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SAC Meeting Minutes

 April 4, 2017

  • Larry Ruble called meeting to order at 6:52pm.


  • February minutes review; motion to approve by Kieran MacCarthy; seconded by Daniel Ortega.


  • Upcoming Testing schedule passed out.


  • Discussion of Elections for next year’s officers.
    • Solicitation for interested parties to be put on Facebook page.
    • Dr. Millins made a motion to have officers in place by next meeting; wants plan of action for next year; get started asap with action plans on how to move school forward.  


  • Discussion of Title 1 Funding loss for next year.
    • Recalculated Title 1 criteria for next academic year has resulted in notification that we won’t be a Title 1 school for next year. 
    • Administration looking at how this will affect us from a staff/educational aspect.  Probably will have to lose some positions that were added this year with the Title 1 funding.  
    • Purchased phonics programs last year; district will give the money for updates for the program.  
    • 7th and 8th grade reading program; money has been allocated for standards books.  
    • Probably losing double blocks and adding exploratory classes or something; looking at all options.  
    • Could parents possibly step up for lunch or bus ramp duty?   o District changed criteria for east zone focus; 10 schools lost Title 1.   o Meetings with each of 10 schools to present how District can otherwise support these schools;  Dr. Millins going next week.  


  • Review SAC and PTO by-laws for nomination committee asap.


  • Good of the order; no new discussions or concerns.


  • Larry Ruble motioned to adjourn; Ms. Dutko seconded.


  • Meeting adjourned at 7:22pm.



North Ft. Myers Academy for the Arts

Kindergarten through 8th Grade A Title 1 School

SAC Meeting Minutes

March 7, 2017


  • Larry Ruble called meeting to order at 7:01pm.


  • February Minutes review; motion to approve by Larry Ruble; seconded by Kieran MacCarthy.


  • Middle School test data presented by Ms. Dutko:


  • Rankings out of 20 District schools
    • 5th – 3rd ELA, 4th in math
    • 6th  - 7th ELA, 13th in math
    • 7th – 8th ELA, 6th math
    • 8 – 4th ELA, 11th math
  • Shows a significant improvement from last year. 
  • Moving forward, added support to intensive reading, math offering tutoring this year. 
  • Some teachers offer help on their own time. 
  • Alternative suspension fund each year; $3500-6000 for after school detentions; write in for these, and redirection for additional student learning (teachers can get paid).
  • Arts enrichment also pays for some tutoring.
  • Next year; create a list for what information people are looking for with regard to concerns, data, testing notification, etc.
  • Possibly post on facebook, etc. for suggestions; focus group??? 


  • How are open house/school interest working? 


  • Positive responses; continuing walk-thrus, etc.
  • Arts spots auditions happened; working towards being up and ready to go by July 14. 


  • Good of the order; no new discussions or concerns.


  • Larry motioned to adjourn; Ms. Dutko seconded.


  • Meeting adjourned at 7:22pm.


North Ft. Myers Academy for the Arts
Kindergarten through 8th Grade
A Title 1 School


SAC Meeting Minutes
February 7, 2017

  • Dr. Millins called meeting to order at 7:05pm.
    • SAC Chairperson Larry Ruble not present.
    • Kieran MacCarthy motioned to approve last month’s minutes; Karl Ralston seconded.


  • NFMAA Academic Status Discussion from Dr. Millins
    • School Board District Superintendent Dr. Adkins’ goal is for every Lee County school to be moving forward consistently and successfully.
      • STAR testing – kids moving forward – coming up soon.
      • Previous data from the 53 elementary schools in district; ranked them for k-5.
      • NFMAA Current Standings in District:
        • K- 13th in school district
        • 1st grade – 2nd in district
        • 2nd grade – 5th
        • 3rd grade – 16th
        • 4th grade – 7th
        • 5th grade – 3rd


