money approved.
– Make sure that they wanna – That’s right.
– Pay for it. – That’s correct. – All right, good
questions, good discussion. – So we’ll bring this back. I’ll talk with Peter Auger some more, let him know some of the
concerns that were expressed, and again, the
responsibility of this board is to protect the interest
of the school district, but I do think it’s important at least to have the conversation
about can we be good neighbors with the city in regards to
property that sits fallow at this point and perhaps
figure out a win-win for the city and the school district. – [Mrs. Glubzinski] So would it come back for information again? – Yeah, it’ll come back for
information, not for action. – Okay, so we’ll see this
again for information. Our next information and discussion item is the Middle Cities. Dr. Matthews. – Thank you, the Middle Cities
is a relatively simple thing. Now that we have a new
assistant superintendent for business and operations,
the agreement that we have with Middle Cities needs
to include her name, not Mr. Barr’s name. And so, we bring to you, that’s
the gist of this resolution is that we’re replacing Mr.
Barr’s name with Jill Minnick’s. And also adding Deena Barrel. Is that correct Miss Minnick? – [Miss Minnick] Yes it is. – Great. Mr. O’Connor. – Is there a time concern on this one. – No if we approve it at
the October fifth meeting we’ll be fine. – Just thinking if there
was, that’s one we could say yes to now, if it’s an emergency. – It only depends on if the
pool wants to take any action on anything, wanna have a person in place for our district to represent Novi Community Schools District. – Do we know if anything’s
coming up before October fifth? – [Miss Minnick] I’m
not aware of anything. – It’s up to guys. I mean this is a simple one if, why tie anybody’s hands? Let’s make the name change. – [Miss Murphy] Okay,
would you like to make a motion to move it to action item? – Sure
– Okay. – I wasn’t prepared to, but I shall. I make a motion, – Well, lemme ask a
point of clarification. Does it first need to be
moved that Mr. O’Connor would say let’s move
this to an action item? Get support and vote on that? – Yes. – And then we would make
the motion that’s before us. – Yes.
– I will move to move this, I move to make this an action item. – Support.
– It’s moved by Mr. O’Connor and supported by Mrs. Stevenson. Is there any additional
discussion on that? I will say that Mr. Menna
is not here to sign it, so we will have to get him to
sign it once it is approved. – We can probably do that Friday. – Right, so it’s been moved and supported, all those in favor of
moving it to an action please say I. – [All] I. – Motion carries six zero. And now I would like a
motion, Mr. O’Connor. – I move that we approve the
resolution as we see here – All right.
– I support. – to change the name of the trustee– – It’s been moved by Mr.
O’Connor, supported by Mrs. Hood. All those in favor, if there’s no additional
discussion on this? All right, please say I. – [All] I. – Opposed? Motion carries six zero. – Mr. Menna will be
available to sign Friday. He never misses a football
game, so he’ll be here. – All right, our next item
is up for due on the winter tax levy, Dr. Matthews. – Thank you and I will
turn to Miss Minnick who will introduce the winter tax levy. – Thank you Dr. Matthews. You have before you the
certification of the 2017 winter tax levy. At the June first 2017 board
meeting the board approved the tax levy for the
entire 17-18 school year. 50% of the tax levy
was levied this summer, this past summer. Therefore as a course of
business, we recommend that the board authorize the
remaining 50% of the levy to take place this winter. This action is primarily a
formality and is consistent with prior year’s levies. – [Miss Murphy] Okay, is there
any discussion on the item? This is an item that will come back to us. – On October fifth.
– October fifth meeting. Pretty standard. Formality that we need to
take care of so that we can collect taxes and we do split it up. – Yes.
– Summer and winter. So that we’re not hitting
everyone all at once with our taxes. All right. – So we’ll bring this back October fifth and if you do have any
additional questions, reach out to Miss Minnick or to myself. Technically Miss Minnick
would be a better person to reach out to than me, than I would be. – All right, wonderful. All right, next is our next
opportunity for comments from the audience. We have lost our audience
this evening, however. There’s lots of sports events going on. I imagine many of them
are busy with those. We will move on to our
superintendents report. – Thank you Miss Murphy. This week we were able to
announce that we have 39 national merit semi-finalists
at Novi high school. That is the most in school history. It’s also the most in the state. Novi high school has 7%
of all the national merit semi-finalists in the state of Michigan. I would like to extend my
thanks to the Novi Educational Foundation for the back to
school pancake breakfast that they held last Saturday. It was a wonderful event. I caught four out of five
pancakes, I might add. The Novi Educational Foundation
continues to be a positive partner for the school district. At our welcome back to school
meeting for staff in August, the foundation gave each
new teacher a gift of cash to acknowledge those
teachers expense at setting up their classrooms. Their teacher grant program and
student scholarship programs also continue to provide support for our teachers and students. So thanks to the Novi
Educational Foundation for their work to support the district. Taste Fest is tomorrow
night, September 15th. It starts at five p.m.
