March 27, 2023
We provide a recap of our monthly school board action meetings as part of our commitment to providing timely, clear, and accurate information to students, staff, families, and the community.
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This meeting featured a recorded performance by our districtwide Elementary Honors Chorus, which included nearly 250 talented and enthusiastic students in fourth and fifth grade. The finale of the Singletary Center concert was an arrangement of "My Shot" from the Broadway musical "Hamilton."
1. Academic Services -- Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services Meocha Williams introduced GT coordinator Julie Gann, who shared an update on services provided to students identified as gifted and talented (GT). Nearly 22 percent of our district's total enrollment is GT, with around 9,000 students. "We ensure opportunity and access," Gann said, noting that GT participants are growing in numbers and diversity.
2. Construction Progress -- Chief Operating Officer Myron Thompson presented this month's construction highlights, including progress on the middle school on Polo Club Boulevard and the combined Career and Technical Education Center on Midland Avenue.
3. Equity Update -- Soraya Matthews, chief of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB), reported how her department is hosting "equity chats" with staff in the John D. Price Administration Building and recognizing Student Equity Champions and Staff Equity Champions in our schools. She also welcomed students from Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet Elementary and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, who described DEIB initiatives in their buildings.
4. Budget Update -- Deputy Superintendent Houston Barber shared a brief update on the recent budget work session, including 2023-24 priorities. "More information will be forthcoming as we continue to plan and build the budget," Barber said. The board will approve a tentative budget in late May and a final budget in September.
Among the consent items approved were:
- A contract with Freedom Tours to take Meadowthorpe Elementary fourth and fifth graders on an educational field trip to Washington, D.C.;
- A contract with Finalsite for a core communications platform that streamlines and enhances our school and district websites, mass notification system, a branded mobile app, and two-way home-to-school communications;
Under action items, the board approved the district's monthly finance report.
The following citizens addressed the board regarding items not on the agenda:
- Heather Cherry, Selvi Jeyaraj, Lamar Mason, fourth grader Alice Koyagi, Ashley Grupka, Amy Gibson, Monica Mundy, and Erik Schwartz.
The official minutes from the March 27 action meeting will be posted within the agenda of the next meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education.