  • No k data yet
  • 1st grade – 8th
  • 2nd grade – 12th
  • 3rd grade – 10th
  • 4th grade – 8th-
  • 5th grade – 4th
  • Discussed utilization of Title One money - @$430,000 in funding.
    • Teaching unit $65,000 each; phonics program (K123), reading program purchases.
    • 2nd/3rd grade resource teacher – intervention; trouble shooting and enriching.
    • Resource person going to 3rd grade entirely at present in part as a pro-active response to lower STAR scores; 6-7 weeks out from end of school, moving to 2nd grade.
    • 99.9% sure we get Title One money for next year.
  • January 30 Q2 data from testing at end of December.
  • Star tests are 20/30 minutes; FSA at 90 minutes sometimes a difficult change for kids.

Motion to adjourn by Heidi Bungard; seconded by Dr. Millins.
Meeting ended at 7:24pm.

North Ft. Myers Academy for the Arts
Kindergarten through 8th Grade
A Title 1 School

SAC Meeting Minutes
January 10, 2017

  • Meeting Called to order at 6:59pm by Larry Ruble.
  • Last month, Larry was at TALC office for collective bargaining contracts at time of SAC meeting. 


  • SAC Budget Discussed 
  • Daniel Jeske moved to accept; Laurie Babcock seconded.


  • School Choice Open House Discussion by Dr. Millins
  • January 17 (6:30pm) event is critical to getting involved parents.
  • Studies show more successful students are likely to have more involved parents.
  • Working on providing clear, concise, great info to attract parents
  • Open House for Incoming Kindergarten students, new students for Grades 1-5 (a smaller group), and Incoming 6th graders (the majority of new kids).
  • Looking to wow parents with both academics and arts programs.
  • Steel drums at door of event.
  • 6:30-7p will be presentation and performances.
  • 7pm -  break into three areas: K, 1-5, and MS (@100 people)
    • 6 different groups; provide a typical day in the life of these students.
    • Currently in fiinal stages of production of 10 minute video to showcase school.
      •  2 versions; one just music, one narrated.
      • District Generates kids info for postcards;every school sends postcards to 5th graders going out; ours included a personal letter from Dr. Miillins.

        • School Performance Data Update by Dr. Millins
        • Last years’ data (consisting of the nine scored components) compared to this year at half way mark
        • Very encouraging gains in almost every category this year;  still working on improving end of year scores, but improvements are substantial and positive.

          • Upcoming DAC meeting discussed by Larry Ruble

          • NJHS students coming to SAC meeting

Daniel Jeske motioned to adjourn; Daniel Ortega seconded.
Meeting adjourned at 7:24pm

North Ft. Myers Academy for the Arts
Kindergarten through 8th Grade
A Title 1 School


SAC Meeting Minutes


December 6, 2016

  • Meeting called to order at 6:56pm.
    • Larry Ruble (SAC Rep) and Tamar Walters (SAC Vice Chair) not in attendance.


  • Previous Meeting Minutes reviewed. 
    • Heidi Bungard motioned that minutes be accepted and approved; Bernice Ortega seconded.


  • Ms. Dutko reviewed Progress testing window (Nov. 28-Dec. 16) o Standard Star Tests for reading and math. o Data should be available for next meeting. o Done each Quarter; really shows what is working or what needs to be tweaked a little.
    • Working on breaking down results in classes to give each child what they require.


  • DAC Report  
    • Transportation was highlighted; working on efficiency of routing, more routes. o Problems with transportation should go to school first before District.
    • Buses have GPS; seatbelts, and ac. o New Transportation Direction; Mr. Loo, with Mr. Cody his Assistant.
    • Breakout sessions – discussing using Facebook Live?  How to get more people in SAC.  
      • Refreshments at HS; hours given to HS students.
      • Need at least one NJHS person to participate.
      • Does parent driving time count as hours?
    • January 18, 2017 – next DAC meeting at District Offices.


