Parent Advisory Committee to the Superintendent

Meeting Summary Notes: April 23, 2018


Meeting Summary Notes are intended to serve as the superintendentís reflection on the discussions that occur during advisory committee meetings.They are not intended to be exhaustive.Instead, they are intended to serve as a general record for our on-going efforts to assess our needs, determine our goals, map out our strategies, and evaluate our policies, procedures and programs.Participants should contact the superintendent if they observe any critical oversight or misinterpretation.


Participants present:Jessica Bowyer (CES), Robert Tucker (AHS), Mary Donnan (CMS), Lorie Bess (Administrative Assistant), and Eugene Kotulka (Superintendent).


1.    Mr. Kotulka reported there is no budget news from the General Assembly at this time.

2.    Mr. Kotulka discussed Responsive Classroom and noted the program is in its 4th year and has shown positive results.He noted there is more interaction between the students and teachers and more focus on personalized learning.

3.    Mr. Kotulka discussed the New Tech program noting it is more than project-based learning, it is a change in culture.He noted SOLs are still incorporated in the program, which begins with 9th and 10th graders.The students are involved and collaborate with the community.

4.    Mr. Kotulka stated Chromebooks would be available for grades 1-4 this fall but they will not be taken home with students.He noted funds to purchase Chromebooks are not part of the operating budget but come from textbook funds and VPSA funds.

5.    Mr. Kotulka discussed school safety.He noted he recently met with parents and realized they were not fully aware of our current safety plans.He explained we want to keep our parents informed but sometimes there are rumors in the community and those do not warrant any type of announcement from the school division.Each case is fully investigated and parents will be notified if there is a true safety issue.He noted all schools would be going through a school safety audit the next week to ensure all doors are locked and everyone is wearing their ID badge.He emphasized the best defense is a locked door.He reported entrances all schools will be renovated so that anyone coming in will go straight to the office.

6.    Mr. Kotulka discussed moving to a 10-point grading scale. Parents and teachers have mentioned this because other divisions use it and they feel it puts our students at a disadvantage when comparing GPAs.Mr. Kotulka replied he would bring a group together to discuss this and encouraged feedback from parents and teachers.

7.    Mr. Kotulka discussed 9-week grading periods. He reminded parents this would require teachers to do mid-terms and he isnít sure if they want to do that.He asked participants to poll their fellow parents to get some feedback on this and report back to him.


The meeting ended at 7:10 p.m.

NEXT MEETING:This was the last meeting of the year.Meetings will resume again in September 2018.


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