at the stadium field at Novi high school and I
would encourage everyone to come and support this program of the Novi athletic boosters. The Novi high school marching
band has their annual fanfare on Saturday October seventh. It begins at approximately 4:20 p.m. and culminates with Novi
high school marching band performance at approximately
8:45 or nine p.m.. It will be on the stadium
field at Novi high school and I would encourage you to please come and support our Novi high
school marching band. Students from Germany are
visiting Novi high school. A group of 14 young
German students are here, most of them are ninth
through tenth graders from the Korbinian-Aigner-Gymnasium which is their high
school in Erding, Germany. They arrived in Novi on September seventh and will be in town until September 22nd. We are nearing the end of
the second week of school and I believe that students
and staff have settled into a good routine at this point. And that’s my report for this evening. – Okay, thank you. Next we have our administrative reports. Miss Minnick. – [Miss Minnick] One sec, excuse me. – That’s okay, do you have anything? – [Miss Minnick] Not this evening. – Okay, thank you. – Hi everyone, I do wanna
just bring to light the work that Cathy Ferris, our
district nurse does. The first couple weeks is pretty critical and fast paced for her,
but we are so fortunate to have a district nurse
and I thank the board for making sure that we
have that opportunity. And the work that she does with
all 10 buildings is amazing. And the training she
provides to every teacher in this district regarding
Diastats and EpiPens and needles that are
used for other reasons. She’s been amazing. The last couple years has been
a pure joy working with her. And we continue to learn
and grow as a district together and with her on board, I’m just very confident
that our student needs are being met. It’s also been a lot of
joy working with Jill and Dr. O’Feely, identifying
the many strengths and talents that they
bring to the district. And working with them
closely to just onboard them and get them used to our system
has been really enjoyable. We’re wrapping up hiring and I
wanna just thank my assistant Cathy Donnavan, I often
call her the miracle worker. And she continues to do
that and keep things moving for us, so that our kids
have the best teachers in front of them and the best bus drivers, and the best support
systems across the district. So I wanted to make sure
I thanked Cathy Donnavan. And we did launch our
new iObservation Focused Classroom Evaluation system. We did not change systems,
we just went to a model that is more focused. And I just wanna praise our teachers and our non-classroom instructional staff and our administrators for
being patient and being open to working on systems that
I think in the long run will be very beneficial to all of us and they’ve been phenomenal to work with so I wanted to just put that out there that I appreciate their
willingness to continue to evolve and grow as a district. – Mr. O’Connor.
– Is it possible to get like a template, or like a
demo, some kind of demonstration on how that new system works? – Absolutely, we can do that. It’s no, it’s really no
different than our other and I know I presented to the
board before on iObservation and how it works, this
is a condensed model and there’s a real critical crosswalk. There were four domains before, there continues to be four domains and our fifth domain is student growth per our state requirement. As I said earlier the motivation and the need to
come together as a committee last year was because the law’s changing. Right now 75% of overall
evaluation is based on instructional practices
and 25% is on student growth. At the beginning of 2018
and 19 the law is mandating that it is 60% instructional behavior and 40% growth. And that 40% has some, half
of that 40% has to be state, state outcomes, how kids
perform on the state test. So we had a meeting this week, the different of the model
is instead of for example there being 66 elements it
has now been reduced down to like 27 elements. It’s just much more manageable. The language is the same,
it’s the common language that we’ve been using, it’s
just a much more manageable system, the reason for it is Marzano who is behind iObservation
and his over 30 years of research has been
listening to practitioners. It originally was a
model that was for growth and because states are
mandating it as their evaluation system he’s worked with
practitioners across the country so that it will accommodate
both, growth and evaluation. iObservation is one of the
models that the state requires. There’s only four to pick from. iObservation is one of
them, Bordee, Danielson and six years ago we started with the, we went with the iObservation
because of the research and the language and the
model that is in place that really is a measurement
for good teaching and learning in the classrooms. And we’ve seen tremendous
growth across our district with that common language. So, it’s been a lot of districts, this has been going on since 2011. It’s been a real shift in how we look at teaching and learning, I think so much for the better when we have a common language. But I just want to give
out my appreciation to all the people behind
the scenes working on this. And just the pure joy it is
to work with our teachers and our non-classroom instructional staff. – So we’ll bring a more
formal report at some point so the board has a better
appreciation of the details. – You can just see,
that was a good summary that even just summarizing
that the shift went down and what got eliminated out
of it that maybe was excess. – And that’s all on our transparency. So evaluation last year in 2016-17, I had, this whole process had
to be part of our transparency on our website, so if you
go to the transparency piece and you hit evaluation,
you can see everything. You can see the program,
you can see the crosswalk, you can see how we made our edits. Because the state also
requires some things that wasn’t in there
based on professionalism. That’s all been edited in. Our training is on there.
