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06-12-06 BOT MinMINUTES OF THE WESTLAKE ACADEMY SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP JUNE 129 2006 PRESENT: President Bradley and Board Members Bill Frey, Buddy Brown, and Larry Sparrow ABSENT: Board Members Fred Held and Don Redding OTHERS PRESENT: Head of School Barbara Brizuela, Secretary Jean Dwinnell, Finance Director Debbie Piper, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs Carolyn Sims, and Facilities and Recreation Director Troy Meyer 1. CALL TO ORDER. President Bradley called the meeting to order at 5:15 p.m. 2. DISCUSS PROPOSED ADDITIONS AND AMENDMENTS TO THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE 2010 STRATEGIC PLAN (SEE THE ATTACHED DRAFT STATEMENT WHICH WILL FORM THE BASIS FOR THE DISCUSSION). President Bradley explained the status and the process for the Goals and Objectives of the 2010 Strategic Plan, and advised that the Board had previously conducted a workshop to receive input from parents, teachers and the public. He then opened the floor for discussion. There was no discussion from the Board members. President Bradley then opened the meeting up to comments by the public and invited all comments, suggestions and information as the public may wish to present concerning the proposed additions and amendments to the Goals and Objectives of the 2010 Strategic Plan. Ms. Randi Moran, 1605 Sleepy Hollow Court, Westlake, requested an explanation of "diversity" or "differentiation" and how "special needs" children are handled. Ms. Brizuela explained that "differentiation" is the same as "gifted and talented" in other public schools, but that the program is offered to all students at Westlake Academy. She further explained that Westlake Academy is a public school, so access to "special needs" children cannot be denied; that the staff tries to mainstream the students as much as possible, but that there is a "special needs" teacher contracted to work with the students when necessary. Ms. Debra Graves, 20 Wyck Hill Lane, asked if the curriculum in the MYP Math would be changed for the school year 2006-2007. Ms. Brizuela advised that there would be no fundamental changes. Ms. Kate O'Donnell, Alliance Regional News, raised questions regarding how a "gifted and talented" student is identified and the type of testing that is used. Ms. Brizuela advised that different tests are performed, and teacher and parent recommendations are considered in evaluating these students. President Bradley stated that every student should learn what is on the TAKS tests plus a lot more and that Westlake Academy teaches students to research and find answers. He asked Ms. Brizuela to explain the faculty change regarding the MYP Math. Ms. Brizuela reviewed the credentials of the new staff hired to teach in the Math department for 2006/2007. President Bradley read a statement from Ms. Laura Wheat regarding the Parents Task Force and the importance of everyone working together. President Bradley explained that he and the Board are always open to suggestions and that they are always trying to improve Westlake Academy. Ms. Brizuela echoed President Bradley's statement and advised that she too has the desire and willingness to improve. President Bradley advised that a lot of parents had input as well as staff into the goals and objectives proposed for approval and further advised that the Board is always interested in hearing from anyone with expertise. 3. ADJOURNMENT. Mr. Brown moved to adjourn. Mr. Frey seconded the motion. Ayes: Messrs. Frey, Brown, and Sparrow Nays: None President Bradley declared the motion carried unanimously and declared the meeting adjourned at 5:44 p.m. Approved by the Westlake Academy School Board on J uYl Z (o 2006. Scott Bradle , President ATTEST: Je Dwinnell, TRMC, CMC, Town Secretary MINUTES OF THE WESTLAKE ACADEMY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING JUNE 12, 2006 PRESENT: President Bradley and Board Members Bill Frey, Buddy Brown, and Larry Sparrow ABSENT: Board Members Fred Held and Don Redding OTHERS PRESENT: Head of School Barbara Brizuela, 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 6:02 p.m. 2. CITIZENS' PRESENTATIONS. Ms. Christine Smith, 800 Parkdale Ct., Southlake, explained that during a visit to the Academy by one of our U. S. Senator's wives, President Bradley and wife Kelly were wearing "visitor" badges. Ms. Smith presented "School Board" name tags to each of the Board members. President Bradley and Board Members Brown, Frey, and Sparrow each thanked Ms. Smith and asked that she convey their appreciation to the House of Commons for this thoughtful gesture. 3. CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. 06-06A - ADDITIONS AND AMENDMENTS TO THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE 2010 STRATEGIC PLAN. President Bradley explained the proposed Resolution. Ms. Brizuela explained that changes had been made under Objective "F," Objective "G," and that Objective "I" had been added. Mr. Sparrow moved to approve Resolution 06-06A. Mr. Brown seconded the motion and thanked the staff and parents for attending the meetings and workshops. There was no further discussion and the vote on the motion was as follows: Ayes: Messrs. Frey, Brown, and Sparrow Nays: None President Bradley declared the motion carried unanimously. 4. CONSENT AGENDA. A. Review and approve minutes of the Board meeting held May 8, 2006 and Workshop held May 22, 2006 B. Review and approve any outstanding bills. Mr. Frey moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Mr. Sparrow seconded the motion. Ayes: Members Frey, Brown, and Sparrow Nays: None President Bradley declared the motion carried unanimously. 5. ADJOURNMENT. Mr. Brown moved to adjourn. Mr. Frey seconded the motion. Ayes: Members Frey, Brown, and Sparrow Nays: None President Bradley declared the motion carried unanimously and declared the meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m. Approved by the Westlake Academy School Board on L, y1 2 , 2006. ATTEST: J n Dwinnell, Secretary Scott Bradle , President