Community Council
October 5, 2017 at 7:00am
Hillcrest Conference Room


  • Kate Twohig
  • Spencer Holmgren
  • Madison Cloward
  • Sheli Field
  • Debbie Brough
  • Kim Kelley
Excused: Sara Doutre, Jason Pond

Public Input

  • Carolyn Solonge (not present) -vision screening-dr. locally who will help kids with visual impairment. District does have a program for that through the foundation/district.

Hillcrest Mission

Budget Update

Review and Approval of September Minutes

  • Spencer motioned
  • Kate Twohig 2nd
  • All in favor

Cos of extra hours for teacher collaboration

  • Kindergarten: 3 sections, Mrs. Melnick is half-day. What are the numbers to give Mrs. Melnick more time for collaboration (these numbers are for the school year)
    • 1hr/wk 1176
    • 1hr/day 5203
    • Half day contract 37,600
  • No quorum present today to vote. General feeling is 1hr/week is doable and likely the best option.

Review for next meeting

  • Kim Kelley money discussion. After discussion with the aides, prefer money to go to Andrea, but there is also a technology need. 1st grade has 20 functional iPads, 80 kids, Mr. Hansen has 7 that are super old. Instructional aides have to borrow iPads back and forth. Proposal to give those 7 to aides. 1st grade would need 12 for Mr. Hansen, and 12 for Mrs. Kelley, totaling 24 iPads (already have 20, so 4 additionally).
  • District has purchasing protocols based on what works with their system.
  • Title 1 funds this year are VERY low. No aide money for aides this year, down from 40hr/wk a few years ago. Spencer recommends technology as it is a lump investment instead of ongoing aide money. This may be affected by the boundary alignments and Title 1 changes.
  • 3rd and 5th got new chrome books. Older chrome books went to the STEM lab.

2016-2017 Sage Results

  • Hillcrest received a 'B' grade.
  • Sage scores are higher compared to District and State, and also compared to the last two years with the exception of math this year
  • Math is a need, as it decreased proficiency by 8% over the last year.
  • Keep Imagine Learning and Ten Marks programs in mind as possibilities.

Community Council District Meeting

  • Wait for Sara's report.

Update STEM and DLI

  • We are moving forward with Stem Designation.
  • Parent meetings have been happening.
  • DLI meetings: Next meeting 10/25.
  • Sept meeting was cancelled due to conflicts.

Senator Lyle Hillyard Visit

  • Took a tour of the school and Prof. Souza's class and the kindergarten's class.
  • Discussion of district inequalities.
  • His response was disheartening.
  • Teachers teach for the love of seeing kids learn, not money.
  • He would be willing to do a study about putting money where growth is.

School Boundary Discussion

  • New Hillcrest building -how big does the school need to be?
  • How many classrooms do we need?


  • Spencer motioned
  • Kate Twohig 2nd
  • All in favor

Items for Next time

  • Kindergarten collaboration time.
  • iPads for 1st grade
  • Community Council District Meeting (Sara)

NExt MEeting

  • Nov. 2, 1017 @ 7:00 am