• Saint Clair Evans and Carter G. Woodson merger scenario:

    Here, you will find updates and information related to the Saint Clair Evans and Carter G. Woodson merger scenario, including the agenda and meeting notes for each meeting. To obtain the minutes for each meeting, contact public records coordinator Tashonia Grant at PRR@duvalschools.org. 


    Final Working Group Scenario to Superintendent:

     

    After discussion and clarity from DCPS district staff, the working group recommends to Superintendent Dr. Greene, consolidation of Saint Clair Evans and Carter G. Woodson Elementary Schools into the New Northwestern Elementary with STEAM for school programming; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math theme for SY2020-2021.



    Pursuant to Board Policy 8.51, the community presentation of the Saint Clair Evans/Carter G. Woodson School Consolidation ACE Working Group Scenario commenced on May 7, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Working Group Chair, Sharon Robinson, presented the group scenario to the Superintendent’s Designee and community. 

    Public Meeting Notice was posted Friday, May 1, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.  

    Detailed notes to follow.

    Academic and Community Excellence (ACE) Community Meeting held May 7, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. via remote/virtual GoToMeeting link, https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/675523861 or phone number +1 (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 675-523-861

     Agenda

    Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 4:00 p.m

    Introduction

    Virtual Meeting Norms

    Public Comments

    Presentation of Working Group Scenario

    Public Response

    Adjourn Meeting



    Meeting Notes

    Call to Order:

    Saint Clair Evans / Carter G. Woodson ACE Community Meeting called to order at 4:00 p.m.

    Present:  44 participants, phone and webcam access

    School Board Member:  Honorable Darryl Willie, District 4

    District Staff:  Dana Kriznar, Sonita Young, Wayne Green, Tracy Pierce, Sharwonda Peek, Paul Soares, Laura Bowes, Jacqueline Kelley, Byron Page, Randy Gallup, Shanita Hairston, Barbara Sistrunk, Jennifer Lisella-Marcellus, Tracie Abraham, Beily Hernandez

    School Principals:  LaWanda Polydore, LaShawn Russ-Porterfield

    Virtual Meeting Norms:

    Roles:

    Meeting will be recorded for the purpose of minutes and a transcript that captures all conversation

    Meeting will end within a two (2) hour window unless a motion to extend is approved

    Rules:

    All mics will be muted at the beginning of the meeting – Cameras should be off

    Identified participants will have equal chance to speak and contribute

    Don’t interrupt.  Be polite & professional.  District personnel will acknowledge the speaker before speaking

    Public Comments:

    No public comments received prior to meeting (May 6, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

    Presentation of Scenario:

    Recommendation

    • Consolidate Carter G. Woodson and Saint Clair Evans into the New Northwestern Elementary School
    • The consolidated school shall have an emphasis on STEAM curriculum activities
    • The proposed STEAM curriculum shall integrate the following arts programs
    • Recording Studio
    • Media Center integrated in classroom activities
    • Fulltime arts resources
    • Integrated STEM resources

    Areas of Concern

    • New Northwestern Elementary School will open in August 2020, taking on Carter G. Woodson’s school grade of “F” in accordance with FLDOE Accountability System; school district will provide resources and academic support that improves student achievement
    • Bussing students from each school
    • The “Arts” component of STEAM will not be implemented

    Public Response:

    Caller #1 – Dr. Connie Goodman, Shares that the committee is cognoscente of the Letter Grade “B” earned by Saint Clair Evans and the hard work that went into the school.  The committee considered all aspects of earning the Letter “B.” This was a difficult decision and process, but the committee was striving to do what is best for all students.

    Caller #3 – Bridgette Nelson-Adams, representing Saint Clair Evans Academy, appreciative of Dr. Goodman’s comments.  Saint Clair Evans has gone beyond the call of duty to get to a “B” grade.  Be mindful that Carter G. Woodson students, even after the recommendation and depending on what happens will still have the opportunity to attend Saint Clair Evans Academy.

