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Master Plan Committee

Meeting Minutes

May 1, 2017                        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                         Last Updated:        3/28/2017        Approved:

Location: Admin Bld - Board Room

ATTENDEES:   Matt Throop, Margaret Crespo Skip Armatoski, Lamb Caro, Lynn Greer, Brett Dowgin Jennifer Fodness, Jason Hatch, Doug Luithly, Bill Breunig, Christine Manzanares, Dan Cox, Amie PIlla, Hannah Doran, Taylor Valliere, Anne Brunton, Marc Heiser, Jody Shadduck-McNally, Candi Joshi, Maia Mattiese-Lorenzen, Tasha Reichhardt, Brian Wrangle, Shannon Voggesser, Donna Gallegos, Carmen Polka, Rick Bowles

Non members: Linda Giauque, Trish Moreland, Roger Weidelman, Kathy Wilson, Martha DiCisco, Eileen Clant,

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Motions

Actions

Pledge of Allegiance

-

Lynn Greer

Approval of the Agenda

Approval of the Minutes

Agenda Approved

Motion:Tabled until next meeting

2nd:

Lynn Greer

Listening Tour Report

Cooperative Strategies: listening tour report

Materials during the campaign, masterplan, general communication around ballot questions/tax burden

Results in sent out report

-Filter out the 27% that weren’t associated w/ district?

Easier access to information

More explanation on why decisions on spending were made

Tax - transparency on spending

Too much/too technical information - quick, simple, more direct information

Better explanation on wants - providing information direct to where people get information (central hub for info)

Matt Throop

TSD Roadmap

Hand out

Dr. Crespo

Table Breakouts

Discussion among tables

Lynn Greer

Changes to Bylaws

Extra year of service possible.

Skip Armatoski

Additional Comments/Questions from Sheets

Next Meeting June 5, 2017

Administration Bldg

Adjourn

Lynn Greer


April 3, 2017                        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                         Last Updated:        3/28/2017        Approved:

Location: Admin Bld - Board Room

ATTENDEES:  Matt Throop, Margaret Crespo Skip Armatoski, Gordon Jones, Lynn Greer, Jennifer Fodness, Jason Hatch, Doug Luithly, Chris Belmar, Nikela Lyke, Bill Breunig, Christine Manzanares, Dan Cox, Carmen Polka, Amie PIlla, Hannah Doran, Aili Bundy, Carrie Robinson, Taylor Valliere, Anne Brunton, Chad Racine, Kurt Berg, Lamb Caro, Marc Heiser, Jody Shadduck-McNally, Candi Joshi

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Motions

Actions

Pledge of Allegiance

-

Lynn Greer

Approval of the Agenda

Approval of the Minutes

Motion Agenda: Candi Joshi

2nd Kurt Berg

Motion Minutes: Aili Bundy

2nd Kurt Berg

Approved

Lynn Greer

State Finance Update

Budget presented to state legislators, Scheduled for debate in House later this week.

700 mil deficit, No Tabor refunds in 2018,

Didn’t have to increase the negative factor anymore for education

7220 PPR in 2018 - increased from 7050, but not enough to cover needed funding.

Gordon Jones

Facilities Update

Options update: Turner 5th grade feeder no longer an option

Matt: (sheet provided)  Annual operating costs at building and deferred maintenance costs - on scorecards

Warehouse costs - driver to transports

Nutrition: enterprise fund - high, net number for each year

Custodial- non FTE

Not included: FTE, administration, technical resources that would be reallocated

Skip Armatoski/

Matt Throop

Options in response to Board Retreat

East Side EC-8 - early childhood - capacity needed.

Garfield/ Truscott consolidation - close G, demolish building, build new higher capacity, then close T

Close Sarah Milner - make WCMS to K-8 - WC is only at 50% capacity and no growth expected in that area

Repurpose buildings?:  

Skip Armatoski

Repurposing options

Brainstorm session

Lynn Greer

Request for Joint Meeting?

Joint meeting in May with Board - goal to have an honest conversation around what has been worked on.

Board meeting - formal board meeting, but more relaxed - give Board a chance to understand MPC work and emphasize what MPC finds important and drive focus.

**Committee members - email pressing issues that you’d like to discuss so we can direct meeting

Dr. Crespo

Change by-laws re:membership terms

Amendment to allow an additional 1 year re-up. Prior to next meeting Skip will send out amendment wording and committee can vote on at beginning of next meeting.

New members will start in September.

Long range planning - still the goal. We have to re-work plan.

Skip Armatoski

Additional Comments/Questions from Sheets

Adjourn

Lynn Greer


March 6, 2017                        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                         Last Updated:        3/28/2017        Approved:

Location: Admin Bld - Board Room

ATTENDEES:  Matt Throop, Dr. Stan Scheer, Dr. Siebers, Mike Hausmann, Margaret Crespo, Zack Chambers, Bret Dowgin, Lynn Greer, Candi Joshi, Jim Danforth, Carrie Robinson, Taylor Valliere, Shannon Voggesser, Aili Bundy, Amie Pilla, Maia Mattise-Lorenzen, Nichole Randazzo, Brian Wangler, Amy Pelphrey, Carmen Polka, Christine Manzanares, Ann Brunton, Nikela Lyke, Amanda Woods, Jody Shadduck-McNally, RaeAnn Thelen, Carinne Carryan

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Motions

Actions

Call to order

Pledge of allegiance

-

Lynn Greer

Approval of the agenda

Approval of minutes

Agenda- Motion:

2nd:

Minutes- Motion:,

2nd: Maia

Approved

Status of MPC

Things that affect school boundaries, funding, & closing: School of choice, Charter Schools, $14 million less per year state funding.

Need to look at efficiencies - administrative units for # of students

Boundaries are only good for transportation (buses)

Possible: 4 inefficient elementary schools close/4 new school built with better efficiency and in higher growth areas  

Need to address the small school issue within the next 5 years - need to consider 4-5 schools to make an impact.

Dr. Scheer

Administrator Comparison

8 Slides - comparison between St. Vrain, Poudre, Greeley, TSD, & Littleton

School Dist by size, administration, admin salary, teacher FTE, average teacher salary, classified staff, total # APT, # of elementary schools (info available on CDE site)

Administration = building admin: principals, assistant principals

Classified Staff = librarians, nurses aides, cafeteria, computer teachers,custodians, bus drivers, support staff

APT = IT, Facilities, PR, Planning Director. etc. (exempt from overtime, managerial, supervisory, director positions or technical training required)

Dr. Siebers

PR Plan

Only 23% of households have kids enrolled

Board has 6 communication goals - tie in communications with board goals

Print, Large Print advertising, social media (analytics can help measure), videos, radio scripts (older demographics listen to radio), communication systems, conglomerate calendar for events, community outreach (local events, speaking engagements, meetings)

Information Card - simplify language/concepts, add comparisons that people understand

michael.hausmann@thompsonschools.org - please provide feedback on cards

Mike Hausmann

Construction Cost Comparison

Will revisit next meeting (time constraint)

Matt Throop

Scorecard Update

Will revisit next meeting

Matt Throop

Budget Metro District

MIll Levy Rate comparison - (education only) 38.349 is current TSD rate

Net Assessed Valuation - mills in one location will not generate the same amount of funding as another

Program Mills - more funding we get from mill, less we get from State

Gordon Jones

Announcements/

Comments

Please put comments on presentations on note sheets - will compile and post on minutes.

Adjourn

Next meeting April 3, 2017  Admin Building

Additional Comments/Questions from Sheets

Need to reach out to the 70% who don’t have students

Value of life is enhanced by well educated students

Scheer Presentation - 70% voters won’t go for closing 2 schools, GES/TES and building a new one. It isn’t their thought process.

Tax deductions may go lower - key in on the $ to the 70%

They may understand maintenance, but won’t pay for subsidising wages.

Myths of taxpayer $ spending gone wrong.

February 6, 2017                        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                         Last Updated:                Approved:

Location: Admin Bld - Board Room

ATTENDEES

Bill Breunig, Dan Cox, Taylor Valliere, Carmen Polka, Chris Bellmar, Chad Racine, Brett Dowgin, Carrie Robinson, Amie Pilla, Lucas Sanchez, Marc Heiser, Hannah Doran, Maia Mattise-Lorenzen, Jen Fodness, Trista Claude, Anne Brunton, Candie Joshi, Christine Manzanares, Alli Bundy, Kurt Berg, Doug Luithly, Brian Wrangle, Donna Gallegos, Jody Shadduck-McNally, RaeAnn Thelen, Nikela Lyke,

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Motions

Actions

Call to order

Pledge of allegiance

-

Candi Joshi

Approval of the agenda

Approval of minutes

WIll approve Nov meeting minutes at this meeting

Agenda- Motion: Candi Joshi, 2nd: Maia

Minutes- Motion: Candi Joshi, 2nd: Maia

Approved

Taxes and reserves presentation

Presentation will be emailed out to MPC committee

 -Community is not aware of how our reserves are spent and how that affects the district.

-Savings comes from things across the board - unfilled positions that were budgeted for, maintenance that doesn’t need done, people leaving a position, etc..

- Gallagher amendment set a ratio of 55%/45% business to residential. Assessment tax amount capped 29% assessment for business, 21% residential.  In order to keep ratio - assessment percentages on residential has to be lowered. Currently 7.96%  estimated to lower to 6.46% (unexpected result - higher value home will pay less in taxes)

Gordon Jones

TRR School Site Update

Negotiations continue for proper school site.

Dr. Crespo

Construction Cost Update

Chart handouts at table. (will provide link to presentation)

Between 6-12% per year estimated inflation costs for maintenance - working on updated scorecards and implementing new inflation numbers

Average inflation costs of construction has been 8% per year

Matt Throop

Analysis of Election Results

Skip presented and explained a map of precincts and their percentages for/against.

Dolinka targeting and working on making presentations and community meetings to determine reasoning for voting.

Board discussion needs to discuss - what is next.

Skip Armatoski

Announcements/

Comments

Please put comments on presentations on note sheets - will compile and post on minutes.

Feb 15th School Board Meeting

How do we get back out into the community - is that viable, what does that look like? - add to next agenda

What’s the difference between us and communities that won their bond/mill? (St. Vrain has a marketing team)

Admin efficiency grading?

5 talking points on a card for MPC members to communicate.

