Regular Open Meeting Brief – May 18, 2023
The entire meeting agenda can be viewed at: May 18, 2023 BOE Meeting
Middle School Special Olympians were recognized for their participation and accomplishments. GMS was recognized of once again receiving the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School award for their PLTW Gateway program. PLTW programming provides real-world interactive learning in computer science, engineering and biomedical science.
Health Services Program Evaluation
Health Services staffing include 1 coordinator, 2, nurses and 9 health paraprofessionals. There were 11, 578 visits to district health rooms during the first semester of the 2022-23 school year. Perception surveys are used to identify strengths and improvement opportunities. The Coordinator plans to develop and onboarding process for new health services staff and create a professional development survey to assess workforce need related to professional learning.
Giving the Basics
Giving the Basics is a nonprofit organization that provides basic human dignity products that are not covered by government assistance, such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, soap and other personal care hygiene products. The district registered with Giving the Basics in 2016 to provide these types of products to students who need them. A representative from Giving the Basics provided an update on their program and the benefits to the district. This year 30,000 products from Giving the Basics were provided to Grandview students.
Staffing trends and needs for the 2023-24 school year were reviewed with the Board. Teacher and support staff shortages continuing to be a growing trend nationwide. The district currently has approximately 300 teachers and 230 support personnel. There are currently more job openings in the district than typical for this time of year.
Bond Projects Update
Voters approved a $45 M bond issue on the April 6, 2021 election to provide improvements throughout the district. The status and estimated completion dates of ongoing and upcoming bond projects around the district were reviewed.
Although the Grandview C-4 school district does not enroll students who live outside the district boundaries, the Board of Education is required to post a tuition rate for instances when the acceptance of tuition students is mandated by law. The district uses current expenditures for Average Daily Attendance as submitted to DESE to provide a basis for recommending a tuition rate. The tuition rate for 2023-24 was set at $14,788.