Board Minutes- April 8, 2021

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
Board of Horizons K-8 School

April 8th, 2021
6:01 pm – 8:24 pm

Meeting held virtually via Zoom

Facilitators: Tyler Currie / Lucas Ketzer
Note Taker: Hope Nelson-Roohr (non-member)
Minutes: Geary Layne
Timekeeper: Paul Ramer

Process Observer: Karen Wolfer

Call to Order:  6:01pm
Present:
Alex Osias, Beth Coleman, Geary Layne, Julie Cohen, Karen Wolfer, Lucas Ketzer, Mike Ashmore, Paul Ramer, Peter Hegelbach, Rachel Buckley, Teran Sittner, Tyler Currie

Arrived Late: 

Absent:

Quorum established

Guests:  Several

Public Comment: None

Consent Agenda:

  • Approve April 8th Agenda
  • Prior Minutes: March 11, 2021

Motion – Paul Ramer

Motion to approve consent agenda

Second –  Tyler Currie

Concorded

Head of School Updates:

  • UIP (Unified Improvement Plan) Update
    • Requirement of Colorado Department of Education
    • Goals available to all stakeholders
    • Horizons is on a Performance plan, meaning the school is doing well
    • Renew every 2 years
    • Met w/SAC
    • Former goals: ELA (Language Arts), SEL (Social Emotional)
    • Increase CMAS participation
    • Two goals (current)
      • Close achievement gap bet/students of color & white (lack of diversity, need culturally responsive teaching practices)
      • Close growth gap between ELA & math (time to give attention to math, need common math assessment)
    • Strategy- continue work w/WEAAC, and EDB Committee to expand diversity
    • Adopt schoolwide common assessment for math
      •  ⅚ classes are doing a math assessment and feedback is available immediately on computer
    • Susan Bennett of CDE has offered to look at UIP and make suggestions
  • Strategic Planning Update
    • The letter that will go out to the community was shared 
    • Event: World Cafe Fri, May 7
      • 8 different areas to be considered (where we are, history, and guiding questions)
      • 3 different topics can be chosen
      • April 26 meet with faculty to share synthesis documents and faculty participation
      • Look at how to measure priorities in next 3-5 years
      • Mexican food truck
      • Zoom option available

Finance Review Committee:

  • Tracking well on budget
  • Moved 80K from council to General Fund, FRC advising not to do that since we can accrue interest in not in Gen Fund
  •  Tracking ESSER and CARES funds
    • BVSD will reimburse tents through capital construction
  • ESSER 3 coming in 
    • Minimum of 20% of funds needs to be spent on recovering learning loss
    • Trying to get answer on what that means (covers things related to covid)
    • Maybe 150k (30k on recovering losing loss)
  • Previously, Board concorded to eliminate payout for unused faculty annual leave
    • A concession the teachers made last year when funding levels were expected to be significantly impacted by COVID
  • Board discussed reinstating annual leave payout  

Motion – Mike Ashmore

Motion to extend conversation

Second –  Lucas Ketzer

Concorded

  • Continued discussion, including impact to budget, proper procedure, incredible work of the teachers

Motion – Rachel Buckley

Motion to reinstate paid annual leave

Second –  Mike Ashmore

Concorded, Faculty Board Members Abstained

Charter contract and Head of School Evaluation:

Motion – Tyler Currie

Motion to move into executive session to discuss positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations regarding the charter contract pursuant to CRS 24-6-402 (4) (e); and to discuss personnel matters pursuant to 24-6-402(4)(f) C.R.S

Second –  Lucas Ketzer

Concorded

During executive session

Motion – Paul Ramer

Motion to extend executive session till 8:20

Second –  Tyler Currie

Concorded

Open session resumed at 820 PM

Motion – Tyler Currie

Motion to renew Lucas Ketzer as Head of School for 21-22

Second –  Paul Ramer

Concorded, Faculty Board Members Abstained

Motion – Tyler Currie

Motion to schedule a special Board meeting next Thurs 4/15 @ 5:15PM

Second –  Alex Osias

Concorded

Process Observer:

Kept mostly on time

Motion – Tyler Currie

Moves to adjourn @ 824 PM

Second –  Beth Coleman

Concorded

 

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