    Madame Chair – Sharon Robinson, the committee did ponder over the scenario of combining the two schools or keeping them as two separate schools.  We as a community are dedicated to supporting the two schools should they come together or to do whatever decision is made after we’ve presented our scenario.  We have committee ourselves as a community to support these two schools.  Thank you to everyone who has help the committee and put in the time to do what was best for the children.

    Meeting Adjourned:

    Meeting adjourned by Supervisor, Barbara Sistrunk at 4:16 p.m. 


    Please see below the ACE Working Group Meeting Agenda held on April 30, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. This meeting was via remote/virtual GoToMeeting link, https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/569501109 or phone number +1 (669) 224-3412 Access Code: 569-501-109. 

    Working Group Agenda

    April 30, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

    • Call to Order
    • Introduction/ Welcome
    • Attendance
    • Public Comments
    • Reading/ Approval of Minutes
    • Old Business
    • New Business
    • Reports from members on the preliminary discussions
    • Next Meeting Confirmation/ Adjournment


    Meeting Notes

    April 30, 2020 at 4:00pm

    Call to Order/Introduction/Welcome:

    Working Group members reached a quorum, the meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m. by Madame Chair Robinson. Working Group Members were introduced individually.

    Public Comments: opened discussion for public comments (3 minutes each)

    Dr. Sistrunk informed participants of district protocol for public comments. There were no public comments

    Reading/Approval of Minutes:

    Recording Secretary, Dr. C. Goodman, read (aloud) the Meeting Minutes from April 23, 2020 were read and approved as read, with corrections.

    DOE and Merger Updates:

    Mr. Green, Chief of Schools-  provided additional clarification from the FlDOE regarding the merger. Working group members were informed that the New Northwestern Elementary school would begin the 2020-21 school year with the F grade earned at CGW if the schools merged. Working group was informed that the district would need to submit a new district turnaround plan for Year 2 if the merger occurred.

    Old Business:

    Chairwoman Robinson expressed concerns regarding the role of the working group in light of the new FLDOE updates. Chairwoman Robinson emphasized the need to more support to both schools regardless of the scenario approved and asked district officials to clarify levels of support for both scenarios.

    Clarification- Mr. Green Clarified that both schools would receive a level of support from district based on funding structure and district plan.

    GWC Building Structure- Vice Chair Haynes expressed concerns regarding the facilities at CGW and shared it is the desire of teachers at CGW to support the merger despite the school grade. Mr. Byron Page explained district procedures for addressing updating facilities.

    Pros and Cons of Merger- Per working group request- Mrs. Sharwonda Peak shared pros and cons regarding the merger based on feedback obtained from stakeholders.

    New Business:

    Working Group Vote

    Mrs. Adams urged working group members to consider the information presented and move to vote on both scenarios.

    Chairwoman Robinson opened discussion for additional feedback prior to voting. Members expressed concerns regarding the curricular offerings at the New Northwestern and the Magnet Focus. Members also expressed concerns regarding the hiring of staff/teachers.

    The Vote- Scenario 1- The working group recommends merging SCEA and CGW with an emphasis on curricular emphasis on STEAM activities. Seven(7) voted to support Scenario #1; (2) voted not to support scenario #1

    Scenario 2- The working group does not recommend a merger , however recommends a STEAM focus for the New Northwestern Elementary School.  Two(2) voted to support Scenario #2; (7) voted not to support scenario #2

    Next Meeting Confirmation/Adjournment

    May 7th, 2020 (Thursday) at Virtual, GotoMeeting.  The meeting will be held from 4pm to 6pm. This meeting is intended to discuss and recommend curricular offerings for the New Northwestern Elementary.  Meeting adjourned by Madame Chair Robinson at 5:17 p.m.


    Please see below the ACE Working Group Meeting Agenda held on April 23, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. This meeting was via remote/virtual GoToMeeting link, https://www.gotomeet.me/AbrahamTracieL  or phone number +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 293-646-533. 

    Working Group Agenda

    April 23, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

    • Call to Order
    • Introduction/ Welcome
    • Public Comments
    • Chief of Schools Address
    • Reading/ Approval of Minutes
    • Old Business
    • New Business
    • Reports from members on the preliminary discussions
    • Next Meeting Confirmation/ Adjournment


    Meeting Notes

    April 23, 2020 at 4:00pm

    Call to Order/Introduction/Welcome:

    Working Group members reached a quorum, the meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m. by Madame Chair Robinson.

