A STUDY SESSION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD
OF THE MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 4
TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012
MESA PUBLIC SCHOOLS CURRICULUM SERVICES CENTER
549 North Stapley Drive, Mesa, AZ
1. Review of 2011-2012 Student Achievement
2. Establishment of 2012-2013 Academic and Work Product Goals
3. Discussion of Defining the Future IV Criteria
Ms. Sylvester reviewed segments of a report provided by Applied Economics. The report shows that the enrollment of Mesa Public Schools falls into three categories.
- Modest growth of the decade from 1990-1991 to 2000-2001
- Reduced, but still growing, enrollment in the three years from 2002-2003 to 2004-2005
- Negative growth rates and declining enrollment from 2005-2006 through 2011-2012
The report also shows that the enrollment is now more or less stagnant. The overall decline in enrollment is largely driven by real estate development plans and a shift in population due to age and demographic influences.
Ms. Sylvester stated that using the School Facilities Board (SFB) analysis regarding enrollment versus square footage at 90 square feet per student, the elementary schools appear to have 6500 empty seats. The SFB analysis also includes portable classrooms, hallways, multipurpose rooms, and auditoriums. Ms. Sylvester stated that if the district were to analyze the same information using the figure of 100 square feet per student, there wouldn't be enough space.
After much discussion, Board members asked the administration to bring back more information on how school buildings/portables are being used, what the community involvement at low enrollment schools is like, and what the population decline or growth may be in the future. They also asked that the administration leave a 10% capacity for growth in the elementary schools and look at the cost effectiveness of older schools/buildings.
4. Review of Proposed Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems
Mr. Lesar reviewed the proposed teacher and principal evaluation systems. The new teacher and principal evaluation systems meet the requirements outlined in state statutes while addressing the goal of helping teachers refine their professional practice and improve student learning. This new law was enacted in 2010 and requires that this new system be put in place by the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
The new teacher evaluation system requires:
- an annual evaluation of teachers
- rubrics for teaching performance aligned with national teaching standards as approved by the State Board of Education
- multiple classroom observations that account for 50 to 67 percent of the evaluation outcomes
- multiple student academic progress measurements that account for 33 to 50 percent of the evaluation outcomes
Ms. Sylvester asked the Board to review the wording for the 2012 bond election packet. She asked them to come back with suggestions and details at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 26. She reminded the Board that the information and wording needed to be neutral and not be a position statement.
The meeting adjourned at 11:51 a.m.