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04-18-05 BOT MinMINUTES OF THE WESTLAKE ACADEMY SPECIAL CALLED SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP AND MEETING APRIL 18, 2005 Present: Scott Bradley, President Buddy Brown, Member Bill Frey, Member Fred Held, Member Don Redding, Member Trent Petty, CEO Barbara Brizuela, Head of School Jean Dwinnell, Secretary Absent: Larry Sparrow, Member 1. CALL TO ORDER. President Bradley called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m. and announced a quorum. 2. PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING WESTLAKE ACADEMY STUDENT -PARENT HANDBOOK. President Bradley discussed setting public policies, equity for all, and explained that many drafts and discussions had taken place regarding the admissions policies. He explained in his own words the policy and advised that TEA rules govern "transfer students". He further explained that the process for transfer students requires a lottery and that the number of siblings and employee students has increased. President Bradley explained the lottery process. Chief Executive Officer Trent Petty explained the Board policies regarding admissions of siblings. President Bradley opened the public hearing. Mr. Alex Champagne and Ms. Melissa Sircar were present and discussion ensued regarding the 5 -year residency rule, natural born child vs. an adopted child, foster children, employee's children, grandchildren of founders, siblings of transfer students, and applying the policies consistently. Mr. Petty explained that every possible scenario cannot be addressed, that in the case of a tie, names would be drawn from a hat, and that the student list can be published on the Town's website. Discussion ensued regarding the date to publicize available spaces. It was the consensus of the Board to adjust the date to March 1st of each year due to the requirements of private schools. Discussion ensued regarding the student/teacher ratio. Mr. Petty advised that the staff does not recommend a change in the current policy. President Bradley closed the public hearing. 3. DISCUSS AMENDMENTS TO THE STUDENT -PARENT HANDBOOK. Chief Executive Officer Trent Petty recapped the proposed changes to the Handbook. 4. RECESS TO THE REGULAR MEETING. President Bradley adjourned the work session at 5:50 p.m. 5. CONVENE INTO THE REGULAR MEETING AT 4:00 P.M. President Bradley called the regular meeting to order at 5:50 p.m. 6. CONSIDER ANY ACTION RESULTING FROM THE WORKSHOP HELD APRIL 18, 2005. Mr. Redding moved, Mr. Brown seconded the motion to approve the policy changes as presented. There was no discussion and President Bradley declared the motion carried unanimously. 7. ADJOURNMENT. Mr. Brown moved, Mr. Held seconded the motion to adjourn. President Bradley declared the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 5:52 p.m. Approved by the School Board on Z , 2005. Scott Bradley, resident nTST: Jefn Dwinnell, TRMC, CMC, Secretary