APPROVED


STATE OF HAWAII
BOARD OF EDUCATION
GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Laie Elementary School Cafeteria
Minutes

ATTENDANCE

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Randall Yee, Chairperson
Karen Knudsen, First Vice Chairperson (Excused)
Herbert Watanabe, Second Vice Chairperson
Dr. Lei Ahu Isa
Darwin Ching
Mary Cochran
Margaret Cox
Breene Harimoto
Cecil Heftel (Excused)
Darren Ibara
Denise Matsumoto
Shirley Robinson
Garrett Toguchi
Paul Vierling

Galen Onouye, Executive Director

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION/HAWAII STATE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
CHARTER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

Patricia Hamamoto, Superintendent of Education
Stafford Nagatani, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Lea Albert, Complex Area Superintendent, Castle/Kahuku
Greg Knudsen, Director, Communications Office, SUPT
Robert McClelland, Director, Planning & Evaluation Office, SUPT
Cara Tanimura, Analyst, Planning & Evaluation Office, SUPT
Dr. Selvin Chin-Chance, Specialist, Planning & Evaluation Office, SUPT
Rodney Moriwake, Specialist, Planning & Evaluation Office, SUPT

Florence Yee, Director, Hawaii State Library

Corinna Cornejo, Communications Liaison, Charter School Administrative Office

OTHERS

Lt Col Ken Sersun, Military Liaison
Dr. Allen Awaya, Education Liaison, U.S. Pacific Command, J1HPS
Leiomalama Desha, Hawaii Government Employees Association
Roger Takabayashi, President, Hawaii State Teachers Association
Maurice Morita, Hawaii State Teachers Association



I. Call to Order

The general business meeting of the Board of Education (Board) was called to order by Board Second Vice Chairperson Herbert Watanabe at 3:38 p.m. in Laie Elementary School Cafeteria.

Principal Deborah Voorhies welcomed the Board to Laie Elementary School (Laie) and called upon Laie student council officers to give a short narrative and introduction of Board members.

Ms. Lea Albert thanked the students, and Ms. Voorhies and called upon Dr. Roy Winstead, Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYU-Hawaii), School of Education.

Dr. Winstead extended BYU-Hawaii’s appreciation for the opportunity to work with the Windward District schools, Complex Area Superintendent Lea Albert, and principals by allowing their students to student teach. Dr. Winstead introduced former Department of Education (Department) employee Ms. Jan Nakamura who is now working with BYU-Hawaii.

Ms. Albert presented each Board member with a white hibiscus plant grown by Mr. Mat Kanemoto’s agricultural program at Kahuku High & Intermediate School. Ms. Albert explained that Mr. Kanemoto is growing native Hawaiian plants with great success.

There being no quorum, the Board continued with its meeting and took agenda items out of order.

IV. Reports

B. Board Executive Director

Mr. Onouye reported that Mr. Vierling had requested that Board members be introduced by the students of Laie. Mr. Onouye reported that both he and Mr. John Penebacker visited with legislators on the Opening Day of the Twenty-third Legislative Session and answered their concerns about the Board’s directions for 2006. All legislators were receptive of the visibility of the Board. Both Mr. Yee and Superintendent Hamamoto also attended.

C. Superintendent

Superintendent Hamamoto extended her appreciation to Dr. Winstead, Ms. Nakamura, Kahuku High and Intermediate School, and to Laie for their hospitality.

Ms. Lea reported that the Castle/Kahuku Complexes are focusing on the source of pride for principals, the cooperating teacher program that has

seven full-time master teachers working with146 beginning teachers full-time as mentors. The goal is to retain 95 percent of these beginning teachers. In its survey of parents, 84 percent of the parents were very satisfied with services received in special education. Ms. Lea highlighted the following reports for the Castle/Kahuku Complexes:

Trend reports for 2004-2005
Community Profiles
Complex Area Superintendent’s Highlights

1. District Presentation: Laie Elementary's "Ocean Odyssey" Robotics Program and a Viewing
of Its Award-winning Oscar Meyer Commercial Video