    Reading/Approval of Minutes:

    Recording Secretary, Dr. C. Goodman, read (aloud) the Meeting Minutes from the February 25, 2020. After reading the minutes aloud, a motion was made to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded and the Meeting Minutes for February 25, 2020 were approved.

    Chief of Schools Address:

    Mr. Wayne Green - Update from the FLDOE regarding the merger. Working group members were informed that the New Northwestern Elementary school would begin the 2020-21 school year with the F grade earned at CGW if the schools merged.

    Public Comments:

    Opened discussion for public comments (3 minutes each).

    The following public comments related directly to Mr. Green’s updates

    How would the merger impact teachers at both schools (Mr. Williams)- Mr. Green replied that the impact for teacher qualifications is consistent with current practices for Duval schools.  

    Was it within the responsibilities of the working group to recommend or not recommend the merger give the updates Mrs. (Graham) – Mr. Green explained the working group would make the recommendation but encouraged members to consider the progress SCEA has made to improve school grade.

    Would the district turnaround plan for CGW apply to the New Northwestern Elementary if the merger occurred? (Dr. Goodman)- Mr. Green explained that the CGW was currently on Year 1 of the District plan, therefore, the New Elementary School would begin the school year in Year 2 of the turnaround District Plan.

     Old Business:

    Chairwoman Banks shared that the new updates have impacted the work of the committee significantly and any prior discussions regarding recommendations for the merger.

    Members expressed the following:

    Mrs. Haynes expressed support of the merger in light of the update and felt confident in the hard work and efforts of faculty and staff at CGW.

    Dr. Goodman shared Mrs. Haynes concerned but felt opening the New School as an F school would impact magnet programs and focus.

    Pastors Wiggins requested a set of pros and cons for merger to inform committee vote. Mrs. Sharwonda Peak will provide a set of pros and cons of the merger to include perspectives from various stakeholders.

    New Business:

    Chairwoman Banks suggested a follow up working group meeting to review the set of pros and cons.

    Next Meeting Confirmation/Adjournment

    Working Group adjourned meeting at 5:19 p.m.

    Next scheduled Working Group Meeting will be April 30th, 2020 (Thursday) at Virtual, GotoMeeting.  The meeting will be held from 4pm to 6pm.


    The Duval County Public Schools will hold an Academic and Community Excellence (ACE) Working Group Meeting on February 25, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School, located at located at 2334 Butler Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, 32209

    Official Meeting Notice

     


    Please see below the ACE Working Group Meeting Agenda held on February 25, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. This meeting was held at Carter G Woodson Elementary School, located at 2334 Butler Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, 32209

    Working Group Agenda

    February 25, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

    • Call to Order
    • Introduction/ Welcome
    • Public Comments
    • Reading/ Approval of Minutes
    • Old Business: Preliminary Discussions on:
    • New Business
    • Reports from members on the preliminary discussions
    • Next Meeting Confirmation/ Adjournment

    Meeting Notes

    February 25, 2020 at 4:00pm

    Call to Order/Introduction/Welcome:

    As the Working Group members did have to wait until the quorum had been reached, the meeting was called to order at 4:15 p.m. by Madame Chair Robinson.

    Public Comments:

    There were no public comments for this meeting.

    Reading/Approval of Minutes:

    Recording Secretary, Dr. C. Goodman, read (aloud) the Meeting Minutes from the February 20, 2020 meeting held at Saint Clair Evans Academy at 4:00 pm. After reading the minutes aloud, a motion was made to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded and the Meeting Minutes for February 20, 2020 were approved.

    Old Business:

    The Working Group began this discussion by bringing Madame Chair Robinson up to speed about the discussions had in her absence (during the February 20, 2020 meeting).

