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LCPS SB Meeting 12/13/22 “Bites” From Tiffany Polifko, Current LCPS SB Member Broad Run and Former PACT VP

 

 

**All comments below were written by Tiffany Polifko and are posted on her LCPS SB Facebook page**

12/13/22 School Board Meeting Bites:
 
Grand Jury Recommendation Work Session: The following are my personal opinions and do not represent the School Board as a whole:
 
  • It will take far more than policy amendments and training to properly address the failures of LCPS in the wake of the sexual assaults. While I can make recommendations as a board member, personnel actions are ultimately in Interim Superintendent Dr. Daniel Smith’s purview.
  • It would be in the board’s best interest to waive attorney-client privilege and release the internal review conducted by B & K.
  • More bureaucracy and administrative positions won’t fix school-based problems. We need to identify the breakdown of management at the most local level, understand why it occurred, demand accountability for all those involved in those decisions, including senior level administrators, and rebuild leadership from the bottom up.
  • LCSO has released a timeline that has proven their appropriate communication with LCPS. The timeline was not included among the exhibits in the grand jury report, and I felt it was important to share this information during the work session.
 
Advisory Committee Update:
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Quarterly Update Top concerns from April 2022:
  • Teacher shortage
  • Behavior
  • Capping of services: IEP teams unable to provide needed services 2022-2023 community concerns:
  • Combining of self-contained programs
  • Teachers and teacher asst shortages
  • ASL not available at all schools
 
Budget requests:
  • Teacher retention: funding for training, proactive coaching for new teachers, increase pay rate for compensatory education and extracurricular activities
 
Transition planning:
  • Funding outfitting of independent learning labs
  • Revise transition teacher responsibilities: Teachers should attend annual IEPS from 8th grade through graduation
  • Concerns with transitioning: High schools have transition teacher (1 per cluster) who typically start attending IEPs in later high school to ensure that they begin the process earlier.
  • Revise SIF model: Current is only a coaching model, and this would allow for direct services to be provided for teachers
  • ASL available to all high schools in a year-long format
  • Communication: printed resources and materials to parents to assist with prep and understanding of the IEP process
 
LCPS News:
  • Year of the Educator Celebrated Woodgrove Nutrition Team Member
  • Rock Ridge Performing Arts wins state championship
  • PROPEL and Level Up students practiced robotics skills at academies of Loudoun’s Hour of Code
  • Classical students participated in Virginia Junior Classical League State Convention
  • Briar Woods: W!se Platinum Star Award (high scores on financial literacy test)
  • Amanda Farhi: nominated for 2022 2023 National LifeChanger of the Year Award
 
Action Items:
  • Department of Support Services: Fiscal Year 2024 – Fiscal Year 2029 Capital Improvement Program and Capital Asset Preservation Program Budgets
  • Motion to add $500,000 to FY 25 budget for improvements to schools for electronic signs (5-3-1) with Morse, Beatty, and Polifko opposed with Corbo absent for the vote.
  • Base motion to adopt the CIP and CAPP passed unanimously 8-0 Corbo absent for the vote
  • Department of Support Services: Eastern Loudoun, Ashburn and Central
  • Loudoun Secondary School Attendance Zone Changes:
    • The board ultimately adopted the Morse Plan with the following amendments: CL06 from LCHS to Tuscarora, EL 36.1 and 36.2 from Parkview to Riverside, and DN 10.2 to Trailside/Stonebridge
    • Passed 4-2-1 with Polifko and Beatty opposed, Mahedavi abstaining, and Corbo and Reaser absent for the vote
  • Discipline Committee: Policy 8260, Reporting of Student Conduct
  • Move back to committee for other clarifications to be made
  • Passed unanimously 8-0 with Ms. Corbo absent on the vote
  • HRTD Committee: Policy 7314, Duties and Responsibilities of Teachers Passed unanimously 7-0 with Ms. Corbo and Reaser absent for the vote
  • Department of Instruction: English Language Arts Textbook/Resource Adoption Recommendations (Wonders) I spoke about my personal concerns related to this curriculum.
  • Bloated basal (lots of content may be difficult for teachers to navigate)
  • Phonemic awareness instruction insufficient to develop isolation and manipulation skills
  • Insufficient practice time for developing fluency with decoding words in first and second grade (without fluency there is no comprehension)
  • Lack of opportunity for repeated reading of texts
  • Content relies on background knowledge rather than building knowledge systematically
  • EL resources are cumbersome for teachers because of an overabundance and little direction about prioritizing
  • EL students need foundational skills, and this program isn’t clear I made a motion to direct staff to develop a contingency plan to wait for the approved list (from VDOE) prior to adoption. The motion passed unanimously 7-0 with Corbo and Reaser absent for the vote.

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