Educate, bus and feed 16,000 kids for about $49 a day

Adjourn

Next meeting March 6, 2017  Admin Building

Additional Comments/Questions from Sheets

Budget Presentation:

-Excellent explanation of school finances. Now need to start sending out facts. “Fun fact” in school correspondence, etc..

-We need to get info out to public to explain what makes up reserves (allocated & unallocated)

-What is our goal going forward with MPC? Do we update Thompson Reinvented? Make a new plan? Short, long and middle? Need to take action on inevitable actions.

- How do we share the reserve decrease with the public? The reserves will not be available to save us forever.

-Gordon’s presentation was good. The challenge is to get a “dumbed down” version of school financials that the voter can understand.

-Increase in student count over projections is a big celebration!

-Non-committed reserves appears to be $7.9 million. Let’s be clear how long we can sustain our educational level.

-Share the reserve fund declining in a form that is understandable to the general community in as many ways as possible.

-Develop talking points that fit in our wallets with key figures of the budget.

-I really like the idea of a reserves clock to help keep the public informed on the stats of the district’s finances.

-Great presentations. Need to find small points/graphics to demonstrates the negative factor/Gallagher. Define the MJ tax myth. Feels like the state misled the public so they could use the $ instead of fund schools

-Are there times when the HR dept pays dismissed or fired employees a severance pay because it is less expensive than a law suit? Is this a large $$?

Construction Presentation:

-Construction costs are scary. People don’t believe the figures because they are so large. Get comparisons on building an apartment complex so the community believes the figures. Internal might not be the same, but roofs, HVAC, etc.. are comparable.

-How much is going to be spent on deferred maintenance?

-In the future, should we consider having plans in place before going for funding? Engage the community in that way? Actual not hypothetical? Do we still have communication strategy for updated maintenance needs? Need is still there, can still inform.

-Inflation increases in maintenance costs are real and need to be communicated to the public.

-8% increase per year costs - We are “waiting” ourselves out of progress - we can’t afford to wait.

-Value of empathetic disruption - need to have some ripples to prepare effectively for future. - Do not “Cry Wolf” - No Bond, no worries, nothing to change - why ask for bond?

-Share the inflation cost details in the scorecards and get it out to the general public.

-Pushing out scorecards once updated inflation information is accounted for could be another way to inform the public on the severity of TSD’s finance issues.

-Great data, tough to explain but the numbers and material examples were great.

-The inflation rate was something I had not thought of.

-Employees don’t trust the district to do the right thing. Morale is down at school sites. Top heavy - we hired a lot of new people, where does that money come from? Security - student career paths to locksmith ect.

GENERAL NOTES/COMMENTS:

-For the board, can we consider a task force purely for educating the public, particularly non-parents about the true budget issues? Public needs to see immediate consequences for voting down mill and bond.

As a new community member, I feel like the District has a tone that implies people ought to already know about the District’s challenges, but that is not the case.

-Can we do local radio - like Pirate Radio? We need more immediate action on closing schools and show the public the negative impact on facilities because the bond did not pass. Need bus analysis for maintenance of “old” busses and how much longer some of them will still run.

-Where are we with closing schools? Is that going to be presented to the board? Can we give the board the same information that Matt gave us?

- Need to go for another bond this fall. Need to show some of the consequences of bond not passing in 2016

-Board: we need to convey a sense of urgency, costs aren’t going down, growth is happening at the edges of our district - Revisit bond and mill options in the near future.

-Can we operationally define our school district’s administration efficiency? - compare to other districts?

-Board, it is a time to boldly go where you do not feel comfortable, go beyond the local newspaper. Feed it to the Coloradoan and Social Networks.  Not detailed enough - precinct numbers, streets especially major.   Red areas represent 60% or higher, but also have fewer voters, which means the % is obviously going to be higher.

-Is there any talk of closing schools that have failing academics and repurposing those buildings and moving kids to higher performing schools?

-Sense of urgency and consequences are not being communicated.

-What are resources to run a strategic campaign to maximize potential and minimize dissent? Like an election is run.

-The budget and construction inflation costs need to be communicated to the public. Communicate a sense of urgency.

-Board need to do something in response to the bond failing. Otherwise it seems like we didn’t need the money - absence of urgency. Health and Safety Bond in 1 year for deferred maintenance only. Customer Service: CBMS has a “bullying problem” WES- “I don’t want my child to go there”

January 9, 2017                        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                         Last Updated:                Approved:

Location: Admin Bld - Board Room

ATTENDEES

Candie Joshi, Dianna Croft, Kurt Berg, Trista Claude, Donna Gallegos, Doug Luithly, Anne Brunton, Bill Breunig, Jen Fodness, Rick Bowles, Matt Throop, Lucas Sanchez, Maia Mattise-Lorenzen, Brian Wrangle, Chris Bellmar, Jason Hatch, Christine Manzaneres, Jody Shadduck McNally, Tony Ryddick, Taylor Valliere, Stacee Kersley, Carmen Polka, Hannah Dora, Marc Heiser, Brett Dowgin, Margaret Crespo, Skip Armatoski,  C.A. Guff?

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Motions

Actions

Call to order

Pledge of allegiance

-

Approval of the agenda

Approval of minutes

WIll approve Nov meeting minutes at this meeting

Agenda:

Moved

Maia

2nd -Jason

Aproved

Min: Moved

Kurt Berg

Maia 2nd

Approved

Scenario Update

Board liked: 5th grade to Turner -115 5th graders to Turner MS to help with crowding in elementary (temporary 4-6 years)

Board not happy with too many transitions

Carrie Martin - originally looked at moving boundary both north and south, re-look at this

Growth in the south - Prairie Star, Heron Lakes, Heron Pointe - maybe reassign open enrollment priorities

Provides some time to look at where numbers will end up.

Van Buren: Ponderosa, Centennial, Namaqua are all available to move students to. Re-purpose Van Buren for Ferguson, and find something to do with Ferguson bldg.

Board doesn’t want to change boundaries.

Was asked why? - Don’t want to disrupt a system if not necessary. Want to look at buy in from community.

Hiring a company (Delinka) to help survey the community to find out what issues are.

Sounds like the board is trying to keep things status quo - not very good financially.

-Crespo - it would still be a year if a school would be closed, it still takes time to make transitions. Want to be sure that we are moving in the right direction

Throop - this committee will go out to gather data from precincts to get info on why measures didn’t pass.

Crespo- they would be able to provide more in depth feedback and may find areas that we failed to look at.

Comment: Have we been given a number of what we need to reduce by? Voters need to see what the consequences are of their vote.

Problems need to get out to public and board

Throop: Listening tours will be a benefit to help get information out to the public about problems

Conversations are being had consistently with the board on needs, repairs and issues. Publicity is being laid out to help communicate issues.

Board meeting comments:

We aren’t doing anything - it seems like we should do something - time is now.

Felt the board didn’t look at the K-2, 3-5 model and didn’t think they consider

Money ticker - reserve countdown

Score cards on admin - show how we are compared to other administrations

Shock in the system okay, but don’t scare away parents.

Show how closing school saves X$ - people don’t realize the numbers.

Parent newsletters should have information on what is happening. There should be some definite time frames set on closures, etc… so that public know that consequences are happening.  

Looking at better ways of communication - mailers, etc… trying to be as active as we can until decisions can be reached

Skip Armatoski/Dr. Margaret Crespo

Projections Update

October Count - Head count and funded count

Build schools and boundaries based on where kids live.

This is based on the kids that are enrolled in schools - We’ve had 223 gain this year. We’ve previously had losses year over year.

Cohort projections - tracking a class year by year

K tracking - use Department of Local Affairs look at number of 5-yr-olds in Larimer county and then take out our percentage of K to determine new set of K projection.

Projection Options : Last 5, 4, 3, High/Low 2, High/Low out Median,

How to decide which projection to take. Be conservative.

CFO works with funded count

In normal times trend is where we would go - many things can affect projections, financial, board, growth, construction, political issues,

This year we will be super conservative.

Once cohort progression projections are done for district, then it is broken down to school levels.

Can pull different options for each school depending on specific situations - construction, departures, etc…

These October Counts will help to plan budgeting, boundaries, school closings….

Skip

1.How organized is the system in its work to respond to its community?

  • Very well if you know who to contact. Many people don’t know who to contact or don’t feel comfortable doing so.
  • Information must be simplified and put out on multiple types of formats. Web, Paper, organizations, etc…
  • How to  reach people who no longer have kids in school? If you don’t know where to look on website it is really difficult to find info that might be there.
  • I don’t know. It perplexes me. Who do I contact for info? Who delivers the message? How does the district respond to misinformation?
  • THe community is behind in its knowledge of what is happening in district so have to backtrack and re-educate the community concerns.
  • The level of organization varies greatly.
  • I feel like the system is organized, it is the communication and self advocacy that seems to be lacking.
  • Need more school communication - can’t rely upon just computer information being spread.
  • No matter how well it is organized if 90% of the community does not try to understand - it is all lost.
  • We do have excellent systems in place to address our community - we need to communicate it.
  • Make the website easier to use.
  • Many senior citizens and voters don’t have internet. More paper information need to be distributed. Get the information into the hands of voters - not just parents.

2.  How much does the district understand the community it serves?

  • Do we understand organizations and employee perceptions?
  • Many in the district understand, but the community does not make the connection.
  • The district is not a power unto itself, but a driver of the economy. The community benefits must be emphasised.
  • The district understands parents, but how are the reaching young parents who don’t read newspapers and get information elsewhere? Staff felt uninformed about mill and bond - why?
  • Perception is as important as what is really happening in our schools. We need to address perception because people don’t understand what great programs are offered. There is a disconnect.
  • It is difficult to know the community when most of the community is not involved and active in  the district. I don’t know how to educate the community outside of the district.
  • I think the district does well in understanding the community within the educational system, but could do a better job connecting to voters that are not in the educational system
  • With limited information on the 71% without an attachment to the district, the district seems to struggle with understanding the majority of the community. Most of the community doesn’t seem to care about or want anything to do with the district, so it would be foolish to assume the district knows the entire community well.
  • The district understands the student community, but not the general community.
  • The group that the district knows best is the student community that they are in contact with daily, parents next, general community very least.
  • Lots of misinformation about district in our community and what is available in our education system.
  • It understands the community of parents, but not the city community. 71% we don’t know.