Ms. Voorhies explained that Laie’s focus is science and the performing arts, and the school hopes to one day mirror Barbers Point Challenger Center. Laie’s sixth graders follow the middle school concept by changing to different classes throughout the day, with teachers specialized in different subject areas. Students from the fifth and sixth grades participated in the first Lego League Robotics Challenge competition and chose to simulate underwater research. Students researched, went on field trips, and entered the robotics competition. Laie won the Teamwork Award. Ms. Voorhies called upon teachers Mr. David Ishii and Ms. Barbara Jean Kahawai.

Ms. Kahawai introduced Laie’s Aqua Marines. Mr. Ishii explained that Laie participated in six of the nine missions in the competition and placed in the top 5 out of 29 competitors. The Aqua Marines demonstrated retrieving the cargo box and raising the flags.

Ms. Voorhies explained that two years ago Laie won $10,000 for the Oscar Meyer Commercial video. The monies were used for its performing arts program and the purchase of African drums and other musical instruments. The video was shown.

Superintendent Hamamoto highlighted the following reports:

Letter to the Editor on Repair & Maintenance (R&M) Funds
This statement clarifies the false impression that the Department may already have sufficient funding to address the R&M backlog as only $344 million of the $557 million total CIP budget appropriation has been released by the Governor.
(Attachment A)

• Superintendent’s Update for the Board of Education & Hawaii’s Public Schools

Superintendent’s Highlights of Support Services

Opening Day remarks by Senate President Robert Bunda and House Speaker Calvin Say

Hawaii State Department of Education Financial Report
July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2005

2. Update on the Hawaii State Assessment Contract

Mr. Robert McClelland reported that in Spring 2004, the Department found that Harcourt Assessment, Inc. (Harcourt) had made about 40 errors on a variety of test documents, though it did not negatively impact student performance on the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA). Harcourt was notified that if there were any other errors, the Department will be looking elsewhere. When test materials arrived in Spring 2005, a number of tests went to the wrong schools causing problems with the administration of the tests. The Department had no choice but to seek a new testing company. In April 2005, the Department notified Harcourt that the Department will be terminating its contract and looking for a new testing company. (Attachment B)

Mr. McClelland explained that there are two test contracts with Harcourt. One contract is for reading, writing, and mathematics; the other contract is for science. For the reading, writing, and mathematics contract, termination is eight months earlier, effective August 31, 2006; Harcourt is responsible for the administration of the science tests, with the ending date of June 2007. If dissatisfied, the special and general conditions of the contract allows termination of the contract. The Department of the Attorney General (AG) is reviewing the contract for the new testing company, effective upon signature. There will be no disruption of services as Harcourt and the new contractor will be collaborating by sharing files, information, and test items.

Mr. Moriwake announced that the new contractor selected is the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The selection involved a thorough screening process and lengthy negotiations to ensure a robust assessment. AIR, founded in 1946, has 60 years of experience in aptitude and proficiency and is one of the largest assessment and research development companies in the country. In addition, AIR is a subcontractor to the current National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) examination, which is administered to grades 4, 8, and 10.

Mr. McClelland reported that questions were asked of the Ohio and South Carolina State Departments of Education on AIR’s performance and were impressed by what they heard. Ohio reported that AIR was on-time in its delivery of tests, under budget in its assessment, had no errors, was customer oriented, and was extremely creative. South Carolina also reported that AIR was accurate, innovative, and supportive.

In response to Ms. Robinson, Dr. Chin-Chance reported that the Department looked at a list of approximately 60 testing companies and whittled it down to less than a dozen, of which Harcourt was one of them. When problems started, Harcourt suggested that the contract be rewritten with penalty clauses. The Department received monies for these liquidated damages.

In response to Ms. Cox, Dr. Chin-Chance reported that yes, this is a done deal and that the Department is waiting for the contracts to be signed. Dr. Chin-chance stated that not all companies are error free but so far, AIR has been error free. The Teranova will be used in place of the Stanford.