    At the beginning of the Working Group discussion, Madame Chair Robinson inquired about the Urban Hip Hop and Arts curriculum and whether Urban Hip Hop and Arts are two separate programs. It was explained to Madame Chair Robinson that per Principal Polydore’s description of the program, the Urban Hip Hop and Arts is one program that mirrors a Visual and Performing Arts program. It was clear that Madame Chair Robinson needed further explanation of what the Urban Hip Hop and Arts magnet program can look like. (Specialist, Charita King Penny, will conduct research on this type of magnet program to provide additional information.)

    Review the Process: (the items below were discussed)

    • Review the survey data;
    • Made decisions based on surveys;
    • Questions regarding safety and transportation recommendations regarding security transitions before and after school;
    • Transportation (to and from after school activities) – during the meeting, Mrs. Peek, provided the Working Group with information relative to transportation, after school activities and elementary school-aged students.
    • STEM or STEAM focus for the school?
    1. What does this program look like?
    • Specialist, Charita King Penny, informed the Working Group that a good example of a STEM school is Kirby-Smith. Kirby-Smith has the Challenger Center, which was an attraction for visiting schools, STEM and non-STEM schools. In addition, it was explained that the magnet theme is integrated throughout the curriculum and students partake in activities that reflect the magnet theme (coding, engineering, robotics, etc.)
    • Working Group specified that they would like to see some of the following elements in their STEAM program:
    1. Full Time Resources with arts integration;
    2. Career exploration piece;
    3. Media center into classroom integration;
    4. NASA online program and/or resources
    5. JIA, Naval Air Stations, Air National Guard, etc.
    6. STEM resources at Cecil Field

    New Business:

    Begin to develop scenarios/recommendations for presentation at Community Meeting. Specialist, Charita King Penny will compile resources that may assist Working Group with program design.

    Next Meeting Confirmation/Adjournment

    Working Group adjourned meeting at 5:19 p.m. without scheduling an upcoming meeting date. The Working Group did collectively decide to schedule a meeting date after the Community Meeting has been officially scheduled/announced. Once the meeting date has been made public notice, the Working Group will convene one final time to map out the specifics of their scenario/recommendation.


    The Duval County Public Schools will hold an Academic and Community Excellence (ACE) Working Group Meeting on February 20, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at St. Clair Evans Academy, located at 5443 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32209

    Official Meeting Notice

     


    Please see below the ACE Working Group Meeting Agenda held on February 20, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. This meeting was held at St. Clair Evans Academy, located at 5443 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209

    Working Group Agenda

    February 20, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

    • Call to Order
    • Introduction/ Welcome
    • Public Comments
    • Reading/ Approval of Minutes
    • Old Business: Preliminary Discussions on:
    • New Business
    • Reports from members on the preliminary discussions
    • Next Meeting Confirmation/ Adjournment

    Meeting Notes

    February 20, 2020 at 4:00 pm 

    Call to Order/Introductions/Public Comments:

    It should be noted that prior to the meeting being called to order (at 4:15 pm), the Working Group decided to wait an additional 15 minutes before convening the meeting. The meeting was called to Order at 4:30 pm. While awaiting the arrival of additional Working Group members, Principal Polydore presented mid-year Title I review data (SAC Meeting) while the Working Group waited on more members – quorum.

    At 4:45 p.m. the meeting was called to order by Vice-Chair Haynes. Introductions were conducted and all of the Working Group members introduced themselves and their respective title. Secretary Goodman advised that there was not a quorum. Meeting was adjourned at 4:46 p.m. The next meeting was tentatively scheduled to occur February 25, 2020 at Carter G. Woodson Elementary.

    At 4:49 p.m. a quorum was reached and the meeting was officially called to order. There were no public comments to share with the Working Group and/or community members. After each member of the Working Group received a copy of the Meeting Minutes, they were read aloud by the Recording Secretary Goodman. At the conclusion of the reading of the Meeting Minutes, a motion was made to approve the minutes and that motion was seconded. Meeting Minutes for February 13, 2020 were approved.

    Old Business:

    Specialist, Charita King Penny, provided Working Group members with survey results documents to include: Parent/Guardian Survey Results and Student Survey Results (from two student surveys). In addition to the survey results tables/documents, a pie chart was created to represent the percentages of synonymous responses. The Working Group began the meeting reviewing the data collected from the survey administration. This data will drive the decision-making processes as they relate to specifying the academic focus for the new school.

