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Minutes of Redding Board of Education, 10/05/2021

AGENDA: Redding Board of Education

RECEIVED 10/13/2021 2:03pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

John Read Middle School Community Room
October 5, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.
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Board members: Parkin, Whaley, Pilato, Hocker, Hoffman, Oulton, Reilly
Administration: McKinnon, Pierson Ugol, Scrofani
Others: 4 members of the staff and public, and the recording secretary.

C. Parkin called the Redding Board of Education Regular meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

Motion: move that the Redding Board of Education approve the minutes of September 9, 2021, Regular Meeting. (Reilly, Whaley). Approved. Unanimous.

Motion: move that the Redding Board of Education accept for a first reading, the proposed policy regarding School Climate and Bullying. (Reilly, Whaley). Approved. Unanimous.

Mike D’Agostino, Glenn Hill Road, said that hot lunches will again be free in the district this year and asked the Board to promote this offer. He said that the more lunches we give out, the more subsidies the District will receive.

C. Pilato thanked the PTAs and acknowledged JRMS PTA’s groundbreaking for the pavilion and said that it is impressive that volunteers can put this project together. She also said the information and communication that the RES PTA is putting together and sending out is practically professional, and she is grateful to them for sharing such important information.

H. Whaley thanked all staff members and the public for getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and for helping us get through this.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Pierson Ugol, presented a report to the Board on Teacher and Administrator Evaluation and Professional Development; Curriculum Update; Elementary Math; and, Safe School Climate. She spoke about the curriculum website saying that it will provide overviews of K-8, integrated language art, math and science curriculum, and 9-12 course of studies and 9-12 curriculum guides by course. Dr. Pierson Ugol said the website will provide a glimpse into our schools.

Redding Elementary School Interim Principal, S. Weirsman, said that she echoes the compliment to the PTA and that, as a school, they are emphasizing cooperation and being part of a community. She said they recently held the “Pinwheels for Peace” project and that it was very meaningful; the pinwheels are still in the ground in front of RES. Board members asked questions about assisting S. Weirsman with any needs and disparity between the projected and actual Kindergarten enrollment. S. Weirsman replied that if she or RES needed anything she would let the Board know, and Dr. McKinnon replied that he is interested in exploring the issue of Kindergarten enrollment.

John Read Middle School Principal, M. Ward, said that the groundbreaking on the outdoor classroom had occurred, and if all goes according to plan, they will be able to use the classroom in the spring. M. Ward noted that her report included the class sizes for each grade as requested at last month’s board meeting. M. Ward reported that: a new STEM program called “CyberPatriot” is coming to JRMS and will be taught by Mr. Homes; 8th grade Project Adventure is back; a Principal’s coffee was recently held; on October 15, the different high school options available to Redding students will be presented in a high school fair format; the Wingman program is back; and, that the school is busy and things seem usual, except that everyone is wearing masks. C. Pilato said that if there is anything the school needs, to let the Board know. C. Parkin said that we should consider our local resources and transportation allowances for field trips.

Supervisor of Special Services, J. Hankla, reported that the SpEd numbers are stable. She said that the State of Connecticut will start using a new I.E.P. format in July 2022 and that this new format: is called “CT SEDS; that teachers are being trained how to use it; it is an opportunity to have all information on students in one place; and that it is state funded.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jason McKinnon, and Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Pierson Ugol reported on the most recent administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessment and the NGSS Assessment for the District. He explained that there is a difference between formative and summative assessments, with formative having the greatest value in his opinion. Dr. McKinnon said that overall the District experienced a 5-10% decrease in ILA scores, and that this is consistent with the rest of the DRG A; and a 10-20% decrease in math scores, which is higher than the rest of DRG A. He said that the next steps will be to interpret the effect of COVID on learning, examine the fall assessment data, analyze student intervention data, provide targeted instruction, conduct cohort analysis, emphasize re-engagement and continue to deliver high-quality instruction.

Dr. McKinnon also reported that he had sent out a survey to all families in the District, in which he asked families to rank 10 suggested items in order of importance to them. He said of the 249 responses, the overwhelming top ranked item was high-quality instruction and student achievement. Dr. McKinnon said that he will survey families again in the near future.

Motion: move that the Redding Board of Education Regular meeting be adjourned. (Whaley, Oulton). Approved. Unanimous.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:08 p.m.

Submitted by Colleen Pilato
Secretary, Redding Board of Education

Recorded by Sarah Ota

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