This is a summary of the business conducted at this week's WCSD's Regular Board of Trustees Meeting. You can also watch the previously recorded meeting here: YouTube Link
Consent Agenda Business:
The Progressive Discipline Plan in accordance with NRS 392 was approved with the amendment that Superintendent McNeill would review data with the board regarding the plans effectiveness before the end of the 2021 school year.
The $41.8 million dollar Rio Wrangler area Elementary School project was approved by the Capital Funding Protection Committee and the Board of Trustees.
The Redistricting Committed presented several options to the Board to adjust for the population boundaries between District A and D. District A grew by 5.58% while District D dropped by -6.13%. The option adopted by the Board was to move boundaries around both Huffaker Elementary School and Smithridge Elementary School from District A to District D. The change would transfer 9,411 residents to District D. The new district boundaries would take effect for the 2022 elections. Approved.
Another population boundary adjustment was approved between At Large Districts F & G. The option moves 5,709 residents from District F to District G. The areas impacted are along Virginia Avenue and a portion off Wells Avenue.
The Superintendent directed the staff to come back with additional options for boundary adjustments to Districts B, C & E.
English Language Development Site Facilitator model was discussed. This is a positive program designed to assist in training and preparing staff for schools with heavy ESL populations. It is a voluntary program.
There was a presentation from the Student Information System (SIS), Infinite Campus. 2017 the State of Nevada mandated the entire state adopt Infinite Campus as their SIS.
Some key information was about access and security on Infinite Campus. Not all employees have access to all of a students information, it is limited to job function.
Several important questions asked were:
Who owns the data? The School District
Is student data sold? No
Is the data shared? Yes
Have there been security breaches here in Washoe County? No
How long is the data stored? Forever
Who pays for the continued storage? WCSD
Does Data go overseas? No
John Eppolito, of Protect Nevada Children, raised concerns about the problematic student data stored forever such as discipline, medical, counseling including psychiatric, and MTSS (multi-tier support system).
The selection process for a new Superintendent was discussed (Superintendent McNeill will retire after this school year). The timeline was approved to have a new Superintendent in place by the end of June 2022. The Board also approved the staff to search for a National Facilitator to help in the search for a new Superintendent.
The Covid 19 mitigation measures were discussed and the risk meter has dropped from very high to high. The Superintendent said there will be no changes to WCSD direction to schools.
Also discussed was the Vaccination effort partnership between the WCSD and the Washoe Health District. WCSD is hosting Covid 19 vaccination clinics on school sites throughout the district - free of charge for community members, staff and students over 12. The students must have a signed parent/guardian consent and the school will confirm the consent with the parent on the phone.