Parent Advisory Committee to the Superintendent

Meeting Summary Notes: February 7, 2018


Meeting Summary Notes are intended to serve as the superintendent’s reflection on the discussions that occur during advisory committee meetings.  They are not intended to be exhaustive.  Instead, they are intended to serve as a general record for our on-going efforts to assess our needs, determine our goals, map out our strategies, and evaluate our policies, procedures and programs.  Participants should contact the superintendent if they observe any critical oversight or misinterpretation.


Participants present:  Jessica Bowyer (CES), Tommy Morris (CES), Robert Tucker (AHS), Schyler Fury (SES), Lorie Bess (Administrative Assistant), Fred Vaughan (Director of HR and Pupil Personnel), and Eugene Kotulka (Superintendent).


1.    A participant stated we should be focused on accreditation instead of introducing a new program (New Tech program).  Mr. Kotulka replied students need to be engaged to be successful and they get bored easily.  New Tech creates an atmosphere for creativity and research shows that students who are engaged learn better and have better attendance.  He agreed it will be different, but we want our students to be college and career ready. The program focuses on critical thinking, communication skills, teamwork, and being involved in the community, he explained. 


2.    Mr. Kotulka reported the first scheduled make-up day is Feb. 19.  If more days are missed after that, the Tuesday of Spring Break would be a make-up day and then days will be added to the end of the school year from that point on.  A participant asked if make-up days could be early release days and Mr. Kotulka replied they will be full days.


3.    Mr. Kotulka discussed the budget noting the Local Composite Index, which tells us how much funding we will receive, will decrease next year, which means we will receive decreased state funding.  He reported Boys Home will be doing their own program next year, which is a loss of approximately $500,000.   He noted he hopes to give a step increase to employees this year and next year.


4.    Mr. Kotulka reported the swimming program had fantastic results and he plans to continue the program. 


5.    A participant asked if our division could do “Reimagine Snow Days” which allows students to take packets of work home to complete on anticipated snow days and the division get credit for those days.  Mr. Kotulka replied we are required to physically attend 180 days of school but he would discuss this at the next administrator’s meeting.


The meeting ended at 7:15 p.m.  NEXT MEETING:  March 12 at 6:30 p.m.


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