Ms. Cox felt that it would have been beneficial to have discussed this in the Committee on Regular Education. She reported that her concern is for what happens in the classroom to the teachers and students. She felt that whenever a form is changed, test scores dip. Dr. Chin-Chance stated the Department’s major concern is also for the classroom.

Ms. Hamamoto reported that the Department also was concerned with the same issues as Ms. Cox, but the entire testing program was at risk. Ms. Hamamoto stated that two years in a row, the Department had been receiving many calls from schools reporting that schools were receiving wrong tests, there weren’t enough time to take the tests, names didn’t match, and items on the practice tests were in error.

In response to Ms. Cox, Mr. McClelland stated that: (1) It is incorrect that the Department said no to removing the person who was in charge of the Harcourt testing after 2004; (2) The Department will be paying two companies at the same time for a short period of time. The overlap is deliberate; (3) There will be savings with the early termination of the reading and math contract; and (4) The Department contracts Harcourt for the HSA.

In response to Ms. Cox, Ms. Hamamoto stated that no announcement has been made to schools regarding a change in the testing companies. This announcement will be when clearance is received from the AG. There is time because testing by Harcourt is still being done during Spring 2006.

In response to Ms. Cox, Dr. Chin-Chance stated that materials purchased by schools are equally valid for the new tests because the materials address the standards and benchmarks contained in the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards II and III. The Department is also discouraging schools from purchasing materials that are too narrowly focused.

In response to Mr. Vierling, Mr. McClelland stated that: (1) Formal negotiations with vendors are held which, include a formal review, selection, and presentation; and (2) Although 60 vendors applied, only seven or eight vendors could provide services, and two price proposals were submitted.

In response to Mr. Vierling, Dr. Chin-Chance stated that when Harcourt was originally selected seven years ago, eight vendors submitted bids; however, AIR was not one of them. Mr. Moriwake stated that the price difference between the two recent bids was
$7 million, with AIR bidding $7 million lower.

In response to Mr. Ching, Dr. Chin-Chance stated that Teranova is similar to the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) and is a nationally normed standardized test with percentage ranks and stanines. Many states use tests from the three major publishers: Harcourt, CPB McGraw-Hill, and Riverside Publishing.

D. State Librarian

Ms. Florence Yee reported that State Librarian Jo Ann Schindler is out-of-state. Ms. Yee highlighted the State Librarian’s Report on the following subjects (Attachment C):

Vacancy Status Report
Restoration of Public Service Hours
Letters About Literature
Grant from Hawaiian Telcom

E. Charter School Administrative Office Executive Director

Ms. Corinna Cornejo reported that Dr. James Shon is unable to be here tonight as he is attending West Hawaii Explorations Academy’s celebration for receiving a national award for its high school science program. Ms. Cornejo highlighted the Charter School Administrative Office (CSAO) Report on communications strategy. (Attachment E)

Ms. Cochran suggested that CSAO look at e-rate for its communications to all charter schools.

F. Military Representative

Lt Col Ken Sersun read a prepared statement on the Joint Venture Education Forum’s (JVEF) position on the concept of a military charter school. Lt Col Sersun stated that if schools choose to convert to charter status, JVEF will support that effort but will not advocate it where administrators and teachers do not make that choice. He explained that he is referring to a type of charter school that is based upon the Department of Defense school’s curriculum. (Attachment F)

G. Hawaii State Student Council

Mr. Ibara reported that the Hawaii State Student Council (HSSC), jointly with the Secondary Student Conference, has designated February 2-3, 2006, as Lobby Day to visit legislators to support proposed student legislation.

H. Board Recognition of Achievements

None.

III. Approval of Minutes, Appointments, and Contracts

A. Minutes

Ms. Cox moved, and Ms. Matsumoto seconded, to approve the minutes of the general business meetings held on November 17, 2005, and January 5, 2006, and the executive session held on January 5, 2006.

