School Improvement Team

LLCA School Improvement Team Minutes

Meeting Date- 9/6/2017

1. Call to Order by Ben Gabin – Chair

Present: Ms. Jones, Dr. Watson, Ms. Surratt, Ms. Barnes, Mr. Keller, Ms. Edgerton, Ms. Cohen, Ms. Wright, Ms. Searcy, Mr. White
2. Officers: As elected: Chair – Mr. Gabin,  ViceChair – Ms. Searcy,  Secretary – Mr. Keller
3.   Title I Update (Dr Watson):  Review and discussion of how to best utilize the funds.
4. AdvancED accreditation update – Mr. Keever: – A readiness assessment will be made in the next few weeks.
5. Review on Goals: Mr. Gabin/Dr. Watson (handout), followed by discussion
6. Next Meeting Monday Oct 2. 3:30 – 4:30
7. Meeting Adjourned

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LLCA School Improvement Team Minutes

Meeting Date- 10/4/2017
Call to Order by Ben Gabin – Chair
Present: Dr. Watson, Ms. Cohen, Ms. Sarratt, Mr. Keever, Mr. Gabin, Ms. Dawkins, Ms.    Barnes, Mr. White, Ms. Edgerton
Not Present: Ms. Wright, Ms. James, Mr. Keller, Mr. Lampson, Ms. Jones, Ms. Pace

Officers: As elected: Chair – Mr. Gabin,  ViceChair – Ms. Searcy,  Secretary – Mr. Keller

Dr. Watson presented our historical state assessment results that include Reading EOG and Math EOG for 3rd through 8th grade, Science EOG for 5th and 8th grade, and EOC for Math 1, English II, and Biology.  Also, included during her presentation was the School Performance Data comparing the 2015-16 and 2016-17 scores for Reading, Math, Science, Math I, English II, Biology, ACT, Math Rigor, and CGR and that these scores make up the “Achievement Score” which counts as 80% of the School Performance Grade.

Dr. Watson presented the School Improvement Plan for 2016-2019 and communicated that the plan created last year by the SIT as a 3 year plan, but that the SIT will revise and update the plan as needed.  At this meeting, SIT will be addressing the changes needed to update the School Improvement Plan for the 2017-2018 school year.
Items in School Improvement Plan that were reviewed/revised:
LLCA Contact Information – No changes
Leadership Team – No changes
Mission Statement – No changes
School Improvement Team members – Changes:  Barbara Cohen added as teacher representative, Margo Jones committee position changed from “Parent Representative” to “Support Staff Representative”.  Discussion was conducted regarding the need for Parent Representatives on the SIT.  The Team explored the idea of having a parent from secondary and elementary represented on the SIT and asking Helen Pace (PTO president) to communicate to parents the need for these two positions.
NCSBE Guiding Principles – no changes
Lake Lure Classical Academy Board of Education Goals – No goals were applied to plan previous school year, no changes made currently.
School Profile – Dr. Watson made updates to student demographics, grade level enrollment, and staff to be current with the 2017-18 school year.
Comprehensive Needs Assessment – Data updated
Dr. Watson presented two bar graphs on Reading and Mathematics MAP Growth in terms of comparing the observed and projected.
Areas of Strength –
Academics:  Added Tutoring program, included “art” with comprehensive music program, and added After School Clubs.  Discussion about Mimio’s that are not working due to lightning strikes.  Mr. Keever communicated that the insurance claim on those non-working units.  Added:  Open Multiple graduation tracks, Block Schedule, High school course catalog.
Stakeholders:  Added Partnership with Chimney Rock, Mountain Branch Library, Lake Lure Baptist Church, Bills Mountain, and LLCEF.
School Safety:  Added school safety drills conducted, sign in/out for visitors (lobbyguard), and surveillance in buses and hallways.
School Climate – No changes
Opportunities for Improvement –
Math:  Dates changed and grade levels changed in opening paragraph, Create pacing guides to allow for the common benchmark assessments – changed to specifically address secondary, “secondary” removed from “Provide secondary math remediation for students below grade level”, “Proved each secondary math classroom with graphing calculators” – removed, added “New Math Program – Engage New York K-8”.
Reading:  no changes
High School Curriculum:  Removed all bulleted points.  Added Professional development for teaching in a block schedule and Harry Wong PD videos.
Discipline/Behavior: Removed “develop a Safety Committee/Plan”, “Install surveillance system”, and “conduct safety drills”.  Mr. Keever discussed the cost of a School Resource Officer ($57,000) and his request/proposal for this position to the School Board, also he mentioned the investment of $4,000 in “special” mulch for playground has been purchased to increase the safety of the playground.
Present members divided into groups to update/revise the Student Achievement, Stakeholder Involvement, and School Climate sections of the School Improvement Plan.
Members submitted to Dr. Watson their proposed changes so that they may be added and discussed at future SIT meeting with the goal of presenting the revised School Improvement Plan at the next faculty meeting.
Next Meeting:  Not yet set
Meeting Adjourned (4:40 P.M.)
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LLCA School Improvement Team Minutes