3.  How well does our community know their education system?

  • I believe they know as much as their kids do, but views and knowledge is limited to their own desire to impact the school system and whether or not it is actually important to their needs and wants.
  • Not well at all. They do not know offerings, issues, maybe don’t even know they are part of the school district.
  • Much of the population does not know the ground truth about our education system. Many believe it’s still 1970
  • Not very well - some that I’ve spoken to don’t even know their kids attend Thompson Schools.
  • Not at all. Older population is stuck in the past and don’t understand new education. Elderly can’t fathom the cost or size of the district.
  • Depends on the involvement of the individual with the system. If no direct involvement I do not believe the community knows the system.
  • LImited in scope and only in their closed environment. They don’t know our ed system at all unless involved in TSD communities or work.
  • Community members that understand are very involved at many levels, but only a small portion of the community understands more than 10% of what is going on.
  • Need to lobby to change the CO funding
  • Even having a child in school doesn’t guarantee understanding. WIth lack of a recurring and widespread outreach of information the only ideas that seem to spread are misconceptions.
  • They need to understand our needs and how they can help
  • They don’t! They are unclear on how schools are funded. They don’t understand real numbers for cost of educating kids. They suffer from cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias.
  • They community doesn’t adequately understand how the education system is funded.
  • Not well, 71% don't’ understand the 29%. Fixed incomes, arrogant people, assume it will pass. People didn’t respond to the early negative phone calls or letters to the editors.  
  • If you don’t have a child in school then you are not well informed. The only reason I know what I know is because my children were in the district.
  • From extremely knowing to I know even have a clue - varies as to how much they take an interest or how much they care or to how much it affects their individual life.

General Exit Notes

-For families who “priority” enroll @ BES, will a lottery system be implemented if the # of requests exceed the seats available? What criteria be used?

-We need a board liaison to attend these meetings!

-Can we partner with our community “City of Loveland” to publish info about TSD. Like on the 1/16 of a page on their newsletter that goes out with utility billing.

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Adjourn

Next meeting Feb. 6, 2017  Admin Building

        


December 5, 2016                        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                         Last Updated:        12/7/2016                        Approved:

Location: Admin Bld - Board Room

ATTENDEES

Board of Education: David Levy

District:  Margaret Crespo, Skip Armatoski, Matt Throop, Alli Bundy, Christine Manzanares, Hannah Doran, Anne Brunton, Rick Bowles, Carmen Polka, Jennifer Fodness,  Lucas Sanchez, Marc Heiser,

Community / MPC Members / Guests:  Douglas Luithly, Maia Mattise-Lorenzen, Shannon Voggesser, Taylor Valliere, Chad Racine, Trista Claude, Chris Bellmar, Jody Shadduck-McNally, Candie Joshi, Lynn Greer, Rhonda Lund, Sharla Riott, Jason Hatch

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Motions

Actions

Call to order

Pledge of allegiance

-

Lynn Greer

Approval of the agenda

Approval of minutes

WIll approve Nov meeting minutes at next meeting

Agenda approval

Motion: Mia

2nd: Candi

Dr.Crespo

Presentation of options

Table Discussion

Share out of options

Short Term -  797 Elementary kids in Winona area 500 are going out of boundary

South side - small schools (capacity) and growth

A little over 1,300 elementary students projected to be coming with new developments

Houses already going up

Heritage Ridge on 2nd phase with 400+ houses

State law - any development has to be referred to servicing district for comment

Some developments got put on hold during economic downturn - now many of those are getting sold and development is returning

Options from committee:

Lower Namaqua boundary

Additional school

Additional space on current facilities

Moving grades to different schools

Skip: Boundary changes - capacity -

Which closest school has seats?  

Does boundary process care about enrollment? - NO they are built on population

Moving from School A to school B = 1 ripple

Moving from School A to B to C = 2 ripples

What TSD is looking at for South - short term can move to Namaqua and Sarah Milner

Committee Comments: Looking at a bigger impact, putting a stretch on all resources - all of district included

Empty the map and restructure?

If only a small part of the community takes an impact - not fair

Crespo: These are short term options - 16 months or so

Possible 5th grade move from Ivy and Berthoud Ele to Turner - would provide time to potentially build new school, but provide space for current new growth

Committee Comments: Collected notes & Feedback

Growth goes through the system - this is about relieving pressure on short term in hopes of giving time for new builds

Birth rates have plateaued - construction growth should be fairly predictable.  Come back to do long term - revisit Thompson Reinvented plan

Skip Slide 1 - Carrie Martin/Berthoud EL - CR 12 division line - major growth along boundary - pull boundary up then puts other kids into Namaqua and Sarah Milner. Can put some of the Northernmost neighborhoods into those schools take 196 students out of Carrie Martin

Namaqua used to be at capacity, now those neighborhoods are aging out, so that opens capacity at Namaqua.

Skip: Enrollment consideration - VB - capacity 300, resident pop 211, 138 enrolled. Neighborhood is not turning over - aging out - makes it a very small school - very inefficient. Makes it difficult to offer programs.

Do we close it? Centennial and Ponderosa has capacity. would absorb kids.

  • Comment about northern development - how that might affect this?

The development isn’t happening right now in that area and this would be short term

  • Keeps them in the same feeder system, dealing with growth within the MS and HS? Boundaries will need to change.

Again this is short term - Building capacity around VB.

Option - Ferguson is not efficient could move Ferguson into VB and sell Ferguson (there has been interest in the Ferguson bldg)

2 short term solutions - boundary change and grade level change

Problem: Mary Blair, Monroe, Stansberry, Edmondson

Slide 7: Resident - how many kids live inside boundary

Push Monroe boundary up - Stans would close and move students

Close Edmondson and move all students

Move programs to Monroe and Stansberry

Close Monroe (sell)- change boundary, include Winona

  • Most capacity at Monroe and makes it more difficult to close, also highest efficiency bldg

SKIP: Safety issues - don’t want small kids crossing major HWY or roadway

500 extra seats in these schools - Stansberry natural target, can’t put 270 kids in MB, can put them into Monroe, but then have to drive past MB (won’t bode well) Divide up kids - Monroe K-2 (399 students), MB 3-5 (369 students) - add stability to those schools, close an inefficient school. Would avoid combo classes

Thompson River Ranch - HP is alleviating that area

What does the next year look like - direction from the board

Mapping out 10 year in 3-5 chunks - strategically

Temporary meaning. When to revisit changes. Will there ever be growth in certain areas again?

Lincoln options - numbers shifting and we don’t have enough info on current situational trends to address

Cluster: bussing - example: getting kids to Bill Reed then bus them to Mountain View or other surrounding schools

Kids that ride busses typically wouldn’t come to school if that wasn’t available - doesn’t affect open enrollment.

Clustering schools together in a boundary to provide transportation services to those clusters - would have a choice of multiple schools in the “cluster” district would then

Dr. Crespo - this process is going to move faster than Thompson Reinvented. Next steps will move quickly - adding membership will start in new year.

Check in on Bylaws in Jan meeting.  

Dr. Crespo,

Skip Armatoski

Share out of options/ comments

Meeting at other locations outside school dist

Are meetings going out to parents? - no we haven’t been doing email blasts

Hand out cards about committee meetings - school tour invites, help to get out that this is an open meeting, get more involvement

Carrie Martin has combo classes and all of the 3/4 students are studying 4th grade science and social studies.  If these students are moved to another school, would they repeat the 4th grade science and social studies they are covering this year?  The current 4th grades will have had everything but the current 3rd graders will have missed 3rd grade science and social studies.

Next, a lot of Black Bird Knolls, the cat street neighborhood  go on to Bill Reed.  They drive by Walt Clark to attend Bill Reed.  If these students are moved to Namaqua and Sarah Milner, will they also be moved for middle school and attend Walt Clark?

Adjourn

Next meeting Jan 9th: Admin bldg - will provide meeting agenda, previous minutes and meeting location before winter break.

Motion:Dave

2nd:Brandy

Approved

Lynn Greer

Nov. 7th, 2016                        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                         Last Updated:                                Approved:

Location: High Plains/Cafeteria

ATTENDEES

Board of Education:

District:  Skip Armatoski, Dr. Margaret Crespo, Deb Huffsmith, Matt Throop, Carmen Polka, Rick Bowles,

Community / MPC Members / Guests:  Maia Mattise-Lorenzen, Doug Liuthly, Bobby Johnson, Brian Wagner, Bill Breunig, Hannah Doran, Dan Cox, Shelley Aschenbrenner, Lynn Greer, Kurt Berg, Aili Bundy, Jennifer Fodness, Chad Racine, Candie Joshi, Jack Hathaway, Jason Hatch,

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Call to order

-

-

Lynn Greer

Pledge of allegiance

-

-

Lynn Greer

Approval of the agenda

Approval of minutes

Approved

Motion:  Candi

2nd : Maia

Approved

Tour of High Plains

Danielle Feeney

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Action: Designated seats on MPC

  • Designate seats for key stakeholders in any realignment

Reserve Key Stakeholder seats for schools that may be affected (undecided at this time who it may be)

Maia - agrees with the idea

Bill - description of roles of those postitions

  • Neutral person to represent that community, looking more for parent
  • Email to send invite to all parents of those schools
  • Ask for feedback from parents and MPC

Shelley - concerned they wouldn’t have foundation of process

Making sure that there were more voices from key stakeholders, but that they at least had a voice no matter what happens. Helping to bring new voices of areas that would be affected

Stan - looking at the bigger picture and larger representation moving forward. Example - what to grab on to - How to maintain programs and employment.

Motion for designation:

Bobbie Johnson

2nd: Brian Wagner

Approved

Lynn Greer

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Thompson Reinvented Refresher

  • What is it designed to solve?
  • What does it entail?

Staff remodel? Do the buildings need a remodel, does staff need reworked

Different configurations might help?

Not traditional configuration invites innovation - open to working things a different way

Working through distractions

Looking a map - reinvented plan - what do you value?

Value needs of all schools

No one feels like a loser

Community involvement

Seats where they’re needed/still having neighborhood schools - choice

Sequencing may cause discourse - make sure communication is part of the process

Provide logical data - be transparent

Dr. Crespo

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Thompson Realigned

  • What If?

What do we do next if bond passes? - Reinvented becomes a plan not a concept

What do we do if it doesn’t pass?