The motion passed unanimously with Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Ms. Cox, Mr. Harimoto, Ms. Matsumoto, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Vierling, and
Mr. Watanabe voting aye.

B. Personnel Appointments

None.

C. Contracts

None.

IV. Reports

A. Board Officers and Board Committee Chairpersons

Ms. Cox reported that the minutes of the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board will be available in the Board Office.

Ms. Cox expressed concerns that it is not an appropriate response to Kilauea Elementary School’s (Kilauea) principal to talk to legislators for needed funding for a cafeteria. Kilauea’s principal was told that there is not enough money to build a dining area, just a kitchen.

Mr. Vierling reported that the Committee on New Century Charter Schools will be meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2006, at 3 p.m. and on Thursday, February 9, 2006, at 3 p.m.

Ms. Robinson reported representing the Board at the Na Lau Lama, Native Hawaiian “Best Practices” Conference on January 12-13, 2006. Concerns expressed were: (1) Does the Board have a policy addressing native Hawaiian culture. If so, what is the status; (2) Can Hawaiians be exempt from the NCLB law?; (3) Hawaiians are requesting parity, equal value placed on their education as well as westerners; and (4) The need for in-service classes for teachers to understand the future and ways of the Hawaiian population. Suggestions included: (1) Cut the number of Department middle management personnel at the state level by 50 percent and (2) Every time someone retires, take the salary and give it to schools and students. Ms. Robinson reported that she will be giving these concerns to the proper person for response.

Mr. Watanabe explained that there are three words important to understand about how things are funded: (1) “appropriate” - the only body that can appropriate money is the legislature; (2) “allocation” - the only body that can appropriate money is the Governor; and (3) “lapse” - there is a time frame for the use of monies appropriated. Mr. Watanabe stated that although the Department was appropriated lots of money, these funds were never allocated.

Ms. Cox requested that all responses to and from the unions be shared with the Board.

H. Other Boards, Commissions, Councils

None.

I. Board Members’ Concerns

Board members concerns were taken under Agenda Item IV. A.

V. Executive Session on Personnel, Collective Bargaining, and Legal Matters

None.

The meeting recessed at 5:30 p.m. and was recalled to order in open session at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Vierling extended greetings to everyone and introduced Board members. Mr. Watanabe thanked Laie Elementary School staff for hosting the meeting and presented the school with a gift of appreciation. Ms. Hamamoto thanked Laie Elementary School staff for its hospitality, and introduced the Department’s state office staff. Ms. Lea Albert introduced the administrators and staff of the complex area.

VI. Requests and Petitions from the Public, Including Input on Board Action Items

Ms. Roberta Yamamoto, President, HSTA-Windward Chapter, presented written testimony from Ms. Mary Place, Puohala School Teacher, on low teacher morale. Ms. Yamamoto reported that Windward teachers need help in meeting the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements, and want to work with the Board to find ways to alleviate teacher stress. (Attachment F)

Mr. Steven Caruso, Kalaheo High School math teacher, presented verbal testimony about the unfair hiring practice that only new teachers can be hired at Class Levels I, II, or VI and credits apply after the date of hire for advancement. (Attachment G)

Ms. Phyllis Ida, Windward District resource teacher, presented verbal testimony requesting the Board to reconsider and provide preschools in the Department. (Attachment H)

Ms. Matsumoto explained that Board policy provides for special education preschools, and not for all students in Hawaii. She explained the Department does not have enough facilities to educate all 100,000 preschoolers in the State. Mr. Toguchi spoke in support of Ms. Ida’s position.

Ms. Leilani Nautu presented verbal testimony on the topic of democracy.
(Attachment I)

Ms. Rexann Dubiel, Sunset Beach Elementary School teacher, presented verbal testimony on the pressures placed upon teachers in preparing students to take tests, and encouraged everyone to lobby the Legislature for more money for education.

