Committee Members Present: Pia Holmes-Chair; Kati McCormick, Martha Witham
Board Members Present: Jennifer Dumond, Staci Fortunato, Kevin Lamoreau, Amanda Olson
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Katy Grondin, Teresa Beaudoin, Kathy Casparius, Heather Gauthier, Kim Silsby
Others Present: Patti Howe, Elena Sullivan
- Augusta School Department Lau Plan: Katy Grondin will review the updated Lau Plan with the committee. The Lau plan is a requirement for all school districts. It outlines the district policy regarding educating English Learners. It was last updated in 2015.
Katy Grondin presented the highlights of the Lau plan. Elena Sullivan is the 7–12 English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Coordinator and Shannon Morgan is the elementary ESOL Coordinator. It’s called the Lau Plan because of a 1974 Supreme Court decision Lau vs. Nichols. That court decision established that students who are English learners must be provided with English language acquisition support to enable them to meet the same challenging academic standards that other students are expected to meet. To update the Lau plan the team used the latest DOE template. Once the updated plan is approved, it will be put on the ASD website and will be part of the annual training. Ms. Grondin explained how students are identified. Once a student is identified teachers develop an Individualized Language Acquisition Plan (ILAP).
Motion by Kati McCormick to send the updated Lau Plan to the board for approval, second by Pia Holmes, so moved 3-0.
- Gifted and Talented Protocol: Katy Grondin and Patti Howe will review the updated Gifted and Talented Protocol.
Ms. Grondin said the Gifted and Talented Protocol was updated similar to the Lau Plan. Patti Howe is the Gifted and Talented District Coordinator and teaches grades 7-12 and Nick Hart teaches grades K-6. In updating the protocol there was input and feedback from the Gifted and Talented staff and administrators and developed a clear protocols for both staff and parents. Ms. Howe said GT referrals for all students in Grades K-12 are ongoing throughout the school year and are initiated through the RTI process which is new this year.
- Cony High School Graduation Requirements: Kim Silsby will share with committee members the need to extend the adjusted graduation requirements at 20 credits instead of 24 credits for the Class of 2022 due to the impact of COVID.
Ms. Silsby said they would like to adjust the graduation requirements to 20 credits instead of 24 credits. It would mean one less math credit, one less science credit one less social studies credit and one less language requirement. She said the high school did an analysis of all students and 13 students who are at risk would not be able to graduate with the current requirement of 24 credits. The state requires a minimum of 16 credits. Mr. Anastasio said this change would be beneficial to many students struggling due to the challenges and disruption caused by the pandemic. The committee discussed the proposal and asked that the graduation requirements be amended to 21 credits for the 2022 graduating class. They will review the requirements again next year.
Motion by Kati McCormick to recommend for board approval 21 total credits needed for the graduating class 2022, second by Martha Witham, so moved 3-0.
Meeting adjourned at 6:43 p.m.