  • Miscellaneous Discussions o SAC has a budget – where does money go?
    • School improvement plans?
    • After school detentions are full; possibly Saturday school? 
    • January 18, 2017 next Arts Foundation meeting.
    • Branding of school; what, where, and how?
    • BIG shout out to Ms. Dutko for washing machine hook up in PTO!


  • Bernice Ortega motioned to adjourn; Heidi Bungard seconded.
  • Meeting adjourned at 7:43pm.


North Ft. Myers Academy for the Arts

Kindergarten through 8th Grade A Title 1 School

SAC Meeting Minutes

November 1, 2016


  • Larry Ruble (SAC Representative) called the meeting to order at 7:02.
    • Tamar Walters (SAC Vice Chair) not in attendance.


  • Previous Meeting Minutes reviewed by Larry Ruble.
    • Suggested that meetings do not necessarily need printed copies of the minutes.
    • Copies should be available online (sorry last month was inadvertently overlooked).


  • SIP Discussion and Approval presented by Andrea Gunns (Assistant Principal):
    • Entire SIP document going online; handout highlights goals; outlining where we need to focus to achieve goals above 2015-2016 results.
    • Huge jump in ELA and math lowest 25% goals – put things in place to achieve this; continue to work towards additional advancement in all areas.
    • Progress monitoring tools along the way to see if we are successfully working towards these objectives.
    • First Objective for 2016-17 school year is to increase proficiency and learning.
      • What are barriers holding us back from achieving goals and strategies to address?
        • Professional Learning Communities meetings (PLC) didn’t target specifics.  Trying to focus on this data with interventions and enrichments.
        • Stephanie Evans asked if this would include one on one teaching if necessary? Decisions to be based on grade level and general assessment.
        • More switching of classrooms and working strategically to achieve optimal student coverage and opportunity (moving cheeses around).
        • Data room/wall – moving kids forward or finding out why after discussing the assessments.
        • Standards keep moving; how do we help kids catch up who are already behind?
        • Different kids lacking basic background knowledge.
        • Changing teacher training on new programs, thinking maps, phonics program, etc.
        • Dr. Millins discussed purchase of new Phonics Program; what has happened in past is that kids learn phonics one way in K, another way in 1st and 2nd.  Consistent pieces of learning need to be implemented.
        • Need to focus on all children; lower and higher achievers on both ends. 
        • Family nights for teaching parents as well!
        • Arts integration w/education emphasis.
  • Second Objective is to create a safe learning environment necessary for academic and behavioral success for all students.
    • Attendance rates are high; working on reducing late arrivals.
    • Disengaged parents; tools and strategy to use at home; more parent involvement. 

SAC Meeting Minutes
November 1, 2016
Page Two

  • Second Objective is to create a safe learning environment necessary for academic and behavioral success for all students. (continued…)
    • Trying to get parents to give another look if they had a bad experience here; single parents working hard with little available time, etc.
    • Continue to focus on strategies to address barriers and effectively support this goal.
  • Dr. Millins further discussed how K-8 schools are factored differently, and consequently need to fire on all cylinders in all grade levels.
    • Global focus as opposed to more narrow focus of past.
  • Ms. Hercek mentioned that moving from 20% to 47% in Math is fairly intimidating.  Feels like we are doing everything we can do; do you really think that percentage of improvement is attainable? 
  • Dr. Millins feels that if we work towards the goal, and continue to strive for it, we won’t have to worry about it, the improvement will happen.
  • Larry Ruble mentioned that some goals have been mandated by the district.
  • Dr. Adkins want us to continue to make gains; we should do much better this year.


  • Larry Ruble requests a motion to accept the SIP.

Ms. Hercek so motions, Bernice Ortega seconds the motion.

The SIP is accepted with unanimous approval.