Ms. Kathryn Heath, English as a Second Language (ESL) resource teacher, presented verbal testimony that teacher allocation and funding has not kept up with the increase in the ESL population. She asked the Board to speak with the Governor and legislators. (Attachment J)

Ms. Jamie Stidger, Castle High School teacher, presented verbal testimony on the need for repair and maintenance at Kaaawa Elementary School. (Attachment K)

Mr. Yee requested Superintendent to respond to Ms. Stidger’s concerns.

Mr. Toguchi stated that the Governor has not released $213 million, of which monies are earmarked for
Kaaawa’s library and cafeteria renovations.

Ms. Cindy Turse, Waiahole Elementary School (Waiahole) librarian, presented verbal testimony on the severe impact of budget cuts to small schools and fear expressed about the eventual closure of Waiahole. (Attachment L)

Mr. Yee explained that the Board will be revisiting the Weighted Student Formula.

Mr. Roger Takabayashi, President, Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), presented verbal testimony on HSTA’s Legislative Priorities for 2006 and on low teacher morale. (Attachment M)

Mr. Vierling stated that HSTA’s survey of teachers do not include requests for additional waiver days. Mr. Takabayashi responded that the Board has denied exception requests, and felt if the Board want schools to take control, then it needs to honor the schools’ requests. Once exception requests are approved by the Board, there will be more exception requests submitted for waiver days.

Ms. Zenobia Iese, Hauula Elementary School Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP) Kumu, presented verbal testimony on the unfair conditions HLIP students, parents, and teachers are going through. Ms. Iese requested a copy of the HLIP policy. As President of Hauula Community Association, Ms. Iese reported that the termination of Halau Lokahi A New Century Public Charter School’s (Halau Lokahi) director has affected its students. (Attachment N)

Mr. Yee requested that Ms. Cochran provide Ms. Iese a copy of the proposed Board Policy 2105, Hawaiian Language Immersion Program Policy.

Ms. Kaumealani Walk, Kahuku High & Intermediate School (Kahuku) Teacher, and students Kalae Johnson and Kamaka Kamakaala, thanked the Board for the opportunity to participate in the HLIP at Kahuku. Through HLIP, they were able to attend the World’s Indigeous People’s Conference in New Zealand.

Jessica Leong, Raymond Leong, Hamana Leong, Jade-in Leong, Maui Leong, Ann Rae Kahal, Malik Haynes, Kayla Malaiakini, Suzanna Filipo, Celeste Malaiapase, Zenobia Iese, and Leila Keaweaiko of Halau Lokahi Koolauloa, presented verbal testimony on the unfair dismissal of Halau Lokahi’s principal, that students are uncomfortable with the teachers and teaching methods, and that students are falling behind in their studies.

Ms. Davina Sanders, President, Hui Makua Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Hauula/Kahuku (Hui Makua), presented verbal testimony that Hui Makua’s purpose is to perpetuate the Hawaiian language and support teachers and students of Kula Kaiapuni o Hauula/Kahuku. Hui Makua’s concerns are on the restructuring of schools, low morale of teachers, safety of students, equability, lack of school supplies and textbooks, and that the fifth grade students will not be tested in English. Ms. Sanders invited the Board to participate in its Hoomau Benefit Concert on February 19, 2006, at 3:00 p.m. at the Waikiki Shell.

Mr. Toguchi encouraged Ms. Sanders to lobby the Legislature for more monies.

Ms. Leiomalama Desha, field service officer, Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA), presented verbal testimony that HGEA has not received responses in writing via the Consult and Confer process on certain Board policies.

Ms. Matsumoto inquired whether HGEA has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the exception review process and if it was part of the package that was approved with the ratification of the contract. Ms. Desha replied that yes, there is an unsigned MOU, and no, it was not part of the package of the contract. Ms. Desha reported that HGEA is moving forward in good faith with the Department and Board on this particular issue.

Ms. Roseanne Ulii, presented verbal testimony on behalf of Kuma Makala West’s concerns that: (1) The Hawaii State Assessment is an unfair test that sets students to fail; (2) There needs to be incentives for students to become HLIP teachers; and (3) There needs to be incentives and bonuses for teachers who take HLIP positions. Ms. Ulii felt it is a challenge to have three grade levels taught at Kahuku and that more help is needed for HLIP.