    During the discussions, the Working Group requested the Principal Polydore share information about the Urban/Hip Hop Arts model, which was observed in California. Per Principal Polydore, this program may focus on the art of hip hop through the following aspects of music and/or arts: song lyrics, recording – music and studio experience and exposure, and dance to name a few. Most of the activities, per the demonstrating school, are integrated during after-school and/or extracurricular activities. She also reiterated that during the school day, the recording artists may appear as guest speakers or may assume the role of teacher depending on the topic of discussion. Specifications as to how the Working Group would like to see the theme integrated into the STEM theme will be considered when the Working Group has a say in the naming of the school. As the Working Group discussed what they would like to see in thematic programming, other academic focuses include:

    • Performing arts
    • STEAM

    Mrs. Peek reiterated Board Policy 8.59 as it relates to changing the name of the school and that this process is separate from the ACE Working Group process. Working Group member Ms. D. Curry, Working Group member and 5th grader at Saint Clair Evans Academy, proposed that the new school be known as Building Legends for Tomorrow. Vice Chairperson, Ms. Haynes, suggested that the naming of the school be narrowed down to 3 perspective names and adding those names to the scenario that is to be presented at the Community Meeting.

    ►STEAM:

    Working Group motioned to vote on STEAM program instead of the Superintendent’s recommendation of STEM. Per the Working Group vote, there were none opposing STEAM as the school’s program. Charita King-Penny noted during the discussion of the Working Group that 90% of students who had completed the student survey agreed that they “could learn everything their teachers present”.

    ► Northwestern Tour:

    Working Group would like to consider a tour to be conducted at the current Northwestern Middle School. The group was reminded that changes at the school are already underway. Mrs. Peek will ask for operational pictures to share with the Working Group and did specify that the tour can occur after the recommendation has been finalized.

    ►School Colors/Mascot:

    The school colors will remain black and gold; however, the mascot will most likely change. The Working Group suggested that the mascot change from a yellow jacket to a bumble bee.

    Next Meeting Confirmation/Adjournment:

    The Working Group decided to reconvene February 25, 2020, Carter G. Woodson Elementary School @ 4:00 p.m. to update Madame Chair Robinson on their discussion(s). The meeting was adjourned at 5:23 p.m. by Vice Chairperson Haynes.


    Please be advised that the ACE Working Group Meeting scheduled for February 13, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. at St. Clair Evans Academy, located at 5443 Moncrief Road, Jacsonville, Florida, 32209 was cancelled as there were not enough Working Group Members present to constitute a quorum. 

    Please continue to visit this page for updates regarding the reconvening of the Northwestern ACE Working Group. 

     


    The Duval County Public Schools will hold an Academic and Community Excellence (ACE) Working Group Meeting on February 13, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School, located at 2334 Butler Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, 32209

    Official Meeting Notice

     


    Please see below the ACE Working Group Meeting Agenda held on February 05, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. This meeting was held at St. Clair Evans Academy, located at 5443 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, Florida, 32209

    Working Group Agenda

    February 05, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

    • Call to Order/ Determination of a Quorum 
    • Introduction/ Welcome
    • Public Comments
    • Reading/ Approval of Minutes
    • Old Business: Preliminary Discussions on:
    • New Business
    • Reports from members on the preliminary discussions
    • Next Meeting Confirmation/ Adjournment

    Meeting Notes

    February 05, 2020 at 4:00 pm 

    Call to Order/ Determination of a Quorum:

    Meeting was called to order at 4:15pm. (meeting convened late as there was not an adequate number of Working Group Members to establish a quorum) with 9 Working Group members present. Upon arrival, attendees were asked to sign in, take a public comment card, and the information slip referencing Sunshine Law Section 286.011 of Florida’s Sunshine Law, referencing Public meetings and records.

