Student Achievement Committee Chair Cheryl Ka‘uhane Lupenui reported that the Student Achievement Committee adopted the concept of a Seal of Biliteracy, but that the policy on the Seal of Biliteracy will be worked on and brought back to the Student Achievement Committee for clarification. The committee took action on Board Policy 101.7, School Climate and Discipline and Board Policy 104.1, High School Graduation Requirements and Commencement by recommending Board approval. There was no substantive change to Board Policy 104.1; the language was clarified to reflect practice. Both policies will be on a future Board agenda. The committee also updated the status of the 100 policy series; this will be a standing agenda item as the policies are tracked as they move through committee and are presented to the Board.
B. Audit Committee Report on: (1) Update on the Department of Education’s Internal Audit Plan, Third Quarter (January 1, 2015 – March 31, 2015); (2) Presentation on the Department of Education’s Worker’s Compensation Review Report (review of Workers’ Compensation Unit’s compliance with policies, procedures and applicable laws and the effectiveness of internal controls); (3) Presentation on the Department of Education’s Fixed Assets Management Review Report (review of the current fixed asset management policies and processes and the effectiveness of fixed assets management controls); (4) Update on the Department of Education’s Fraud and Ethics Hotline; (5) Committee Action on Committee recommendation concerning amendment of the Department of Education’s Internal Audit Plan; (6) Committee Action on Committee recommendation concerning Board Policy 201.1, Employee, Contractor, and Volunteer Ethics
Audit Committee Chairperson Horner stated that the description in the agenda covered all of the subject matter and that two of the items will be addressed at a future Board meeting.
C. Superintendent’s Report
Brad Kusunoki of the Hawaii School Counselors Association presented the Advocate of the Year award to Ann Mahi, Complex Area Superintendent, Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Area.
Mahi presented the report on the Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Area along with Daniel Addis, School Renewal Specialist; John Wataoka, Chief Academic Officer; Terry Holck, CCSS/Technology Integration Resource Teacher; Debra Knight, Principal, Nanaikapono Elementary School; Bryscen Prothero, APRN; and Kalei Kailihiwa, Ka Pua Initiative Director, Kamehameha Schools.
Mahi reported on the six strategies that are embedded in the belief structure of the Complex Area (Common Core State Standards, Comprehensive Student Supports, Formative Instruction/Data Teams, Educator Effectiveness System, Induction and Mentoring, and Academic Review Teams). She went on to report that chronic absenteeism, college access and career readiness, access to quality health services, and community engagement are priority community issues. She highlighted the ASCA RAMP certification that Waianae Intermediate School and Nanaikapono Elementary School received in 2015. Also, each school has identified a Technology Committee to develop a plan for creating 21st century classrooms. She identified the greatest needs of the Complex Area: the number of highly qualified teachers in the teacher pool, chronic student absenteeism, college-going rate, and greater access to health care.
Mahi stated that all schools made great efforts and were successful in reducing their rates of chronic absenteeism.
The Complex Area team presented demographic data and the beliefs about education for the children, families and community.
Chairperson Horner, Prothero, and Member Asselbaye discussed the prevalence of asthma along the Waialae coast and the possible reasons for the high rate. Member Asselbaye stated that a National Institutes of Health grant has been applied for to look at this issue and determine how to promote better management within families.
Mahi closed the presentation by stating that celebration is very important and there is a lot to celebrate: Waianae college enrollment is up 10% from 36 to 46%; every classroom has a set of computers.
Mahi thanked Amy Akeo, CSSS Resource Teacher who met with counselors monthly. She also introduced Randy Miura, Principal of Leihoku Elementary for 26 years, who spoke about the improvements that the Complex Area has achieved in the last four years. He also stated that the principals in this Complex Area are all in double-digits in terms of years of service. This speaks not only to commitment but also to the leadership.
Member Lupenui asked Mahi to speak about why having students community ready is at the top of the model even though this is not a requirement. Mahi stated that along with having students academically ready at every transition, the belief is that students are not going to be successful unless they have clear values and those values are tied back to the community. Mahi stated that being community ready means being a good citizen.
Vice Chairperson De Lima stated that the complex area presentations make him proud to be a member of the Board. The commitment to help students is evident and is so important. He stressed that the Board supports what is happening in the schools and asked that if there is a feeling that any policy is being dictated to the schools, that this be addressed by the principals with the Board. He also stated that he wanted to add his appreciation for a job well done.
Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi stated that two people should be recognized for a lot of hard work: Ronn Nozoe, former Deputy Superintendent and Camille Masutomi.
Matayoshi also stated that there are a lot of things in the education update this week. Haleiwa principal Malaea Wetzel was named Hawaii’s 2015 National Distinguished Principal, the audit was mentioned in the newsletter, Keaau Elementary is participating in a virtual field trip to Kilauea volcano, and there was a joint survey between HSTA and teachers regarding the Educator Effectiveness System.
ii. Update on 2015 Legislative Session
Matayoshi reported that the Legislature is going into the last few days and the budget has been set. There will be some further explanation of the final numbers. Some bills that were of concern to the Department did not pass and a lot of these were related to student health.
Bernadette Howard, State Director of Career and Technical Education Coordinating Advisory Council (“Advisory Council”) presented an update regarding the Perkins Grant. Of the $5.5 million that is received, a portion comes off the top for administration and the balance is divided equally among the Department and Community Colleges. The Department’s funds are divided among the 43 high schools for special projects supporting career pathways and programs.
Even though student participation has declined, the number of students completing a program has steadily grown year after year. The career and technical education graduation rate has been 98% for the last five years. The Department exceeded all their indicators last year.
Member Nancy Budd left the meeting at 3:00 p.m.
Howard stated that the Advisory Council will continue to support pathways and programs of study through: technical skill/performance based assessments, improved guidance, counseling and advising, more real work experience prior to graduation, addressing skill gaps within special populations, teacher professional development, and employer engagement.
Member Budd rejoined the meeting at 3:02 p.m.
Moving forward at the state office level, the Advisory Council will conduct an evaluation of the current career pathway system to include the Department, community colleges, adult schools, workforce system, and Hawaii’s 4-year college campuses to insure all are using the same language and have the same understanding of career pathways. The Advisory Council will also continue to support dual credit options for high school the Advisory Council students; and provide assistance and collaborate with the Department around career readiness measures and indicators, data collection and reporting.
At the national level, the Perkins law expired three years ago and still hasn’t been reauthorized. There will be a national Summit in October addressing a new vision for the next five years. A broad spectrum of people in education and business have been invited.
Member Lupenui stated that she has had the privilege of serving on the Advisory Council and informed fellow Board members that the Advisory Council is a great way to have a greater understanding of the pathway models. It gives a broader perspective and she encouraged the Board to take advantage of the opportunity.
|101.4 Community Sponsored Activities|
|101.9 School-Sponsored Student Publications|
|101.12 Academic Requirements for Participation in Co-Curricular Activities|
|101.13 Controversial Issues|
|102.4 Diverse Stakeholder Inclusion in the Development of Content and Performance Standards|
|102.7 Recruitment and Testing of Students by Private Schools and Other Agencies|
|102.10 Educational Research and Evaluation|
|102.11 Pilot and Innovative Projects|
|103.3 Emergency Care for Sick or Injured Students|
|105.2 Responsibility for Curriculum Development and Implementation|
|105.4 Instructional Materials|
|105.7 Hawaiian Education Programs|
|105.8 Ka Papahana Kaiapuni|
|105.11 Pregnant and Parenting Students|
|106.1 School Calendar|
|106.4 Dress Code and School Uniforms|
|4160 Students’ School Day|