IV. Recommendation for Action

A. Discussion/Action on the Proposed Repeal of Board of Education Policy 2401, “School/Community- Based Management (SCBM) Policy” (Committee on Regular Education, K-12)

By direction of the Committee, Ms. Cox moved that the Board of Education approve the proposed repeal of Board Policy 2401, “School Community/Based Management (SCBM) Policy,” as discussed.

Following Mr. Watanabe’s call for the question, the motion carried unanimously with Dr. Ahu Isa, Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Ms. Cox, Mr. Harimoto, Ms. Matsumoto, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Toguchi, Mr. Vierling, Mr. Watanabe, and Mr. Yee voting aye.

B. Discussion/Action on the Proposed Repeal of Board of Education Policy 2402, “SCBM Waivers and SCBM Exceptions Policy” (Committee on Regular Education, K-12)

By direction of the Committee, Ms. Cox moved, and Mr. Ching seconded, that the Board of Education approve the proposed repeal of Board Policy 2402, “SCBM Waivers and SCBM Exceptions Policy,” as discussed.

The motion carried unanimously with Dr. Ahu Isa, Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Ms. Cox, Mr. Harimoto, Ms. Matsumoto, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Toguchi, Mr. Vierling, Mr. Watanabe, and Mr. Yee voting aye.

C. Discussion/Action on Proposed Amendments to Board of Education Policy 2412, “School Community Council Waivers and School Community Council Exceptions Policy” (Committee on Regular Education, K-12)

By direction of the Committee, Ms. Cox moved that the Board of Education approve the proposed amendments to Board Policy 2412, “School Community Council Waivers and School Community Council Exceptions Policy,” as discussed.

Following Mr. Watanabe’s call for the question, the motion carried unanimously with Dr. Ahu Isa, Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Ms. Cox, Mr. Harimoto, Ms. Matsumoto, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Toguchi, Mr. Vierling, Mr. Watanabe, and Mr. Yee voting aye.

D. Discussion/Action on Proposed Amendments to Board of Education Policy 2270, “Homework Policy” (Committee on Regular Education, K-12)

By direction of the Committee, Ms. Cox moved that the Board of Education approve the proposed amendments to Board Policy 2270, “Homework Policy,” as discussed.

The motion carried unanimously with Dr. Ahu Isa, Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Ms. Cox, Mr. Harimoto,
Ms. Matsumoto, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Toguchi, Mr. Vierling, Mr. Watanabe, and Mr. Yee voting aye.

E. Discussion/Action on Proposed Board of Education Policy 2105, "Hawaiian Language Immersion Program Policy" (Committee on Special Programs)

By direction of the Committee, Ms. Cochran moved that the Board of Education approve proposed Board Policy 2105, “Hawaiian Language Immersion Program Policy,” as discussed.

The motion carried unanimously with Dr. Ahu Isa, Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Ms. Cox, Mr. Harimoto,
Ms. Matsumoto, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Toguchi, Mr. Vierling, Mr. Watanabe, and Mr. Yee voting aye.

F. Discussion/Action on Proposed Amendments to Board of Education Policy 2102, "Gifted and Talented Policy" (Committee on Special Programs)

By direction of the Committee, Ms. Cochran moved that the Board of Education approve the proposed amendments to Board Policy 2102, “Gifted and Talented Policy,” as discussed.

To be consistent with the wording of Board Policy 2105, Ms. Matsumoto moved, and Mr. Harimoto seconded, to amend the policy by inserting after the word “developing,” the words “any necessary,” and after “guidelines,” the word “or.

Following Mr. Watanabe’s call for the question, the amended motion carried unanimously with Dr. Ahu Isa, Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Ms. Cox, Mr. Harimoto, Ms. Matsumoto, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Toguchi, Mr. Vierling, Mr. Watanabe, and Mr. Yee voting aye.