    Prior to arriving at the meeting space, Randy Gallup placed boundary maps on each table so that the Working Group members could see the attendance area. In addition, a recommendations page was provided for the Working Group to utilize as they prepare scenarios. Sign-in sheets, agendas, placards, and copies of meeting minutes from the previous meeting were all placed on the table for the Working Group members.

    Public Comment(s):

    Siottis Jackson: Opposes scenario/recommendation and would like for the Working Group to explore alternative options for the students of St. Clair Evans Academy.

    Reading/Approval of Minutes:

    Minutes (from the January 21, 2020 meeting) were to be read silently as they were quite lengthy (4:19pm – 4:22pm). After the meeting minutes had been read, there were 2 corrections to be made: Jacqueline Haynes (spelling of last name) and Sharon Banks Robinson (delete the middle name). A motion was made to approve the minutes from the January 21st meeting and the motion was seconded. Minutes approved.

    Old Business:

    Blank copies of the surveys were provided for the community members attending the meeting to have a visual of the surveys administered to the parents and students of St. Clair Evans Academy and Carter G Woodson Elementary School. Per the preliminary results shared by the Working Group with the Community members, the most popular themes selected by parents/students are: technology, leadership, engineering. The information the schools would like me to capture in their data compilation will be sent be a representative from each respective school no later than Friday, February 07, 2020. The data will be compiled and placed in a table for the upcoming Working Group meeting – February 13, 2020. 

    St. Clair Evans Survey Numbers: (shared by Bridget Nelson-Adams, Parliamentarian)

    Parent/Guardian Survey: 30

    Student Survey #1: 131

    Student Survey #2: 136

    Carter G Woodson Survey Numbers: (shared by Jacqueline Haynes, Vice-Chair)

    Parent/Guardian Survey: 65

    Student Survey: #2: 107

    Naming of the School: Working Group members began the conversation about the new name for the consolidated school. The Working Group proposed nine (9) names and/or titles for the school. During the Working Group discussions about renaming Northwestern, it was brought to the attention of the Working Group that per Board Policy 8.59 (Naming or Renaming Schools) states that the Superintendent, any

    School Board member, or a specified initiating entity (per Board Policy), may submit a written request to the School Board during a regular Board meeting, requesting the Board rename an existing school.

    As the discussion progressed, the Working Group began to inquire about the process of selecting a principal for the new school. Dr. Dana Krizner provided information regarding the selection of the principal and indicated that Principal Lawanda Polydore, current Principal at St. Clair Evans, will be transitioning as the principal at the Northwestern Pre-K through 5 school. She then suggested that the Working Group specify those principal characteristics (possibly of Mrs. Polydore) that the Working Group members want to see in a candidate for principal. Other recommendations for Dr. Greene, per the Working Group, are a uniform policy and a recommendation to maintain attendance boundaries.

    New Business:

    Focus: Mindfulness of timeline

    Specialist, Charita King Penny, provided Working Group members with templates with which they could begin to plan the recommendation to be presented to Dr. Greene. These templates include the following columns for the working group to plan: Initial Proposed Change, Working Group Recommendation, Final Superintendent Recommendation.

    Members were reminded when 55 minutes remained for the meeting time as it was mentioned that the Working Group had a lot to discuss and many decisions to make in the remaining time permitted for meeting.

    In addition, members inquired about the process and/or platform for sharing the Working Group’s final recommendation(s). They were informed that once the recommendation has been made, the Working Group members will present their scenarios at a Community Meeting. The Superintendent will take the scenario presented at the community meeting and make the decision as to whether the scenario will be presented as a recommendation to the Board Members.

    Meeting was adjourned @ 5:40 pm. Next Meeting was confirmed to be held February 13, 2020 @ Carter G Woodson Elementary School @ 4:00pm.


