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Agenda Review 4-17-13

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Agenda Review Meeting Summary

Attended: Brentley, Hazuda, Holley, Isler, Fink, Sumpter
Absent: Colaizzi, McCrea, and Shealey

Also in attendance were 23 PPS staff members, 4 Board Watch volunteers, 2 School Board candidates, and Eleanor Chute from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. 

The meeting started at 6:50 PM (20 minutes late) and ended at 8:15 PM.

The items summarized below will be voted on by the board at the next legislative meeting on Wednesday, April 24th at 7:30pm.

Do you want more details? The full board packet of all agenda items can be found HERE
Do you want to hear the comments of Board members? Video archives of Board meetings can be found HERE.

Education Committee Agenda Items:

Some of the items the board will be voting on next week will be:

  • Hiring two parents as consultants to work on Take Your Father to School Day
  • Purchasing new text books for 3rd,4th, 9th, and 10th grade to increase rigor of reading materials and align with the common core standards
  • Renewal of Environmental Charter School charter
  • To accept a KABOOM playground at Greenfield K-8 if the PTO’s proposal is accepted
  • Send the Allderdice Science Olympiad Team to the State competition later this month; the team won the regional competition – Congrats Allderdice students!
  • Expanding the Online Academy to grades 4 and 5
  • Changes to the math curriculum so that Everyday Math 3 will be the core program and components of the Envision curriculum will supplement.  This is being recommended to better align with the common core standards.
  • Sharing the decrease in Title I expenses (savings) with non public schools through the AIU#3 and the Mt. Oliver Intermediate Unit.
  • Extend a consulting contract for work on the Teaching and Learning Environment elements of the EET plan.  Consultant fees are being supported by a grant from the Heinz Endowments.

Business and Finance Committee Items:

The board will be voting on numerous contracts next week with contractors or consultants for mostly construction maintenance work at schools.  Contracts total $3.5 million, of which $1.2 million are being awarded to minority and women owned businesses.  $800,000 in contracts is being awarded to minority owned businesses.

As reported in the Post Gazette the district is purchasing intruder locks for classrooms and office doors for a cost of $782,802.

Implications for Achieving Educational Equity: 

The Board will vote on several measures to align coursework and materials to the State Common Core Standards.  These new standards provide an opportunity to increase the rigor and critical thinking skills of all of our students.  In addition to curriculum and materials, we need to make sure our teachers and school staff are adequately supported to teach the more rigorous content.