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04-24-06 BOT MinWESTLAKE ACADEMY SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING APRIL 24, 2006 PRESENT: President Bradley and Board Members Bill Frey, Buddy Brown, Fred Held, Don Redding, and Larry Sparrow ABSENT: None OTHERS PRESENT: CEO Trent Petty, Head of School Barbara Brizuela, DPS Director Don Wilson, Secretary Jean Dwinnell, Finance Director Debbie Piper, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs Carolyn Sims, Facilities and Recreation Director Troy Meyer, and Executive Assistant Ginger Awtry 1. CALL TO ORDER. President Bradley called the meeting to order at 4:03 p.m. and explained the purpose of the meeting. Mr. Dave Lieber announced that The Black Cow had received a Distinguished Merit Award in a competition similar to UIL and that five of the paper's staff members received awards as well. The Black Cow was only one of seven middle schools in Texas to achieve Distinguished Merit. 2. FURTHER DISCUSSION OF RESOLUTION NO. 06-06, UPDATING THE WESTLAKE ACADEMY STRATEGIC PLAN WITH NEW GOALS AND OBJECTIVES DESIGNED TO FUTHER IMPROVE THE EDUCATION EXPERIENCE AND ACTION THEREON. Ms. Brizuela expressed her concerns regarding the memo authored by CEO Trent Petty and posted to the Westlake Academy website. She reviewed the goals and objectives from the Strategic. Plan and advised that improvements have been made and will continue to be made. Ms. Bowie expressed her concern regarding the memo authored by CEO Trent Petty, stating that she was confused as to the purpose of posting the memo to the Academy's website. She advised the Board that the PYP staff is not complacent and that there is always room for improvement. Mr. Jenkins echoed Ms. Bowie and Ms. Brizuela and stated that he took great offense to the memo authored by Mr. Petty. He stated that work is always being done to improve, but that he was disappointed in the memo, as it concentrated on the complaints and not accomplishments. Approximately ten parents expressed their concerns regarding the purpose of the memo. They also commented about the public workshops, the previous review of the Strategic Plan by the Board, time adjustment for the meetings to accommodate the parents, communication, the large number of happy parents as it relates to the small number of unhappy ones, addressing concerns, and the need for each parent to look at what's best for each of their individual students. Ms. Becky Rogers thanked the Board for their service and expressed her thanks to them for addressing mistakes as they arise. She also thanked the Westlake Academy teachers and Ms. Brizuela for their contributions to the Academy. Ms. Rogers stated that the curriculum in Westlake Academy has made her, as a parent, let go and allow her children to grow and take responsibility. President Bradley advised that Ms. Brizuela's memorandum would serve as the starting point to create the first draft of changes to the Strategic Plan. He further advised that, at least, one additional workshop would be held that would allow input from the parents and citizens prior to finalization of the document. Mr. Bradley explained that if teachers, parents, or citizens want to make oral statements they will be able to do that at the next public workshop, but also that written comments or statements could be submitted to Ms. Brizuela. President Bradley reminded the audience that the Town of Westlake is celebrating its 50th birthday all this year, and invited them to participate in one or more of the public functions to be held throughout the year. 3. ADJOURNMENT. Mr. Sparrow moved to adjourn. Mr. Brown seconded the motion. Ayes: Messrs. Frey, Brown, Held, Redding, and Sparrow Nays: None President Bradley declared the motion carried unanimously and declared the meeting adjourned at 6:04 p.m. Approved by the Westlake Academy School Board on mail 12006. Scott Bradley, Aresident ATTEST: J �Dwinnell, Secretary