Time mark in recording:
1:45 - Executive session called for to review individual student testing data – Commissioners asked not to take notes because they will be looking at student level data. Baysigner says, “We don’t want anything to walk out of the door.”
2:35 – Baysinger states that the commission is working with five schools in crisis
3:45 – Begins review and discussion of schools under conditional review from the commission.
13:30 – Discussion of Idaho Science and Technology Charter School in Blackfoot
Low math tests scores
Financial situation of this school is in poor shape
15:15 – North Valley Academy in Gooding
Comments generally positive about this school and its leadership
29:30 – The Village Charter School
Employee of the commission claims that a math teacher did not know how to do math properly at the school
37:10 - Bingham Academy (Blackfoot)
School Received STEM Certification
School seems to be making progress
Time off given to a math teacher, who is related to a commission member, due to a family illness
40:35 - Heritage Academy (Jerome)
Poor academic performance as measured by ISAT, lower than poorly performing school district around them
At 45:30 Commission President, Alan Reed states, “What do we do as a society with that town (Jerome, ID)?”
Reed, joking about the possibility of opening up one of his businesses ice crème shops in Jerome says, “Ice crème doesn’t make brain cells.”
47:00 – Reed and commission discussing how bad the school district, and the charter school in Jerome are. Reed adds at 47:00, “What do we do with that school? These kids are in trouble, they have no future.”
48:30 A good deal of critical remarks during the exchange between the commissioners about Heritage Academy’s administrator is not doing a good job, and has caused problems at three other charter schools.
49:20 A party in the meeting states, “(Heritage Academy) does not believe their kids can make it.”
52:10 Heritage Academy board is, “a rubber stamp for Christine Ivey (the school’s administrator).
52:40 – “Its (Heritage Academy) board is like the Village’s board, who wants to find someone who will tell them what they want to hear.”
53:00 – “(Heritage) President is vacant on the board.” Note: Vacant here does not seem to refer to the post being vacant, rather it is comment regarding a lack of leadership from the board chair.
56:00 – A comment is made by the Commission executive director Tamara Baysinger that the commission should look at factors other than the legal ones when considering a school’s charter renewal.
Overall, the commissioners seem to agree that the best course of action would be close Heritage Academy in Jerome.
Syringa Mountain Charter School in Hailey
1:04 – Baysinger shares, regarding the board that is “laisseze faire.” They don’t seem care about academic achievement
Financial issues related to the school are discussed
Idaho School Boards Association (ISBA) Discussion
1:09 Commission President Alan Reed says, “I was a little frustrated with the ISBA.”
Commissioner Bair sharing her frustration, referring to the ISBA, “After 20 years, no thank you.”
1:09:22 – Reed, seems to express that feels the organization is dishonest when he adds, “Come on ISBA, tell the truth.”
Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) Blackfoot
1:09:45 – Referring to the board of BCCLC, Baysigner says, “No one of reasonable intelligence could be on a board they are not being misinformed.”
1:09:50 – Commission Bair, “I feel the moment someone felt misinformed they were replaced.”
1:09:55 – Baysinger – “That is what happened.”
McCall Charter School –
1:12:50 – Critical that Lori Otter, then first lady, wrote a letter of support for the school.
Discussion of financial issues related to school
1:14:10 – Comment made which is critical of homeschoolers in Idaho
1:15:30 – Discussion of planning regarding closing schools (Participants include Baysinger and Bair)
1:21:50 – Discussion of enrollment sizes of schools (Scigliano and Baysigner)
1:22:30 – Critical discussion and comments regarding Idaho Career and Technical Education agency
1:25:00 – Discussion of online verses onsite enrollment at schools
1:30:30 – Discussion regarding closing online virtual high schools
1:35:10 – Discussion regarding the preparation and groundwork for closing charter schools, described by one participant in the meeting as “next steps.”
1:43:00 – Comments made that legislators lack of basic understanding of educational data
1:44:28 – Criticism of State Board of Education not getting commission the data need
1:45:30 – Fear expressed regarding how parents, governor’s office, and legislature will react to closings
1:47:50 – It seems a staff member (Jenn Thompson) suggested to the commission that they were outside the scope of executive session. At this point the executive session ended. Although, President Alan Reed expressed a desire to continue the discussion