– Okay. – So if you wanna get a
head start and look at both the teacher and
non-classroom models are posted to there and you can
access it at any time. – [Miss Murphy] Oh great,
okay, good to know, thank you. – [Dr. Matthews] Mr.
O’Connor I think has one, – Yeah, I think as we
get exposed more to this, I think it’s really critical
that we also have the same common language in terms
of the student growth model for the superintendent as well. Remember at our last retreat or workshop, that was one thing that came
up with our facilitators that we need to have common
language and make sure that we’re all on the
same page in terms of what that student growth model is. Because from the
superintendent perspective you’re also going from
that 75-25 to that 60-40, so we need to really make
sure that we’re aligned as we go into the new year in terms of how we’re gonna measure that. – All right, thank you.
– Dr. Webber. – Today was the first day that Playworks, which you’ve seen our
Playworks youngsters come in, we won the Playworks game changer
award I believe last year. We’re the first school
district in the county where high school kids
were trained by Playworks and they give back by
going and doing events throughout metro Detroit
and especially Detroit. And we’ve worked with Playworks this year to where now they’ll be
coming to Village Oaks and Orchard Hills Elementary Schools. They’ll be coming in for
a full week every month. So a trainer will come in,
work with all our teachers and kids, work with our staff
who services our playgrounds. Teach them how to engage
in kids in healthy play. Go away for three weeks, come back and check in and see how
everyone’s doing with it. So it’s a partnership model. I talked to Principal Quitiquit
at Orchard Hills today. They were there to kick it off today and Pam said that her staff
was exceptionally positive about it and looking forward to it. Helping kids understand how
to regulate their behavior in environments where they’re
typically least supervised which would be lunches
and playground and so on. And also this idea of
social/emotional that the parents already talked about, this attends to that in very very measurable ways as well. Playworks just received a huge grant from Ralph Wilson Foundation. I mean he’s doing great, or
his foundation is doing great work in Buffalo and Detroit. And we’re terribly
excited to see if it works really well this year at VO and OH. Expect to see more of that
through our other elementary schools, so if you run into Miss Quitiquit or anybody at OH, I think
Anne you said that’s your school this semester,
please ask about Playworks and see how that’s going. Thank you. – [Miss Murphy] Next we
have our committee reports. Mrs. Glubzinski. – Governance and policy committee
met again September 12th and if you go to Board Book,
you can see our minutes, my notes from the meeting,
as well as a document we created with the
advantages and disadvantages of Lusk Albertson and Neola. And I have reached out to Lusk Albertson to clarify a few of the
items that we have listed whether or not we were accurate
in our estimation of them. And I should get feedback from that. With the operating
procedures, we have now gone, the committee has now
gone through all of them and we’re gonna get that final
draft for our September 27th meeting, we’re gonna look
through it one more time, then we’ll be bringing it to the board. This is, then the board
will have an opportunity to review it and then the long term goal, or the short term goal is for
us all to come to an agreement that this is, this is the
practice of the board. So we’ve been working
hard, and we thank you all for your feedback with that. And the next meeting is
September 27th, it’s a Wednesday instead of a Tuesday and
that’s from six to eight. So those documents are available
for everybody on the board. – All right. And we have a finance committee scheduled. – Scheduled for October 12th. I haven’t heard back from
either of the two committee members so I assume it’s still okay. – Oh, I accepted it. – Okay. – (whispering) I have not accepted it. – That’s okay. – But I will.
– Okay, all right. – So October 12th to review the audit. – The audit. With who, I saw they were busy
working this evening on that. All right, next we have
board communication. Any board communication? Mrs. Glubzinski.
