On Tuesday, the Board held its monthly Workshop Meeting. As a large number of Board members are ending their term next month, the recent agendas have been geared towards winding down significant matters from the last year and seeking input from the Board on matters where they have acquired expertise over the last several years. This meeting focused on two issues:
First, the Board had its first reading of the draft charter school contracts for the Denver School of Science and Technology. The DSST proposal is for a middle and high school contained in one district owned facility. The Board reviewed the draft contracts and the various attachments that are part of the contracts. After a discussion, the Board directed district staff on what areas needed change and potential areas for further negotiation. The contracts are expected to come back to the Board at its next meeting.
Second, District staff presented the Board with the annual Planning Update. The Update includes an analysis of enrollment, demographic, capacity and housing development trends. Based upon the information, I then engaged the Board in a discussion about how the District can respond to the long term trends that we are seeing in the data. Namely, ongoing capacity issues in the midst of short term enrollment declines; followed by uneven growth across the District. In short I have proposed that we develop a process (currently identified as “Blueprint APS”) to engage stakeholders around some of the broader questions we will need to answer to plan for the future of APS. This was an introductory conversation, and I anticipate more dialogue in the coming months.
As always, you can access the Board minutes and presentations on our website. The next Board meeting is on November 14 at the PLCC.
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