November 9, 2010
A regular board meeting of the Socorro Consolidated Schools Board of Education.
The regular meeting of the Socorro Consolidated Schools Board of Education was called to order by
President Tommy Gonzales.
I. Call the meeting to order
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Ascertain quorum and consider agenda approval. Consideration of the approval of the minutes of
the Regular Board meeting held on October 26, 2010. Present were President Tommy Gonzales,
Pauline Jaramillo, James Chavez, Ann Shiells, Dr. Bob Markwell, Associate Superintendents; Dr.
Vannetta Perry, Anton Salome, Head Teacher; Cari Scholl, Teachers; Rodora Gray, Selfa Pecos,
Sally McGovern, Anissa Vega, Matthew Carrejo, Michelle Moore, Educational Assistant Barbara
McLain, Secretary Lucy Garcia, Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Wilson, and Recorder Karen Carrejo.
Absent was Associate Superintendent Janice Argabright. Motion made by Ann Shiells for
approval of agenda. Motion seconded by James Chavez. Motion passed 5-0. Motion made by
Ann Shiells for approval of minutes dated October 26, 2010. Motion seconded by James Chavez .
Motion passed 5-0.
IV. Old Business
a. Notice of Election Proclamation (A) – Presented by Superintendent Wilson, Motion made
by Pauline Jaramillo for approval of Notice of Election Proclamation. Motion seconded by
James Chavez, Motion passed 5-0.
V. Midway School Improvement Plans and Progress (l) - Presented by Head Teacher Cari Scholl.
Ms. Scholl introduced 5 grade student Chazlin LeSueur who demonstrated lattice multiplication
problems for Board and all those present, asking member Ann Shiells if she wouldn’t mind
volunteering to complete problems using the old method. Both methods came up with the same
answer. President Gonzales inquired if the old math method was also taught and was informed by
5 grade teacher Anissa Vega that although she teaches multiple methods she prefers the lattice
method because students visualize it better. President Gonzales then inquired what happens
when students move on to the 6 grade using this particular method and was informed by a
parent in the audience that their child is ahead of her 6 grade class in math at SMS. Ms.
LeSueur’s mother also informed the Board that the lattice method has improved her daughters
math performance within the last year. Declamation participants Teo Garner and Clinton Wellborn
performed a presentation on the poet Shel Silverstein. Miss Scholl then presented powerpoint of
Midway’s goals, strategies and materials that Midway is utilizing this year. Scholl presented
mission statement, EPSS Goals/Reading/Language Arts Profiency – Uses district adopted reading
Street Series, Accelarated Reader Program which promotes independent reading and reading for
comprehension, Sonday System, Reading Buddies, RIF, Book Fair, Provide individualized
tutoring during school day, DIBELS, Author’s Tea, After School tutoring, Monitor MAPS scores to
target non-proficient and nearing profiency students, Highly qualified teachers and Para
Professionals, Math - Teach every day math with fidelity, Hold teachers accountable for following
curriculum, standards and benchmarks, Personalized math instruction during after school,
Monitor students thru MAPS, Parent Involvement - PTO meetings, Open House, Parent Advisory
Committee/Data Study, Monthly Parent Involvement Award, Halloween Carnival, Thanksgiving
Luncheon, Parent Day on November 17, 2010. Parent/Teacher Conferences, Designated PTO
Bulletin Board to post upcoming events, Parent volunteer information, Designated Parent
Resource Room with internet access, Profiency in English for ELLS Hiring ELL tutor, One on one
individual instruction, Textbooks in English & Spanish, Volunteer grandparent, Safe Drug Free
Schools Conducive to Learning, Member Ann Shiells asked what enrollment numbers were and
was informed that there were 115 students this year at Midway. A Wish list was also introduced to
the Board which consisted of the following; full time Instructional Aide in 5 grade classroom,
more library books, furniture in Library and classrooms, playground equipment, P.E. equipment
and landscaping. Things that are working at Midway; Initiated STAR Student Program,
Volunteers, Reward System, Perfect attendance, NBA club (never been absent), School
Mailboxes, Classroom rewards, Acknowledge everyones birthday, Lead Pleadge of Allegiance,
Hall of Fame Board, Celebrate Reading by acknowledging Weekly readers and Send home news
letters, Ms. Scholl then presented Board with MAPS data and discussed scores and how to get
students proficient. Member Ann Sheills commended Midway staff for advancing academics as
well as addressing the needs of the whole child. Dr. Bob Markwell commented that the small
schools play a very important part in SCS district ,
VI. Executive Session - “The Board may elect to go into executive session for reasons listed in the
Open Meetings Act, 10-15-1 Section H. The authority for the executive session and the subject to
be discussed must be stated with reasonable specificity in the motion calling for the vote to go
into executive session.” - None
VII. Adjourn – Motion made by Ann Sheills to adjourn at 6:29 p.m. Motion seconded by Pauline
Jaramillo, Motion passed 5-0.