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West Haven Community Council Minutes


February 12, 2018


Began: 5:02


Adjourned: 5:55


Sophie Paul


Heather Neilson


Lora Buss


Randon Reed


Betsy Holden


Darrin Heslop



    1. 1. Welcome and Call to Order – Sophie Paul


    1. 2. Approval of Last Meeting’s Minutes - Approval nominated by Sophie, Dani seconded


    1. 3. Review of 2017-18 School Plan  


    1. 4. Report on current Trust Land spending


    1. 5. Discuss the rough draft plan for the 2018-19 school year – Approval of draft plan nominated by Darrin, Randon seconded, six-member present voted to approve


    1. 6. Future Meetings – March 12th (if needed – plan due March 10th)

April 9th (if needed)




Review of 2017-2018 School Plan

    • Last piece of funding will go to aid salaries


    • 5% of the budget can be rolled over


    • If there is any left, rollover could be considered



Funding for next year’s plan

    • Heather presented a draft plan


    • Review of Reading Goal, currently 48.7%, which comes from the State and District

        • Betsy reported that the current percentage is 65.2%

        • The scores vary from year to year and we have always met the 48.7% goal and for the past two years have been in the low 60’s

        • Pathways of Progress gave a mid-year score for the first time

        • Some low-level readers are making well above typical progress

        • Determined that we would like to have a goal higher that the district and state recommendation

        • Decided to set goal of 58%, 10 % above the current recommendation

        • Aid salaries are $2600 per year with a 5% increase each year


    • Review of training budget proposal

        • 8 teachers/staff attended Dibels Training

        • Draft proposal includes broader language for PLC training which will allow for bringing training here instead of always sending people to conferences

        • Midland Elementary may want to participate and help pay for training


    • Review of proposal to fund SPIRE reading program

        • There are gaps in treasures reading curriculum to meet core standards.   Teachers are supplementing in their classrooms to fill those gaps.

        • Heather and Betsy went to Layton Elementary, which has similar demographics, and observed the reading program with kindergarten students

        • Layton Elementary is using a program called SPIRE for their Tier II reading students and are seeing very positive results

        • The SPIRE program is very scripted and goes from K-5 (current program utilizes different programs for different grades)

        • Cost to purchase would be $8000

            • $5000 one-time materials

            • $3000 training

        • We discussed that we would not have to eliminate anything from our budget to implement this as our budget has increased for next year

Review of request from community for SEM

    • This would be an enrichment program for students that are above benchmark and need to be challenged


    • Cost would be $2600 for 1 hour per day (roughly each grade for ½ hour per week


    • So far, research into grants requires affiliation with computer-based programs


    • District doesn’t currently offer funding for “gifted and talented” program, they want it incorporated into the regular classroom by dividing students by skill level


    • Committee decided not to fund this program

        • Determined that reading is a higher priority and if additional funding becomes available an additional reading aid will be hired


    • Will look at options for after-school clubs and keep searching for grants

        • Most likely will need to pay for individuals to run these programs

        • Could charge a small fee for these programs

        • PTA ran some programs in the past, but it was difficult to find volunteers


    • Some programs that are going to be started include:

        • Diana Farley is going to start teaching a coding class

        • Robotics club will be funded by a grant


    • Great success with Maker Space Program

        • Heather as been invited to a training in TX the first week of March due to the success of the program this year

Review of Math Goal

    • Duplication last year and keep at 80%

Review of Equipment Funding

    • Continue to pay for Chromebooks

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