  • Ms. Dutko (Assistant Principal) gave a presentation on school safety.
    • District requires fire drill every month; two for first two months.
      • Need to move out of lunchrooms; media center,
      • Timed and end with a cleared building; this data submitted to district monthly.
  • Also have tornado drill; lockdown drill; code yellow (locked but still able to teach) drill.
  • Most serious drill is lockdown drill; having one this week.
    • Teachers turn off lights, go to an area where you can’t see in (closets).
    • Doors are required to be locked at all times; bathrooms/clinic/media center., etc. to be directed by an adult.
    • Green and red cards communicate thru windows.
  • 32 cameras in building; security specialist up and running all day.  You can see fairly specific details on these videos. 
  • Dismissals and drop offs procedures very detailed; moving people everywhere.  Every single teacher is utilized.  End of day sweeps, clearing all areas from 2:10pm to 2:30pm.
  • No one unsupervised at any time.
  • Different levels of urgency:
    • Level 1 – Not an emergency; administration not needed or not needed immediately.
    • Level 2 – Administration representative needed immediately.
    • Level 3 – Administration representative or behavior specialist needed immediately w/backup.


SAC Meeting Minutes
November 1, 2016
Page Three


  • Making minor adjustments to create more supervision, more emphasis on safety. 
    • Example:  Students housed in media center for pickup; nobody needs to change anything for rainy day dismissals.
      • We do not have multiple awnings so we can’t dismiss more than one bus at a time in inclement weather.
  • Caloosa has a buzz in system; we are considering this for the front office?
    • Early morning front doors are left open; anyone can walk in.  Possibly post security at front?
  • Safety plan submitted for lock down drill…some go to command center, everyone has somewhere to go. 
    • District will send info out to parents in the event of a school lockdown or emergency.
      • Bernice Ortega mentioned lag time from District sending info from NFMHS. 
      • Millins said important to get info to parents out asap to keep everyone away from school in event of an emergency. 
  • More safety discussions planned for next meeting.


  • Baseline-Quarter 1 Results presented by Dr. Millins (Principal):
    • Dr. Millins was 1 of 3 school administrators asked to present to the school board; getting positive data and discussing how to achieve positive results.
    • Data room:  # of kids in each bucket; want to increase upward movement in learning buckets.
    • Star Reports provide data to assess, analyze, and use to adjust techniques.
    • Below benchmarks (red) & meets/exceeds (yellow) & advanced (green & blue) buckets.
    • Percentiles are given as nationwide data. 
    • Sending home document for star reports to educate parents as to where their children are at currently and to show progress and development over time.
    • Tests given the first week of school, and at the end of the 1st quarter for comparison.
    • Some random examples of improvement over the quarter:
      • Kg- ELA scores moved from 43% to 57% in top category; moved from 56% to 43% in low category.
      • 1st g-ELA scores went from 51% to 79%; Math from 63% to 82%.
      • 3rd g-ELA went from 50% to 61%; Math 66% to 88%.  Lowest category went from 50% to 39%, with only 14% in lower group.
      • MS – 6th – ELA went from 39% to 45%; Math from 43% - 45%.
  • This is proficiency only; and while biggest gains are on elementary side, the MS are moving positively as well.
  • Star test adjusts according to student in MS; had to train teachers in this.
  • Dr. Adkins wanted to measure K-12; no K-8 school was an “A” last year.  No different criteria for these schools.


SAC Meeting Minutes
November 1, 2016
Page Four


  • Larry Ruble called for good of the order discussions:
    • DAC – election of officers for school year; Bernice Ortega typically covers High School meetings, Larry Ruble covers Elementary. Currently no one to cover DAC Middle School breakout sessions. 
    • Wednesday, November 16 meeting to primarily be about transportation.
    • Larry Ruble will ask for lobbyist for separate grading criteria for K-8 schools?
    • ESE Committee for the district holding event November 5, 8:15-1:30pm “Sharing the Commitment”.  Open forum for ESE issues.  Gulf Coast HS in Naples.  Https://


  • Bernice Ortega motioned to adjourn; Daniel Ortega seconded motion.