The main motion, as amended, carried unanimously with Dr. Ahu Isa, Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Ms. Cox, Mr. Harimoto, Ms. Matsumoto, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Toguchi, Mr. Vierling, Mr. Watanabe, and Mr. Yee voting aye.

G. Discussion/Acceptance of Department of Education Reports to the Hawaii State Legislature (Chairperson)

Mr. Watanabe moved, and Ms. Matsumoto seconded, that the Board of Education accept the Department of Education reports to the Hawaii State Legislature, as discussed.

Mr. Stafford Nagatani explained that this is a report to the Legislature on the transfer of functions from various departments to the Department of Education, as specified under Act 51, Section 42, Session Laws of Hawaii 2004.

The motion carried unanimously with Dr. Ahu Isa, Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Ms. Cox, Mr. Harimoto,
Ms. Matsumoto, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Toguchi, Mr. Vierling, Mr. Watanabe, and Mr. Yee voting aye.

H. Discussion/Action on a Proposed Amendment to the 2006 Board of Education Calendar (Chairperson)

Mr. Watanabe moved, and Ms. Matsumoto seconded, that the Board of Education approve the proposed amendment to the 2006 Board of Education calendar, as discussed.

Mr. Watanabe explained that Board Leadership will be away attending the National School Boards Association conference in Washington, D.C. during the first week in February 2006. Mr. Yee added that he has consulted with the Department and there are no pressing issues that require a meeting at that time.

In response to Ms. Matsumoto, Mr. Yee stated that Board leadership will relook to see if there is another date for a meeting in the Leeward District.

Following Mr. Watanabe’s call for the question, the motion carried unanimously with Dr. Ahu Isa, Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Ms. Cox, Mr. Harimoto, Ms. Matsumoto, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Toguchi, Mr. Vierling, Mr. Watanabe, and Mr. Yee voting aye.

I. Discussion/Reconsideration on the Following:

1. Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate School’s Request for Two (2) Staff Development Waiver Days for SY 2005-06 (Committee on Collective Bargaining, Units 05 and 06)

2. Kapiolani Elementary School’s Request for One (1) Staff Development Waiver Day for SY 2005-06
(Committee on Collective Bargaining, Units 05 and 06)

3. Kapolei Elementary School’s Request for One (1) Staff Development Waiver Day for SY 2005-06
(Committee on Collective Bargaining, Units 05 and 06)

4. Lahainaluna High School’s Request for One (1) Staff Development Waiver Day for SY 2005-06
(Committee on Collective Bargaining, Units 05 and 06)

5. Waiakea High School’s Request for One (1) Staff Development Waiver Day for SY 2005-06
(Committee on Collective Bargaining, Units 05 and 06)

6. Waianae High School’s Request for One (1) Staff Development Waiver Day for SY 2005-06
(Committee on Collective Bargaining, Units 05 and 06)

Mr. Yee explained that this a reconsideration of the agenda item discussed at the last Board meeting. No decision was made at that time as the motion to deny the requests was defeated by a vote of 5 to 4. In order for the item to be reconsidered, the prevailing side needs to make a motion for reconsideration. The prevailing side is Dr. Ahu Isa, Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Mr. Heftel, and Mr. Paul Vierling.

Recess was called at 9:20 p.m.; and the meeting reconvened at 9:21 p.m.

Ms. Cochran moved, and Mr. Ching seconded, that the Board of Education reconsider the following School Community Council (SCC) exception requests: (1) Kalanianaole Elementary School’s SCC exception request for two staff development waiver days for SY 2005-06; (2) Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School’s SCC exception request for one staff development waiver day for SY 2005-06; (3) Kapolei Elementary School’s SCC exception request for one staff development waiver day for SY 2005-06; (4) Lahainaluna High School’s SCC exception request for one staff development waiver day for SY 2005-06; (5) Waiakea High School’s SCC exception request for one staff development waiver day for SY 2005-06; and (6) Waianae High School’s SCC exception request for one staff development waiver day for SY 2005-06, as discussed.