    The Duval County Public Schools will hold an Academic and Community Excellence (ACE) Working Group Meeting on February 05, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at St. Clair Evans Academy, located at 5443 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, Florida, 32209

    Official Meeting Notice

     


    Please see below the ACE Working Group Meeting Agenda held on January 21, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. This meeting was held at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School, located at 2334 Butler Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, 32209

    Working Group Agenda

    January 21, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

    • Call to Order/ Determination of a Quorum 
    • Introduction/ Welcome
    • Public Comments
    • Reading/ Approval of Minutes
    • Old Business: Preliminary Discussions on:
    • New Business
    • Reports from members on the preliminary discussions
    • Next Meeting Confirmation/ Adjournment

    Meeting Notes

    January 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Call to Order/ Determination of a Quorum

    Prior to the convening of the meeting, ACE Working Group Chair, Mrs. Sharon Robinson, established a quorum to ensure that the meeting could proceed. 10 members from the Working Group Team were present.

    Meeting was called to order at 4:00pm by Chairwoman Robinson.

    Members of the Working Group Members and DCPS Representatives introduced themselves prior to moving into the Public Comments piece.

    Public Comments:

    Two (2) Comment Cards were collected and read aloud to the Working Group Members and others in attendance to include the following questions:

    Ms. Dara Jefferson: What students will attend if Woodson/Evans do not earn a “C” or higher?

    Mr. Tim Sloan: presented a comment card, but no question was written on the card; however, he articulated his question for the whole group: Will a tour of Northwestern Middle School take place?

    Reading of Meeting Notes:

    The reading of the Meeting Notes was led by Dr. Constance Goodman, Recording Secretary, for the ACE Working Group. Parliamentarian, Bridget Nelson Adams, noted that there was one correction to be made to the minutes as the discussion regarding:

    • changing of boundaries and requesting attendance area maps was omitted; and,
    • members expressed thoughts of collaboration as a team and not as separate schools

    After the reading or the Meeting Notes, the Working Group approved the notes.

    Old Business:

    The following items were discussed:

    1. Trips/tours to Northwestern will occur- a date will be scheduled in the near future;
    2. Presently as there is no information for the working group to report out, it was suggested by Chairwoman Robinson that small committees be formed to begin researching specific areas such as safety and programming – the February 25th deadline was recognized.
    3. More research is necessary – the recommendation was made to assign a DCPS resource to locate various pieces of information that may lead the conversation of the Working Group;
    4. A survey should be developed and left at Carter G Woodson and St. Clair Evans Academy for students/parents to complete. The student representative for the Working Group suggested that students are polled to gain insight of what they desire and/or interests.

    New Business:

    Thematic Programming concerns: STEM and Robotics

    Per the concerns of the Working Group, the neighborhood students are not interested – the suggestion is that rather than expose students to STEM, the school may want to explore STEAMS (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Sports). It was suggested that data be collected from similar communities as it relates to STEM-related programming and how successful these programs are.

    Per Vice Chairperson Haynes, large numbers of students attended Carter G Woodson for the Medical Arts Magnet Program when it first came about.

    Questions for Discussion:

    • Can HR take suggestions from the community for Principal selection?
    • What resources (community and academic) will be made available at the new school? The suggestion was made to possible create joint (collaborative) PTA, SAC at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Can we speak with the current Principal of Northwestern to have conversation about safety issues?
    • How do we market the new program at the new school?
    • What does Butler Leadership Academy – Young Men’s and Young Women’s Leadership Academy – look like? Is that the feeder school?

    Points for Discussion:  

    • Parent/Student surveys to be returned last Friday in January (01/31/2020); Faith based will get surveys 01/24/2020
    • Concerned about parents not bringing students to the “new” school

    Next Meeting Confirmation/Adjournment:

    • February 5, 2020 next meeting date @ St. Clair Evans Academy at 4:00pm
    • Meeting was adjourned at 5:44pm

    The Duval County Public Schools will hold an Academic and Community Excellence (ACE) Working Group Meeting on January 21, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Carter G. Woodson Elementary, located at 2334 Butler Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, 32209

    Official Meeting Notice

     


    Please see below the ACE Working Group Meeting Agenda held on January 09, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. This meeting was held at St. Clair Evans Academy, located at 5443 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, Florida, 32209

    Working Group Agenda

    January 09, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

    • Call to Order
    • Introduction/ Welcome
    • Public Comments
    • Reading/ Approval of Minutes
    • Old Business: Preliminary Discussions on:
    • New Business
    • Reports from members on the preliminary discussions
    • Next Meeting Confirmation/ Adjournment