Total re-alignment of district. Achieve efficiencies in ways that are not popular.

Can be easily done from numbers, logic.

Concepts:

1 Ripple: Mary Blair 3-5, Monroe K-2, close Stansberry - trying to keep neighborhood together

Closing a middle school - is it a bigger savings than closing multiple elementary schools?

Convert elementaries to K-6, close Conrad Ball

Would open up seats at other MS that could absorb MS students

Berthoud - pull 5th grade into Turner, 6th grade has to be elementary certified then if needed move 8th grade to BHS

How does that then affect different grade levels?

How would boundaries change? Would they change?

Closing an early childhood - does it free up resources? Funded by grant - wouldn’t have much of an impact

Re-align is a business decision - will have to be determined by cost, efficiencies.

Data driven decisions will have to be presented to help alleviate impact

Growth will be a key factor in possible consideration

Populations with less resources to adapt to change - what factors may contribute to issues

Inefficiencies will have to be considered all around - class options etc...

Different levels, 4 round models, Ripple info, and all data provided next meeting

Boundaries Map, growth map

Skip Armatoski

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Next Steps

Worksheet - reinvented what needed

Realign what needed

Dr. Crespo

C

Announcements

Lynn Greer

C

Adjourn

Maia moves to close

Bobbie 2nds

Approved

Lynn Greer

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Sept 26, 2016                        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                         Last Updated:                                Approved:

Location: Administration Building / Board Room

ATTENDEES

Board of Education:

District:  Skip Armatoski, Charlie Carter, Zack Chambers, Margaret Crespo, Deb Huffsmith, Gordon Jones, Mechelle Martz-Mayfield, Terry Ruddick, Stan Scheer, Matt Throop

Community / MPC Members / Guests:  Kurt Berg, Rick Bowles, Major Chisholm, Dan Cox, Donna Gallegos, Candie Joshi, Jennifer Fodness, Marc Heiser,  Christine Manzaneres, Maia Matisse-Lorenzen, Amie Pilla, Carmen Polka, Chad Racine, Lucas Sanchez, Taylor Valliere

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Call to order

-

-

Lynn Greer

C

Pledge of allegiance

-

-

Lynn Greer

C

Approval of the agenda

Approval of minutes

Agenda:  

1st: Matt Throop

2nd:  Rick Bowls

All in favor: Aye

Minutes:

1st motion: Matt Throop

2nd motion: Carmen Polka

All in favor: Aye

Lynn Greer

C

Bond/MLO & Campaign Do’s & Don’ts

Dr. Crespo introduced dos and don’ts asked for review of the red side and discussion questions - no questions

Use document as a reference

Dr. Crespo

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Thompson Reinvented Review & Status

Dr. Crespo:  Does MPC have all info it needs?

Look at new directions, what are next steps?

Gordon Jones CFO: presentation on Planning Update: COPY OF SLIDES

HISTORY 2008-2015:

Loveland Classical caused a dip in pupil population in 2011

Q: Is there an 18-21 program for special ed?

A: Yes, and are included in revenue in the 12%

In choice in/out -

TSD is a Net exporter of students with 1800 students choicing out

Poudre breaks even

 

TSD is pass-through for Charters - PPR funds go directly to charter

Conservative budget estimates, cannot spend over appropriation, Under promise and over deliver - General Fund outperformed - extra amounts go towards emergency, undesignated expenditures (put in reserves and used as needed.) Tabor reserve is 3% Board reserve is 5% is required by law.

Available reserve balance is shrinking

TDS has been efficient and good stewards of funding available

over 15M no longer available to TDS

Over last 2-3 years reserve balance has shrunk to approx 18M

Wed, October 5 - official count date for pupil count

Current 1999 & 2006 Mill Levy are capped at 14M, as property assessment evaluations go up, TDS will not see any additional revenue

Board did not look favorably about using TSD property as collateral for 3% TABOR reserve

Bond/MLO - a huge amount of legal work required, tomorrow information is due - blue books

Q: Where are we at in the Bond/Mill process?

A: All legal paperwork has to be and will be in 9/27, MLO - 11M override is ballot issue 3D, Bond is 3E

Committee has been organized to promote ballot measures

Should MLO be adopted, District would get 11M in revenue that is NOT reflected in current budget

Q: So if property valuations don’t go up our revenue amount would go down?

If assessment is flat on existing property the mill levy rate would go down

Dr. Crespo & Gordon Jones

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Realignment of Schools

  • Charge to MPC from the Board
  • What resources does MPC need?

Dr. Crespo: request for discussion on re-alignment:

We need to talk about boundaries to deal with growth - topic brought up at the end of last year.

Christine: Where does technology fit in with the Bond/Mill - if we don’t get - what to do

School closings - impact on schools/district

Contingencies on if mill passes, bond doesn’t. What does that look like? Needs to be laid out to show a realignment.

Within re-alignment - representation of people that live in those impacted areas.

Dr. Crespo - Recruitment of people that might have an interest. Dr. Crespo is willing to make calls if you have names.

Ressources - value looking at K-8

 In & Outs for enrollment vs capacity.

Mark Kaiser : is there a way to layer out details - elevator pitch of financials?  

Crespo: Impacts that will need to be talked about are if/then.

Find examples of what that looks like financially.

Maya Q: Open enrollment: when a school reaches capacity, what are the guidelines for that school?

Crespo: HS have some leeway, but typically they are closed. We do try to accommodate.

Maya: public doesn’t realize the issues around that. Leaving siblings to attend different schools, or having to switch schools if choice in and now school is a capacity.

Crespo: Athletics are self funded, not a cost savings. Need to look a program budget alignment.

Technology: ipad and chromebooks, cannot replace, no funding for currently.

Science Kits: being shared among schools and shipped around district.

Digital pieces, cannot afford pieces for MS & HS curriculum.

Limited sign up on licences, makes it difficult to get groups at a time on computers to do work.

Matt - question on tech should maybe go into MPC committee - what might that look like?

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Action: Designated seats on MPC

  • Designate seats for key stakeholders in any realignment

Can we move to next meeting with a commitment to find people.

Did we gain HS reps? A: 2 from Mountain View.

Do we want to send out a letter to parents? Letter in LRH? To recruit new members.

End of year  - everyone on committee is up (3-year commit)

Will be asking for re-ups and nominations.

Will be looking for sophomores for next year - asking teachers to speak with freshman about coming onto committee.

  • Motion Maia Mattise-Lorenzen : action item to table voting on recruitment of new MPC seats for areas that need representation
  • 2nd: Candi Joshi
  • Vote: Aye

Dr. Crespo

Action: Chair-elect

  • Call for nominations
  • Election by ballot

Nominations: Candi Joshi

2nd: Maia Matisse-Lorenzen

Vote: aye

Lynn Greer

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Announcements

  • Calendar link
  • Link to previous agenda
  • Next MPC: November 7@High Plains School
  • 4255 Buffalo Mountain Drive, Loveland, CO

Please provide feedback.

Dr. Crespo

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Adjourn

Meeting was adjourned at 6:40pm.

Motion: Skip Armatowski

2nd:  Rick Bowles

Vote: Aye

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June 6, 2016                        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                         Last Updated:                                Approved:

Location: Administration Building / Board Room

ATTENDEES

Board of Education:

District:  Skip Armatoski, Charlie Carter, Deb Huffsmith, Stephanie Krajec, Dr. Dan Maas, Terry Ruddick, Stan Scheer, Sharon Tillman

Community / MPC Members / Guests:  Shelley Aschenbrenner, Gil Barela, Kurt Berg, Bill Bruenig, Shana Cundall,, Benjamin Flanscha, Jennifer Fodness, Jason Hatch, Marc Heiser, Caleb Jordan, Candie Joshi, Stacee Kersley, Doug Luithly, Christine Manzanares, Jim Nichols (Loveland Swim Team Rep), Matt Perry,  Carmen Polka, Sheila Pottorff, Mary Lou Rogers, Mary Lou Rogers, Jody Shadduck-McNally, Brian Wangler, Trish Will  

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Call to order

-

-

 Dr. Hatch

C

Pledge of allegiance

-

-

Dr. Hatch

C

Approval of the agenda

Approval of minutes

Agenda:  

1st: Shana Cundall

2nd:  Kurt Berg

All in favor: Aye

Minutes:

1st motion: Candie Joshi

2nd motion:  Kurt Berg

All in favor: Aye

Dr. Hatch

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United For Thompson - citizens partnering

Mary Lou Rogers, Trish Will and Stacee Kersley joined the meeting.  They belong to a group of citizens partnering with the district called “United For Thompson”.

Members of this grassroots committee thanked MPC for all their hard work the last 2 years.  

Goals:

  • Want to encourage the board to move forward with a bond and MIL.  
  • Desire valid numbers and information.  
  • Have business cards to sharethat go along with their facebook page and email.
  • Plan to involve the Berthoud alignment.  
  • Will be looking for activities that give them an opportunity to get out and talk with people.  
  • Plan to move forward with a campaign as soon as the board makes a final decision.
  • Want to be sure to address all issues.  
  • MPC members are welcome to join the group.

A special meeting with the board is scheduled on June 22 to finalize a decision on the bond and MLO.  Timeline for notification to the Secretary of State is by the end of July.

Doug and Candie attended recent meetings at schools. Mary Lou Rogers thanked MPC members for working on this committee and big project for the past 2 years.

Thanked Stacy for starting this grassroots effort.  

You are welcome to donate to the committee.  Be sure to get a business card for further information.

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Multipurpose stadiums

Matt Perry: Presented to MPC. Dr. Scheer asked Matt to present information about a multi-purpose stadium.  He works for the National Sports Services organization which  assisted with setting up the Colorado Eagles Association. Looking for locations for baseball and soccer.  This company would like to bring sports franchises to this area.

  • Consulted with over 50 sports franchises
  • Clients all over the US
  • Love Loveland and believe it is under-served
  • Very community involved
  • Like to involve schools and do fundraising
  • Interested in bringing independent professional baseball franchises.
  • Can this market support professional baseball?  Comparisons were given of other markets.
  • They are interested in supporting Premier Development League Soccer. (PDL)
  • Events could include pro baseball, PDL soccer, college and HS events, assemblies and meetings, concerts, cook-offs, flea markets, family movie nights.
  • Many events happen at HS stadiums so it would be multi-purpose/ multi-use and bring income to the district.
  • Other multi use ideas are: spray park, kids play areas, picnic area, ping pong, corn roast, premium seating areas.
  • Other ideas: Award ceremonies, races, artificial turf, can be year round facilities.
  • Can these ideas help sell a bond?
  • What does that look like for HS’s that share a stadium? HS’s would get free use. It's common to have multi use and work around a schedule.
  • Selling corporate sponsorships help with the funding as well as being a joint venture.