Meeting Date- 11/1/17
Call to Order by Ben Gabin – Chair

Present: Dr. Watson, Mr. Keever, Ms. Edgerton, Mr. White, Mr. Gabin, Mrs. Searcy, Mrs. Dawkins, and Mrs. Sarratt
Not Present: Ms. Wright, Ms. James, Mr. Keller, Mr. Lampson, Ms. Jones, Ms. Pace, Mrs. Barnes, Mrs. Cohen

Officers: As elected: Chair – Mr. Gabin,  ViceChair – Ms. Searcy,  Secretary – Mr. Keller

Mr. Keever presented the AdvancED Diagnostic for Accreditation to the School Improvement Team.  Mr. Keever, Mr. White, Dr. Watson, and Mrs. Edgerton shared in the answering of the Domain category questions in the Diagnostic Instrument.

Mr. Keever presented the Leadership Capacity Domain:  Standards, Strengths/Accomplishments, Weaknesses/Areas For Improvement, Opportunities/Action Steps, and Challenges/Limitations.
Mr. White and Mrs. Edgerton presented the Learning Capacity Domain: Standards, Strengths/Accomplishments, Weaknesses/Areas For Improvement, Opportunities/Action Steps, and Challenges/Limitations.
Dr. Watson presented the Resource Capacity Domain:   Standards, Strengths/Accomplishments, Weaknesses/Areas For Improvement, Opportunities/Action Steps, and Challenges/Limitations.
The “Assurances” and “Conclusion” sections of the Diagnostic were not presented during the meeting but the full AdvancED Diagnostic for Accreditation  document was shared via Google Drive to all members of the School Improvement Team
School Improvement Team was asked to review and comment on the shared document for the Domain sections:  Strengths/Accomplishments, Weaknesses/Areas For Improvement, Opportunities/Action Steps, and Challenges/Limitations.

SIT plans to complete the Diagnostic Instrument and have it approved by the SIT by the next SIT meeting.

Dr. Watson presented the Surveys and Inventories tool that are available through the AdvancED program for our school to utilize to gather data and examine our practices.  There are surveys and inventories that are for students (elementary and secondary:  grade level appropriate), parents, and staff.  The surveys were defined as a means to examine experiences, and the inventories were defined as a means to describe “what you do”.
Mr. Keever motioned that we have student and staff surveys and inventories completed during school hours, and parent surveys and inventories be sent out before Thanksgiving Break (11/22 – 11/24).  Mrs Edgerton seconded the motion.
Mr. Keever recommended holding a staff meeting next Tuesday, November 8th, for staff to complete the survey and inventory.
Dr. Watson suggested giving the same surveys and inventories next November, so that we would have data for comparison.

Next Meeting:  Not yet set
Meeting Adjourned (4:20 P.M.)