School Land Trust Council
Guadalupe Charter’s council consists of four parents and two staff members. Meetings are held at Guadalupe Charter School (1385 N. 1200 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116). During the pandemic, meetings are held via Zoom. Meeting time and invitation will be posted the week before the meeting date.
Guadalupe Charter’s Rules of Order and Procedure
Public Comment and Pattern of Formality Guidelines
The following are guidelines that were taken from Robert’s Rules of Order and modified to assist Guadalupe Charter Council in running efficient meetings:
- During the agenda under the Public Comment section, the public may address any issue not related to items already on the agenda. Please state your name for the official minutes. Please limit your comments to two minutes.
- After an item has been introduced and debated by the council, the President will call for a public comment on that item only. Each public attendee shall have the opportunity to speak two times on the same issue on the same day. It shall proceed that everyone will be given their first opportunity to speak before anyone will be given their second opportunity.
- To maintain order, if someone from the public is out of order, the President will verbally counsel him or her by calling, “point of order”.
Order of Debate
- The item will be introduced by the sponsor if the sponsor is not present, then the President will assign someone to do the introduction.
- Members debate the item (unless no one wished to debate it). Each member is allowed two separate opportunities to speak on the item.
- The President will then open the item up for Public Comment following the directions in public comment section 2.
- The item will then be opened up to the Board for additional debate if necessary.
- A member makes a motion by saying “I move that…” if it is long; it should be made in prepared and writing and given to the President or Secretary. If no motion is made then the item dies, and no further debate will occur
- Another board member may amend the motion. If the motion is amended the President asks is there any objection to adopting the amendment. If even one member objects, the amendment is subject to debate and vote like any other motion.
- If the motion is amended the President may open it up to further board comment if necessary.
- The President will then call the question and take a vote on the item.
- The President announces the vote.
Pattern of Formality
- The President should be addressed as Mister or Madame President as appropriate.
- Wait to be acknowledged verbally or with a nod before speaking by the President.
- Speak only to the President or through him / her.
- Avoid personalizing any issue; speak to the subject, not the person you disagree with. An example of this would be if you believe something said to be untrue, you would, I believe the member is mistaken instead of saying something was lie.
- If anyone breeches Robert’s Rules or for example speaks out of turn, it is called a point of order and will be corrected by the President or any other board member that catches it. One would say “Point of order”. The President would acknowledge the person and they would say what breech occurred. The President would then say, “The point of order is well taken” or if unfounded, “The point of order is not well taken”.
Questions Board Members Consider When Making Decisions
- How will the decision affect the school?
- How does this decision relate to our mission statement and philosophy?
- What’s the potential for legal problems if I vote Yes? What if I vote No?
- Does this decision affect:
- The students and families we serve? How?
- Guadalupe Charter staff? How?
- Our community? How?
- The Board of Trustees? How?
- Is the impact on any of these groups negative? If it is, will the decision benefit significantly more people than it will harm?
- Have we voted on this matter before? If yes, why are we considering it again? How have conditions changed?
- Do I have all the information I need to make a sound decision? What questions should I ask before making this decision?
- If someone asked me to justify why I made this decision, can I explain my reasoning?
School Land Trust Plan for 2019-2020 Summary
Guadalupe Charter has an ongoing reading goal to increase reading proficiency to the national goal of 92% within five years. In 2019-20, the school was in the second year of this goal; however, without having year-end results because of the pandemic, there are no results to determine if the goal of 70% for 2019-20 was reached. The goal was to continue improving and reach the goal of 70% of all students from Kindergarten through Third Grade at or above grade level in Literacy.
Proposed Guadalupe Charter’s Plan for 2020-2021
Guadalupe Charter has an ongoing reading goal to increase reading proficiency to the national goal of 92% within five years. The school is now in the third year of this goal. For the school year 2018-19, the school finished at 68% in reading proficiency. The goal for 2019-20 was to reach reading proficiency at 60%. This goal was reduced from the previous year because (1) Instead of only measuring Third Grade, now measured grades are first, second, and third are measured individually. (2) Our students struggle with learning the English language during Kindergarten and begin to demonstrate proficiency at a slower rate in first through second grade. Historically, in third grade our students complete the year successfully. With this new change, our results struggled last year. Now with the soft closure and the suspension of assessment at the end of this school year (2019-20), we are unable to measure our goal. We will continue with the goal for 2019-2020 to be at reaching 60% proficiency.
Guadalupe Charter will continue to use Acadience as the measuring tool for reading proficiency. The measure is based on students who are “at or above” grade level reading compared to the total number of students as a whole.
The action steps are as follows:
Step 1: All students are assessed by September 30, 2020. This identifies students reading proficiency.
Step 2: The reading specialist and classroom teacher determine the needs of the students not meeting grade proficiency.
Step 3: Differentiated instruction begins in classrooms and pullouts begin with the reading specialist, Intervention Team assignments are determined, with a one to one tutor, or with the English Language instructor.
Step 4: The progress-monitoring schedule is adhered to throughout the year.
Step 5: Adjustments are made depending on the data from the progress monitoring.
Step 6: Complete funding for our Reading Specialist and Reading Tutor, with partial funding for our English Language instructor, a member of the Literacy Team.
Summary of Estimated Expenses
Salaries and Employee Benefits (100 & 200)
Salaries and benefits for Reading Specialist, Reading Tutor, and English Language Instructor (In this order)
As the estimated distribution does not completely cover the salaries and benefits of our English Language Instructor, any additional funds will be spent on further funding the salary and benefits of said staff member
The school publishes the school results through parent involvement committee meetings, Charter Board and Agency Board meetings. We publish it on our school website as well as the School Land Trust’s website.