Mr. Perry

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Community Survey Results

New documents for your review are in the MPC references folder .  2 updated documents have been included:

  1. Survey (86 pg. report) Conducted March & April
  2. Enrollment projections

Working with a firm to present the survey results to the BOE.  1800 surveys were sent out. According to the results, the public is generally supportive of our district.  They are very positive about support of salaries and maintenance of the district.    

Surveys and polls are becoming less and less reliable per Dr. Maas. Phone surveys are not working well because people are tired of being called. A 20% response on surveys is generally a very common result and that is what we received for this survey. There is useful information and data here.  What works best is to continue to survey on a regular basis.

Community Survey:

  • Rate quality of TSD: Back pages of report shows details.
  • Top achieving item:  Teacher respect
  • If we receive 60% support, that means we would probably survive a community campaign.
  • Quality of teachers scored highly.
  • Overall health of the district is in a zone where we would like to see better results.
  • 96% agree to insure every classroom has an outstanding teacher.
  • Preparing every student to be successful rated high importance.
  • These results show what the community wants is supported by the BOE’s goals.
  • Making staff salaries more competitive was a high priority. Highest performing item; closing the salary gap.
  • Maintenance of schools is a high priority.
  • People are not ready to get behind Thompson Reinvented according to this list.  There is an information gap on this issue because people support items included in the Thompson Reinvented plan.
  • Medium to small  sized schools were highly preferable to large sized schools.
  • Over 50% support small K8’s and 9-12.
  • Largest support for size is for HS size we have now.
  • Online programs: Majority of folks want to send their kids to school.

Dr. Maas,

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Action: Bond & MLO Financial Concepts for Thompson Reinvented and Deferred Maintenance issues

Gordon Jones presented a slideshow of ideas on how to finance a bond & MLO. Dan handed out a document for review. He made several changes to the reinvented plan.  

Swim Team rep stated that we have a very large amount of interest in our community for swimming and competition. All of our high schools offer swimming classes. A bigger pool will bring more activities.  

Dan’s document:

  • Sizing the pool to become same size as other district pools.
  • Look at urgent safety issues to be sure they are included in the bond.
  • Loveland Classical requested a change to gymnasium.
  • Instead of a BHS pool, why not a community pool? Kids at Berthoud schools would use a community pool as opposed to having one attached on their campus.
  • New total $288M

Gordon’s presentation:

  • Reviewed basic information for MLO
  • Available bond capacity based on actual value is $755,726,470
  • Max eligible for potential new override is $18,914,754
  • Viewed historical bond/MLO elections for TSD and nearby districts
  • A common strategy is to request a new bond when a previous one is ready to be paid off so there is no tax increase.

Comments:

  • Does the survey data change the facts about where the district is and what MPC is recommending we need?
  • Passed new TSD reinvented plan with members voting yes to move it forward.

Dr. Maas,

Mr. Jones

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Action: MPC Meeting Calendar 2016-17

Dr. Maas presented a draft meeting calendar for 2016-2017 academic year starting in August.

LINK:  2016-17 MPC Calendar

Motion to accept the calendar:

  • 1st: Candie Joshi
  • 2nd: Caleb Jordan

Dr. Maas

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Attendance Boundary Study Committee

Dr. Maas suggested organizing a sub committee to target a discussion about what will happen if TSD’s reinvented plan is passed.  We need to poll parents from the affected communities. Create a study group primarily of parents who live in those areas.  MPC members can join the study committee.

We will add this to the August agenda for further discussion. This group will come back in December with suggestions.  MPC will be involved in this committee.

Dr. Maas

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MPC service recognitions

Dr. Maas handed out service recognitions to MPC members.

  • Certificates of recognition were given to all members.
  • Dr. Jason Hatch received a special recognition for chairing the committee for 2015-2016 year.
  • Caleb Jordan graduated HS this year so he will not be on the committee next year.

Dr. Maas

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Announcements

  • New Vice Chair to be elected at the August meeting: call for nominations
  • Board of Education Regular Meeting incl Bond/MLO Decisions: June 15, 2016 @ 6:00 PM, Boardroom
  • June 22, 2016 special meeting with BOE for bond and MLO.
  • Next Meeting:

Mary Lou Rogers stated that the ABC’s of school finance on June 23, 2016 @ 7 is scheduled.

Dr. Hatch

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Adjourn

Meeting was adjourned at 7:00 pm.

Motion:

1st:  Candie Joshi

2nd: Doug Luithly

Dr. Hatch

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February 2, 2015        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                 Last Updated:                        Approved:

Location: Administration building, board room #129

ATTENDEES

Board of Education: Bob Kerrigan

District: Skip Armatoski, Charlie Carter, Deb Huffsmith, Dan Maas, Terry Ruddick, Stan Scheer, Matt Throop, Sharon Tillman, Trudy Trimbath

Community / MPC Members / Guests:

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Call to order

Mr. Berg

C

Pledge of Allegiance

Mr. Berg

C

Approval of Agenda

Motions:

1st -

2nd - Candi Joshi

Mr. Berg

C

Action

  1. Approval of the Minutes from 1/5/15

Motions:

1st - Christine Manzanares

2nd -

Discussion

  1. Whole Group MPC Discussion
  1. Facility Performance Scorecards (Drafts)
  1. Elementary Schools
  2. Middle Schools
  3. High Schools
  1. Whole Group MPC Discussion
  1. District Growth: New Schools
  2. School Improvements Summary
  3. Transportation: Fleet condition
  1. Formation of an Efficiency SubCommittee
  1. School Consolidations Strategy
  1. Format: does it speak to you?  Does it answer questions or inspire conversation?
  2. Please read the information.  This represents 15 facility scorecards.  We are working on the rest.
  3. Members reviewed the documents and were asked to highlight areas of concern.
  4. Members were instructed to write down notes as needed.

Comments:

  • Very helpful to have some of the pictures on the back
  • Boundary is critical; sense of ownership
  • Add terminology page
  • Great information
  • Numbers on back are district prioritization

  • Identify type of programs such as STEM
  • Confused with highlighted things, but do for all of them
  • Pictures are hard to connect with descriptions/information
  • One HS improvement document says swing sets to be installed this summer; please correct that mistake.

We will finalize the other 17 sites in the next two weeks.  Then we will meet with principals so they can look at their documents and give us feeback.  

Project amanagement information includes information from 15 buildings.This is a look at rough data. Please add your comments or thoughts if we didn’t get a chance to talk about it.

Comments:

  • Looks like the district is commiting to air conditioning  
  • I see it as an opportunity.  
  • Very stifling in schools and very hard to ask students to learn in the heat.
  • LHS used fans and students couldn’t hear the teacher……...it affects learning!!  
  • Energy usage issue.
  • Cooling is a message we’re addressing.  
  • Cheaper to expand or improve than to build a new school.
  • Asbestos is a frightening problem. If no damage on floors or ceilings, nothing bad is being released. Buildings are old so we do have buildings that have it.  
  • Dan states that this list is still bare bones improvements. These aren’t modernizing our sites; maybe we need to improve entrances?  No big dreams on this list.  No new fangled items, needs only.

DAC - March 10, 2015 meeting invitation to discuss:

  1. “Whether district leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the district's performance plan."  
  2. “Assisting the district in implementing the district's parent engagement policy."

Kodi Fidler / DAC Chair

March DAC would like to have a joint committee meeting with several committees and the community at large, including stakeholders, DAC, MPC, etc., School board, Rotary. all are talking about the same thing ; we need money.  Gather and meet at a HS;;;Tuesday, March 10 possible.  

what are we going to do with all this information.  do we need a bond issue?  How do we all rally behind this cause?  What is the consensus?  let's do something?  this happened last year, great presentation but nothing happened!  This is a bond issue.  HS venue, tuesday night, 6 to 8??  Yes.  

 

Announcements

  1. Next MPC meetings
  1. March 2, 2015, District Administration
  2. April 6, 2015, District Administration

 

Other Business

Adjourn - Mr. Berg

Replacement vehicles / fleet re: Transportation

Replacement schedule; different vehicles that should be replaced; gives suggested replacement dates; replacement cost total is what it would take to replace a vehicle.  Uses a system including maintenance and repairs.  WE currently have 88 school buses. Sme buses are pushing 250,000 to 300,000 miles. Purpose is to give mpc a sense of where we are / reality.  We still have capital reserve but it is no longer required by law.  This doc is the effect of all the cuts in funding over the years.  

NEW SCHOOLS / BOUNDARIES

Draft document distributed showing district, main roads, new developments.  Looked at new subdivisions and based new school options from that.  We are looking at sites. Map shows growth areas. The goal is to have new schools as part of our blueprint.  Don’t know when but we do know approximately where.  How do we make this document show that? 8.5 X 11 is a small picture of what we want to show.  Feeder areas and boundaries would help/HS’s.Double size the paper.  Show boundaries and show the schools.  WE are working on boundaries because of our new school and boundaries have to be set by September.  CO is an open enrollment state.  Dr. Scheer wants a committee and asked from MPC a subcommittee to meet and go thru the efficiency conversations and boundaries and consolidation maps.  290 capacity elementary is not very efficient.  B obbie Johnson, Shelley Ashen, Lynn Greer, Della Gyagos, Candi JOshi, Doug Luithy volunteered.  Dan will contact these people to schedule a meeting.