The motion carried 7 to 4 with Dr. Ahu Isa, Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Mr. Harimoto, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Vierling, Mr. Watanabe voting aye and Ms. Cox, Ms. Matsumoto, Mr. Toguchi, and Mr. Yee voting nay.

Ms. Cochran moved, and Mr. Ching seconded, to approve the following following School Community Council (SCC) exception requests: (1) Kalanianaole Elementary School’s SCC exception request for two staff development waiver days for SY 2005-06; (2) Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School’s SCC exception request for one staff development waiver day for SY 2005-06; (3) Kapolei Elementary School’s SCC exception request for one staff development waiver day for SY 2005-06; (4) Lahainaluna High School’s SCC exception request for one staff development waiver day for SY 2005-06; (5) Waiakea High School’s SCC exception request for one staff development waiver day for SY 2005-06; and (6) Waianae High School’s SCC exception request for one staff development waiver day for SY 2005-06, as discussed.

Mr. Ching spoke in support of the motion that will give schools local control.

Mr. Vierling spoke in support of the motion to allow schools more time for planning and training.

Ms. Cox spoke against the motion as there is a process in place for schools to follow.

Ms. Matsumoto reported that both collective bargaining committees and the Board voted not to approve these exception requests because schools did not meet the criteria. If schools want to come in for wavier requests, they must adhere to the timelines and policies established by the Department and Board.

Mr. Yee spoke against the motion, his reasons being the same as Ms. Cox and Ms. Matsumoto.

Mr. Harimoto spoke in support of following rules; however, a principal related to him stated that changes happened since the original deadline for submittal of exception requests.

Ms. Cochran and Mr. Watanabe spoke in support of the motion.

Following Mr. Ching’s call for the question, the motion carried 7 to 4, with Dr. Ahu Isa, Mr. Ching, Ms. Cochran, Mr. Harimoto, Ms. Robinson, Mr. Vierling and Mr. Watanabe voting aye, and Ms. Cox, Ms. Matsumoto, Mr. Toguchi, and Mr. Yee voting no.

Mr. Yee reminded the Board of the Joint House/Senate Education Committee Meeting on Friday, January 20, 2006, at 2:00 p.m., State Capitol Room 309. He stated that Senator Norman Sakamoto has asked for the Board’s input on new charter school legislation. Mr. Yee understood that the Committee on New Century Charter School will be discussing new charter school legislation at its meeting on February 9, 2006.

Mr. Vierling reported that draft legislation on charter schools was sent to all committee members.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.



Submitted for Approval



GALEN K. ONOUYE, Esq.
Executive Director



Approved by Board



RANDALL M.L. YEE
Chairperson



1/19/2006

ATTACHMENTS


ATTACHMENT A.pdfLetter to the Editor on Repair & Maintenance Funds
ATTACHMENT B.pdfHawaii State Assessment Contract
ATTACHMENT C.pdfState Librarian’s Report
ATTAHEMNT D.pdfCSAO’s Report on Communications Strategy
ATTACHMENT E.pdfJoint Venture Education Forum’s Position on the Concept of Military Charter Schools
ATTACHMENT F.pdfTestimony submitted for Ms. Mary Place
ATTACHMENT G.pdfTestimony submitted by Mr. Steven Caruso
ATTACHMENT H.pdfTestimony submitted by Ms. Phyllis Ida
ATTACHMENT I.pdfTestimony submitted by Ms. Leilani Nautu
ATTACHMENT J.pdfTestimony submitted by Ms. Kathryn Heath
ATTACHMENT K.pdfTestimony submitted by Ms. Jamie Stidger
ATTACHMENT L.pdfTestimony submitted by Ms. Cindy Turse
ATTACHMENT M.pdfTestimony submitted by Mr. Roger Takabayashi


Testimony submitted by Ms. Zenobia Iese
ATTACHMENT N-1.pdfATTACHMENT N-2.pdfATTACHMENT N-3.pdfATTACHMENT N-4.pdfATTACHMENT N-5.pdfATTACHMENT N-6.pdf