– Sorry. I do wanna echo, when I
spoke with Pam Quitiquit, we did talk about Playworks and the one area she
pointed out also is tips when you have to do indoor recess. In addition to navigating
the playground and things, but in that area too. She was pretty excited. Was kind of surprised at
the level of involvement. But it sounds like they’ve done their part to get ready for it, which is awesome. (man speaking faintly off mic) Yeah, it’s awesome. And in the Friday packet
I appreciated your comment about concerns about the common core and the dashboard versus
grading the schools and you suggested we contact
Representative Crawford and Senator Kowall and I just
wanna encourage all of you, it is really easy to Google
Representative Crawford and you get this simple
form where you can put in your comments, I was
able to do that for both of those individuals and
received a feedback back from Representative Crawford’s office. So I appreciate when you
give us tips like that. Boils it down to things
that I can give feedback on. – Good.
– So thank you. – Other board communication? Mr. Cook. – A little bit off the
cuff, I’m gonna call out to the parents in the
community for some of the STEM that’s going on. Junior First Lego League,
First Lego League, First Tech Challenge have
all kicked off their seasons. So if any parent would like
to help mentor children, I do believe the Frog Force
will help get you set up with one of the teams that’s out there. I do believe the contact at
Frog Force is Janelle Moore. I will double check that. But all three age groups. First Tech Challenge
being the middle school, First Lego League being
fourth through sixth and then k3 is Junior Lego League, they’re all going strong. And we do have a lot of
kids in this community that are doing that
that kinda goes unseen. So it’s very rewarding
working with the kids that age and seeing how
innovative they can get in some of their solutions. But this year they’re all dealing with the Junior Lego League
and First Lego League are dealing with the human water cycle and how we handle water. So any parent wants to
volunteer to be a mentor, please contact Frog Force and they will set you up with a team. – [Miss Murphy] Is there a
link to that on our website? To Frog Force? – That I, like I said,
this is off the cuff, ’cause I held my team meeting,
one of my team meetings tonight and we had some fun. – [Miss Murphy] I know they
have their own, I just don’t know that there’s a link. – We’ll see. – Other board communication? Mr. O’Connor. – Yeah, I’d like to expand
for a second on a comment that Mr. Cook made earlier in this meeting about social development measurement. You know, it really ticks
me off that Lansing dictates to us how we evaluate our
superintendent and our teachers with this 75% and 25% and now
it’s gonna go up to 60-40. And a lot of it’s based on the testing, and I understand the testing’s important, that’s obviously a component
in measuring student growth, but wouldn’t it be cool if
we became a cutting edge district and really came up
with a couple measurement systems that not only
included academic growth, but looked at the social development, ’cause they’re not looking
at that up in Lansing. And I think it would be good for you, I think it would be good for our teachers. I think it would be
good for our principals. And why not incorporate that
into a measurement system that’s part of not just your evaluation but our teacher’s evaluation as well? Because this 60-40’s coming down quickly, quicker than we think. And I personally am not in favor of 40. I’m not in favor of Lansing
dictating, we as a board, as a local board should be dictating what those percentages are. But that 40 is a tough nut for everybody. So, after what Mr. Cook
said, social development is as important if we’re
talking about developing the whole child so,
– That’s a great idea. – I know it’s hard to
do in a two week period, ’cause we’re going to have our workshop, but it’s something we
should really shoot for, to look at how we can gather
data and really measure that. Because it’s just, it’s as
important as the academics that we do. – That’s a great idea.
– That we evaluate. – To add on to that. If we were able to get it
into a student growth model, they don’t tell us what
our student growth model needs to be. If we can get it in there. ‘Cause it does kinda cut
down on some of the academic scores that we end up putting in there because we’re adding
another growth component. So, may bring it back down
30-60-10 or something like that. – [Dr. Matthews] Good point. – [Miss Murphy] Mrs. Hood. – Yeah, thank you, I had a couple things. I caught one of my three
pancakes the other day, last Saturday morning. I know. But Jason Smith kept pulling
me back, farther away and I couldn’t get my plate there. To Mr. O’Connor’s point about Lansing. I would like us to consider
a legislative committee and I would like that
include parents that we could help them to Anne’s point
engage with our legislators. They represent our kids, really. And so improving the dialog, I
think, between public schools in general, but Novi in particular would, I think would benefit us all. So as a board, I think
it was ad hoc committee in the past, so I would welcome that. And then, secondly or
thirdly as I was sitting here listening to Mrs. Diglio over there, it occurred to me that
pretty soon we’re going to be saying goodbye to her. And I remember when I was
a new high school parent, about eight years ago, she
was a fairly new principal and I used to go to her, I
don’t remember what you used to call ’em, Morning Coffees or – Parent meetings.
