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November 13, 2018 - High School Scheduling Committee

Agenda

Goal: to vote for a schedule to recommend to the superintendent; provide additional input for recommendation.

Approve meeting minutes.

Discussion on 3 schedules pulled forward (Opportunity to discuss impacts on facilities, etc.)

Final thoughts on schedules before vote is taken (each committee member gives thoughts).

Discussion on closed ballot voting procedures

 Vote: closed ballot 

  • If a schedule has 80% of the vote, then a discussion is had to give input for Josh and Donna who write the recommendation to be presented to the superintendent at the school board meeting on December 12, 2018.Not at 80%? Discussion. Once more around the horn. Vote again.
  • If the vote does not meet 80% threshold, additional discussion will take place and committee members will have an opportunity to discuss further. After that, a second vote would take place.
  • If second vote meets the 80% threshold, the committee will discuss input on how the recommendation will be written and presented to the Superintendent.
  •  If no schedule has met the 80% threshold after second vote, the committee will discuss how to summarize their work for the Superintendent.

Adjourn

High School Scheduling Committee Team Members

  • Andrea McCormick (Principal, Issaquah High School)
  • Sean Martin (Principal, Liberty High School)
  • Alicia Mitchell (Assistant Principal, Skyline High School)
  • Jen Martinson (Counselor, Issaquah High School)
  • Henry Level (English Teacher, Liberty High School)
  • Ami Williams (Math Teacher, Skyline High School)
  • Mark Buchli (IEA Representative and Science Teacher, Liberty High School)
  • Stacy Heller (Parent Representative, Issaquah High School)
  • Mitzi Widdows (Parent Representative, Liberty High School)
  • Shawna Borichewski (Parent Representative, Skyline High School)

Technical Team

  • Josh Almy (Deputy Superintendent)
  • Donna Hood (Principal, Skyline High School and Incoming Executive Director of High School Education)
  • Martin Turney (Executive Director of Operations)
  • Ruth Moen (Group Facilitator)

Meeting Minutes

Goal: Vote for a schedule to recommend to the superintendent and provide input for that recommendation.

Approve meeting minutes

  • Approved

Discussion on final 3 schedule options

  • Facilities consideration for staffing adjustments for new schedules. Current facilities are at capacity for physical space and support will be needed as staff is added.
    • Adding FTE likely means shared space (classrooms or common space for prep). IHS and SHS already share space. The budget includes funds needed to prepare space for adjustments.
  • Teacher transitions will be tight on a modified schedule. Sharing classrooms may present challenges moving from one classroom to another with more transitions.
    • Using more portables may be needed where possible.
    • Fourth high school will likely impact SHS and ISHS most but numbers at LHS will likely stay the same so the solution to creating physical space for a new schedule will need to be more permanent.
  • Will the new schedule impact LHS by reducing programs and teachers?
    • Net staff will roughly increase by 11 if LHS moved to a modified 7 period schedule
    • 40% of current students currently have guided studies, waivers, TA’s, etc. in their schedule so an academic class will likely not be impacted, but other classes could.
    • It is not anticipated that there would be a loss to current programs.
    • Master scheduling decisions will be enrollment (student registration) driven.
    • ROTC program – current enrollment numbers are at the minimum required by the Navy. The triple credit nature of this class could result in increased enrollment but it is difficult to predict the impact of a new schedule on this program.

Final thoughts on schedules before vote is taken (each committee member gives thoughts).

  • Many unknowns can be solved by cooperation and creative problem solving with administrators and teachers. There is inequity in workload between the 3 high schools. This inequity can be fixed with a similar schedule at all three schools. Prep time can be increased at all three high schools by moving to a 7 period schedule.
  • It will be difficult to please all stakeholders. Every solution presents a balance and compromise but the committee needs to use data driven decision-making.
  • Liberty families are passionate about the schedule change process.
  • The feedback received from LHS staff, students, and community has been that a change would be hard. The committee needs to stay focused on the best schedule down the road for students. 
  • Majority of community feedback has been around the impact of a schedule change on students.
  • It is a challenge having one high school on a different schedule.
  • A rotating 8 period schedule is not similar to a college schedule as a typical college student would not take 8 classes in a term. Similar schedules at all three high schools would result in more efficiency.
  • Much of the conversation around schedule changes began with emotional reactions. All of our schools are doing excellent work that impact students in a positive way. We will continue to do great work for our students. Any schedule changes will increase our ability to best serve students, but there is no way to make all happy. The best thinking and reasoning will result in the best outcome for students. Passion associated with a particular schedule does not imply that a new schedule cannot have those same benefits. 
  • Staff want consistent contact time to meet the academic needs of students.
  • Regarding contact time with student, research says there are too many variables to quantify this impact and nowhere does it indicate that increasing contact time will yield better results for students.
  • Even though there have been many community members who have expressed their opinions on schedules, there is still a lot of work to do in educating the community on the pro’s and con’s of the schedules we are looking at.

Conversation on how closed ballot voting will be conducted

Closed Ballot Vote taken

Votes Counted

Results:

  • Eight votes for 7 period modified block with 2 days blocking
  • One vote for LHS 8 period A/B schedule
  • One vote for 7 period mod with 2 days blocking for SHS and IHS and LHS remains on current schedule

Things that should be included in the recommendation to the Superintendent:

  • The schedule strikes a balance with student contact and depth of content covered. It gives students more choices, collaboration amongst staff helps students in the long term. Sharing staff between buildings will help students get more choices. It increases opportunities for kids to meet graduation requirements and allows for interest/exploration and academic skills. 
  • The 7 period schedule brings equity between caseload of 3 high schools.
  • A 7 period schedule benefits adults and students – more prep time and fewer students will increase feedback to students.
  • Increases student access to teachers and creates opportunities for SEL during flex time
  • While this is a departure for all schools, if it wasn’t for the passion of the LHS community, we may not have appreciated the importance of access to additional opportunities for students and the benefit of blocked class time. There are no winners and losers.
  • Important to stay positive and to not compare this committee’s work to past experiences.
  • Include the need to educate staff and community as to how this will be accomplished and how facilities will need to change.
  • Flex time is important in trying to preserve instructional time, access to counseling, and SEL.
  • Schools should have the ability to determine what flex time looks like specifically in their building.

Draft will be forwarded to committee the Week of Nov. 26.

Adjourn

High School Scheduling Committee Team Members

  • Andrea McCormick (Principal, Issaquah High School)
  • Sean Martin (Principal, Liberty High School)
  • Alicia Mitchell (Assistant Principal, Skyline High School)
  • Jen Martinson (Counselor, Issaquah High School)
  • Henry Level (English Teacher, Liberty High School)
  • Ami Williams (Math Teacher, Skyline High School)
  • Mark Buchli (IEA Representative and Science Teacher, Liberty High School)
  • Stacy Heller (Parent Representative, Issaquah High School)
  • Mitzi Widdows (Parent Representative, Liberty High School)
  • Shawna Borichewski (Parent Representative, Skyline High School)

Technical Team

  • Josh Almy (Deputy Superintendent)
  • Donna Hood (Executive Director of High School Education)
  • Martin Turney (Executive Director of Operations)
  • Ruth Moen (Group Facilitator)