DAC / Kodi Fidler / Chair

Next mpc here on march 2.  Will talk with Dr. Scheer about what to present in March.  We understand whats coming together here in MPC.  Please let does on table.  April 6 spring break, what about MPC

January 5, 2014        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                 Last Updated:                        Approved:

Location: Mountain View High School - Library / Media Center

ATTENDEES

Board of Education: Bob Kerrigan, Lori Hvizda Ward

District: Skip Armatoski, Dan Maas, Terry Ruddick, Stan Scheer, Matt Throop, Sharon Tillman, Trudy Trimbath

Community / MPC Members / Guests: Chris Bellmar, Kurt Berg, Aili Bundy, Kristina Cavey, Hannah Doran, Jason Hatch, Marc Heiser, Deb Huffsmith, Bobbie Johnson, Candie Joshi, Maia Mattise Lorenzen, Doug Luithly, Christine Manzanares, Nancy Rumfelt, Shannon Voggesser, Sara Wright, Randy Zila

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Call to order

Mr. Berg

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Pledge of Allegiance

Mr. Berg

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Approval of Agenda

Motions:

1st - Maia Mattise Lorenzen

2nd - Bobbie Johnson

Mr. Berg

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01. Approval of Minutes from 12/1/14

Motions:

1st - Mr. Berg

2nd - Dr. Hatch

Dr. Hatch

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  1. Whole Group MPC Discussion
  1. Facility Performance Scorecards (Drafts)
  1. Elementary Schools
  2. Middle Schools
  3. High Schools

  • Condition of buildings is what the performance score card delivers.
  • The condition of our schools contribute to our property values.
  • Goal: Communicate to the public the conditions of our building.  Provide understanding.
  • District buildings need to include repairs, conditions, enhancements.
  • Prepared and shared “working” drafts/working documents @ 50% to 75% readiness. Drafts include photos of some areas.
  • Provided a document which will be used for publications for committee review.
  • Members went thru docs and discussed what they say to you.  Do they seem fair or reasonable?
  • Is there something else we’re not telling people?
  • Suggestions??
  • Members started working on elementary school documents, making notes directly on the pages.(This doc’s purpose was to give you an idea of ie roof condition as well as other areas.)
  • Repair values: number at top only includes repair expenses, not enhancements.

Verbal feedback from committee for elementary schools:

  • Match wording with the pictures and specific information
  • What do the energy star numbers mean exactly
  • Show what improvements would do for the space.
  • Include maintenance costs with problems.
  • What is the return on the costs provided?
  • How do you prioritize?
  • Make high priorities more noticeable.
  • 3 separate categories; divide into categories; maybe include sub numbers.
  • Big costs are overwhelming/break them down somehow.
  • Is a roof problem an energy need or safety need?
  • Make it simpler; not complicated.
  • Don’t consolidate too much/break it down.
  • Distinguish between red and yellow.
  • Communicate clearly the condition of each major aspect.
  • Per student?  Is that a real value?
  • Total $$ should agree with front to back.

Verbal feedback for MS/HS:

  • All info will be published on the web as well as hand outs to students/parents.
  • Purpose is to give an honest assessment of district buildings.
  • Identify specific programs available per site on page so people know what that info is about.

General reactions:

  • Good start

Comments from the committee were documented.

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  1. Whole Group MPC Discussion
  1. TSD Enrollment and Facilities
  1. Current Boundary Maps
  2. Facilities at or over capacity
  3. Regions that need new schools
  4. Facilities under capacity

Current boundary info:

  • Elementary, MS, HS / 3 levels

  • Why do we have boundaries as per committee ?
  • Equally divide up numbers
  • Historical value
  • Transportation needs
  • Planning for capacity
  • Building needs
  • Schools have the right amount of students and at capacity

Skip shared a document with capacity numbers for discussion.

What do the numbers mean and why do they look they way they do?

  • Utilization means enrollment
  • Some schools disconnect in enrollment and fulfillment/ residence
  • Choice makes a difference
  • Growth makes a difference
  • According to numbers, we need to adjust boundaries
  • Across HS’s range is 115%

Surprises/Questions:

  • Elementaries have the highest rate of choice
  • Do we survey parents to find out why they choice out/in? We have not tabulated rationales. The “Why” is still nebulous.
  • Do the top 3 schools in the district have the highest choice in?

Options:

  1. Move boundaries
  2. Consolidation
  3. Closing schools? If we close an elementary school, it would have to be for 6 years.  Can’t close a school at this time especially with all the new homes being built in Loveland/Berthoud areas..
  4. Build a new school

Questions:

  • Will we be changing boundaries? Yes, because we will be opening a new K-8 school.  New boundaries must be in place 1 year before we open a new school.
  • Last huge boundary changes were made in 2000 but it included a grandfather clause.

Why do we need boundaries as per Planning?

  1. Every kid is quantified a seat at a school
  2. For transportation/ bussing

Fact: 80-95% of the capacity of the school will be within the boundary

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Written comments from committee members & guests:

  • Put square footage size and price per sq. ft together.
  • Add optimal capacity.
  • Important to provide parents more than a view of one school.  Give them the “big picture” view.  Efficiency vs cost as how it fits in district picture.
  • Scorecard outline: Take out the numbers at the top.  Then divide the problems out by yellow, green and red.  Have the number by each program and then the total for each category a the bottom.  Also, if every household in the community is going to be taxed for this school, have a number for each house instead of each student. Attach a letter so the parents know what they are looking at or a key to explain how to read.  Explain the student number.
  • Have square footage multiplied by dollar tied together, so that parents understand how you came up with a repair dollar total. Description above programs offered so we know what that list is referring to.
  • RDI for energy; prioritization of all red, all yellow, etc.
  • RDI & cost savings
  • Max Mar - visitor bleacher updates. Include STEM.
  • Tie improvements to raise energy star rating. RDI for energy improvements.
  • LEMS/east football field needs to be rolled & leveled; not usable in present condition.
  • TVHS/auditorium sound system, softball field/total repair, additional gym.
  • Berthoud El/Football field; what field reference too? The infield?Can this reference be more specific of fields?
  • Add prioritization marker/symbol to direct reader to most important needs.
  • TVHS/ auditorium / be specific about what components?
  • Add heading in usage box that includes programs offered.
  • Would help if you easily know if school is fully, partially or no AC.  Summary has it, that is good. What is fulfillment ratio on facility performance scorecard? Explain boundary choice in/choice out = attendance.
  • Use different colors in the usage box and move to bottom of document. Key for what yellow, green, red mean at bottom also.
  • IB Program
  • Only add pictures for severe conditions, instead of $$ at cost reason, add $$ to front page

Changes to documents will be considered as requested.

Changes to be made as needed..

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Announcements

  1. Next MPC meetings
  1. February 2, 2015, District Administration
  2. March 2, 2015, District Administration

Adjourn

1st motion: Maia Matise

2nd motion: Bobbie Johnson

December 1, 2014        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                 Last Updated: 11-04-14                        Approved:

Location: Thompson Valley High School - Library / Media Center

ATTENDEES

Board of Education: Pam Howard, Bob Kerrigan, Lori Hvizda-Ward

District: Skip Armatoski, Charlie Carter, Deb Huffsmith, Erv Klein, Dan Maas, Terry Ruddick, Stan Scheer, Sharon Tillman, Steve Towne, Trudy Trimbath

Community / MPC Members / Guests: Shelley Ashenbrenner, Karl Barton, Chris Bellmar, Kurt Berg, Troy Bliss, Suzanne Samuel-Burrett, Shana Cundall, Hannah Doran, Jen Fodness, Donna Gallegos, Lynn Greer, Jason Hatch, Bobbie Johnson, Caleb Jordan, Candie Joshi, Doug Luithly, Christine Manzanares, Maia Matise-Lorenzen, Candie Joshi, Christine Torres, Brian J. Wangler, Randy Zila

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Call to order

Mr. Berg

Pledge of Allegiance

Committee said pledge together.

Mr. Berg

Approval of Agenda

1st Shana Cundall

2nd Caleb Jordan

Mr. Berg

Approval of the Minutes from 11/3/14

1st Maia Matise-Lorenzen

2nd Caleb Jordan

...

Dr. Hatch

City of Loveland Long Range Planning Presentation - Mr. Karl Barton

Some highlight were as follows:

  • Northwest and north east of Boyd Lake Avenue will be the most new home buildng
  • Hwy 402/287 corridor will be developed
  • Community interest: downtown remains a vital place and economically viable
  • 287 corridor to the north will be developed in the future/mostly retail development
  • Southeast I25 corridor will be developed
  • Where does a school district fit in as an economic driver?  Quality of the school district is a big part of economic development. Loveland is competing with other northern colorado townes. Investors & companies look at values and providing an environment where people want to live and thrive.

Link: City of Loveland Presentation

To find out what’s going on in Loveland, check out:www.createloveland.com.

BREAKOUTS

Capital Repair & Maintenance

Site Facility Scorecards Review has been completed or is being done for each school.

To view "Scorecards", please click on this link.

Critical Issues:

Red Light (high priority)

Yellow Light (medium)

Green Light (lower priority)

  • Balanced scorecards contain all vital statistics of each school.
  • Do we want to establish scorecards for stadiums/fields?
  • Should also review schools requiring renovation/upgrades?
  • Aggregate view of needs
  • The needs report is ranked from one to ten in need of importance (which to do first?).
  • Lead schools incorporate teaching tools to show how the school is run (energy efficiency, etc.)
  • Energy Star scores are a powerful tool to tell where schools are functioning regarding energy use / 1 to 100 scoring.  Energy Star also tells a good story about how the school is doing with energy efficiencies.
  • How do you sell sustainability?  What level do you engage teachers?

IT Infrastructure

DEVICES:

  • Resources for minimal capacity keep going up as device capacity increases.
  • Teachers need devices to teach. Connectivity to apps and parents is essential to their work.
  • Students are expected to use their devices to make presentations and fulfill assignments.
  • Who pays for 1:1 devices? Is that an expected family cost or the responsibility of the district?

Decisions need to be made to develop a program for “bringing your own device” or district supplying devices for all students.

Sports and Arts Amenities

  • Pam Howard explained the process of a bond/mill levy.  
  • The group wanted to understand the process and be diligent in the needs of all the athletic/activities district wide.  
  • Deb H asked that for the next meeting, the group bring what they think will be needed district wide for athletics and activities.  
  • Deb will bring a powerpoint to the next meeting with some estimated costs for some items already talked about in earlier meetings.

Transportation and Boundaries

Talked about shortening walk distances and what the impact would be on Transportation.  Impact would be huge with just a ½ mile difference.

COMMENT: Would appreciate moving the focus in the Transportation and Boundaries sub-committee from Transportation to thinking about potential school boundary changes to address the growth areas within the city.

