Supt Message: Board Meeting Update – 1/23/2018

On Tuesday the Board held its monthly Workshop.  This was a lengthy meeting where the Board went through a number of significant topics.  As always, I encourage you to review the full agenda.  For purposes of a summary, I note the following discussions:

-CIS- The Board heard a review and update on APS’ implementation of a national pilot for student wraparound supports.  The pilot is a partnership between APS, Communities in Schools and several outside funders.  The pilot was launched in the ACTION Zone January of 2017.  At present we are evaluating impact and scalability.

-APS Avenues- The Board heard a presentation and proposal to transition our existing APS Online and Rebound services to a single blended platform of services, named APS Avenues.  The proposal would close APS Online as a stand-alone school and provide expanded services at multiple locations to a larger number of students.  The Board gave direction to continue pursuing this project.

-Enrollment projections- As part of budget planning, the Board reviewed the 18-19 enrollment projections.  Based upon current trends we are planning for a 1300 student decline in enrollment next year.  While significant, this is smaller than last year’s projected and realized decline.  We project enrollment declines for a period of time prior to a return to enrollment increases connected to planned developments in the community.  Key reasons for this decline include:

  • Rising housing costs, which is forcing some lower income and younger families to relocate outside of the metro area
  • Lower birthrates resulting in fewer school-aged children
  • More public education school choices, such as charter schools, competition from neighboring school districts and online schools

The presentation also included the budget timeline for the next several months.

-CORE- The Board held its annual review of schools facing the potential of state action under the state accountability framework.  Nine schools were discussed:  2 are operating in their first year of two year turnaround plans; 6 were recommended for implementation of specific school improvement strategies; and, 1 was recommended for implementation of a turnaround strategy.  The Board is expected to give direction on the recommendation of a turnaround strategy at its next meeting.

You may review the full agenda and Board presentations from our website.  The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for February 6, 2018.

Rico Munn
Aurora Public Schools

“My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.  I do my job by making sure we have the right people, doing the right work, with the right resources in the right way.  My community needs me to do my job.”