– Yeah. And I would leave work and go
meet my son’s new principal. And I remember leaving
those meetings thinking, she knows her stuff and
being very impressed that Mrs. Diglio was
leading our high school. And then as I’ve been
listening to her over the last couple of years, I mean as a
parent in the audience here, but now, she knows her stuff. And it’s so nice to be able to, I mean all of our assistant
superintendents are really on top of their game
and it’s just, you know. I wanted to say this tonight
’cause I’m thinking about it. I know you will hear more of
it in the next month or so, but anyway, so thank you.
– Thank you. – Other board communication? I’ll just real quickly, I
caught all five of my pancakes. (people laughing)
– Show off. – A five! You ate five? – I did, I was very hungry. I did see R.J. drop one.
– I had two. – Right in front of me. – [R.J.] I did drop one,
but my son ate 10 sausages! (people laughing) – It was a great event.
– It was. – And really, the turn out
from the community was awesome. I think they did a great
job of advertising. I know that I hope it
becomes an annual event. Because I really do think
it brought people together and you know, they’re all ages. And I think we should also
advertise at the senior center. Or the NEF should advertise
at the senior center ’cause they might be
interested in coming and seeing some of the students that morning. – Meeting the school board.
– Exactly. So it was a great event. I know that a lot of you were there. They had a lot of people
from the city came too, which I thought was a really
nice morning for them. And for the NEF to get the word out. And I saw a lot of volleyball
players avoiding their own food to come to the pancake breakfast which I thought was, they had
a big volleyball tournament that day but they were
pretty interested in catching the pancakes too. And then coffee with
the superintendent was, like I said, very well
attended for the first one of the year and I think
clearly the attendance showed that it is on parents’ radar. But I think they left there with, I think a new appreciation for what we do, but also just a sense that we really are all working together to
make sure that the kids stay safe and I was very
thankful for Officer Zabick’s time that morning and his
attention to the parents’ questions and their concerns. And his knowledge was
real, I was very impressed that we have that type
of person in our district that really seems to care about our kids, and visits all the buildings. And the one thing they did
tell me that I will share, is that we do have neighborhood
patrols that frequently stop by the buildings. I don’t know how many times
I’ve driven by a building and maybe seen a police
officer there and thought, (gasps) what’s going on? But he said they’ll just
drop in to say hello and see how things are going
and if there’s anything they need to be aware of. But they’re not necessarily
there because they’ve gotten called to the school. And I thought that was
really good information for me to have and also for
parents to have as well. So to Mrs. Glubzinski’s point,
getting that information out on a wider circle I think
would be really helpful. I also attended the Government
Relations Committee, the Michigan Association of School Boards and I’m gonna put together some notes because they have their
own legislative priorities and we talked about a lot
of bills that are coming down the pike, a few that will impact us, so I will put some notes together on that and get that out to everyone. And just one other point,
I know Mr. O’Connor and I were emailing back and
forth about the government relations at the OCSBA, which Mr. O’Connor has been gracious enough
to serve on for the last, at least this past year
and before that many times. I think Mr. Courtland did it briefly too. I don’t know if there’s
other board members that are interested in serving
on that committee, they meet once a month on Wednesdays. So if you are interested in
throwing your name in the hat for that, please get a
hold of me and let me know. And I think that’s it. So if there’s nothing further? – You mentioned the MASB
legislative priorities. Please note that they’re not aligned with the OCSBA legislative priorities. Because the MASB talks about
half of their legislative priorities being training,
training, training, which is what they make money on, so it’s a sore point with the OCSBA. – Well they did provide
the survey results, is what they base their priorities on. And the survey results kinda
dictated the priorities. I mean, I do have the data. I can share that with you as well. – [Mr. O’Connor] I’ve seen it. – It is one of the
priorities, but it is not, there’s several other things
that they’re pushing towards. – [Mr. O’Connor] Just letting you know what the OCSBA thinks. – I understand that. Okay, would you like to make
a motion to adjourn anyone? – Just a real quick follow up. I had mentioned that the
first going under their in bot
section does have a form you can fill out. So you can do it there if
parents are interested. – Perfect,
– Yep. – All right. I would entertain a motion to adjourn? – So moved. – Mr. Cook has moved to adjourn. Supported by Mrs. Hood. All those in favor please say I. – [All] I. – Motion passes six zero, we
are adjourned for the evening. Thank you. – Thank you everyone.

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