WHOLE GROUP DISCUSSION

Finance in TSD - Steve Towne

Finance in TSD Presentation

Bonds/Mill Levies and Elections - Dr. Maas

NEXT MEETING

January 5, 2015

Mountain View High School

November 3, 2014        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                 Last Updated: 11-04-14                        Approved:

Location: Loveland High School - Media Center

ATTENDEES

Board of Education: Pam Howard, Bob Kerrigan

District: Skip Armatoski, Todd Ball, Margaret Crespo, Deb Huffsmith, Erv Klein, Dan Maas, Michelle Malvey, Terry Ruddick, Stan Scheer, Sharon Tillman, Trudy Trimbath

Community / MPC Members / Guests: Shelley Ashenbrenner, Karl Barton, Chris Bellmar, Kurt Berg, Troy Bliss, Rick Bowles, Bill Breunig, Aili Bundy, Charlie Carter, Reed Charron, Shana Cundall, Hannah Doran, Jen Fodness, Lynn Greer, Jason Hatch, Marc Heiser, Bobbie Johnson, Caleb Jordan, Chris Lindgren, Doug Luithly, Christine Manzanares, Maia Matise-Lorenzen, Jody McNaly, Trish Monfond, Candie L. Joshi, Tim Ridder, Pete Scheck, Christine Torres, Shannon Voggesser, Brian J. Wangler, K. J. Wood, Di Worner, Sara Wright, Randy Zila

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Call to order

Mr. Berg

Approval of Agenda

Dr. Margaret Crespo will present a survey crafted by the Strategic Exploratory committee

Mr. Berg

Approval of the Minutes from 10/6/14

1st Maia Matise-Lorenzen

2nd Jason Hatch

...

Dr. Hatch

Strategic Programs

Part of Margaret’s roll to the MPC will be the following:

  • Working on BOE strategies which are programs in the district and ones that we don’t have currently. i.e. enhanced GT and STEM.
  • Attended a regional STEM conference.
  • We are exploring a Montessori program.
  • Sending out a survey to parents with a link in the Reporter Herald. Will share the results with MPC.
  • Survey questions include program interests.
  • We offer everything our neighboring districts offer.

Margaret said it is very helpful to know what’s happening all over Colorado school districts.

Demographics

  • People moving in without children
  • Large home school community
  • Boundaries & convenience
  • Programs that people want
  • How do we tune our plan?
  • Should we redefine Loveland or adapt?
  • 40,000 new to Loveland; 6,000 are kids
  • Lacking another anchor employer

Perception

Poudre - the elevator speech about their district and good schools

Values

  • What are the values now?
  • What changes should we have?

Innovations

  • What innovations do we have?
  • What innovations do we need?

New Schools

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Follow up: Where are the kids?

Choicing out of TSD

Capital Repair/Maintenance

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Facility Performance Scorecard

  • scorecard for each school (great idea)
  • expand if possible with a report card for each school
  • Example was Loveland HS
  • get a good basis for what is needed at school,
  • essential things and critical issues at each school,
  • discussion on break even point on the education side, need data for each
  • How do we tell the story?
  • What are peoples ideas of value for our schools
  • reviewed photos of priority needs
  • discussion issues of specifics I.E. security issues, time line issues
  • discussion on $$ facility needs
  • Have students do the simple repair on some buildings for practical experience
  • Summary: keep scorecard because its a great communication tool
  • the info on priority needs report is important

IT Infrastructure

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Physical structure of IT equipment

- Costs of moving away from current microwave system to fiber.

- Discussed methods for providing internet

Obtain projected costs to maintain current system and upgrade to meet future needs.

What does it cost to have a company provide the IT services.

Wired Local Area Networks

(Antiquated)

TDS network infrastructure built in 1999.

Upgraded backbone of the network with 2005 bond money.

  • Schools need faster cabling to handle increased traffic and devices.
  • Video systems are now in HD and require better cabling.
  • Can we keep putting a “band-aid” on the problem?
  • Does it make sense to have a company provide the service and infrastructure for the internet, or do we continue to try and maintain our own infrastructure?

We need to let the community know about the need we have for better IT in the district.

Write opinion pieces in RH to address the need.

New equipment is needed in each school to handle devices and traffic within the schools

WiFi

  • The capacity in each room is inadequate.
  • Kids are using more devices for learning, average of 3 devices per person.
  • Integrated systems- clocks, printers, 911, video surveillance.
  • $700,000 to replace all WiFi services in all schools.

Forming a marketing group to get the message out and let the community know about the needs for IT services.

Prioritizing resources to IT infrastructure improvements is mandatory; maybe the top priority.

Athletics & Arts Amenities

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

athletic directors all sport stadium opinions

  • This is not a new idea. If we are going to do this, it needs to be top of the line. Instead of new, save money and renovate to the level that we want. i.e. second playable gym, turf for Max Marr, improve safety for B weight room, possibly athletic storage or improve the track like an enclosed space to run track meets,
  • Build a new stadium; may not be  updating.
  • ask for the bond; a request hasn’t been made public yet
  • make it a priority to improve the school athletics areas
  • advertize when we are hosting big meets to gather support
  • Separate bond for athletics outside of the singular bond to be sure it gets full attention

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Bonds/Resources

  • Very behind in terms of passing bonds compared to neighboring districts
  • Demographics aren’t as focused on education. (No University, etc.)
  • Waiting 10 years since last bond will help us in terms of passing a new bond (Strategy/Slogans, Competitive Edge “Ft. Collins did it”)
  • If the BOE doesn’t see community support then it won’t support a bond.
  • Have to have Chamber of Commerce on board.
  • Biggest employment in our region is TSD.
  • Will there be a mallevi with the bond?
  • Community Members, MPC members, groups, etc. (Lots of groups and clubs) come to BOE and lay out what is needed for the community. (Listen to the voters)
  • Have Board Commision a survey to help guide a piece of a bond for a stadium
  • Have more students come in on BOE whether it be sports, music, etc.
  • Write letter to the editor to start the “Need” feeling

HW: Compile a list of needs that you personally see.

Transportation/Boundaries

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Transporting students for classes held at a different school.

Space availability is utiized now, so some in the under one and a half miles may be riding space available.

We spoke about loops in transport for high schools and how it works.  It takes 80+ minutes to make a loop.  The kids that do this do miss other classes at their school. Some schools do not have a place for buses to drop off students if the 1 miles distance is accepted.

skype?

Walk radiuses and boundaries

  • If a child has to travel or walk too far, are families choosing to attend another school because the parent has to drive anyway?
  • Does transportation or lack of have much more impact than we realize?
  • Does improved funding = higher attendance?

October 6, 2014        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                 Last Updated: 10-16-14                        Approved:

Location: Berthoud High School - Instructional Media Center

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Call to order

Mr. Berg

Approval of Agenda

Dr. Maas indicated he would substitute for Mr. Throop who cannot be in attendance tonight.

Wood & Matisse

Mr. Berg

Approval of the Minutes from 9/8/14

None

Hatch & Jordan

Dr. Hatch

Expanded Membership for 2014-15

Only one name to add to this year’s committee: Dr. Randy Zila

Hatch & Kasey

Dr. Hatch

Capital Repair/Maintenance

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

K-8 Concept

  • Safety-Achievement-Engagement-Community: Research Parameters -Milwaukee, Baltimore, Philadelphia- Direct Feed v. Non-Direct Feed.
  • Research Data sources on link.
  • Physical v Academic v Emotional -
  • Students/Parents- Maintain Transition from 8-9.
  • What were negative impact?-
  • Those things outlined as needing to be watched for (in Presentation) Efficiencies increased.
  • Demographic dynamics become less pronounced.  

Deferred Maintenance

  • Expand on Throop pie Chart: Ref Area- Definitions!
  • Deferred Main = $57 Million.
  • What is in which buckets- lingering questions.
  • Tonight: HVAC & Maintenance- Data from site surveys-
  • School Dude- Does Dude Project item costs over the 6 yr plan?
  • Earmarked items by life cycle (IE- Roof) include COL increases.
  • How translate Capital Expenditure: Depreciation Schedule v Bond-Academic World.
  • Balanced scorecard for each school (IE- Break Even Efficiency per school against costs to maintain) -Tie in to K-8 Program.
  • Have Tabor Reserve allocations been made by property. Year specific. ?
  • Leverage Properties in exchange for cash for improvement/ maintenance budget.

Air Conditioning

  • What’s the Pulse: Does the Long Term Academic plan include year round school?
  • Training - Multi-Use, nice but with no plan hard to sell.
  • Needs, wants, must haves?..
  • Divide the cost over the use cycle and we face a huge hurdle.
  • Largest expense is staffing. $120 mil budget 80% staff cost, increase dates in service.
  • Year Round isn’t always accepted.
  • School to School comparison “What’s in my backyard” How do we adjust allocations and management of resource needs by school.
  • 29th St August 28th- LHS back doors all open due to no AC- Ambient Inside 88degs.

K-8

  • Benefits now intuitive (safety achievement)

  • Baltimore - Milwaukee examples Need examples more like TSD ( Rural, smaller metro Colorado)

New Schools

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Demographics

  • Capacity is fairly misleading.
  • If over the capacity number it will cause a lot of inconvenience and is concerning.
  • How to bring students to TSD when we have large occupancy?
  • Have to not allow kids who have gone to school that are not within the attendance area
  • Need to hit the issues as soon as possible.
  • Pay attention to all the smaller schools as well as the bigger ones
  • Realize what needs done for each area

Projections

  • Houses are being built everywhere:

4,000 houses in each (Berthoud, Ponderosa, Loveland) 12,000 in Mountain View.

  • Filling up Mountain View rapidly
  • Shovel ready- missing finance
  • What everyone wants is different

attract more people but still

  • Redefining boundaries (pros and cons)
  • Figure out where we need more seats
  • Have enough for students in our area but still attract others
  • Need more schools (especially elementaries ex: Berthoud)

K-8 Concept

WHY? Safety, Achievement, Engagement, Community.

  • Safety: relationships, less distractions
  • Achievement: Less transition, leadership
  • Engagement: Connection
  • Successful if you obtain a few components
  • Many studies as to where it will work.

  • Needed if the schools do not have a clean feeder school system.
  • Where not overloading capacity
  • Look to the future and decide what fits each community better.