     


    Meeting Notes

    January 09, 2020 at 4:00 pm 

    Meeting began with a welcome, purpose and introduction from the Office of School Choice. After which, Specialist, Charita King (Penny) presented information about the proposed consolidation of St. Clair Evans Academy and Carter G Woodson Elementary School and the purpose of the ACE Working Group to include:

    • Meeting Agenda;
    • Working Group definition per Board Policy 8.51 and the Working Group Configuration (membership representation);
    • Working Group Organization – roles and definitions;
    • Working Group Agenda Framework;
    • Public Comments per Board Policy 2.26 (Speaker Protocols); and,
    • Working Group Tasks and Next Steps.

    During the Office of School Choice presentation, community member Tim Sloan inquired as to the purpose for the meeting as he was under the impression that the meeting was exclusively for the collaboration of the Working Group. It was explained to Mr. Sloan that the purpose of the meeting was to invite the Working Group to begin collaboration; however, there was preliminary information the group would find helpful prior to convening. Following the Office of School Choice presentation, a brief presentation was delivered by Assistant Superintendent of School Choice, Sharwonda Peek and Paul Soares, Assistant Superintendent of Operations outlining the Master Facility Plan and the decision-making processes taken into account with the consolidation of St. Clair Evans Academy and Carter G Woodson – “what brings us here”?

    Following each presentation, the working group members relocated within the media center to a centralized location – table – to complete the following:

    • Address Public Comment Cards: Laureen Ricks, Director of Strategic Communications, read aloud the comment cards;
    • Review roles and role descriptions to determine Working Group Committee positions;
    • Assign and establish working committee positions;
    • Merge 2 schools to bring total count of students to 500+ so the school will have enough funding to provide all the resources needed. When the schools merge we should have a little over 700 students; and,
    • The committee will make a presentation to the Superintendent on February 25th with the decisions (scenarios) they come up with for the school.

    Questions and concerns of the Working Group:

    • What do we need to do to get parents to enroll their children at the new school? (Promotional Marketing)
    • How will the district determine who the principal will be at the new school?
    • How many classrooms and teacher will the new school have?
    • What will the new name be?
    • What resources will the new school have? (for students, faculty and staff)
    • Will the two schools’ letter grades be combined to determine the new school’s grade? (New school no grade, starting off fresh)
    • Summer program at both schools or will they be combined?
    • One school has Boys & Girls Club and the other has CIS. Who will determine what program will be at the new school? (They will have a selection process to go through because it’s a new school)
    • How will the students be chosen to attend the new school?
    • Community assets?
    • Will we have the opportunity to say what we want in a Principal, Vice Principal and teaching staff?
    • PTA/SAC, school budget, building remodeled?
    • Safety is a concern in that neighborhood.
    • Will our children have to walk to school? (There will be a bus assignment for both schools)
    • Will the school have a main focus? (The Superintendent would like for it to be STEM; however, you can propose a different academic focus)
    • School Choice (EXPO) is Saturday. How will the new school be promoted?
    • Can anyone attend to represent the new school?
    • How many classrooms will be in the new school? (Currently St. Clair has 19 and Carter G Woodson has 23, so that should be around 41/42 classrooms)

    As the above mentioned questions arose, various representatives from Duval County Public Schools provided responses to each:

    Jacqueline Kelley, Executive Director for School Improvement and Professional Development Support, provided responses to questions regarding school grades and accountability. In addition, she addressed the extended day programs and that conversations have begun as it relates to retaining these programs at each school.

    Sonita Young, Chief of Staff, provided responses to questions regarding the Principal selection and specific information regarding the scenarios that me be developed to present to Dr. Greene and possibly become recommendations for Board Approval.

    Laura Bowes, Executive Director for District and School-Based Staffing, provided information regarding the transfer of faculty and staff at the new school location and the considerations that dictate such transfers.

    Meeting was adjourned at 5:56pm and the next scheduled meeting was announced for January 21, 2020 at Carter G. Woodson Elementary, the location of such said meeting will be disclosed at a later date.