IT Infrastructure

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Bandwidth Application

  • Better bandwidth
  • Infrastructure is aging and slow
  • Slow Internet access efects testing and projects
  • We find value in improving our technology to allow students to compete and learn
  • Need to find solution for slow access to remote areas
  • What is the exact download needs per school, per student?
  • New technology and improved internet access that is faster is of great value to students and teachers.
  • Bandwidth is just as important as electricity for our schools. This is an issue which cannot be neglected.
  • TDS needs to make all schools equal in available bandwidth speeds.

Identify goals for what we want for TDS schools as far as technology and bandwidth.

Start making an effort to present a cogent method for putting a plan together for meeting and exceeding needs for IT within TDS.

WAN Infrastructure

  • Infrastructure is lacking, but IT within TDS has done a great job at meeting current needs.
  • Important for connecting schools
  • Slow speeds a big problem
  • Radio system for providing signal for schools has been effective to this point, but are now slow and affected by weather, etc.
  • Redundancy is in place, but unable to keep up.
  • State Educational Technology Recommendations indicate that TDS is going to need substantial upgrades to meet 2017-18 targets.
  • How are other school districts meeting their IT/Wifi needs?
  • Checking into selling existing equipment or keeping existing technology for back-up purposes.
  • Longevity of new systems like fiber optics.
  • TDS needs to improve WAN infrastructure and  bandwidth to meet state recommendations.
  • We need to get an idea of what other districts are doing to meet their IT needs.

Fiber Optic Options

  • Improves speed and reliability compared to existing system.
  • Splice points for some schools is a major cost issue.
  • Private vs municipal fiber costs
  • Maintenance can be covered by company.
  • Cost for improving existing infrastructure vs. purchasing fiber optic.
  • Improving security of data regarding assignments, grading, testing, etc.
  • Need to get a cost estimate for going with private vs municipal fiber.
  • Is Loveland moving toward a municipal fiber system?

Need cost analysis for fiber from a private company vs municipal fiber for all schools in the district.

Start researching a method for getting a bond vs mill levy for funds to meet these IT needs.

Concerns: Farming out to other servers such as Google

  1. Secure? Privacy breach could be detrimental to entire community - ripple effect.
  2. 2. Cost? Free now but what about future?

General concern

  1. Losing the human element? Are we creating a new generation that will have no clue how to interact with another human being?
  2. Who overseas? Sounds like “Big Brother”.

Athletics & Arts Amenities

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

New District All Sport Stadium

  • What does this look like to the subcommittee?
  • Don’t want to keep up with the top notch, but at least have a good place for all of our athletes.
  • Get close to, or compare to other facilities.
  • If we had an All Sport Stadium, we could host invitationals or State competitions
  •  Would be a busy stadium
  • would get to spend the money that we make from the stadium
  • Some students see Ray Patterson as only TVHS rather than for the other schools too
  • One turf field to feed 60,000 students, that belongs to city
  • Turf in Longmont isn’t the greatest, you have to do it right
  • Douglas and Adams 12 counties ~ sponsored stadiums
  • Land
  • Southeast area over by MVHS
  • 5-8 acres
  • Loveland/Berthoud Towns
  • We have outside fields
  • Towns have inside gyms
  • Find out parameters for naming rights
  • how much money does it really make for naming rights?
  • Parking would need to be decided
  • Where/What the property would look like
  • Concessions
  • Locker rooms
  •  Bathrooms
  • Price? $8-10 million?
  • Have Coaches, Athletes, ADs, for input
  • Traffic and Parking

Positives

  • Revenue
  • 20 Home football Games
  • Soccer and Cross Country meets
  • 50 - 52 Competitions
  • Not counting middle schools and town fields

Negatives

  • Adding another facility to the list
  • See the differences between turf and grass fields

  • Find out why JeffCo Switched to Turf

  • Somebody from Town or LSP

Sound Systems

Auditoriums

  • LHS - 800 seats
  • TVHS - 1200 seats
  • MVHS -
  • BHS -
  1. Sound Systems
  2. Bathrooms - not enough, not updated
  3. Seating Capacity

We have a lot of auditoriums in our districts

Why haven’t some of these issues haven’t been fixed?

  • Level of Priority?
  • Can only do more with less for so long
  • Kids are worth it, even if you don’t have kids it great for the community (Passing the Bond)

Art for Everyone to See

  • Need more room?

Current Athletic Fields

Current Stadiums

  • Ray Patterson Stadium
  • Max Marr Stadium
  • District Soccer Field at MVHS

Middle Schools

  • Tracks - $250,000 for 6 Lanes, All Weather
  • Turner only All Weather

Issues

  • Have to buy more dirt, etc.
  • Having to turn down smaller kids

  • Adding Baseball/Softball fields into or will it be too much?
  • Keep everything else if we put in the All Sport Stadium
  • If Stadium is grass turn the others into turf
  • If it’s going to happen, then we need to do it right
  • Make the most out of it
  • Timeline of Action
  • More detailed positives and negatives

Transportation/Boundaries

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Demographics

  • Are some of the schools on the west side that are unpopulated because they are inefficient?
  • Are they choosing not to go?
  • Have neighborhoods grown up and will they come back?
  • School of choice?
  • Sense of neighborhoods
  • Usage vs. test scores?
  • Choosing a program for lower population schools?
  • Two philosophies of making neighborhood the best or taking your child to the best?
  • Age of buildings?

K-8 Concept

  • does it have to be in the same building? (no, can be close sites)
  • transportation to school? can it handle start/stop times, busing?
  • could alleviate or add a lot.
  • scale of k-8 vs. huge scale of HS, rough transition?
  • what about extra curricular activities?
  • 2 tier busing-middle school with high school, elementary separate.
  • what is cost of modifying restrooms, buildings, etc.?
  • strength in academics, a family

leadership

  • safe i=environment to be you. kids that don’t mature as fast vs.those who do, extending them to be who they are and take time to mature.
  • siblings staying together.
  • stability.
  • keep parent involvement longer?  still doing their duties?
  • be thoughtful about not creating socioeconomic balancing?

Fleet Condition

  • Does the district receive requests for smaller radiuses or more busing or has school of choice offset the need to keep the bus at capacity?
  • extra-sports first
  • complications of having riders help pay?
  • could it be set up as a school fee, one time?
  • school buses are still valued, field trips.
  • needed benefit
  • city bus routes?

Next meeting:  November 3, 2014, Loveland High School library

September 8, 2014        5:00 PM to 7:00 PM                 Last Updated: September 11, 2014                        Approved: Pending

Location: TSD District Administration Building, 800 S. Taft St., Loveland, CO 80537

MPC

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Meeting convened at 5:00 PM

Kathleen Hatanaka
2013-14 Chair

Approval of the Agenda

Jennifer Fodness and Ron Messenger

Approved

Approval of new MPC members

Hannah Doran, Kristina Cavey, Reed Charron, Kurt Berg, Jason Hatch, Christine Ruffin, Doug Luithly, Shannon Vogesser, Sandra Sanchez

Rick Bowles and Charlie Carter

Approved

Election of MPC Chair

Kurt Berg

Doug Luithly and Shannon Voggesser

Approved

Election of MPC Vice Chair

Jason Hatch

Shannon Voggesser and Christine Ruffin

Approved

Expanded MPC Membership

David Meeker, Gary Lyons, K. John Wood, Skip Bolding, Shelley Aschenbrenner, Bobbie Johnson, Sara Wright, Christopher Bellmar, Alli Hanson, Brian Wangler, Candie Joshi, Chris Lindgren, Chris Lindgren, Lynn Greer, Reid Hollander, Roderick Blackard, Shana Cundall, Christine Manzanares, Bill Breunig

Kristina Cavey and Doug Luithly

Approved

Superintendent’s Charge

Dr. Scheer summarized challenges ahead of TSD.  The Class of 2027 are enrolled in TSD right now.  But TSD schools are “way, way behind.”  MPC needs to help build community buy-in.  The Master plan needs to put some emotion into the plan.  Let’s live up to the motto: We are Thompson.

MPC Introductions

Each new member introduced themselves by name and an interest.

Organizing the MPC

Dr. Maas outlined the work process of MPC that will include creation of 5 subcommittees.  TSD Staff will provide liaison services to each subcommittee.  Meetings will be held at school locations on the first Monday of each month from October through February.  March through May meetings will return to the District Administration.

Capital Repair/Maintenance

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Matt Throop distributed  a breakdown of capital needs totalling $184,709,066

Pie Chart Handout

Table Conversation Reports

  • Geographic breakdown
  • What is compelling?
  • Community pride
  • Good money after bad
  • When does useful life end?
  • Capital & maintenance combined?
  • Natural overlaps
  • Where are we with current $?
  • Do we have project management
  • Methods of measurement?
  • New schools vs history

New Schools

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Skip Armatoski reported on growth projections in TSD.

  • An explosion is coming
  • an imbalance in where seats are located vs where the growth is
  • 3 feeder systems will have explosive growth

Table Conversation Reports

  • High growth areas going to either district?
  • Low growth choice to others
  • How real is this?
  • How soon?
  • Growth is projected- we could see growth slow down
  • Class size can be impacted
  • How does it affect boundaries?
  • Relationship with city

IT Infrastructure

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Erv Klein reported on IT issues.

  • Technology access is like a utility
  • What do we have?
  • Where do we need to go?
  • Devices, wifi, infrastructure
  • 3 devices per person?
  • Some wiring was installed as early as 1998

Table Conversation Reports

  • Students perspective: not one standard
  • Teachers need professional development
  • Assessments are on the computer
  • More costs involved
  • Is there co-op purchasing?
  • Return on investment
  • Partnerships with expenses
  • Alternative vs technology

Sports & Arts Amenities

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Debra Huffsmith discussed sports and arts amenities.

  • Shared an array of playing fields and venues in TSD

Table Conversation Reports

  • Lots of alternatives/less connection to school
  • New kinds of arts (video design)
  • Should not get injured on track
  • Sports equipment and music equipment

Transportation/Boundaries

Subject

Discussion

Recommendations

Actions

Status

Terry Ruddick introduced transportation and boundary issues.

  • Walking distance
  • Age of fleet

Whole group discussion

  • 80 Routes are currently in use
  • Charlie - IEP & Transport
  • Homeless transportation

Next meeting:

Adjournment - Reed Charron and Doug Luithly at 7:02 PM


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