Larry Ruble adjourned meeting at 8:10pm.


North Ft. Myers Academy for the Arts
Kindergarten through 8th Grade
A Title 1 School

North Ft. Myers Academy for the Arts
SAC Meeting Minutes
September 6, 2016

  • Bernice Ortega (School Advisory Committee - SAC Representative) opened meeting at 7:05pm:
    • Introduced herself and Dr. Millins (Principal).
    • Discussed intention to more closely observe and follow by-laws.


  • Overview of NFMAA School Objectives/Goals and School Grades (Dr. Thomas Millins):
    • Parents and Administration want:
      • Safe School Environment
      • Successful and Focused Academics
      • Thriving Arts Programs
  • 2 days into his new position, NFMAA downgraded to a “C” (40 schools dropped).
  • Is confident that the plans and strategies being implemented will be successful.
  • Plan is good for the students, and the grades will reflect that and rise accordingly.
  • SB1642 details framework for grades calculations; we missed a “B” by 1.5 points.
  • Discussed 9 distinct components for determining school grades:
    • Achievement (% scoring 3 or higher) in:
  1. English/LA (Grades 3-8)
  2. Math (Grades 3-8)
  3. Science (Grades 5 and 8)
  4. Social Studies/Civics (Grade 7)
  • Learning Gains:
  1. English/LA
  2. Math
  • Learning Gains of the Lowest 25%:
  1. English/LA
  2. Math
  • Middle School Acceleration
  1. Advanced Math (8th Grade)
  • Looking at the percentages from all these areas provides clear direction on where focus should be to enable our students to improve and perform their best; but we need to “fire on all cylinders” to truly succeed.
  • We had the second highest “opt out” of testing in district; some of our high achieving students were in that group.
  • If we look at elementary and middle school separately, we would be very close to a “B”.
  • Discussed plans utilizing Title 1 funding to address/improve the outstanding issues and concerns:
    • K-3: Phonics Program
    • 2-3: Extra teacher to help lowest 25% push while enriching students that are mastering standards.
    • 4-5: Science instruction for 60 minutes a day (5th grade); additional 45 minutes every other day (4th grade).  Mr. Taunton teaching 4th and 5th grade science, allows other teachers to move around and assist each other, while providing push for lowest 25% and daily enrichment opportunities.
    • 6: Success class for all 6th graders.
    • 6-8: Separate reading and Eng/LA; double block math.
    • 7:  Double block civics.
    • 8:  Double block of science.

SAC Meeting Minutes
September 6, 2016
Page Two


  • Overview of NFMAA School Objectives/Goals and School Grades (Dr. Thomas Millins):
    • Individual success plans for all elementary students and lowest 25%.
    • Utilizing Schoolwide Thinking Maps.
    • Effective Professional Communities (Tuesday Teacher Meetings).
    • Diagnostic Testing (K-8), and Star Reports.
    • Implementation of effective researched based programs.
  • Discussed Parents in the Know Night – further discussion of above planned for there.
    • Wednesday, September 14, 6pm.


  • SAC Rep Discussion (Bernice Ortega):
    • By-Laws state SAC Rep needs to attend monthly district meetings.
    • Meetings are every third Wednesday from 6p-8p in Ft. Myers.
    • Meetings are structured where different professionals speak (school choice, transportation, etc.), then they split into breakout sessions.  This is where the SAC Rep can have input and influence.
    • Curriculum and issues pertaining to Lee County discussed.
    • Separate ESE Meetings held Quarterly on Thursdays 6p-8p.
    • SAC Rep brings the notes from their meeting to NFMAA’s SAC Meeting and briefs the parents and teachers.
    • District meetings are documented and published on Lee County Website.
    • From the DAC Meetings, Executive DAC (EDAC) reps go to the School Board (first Monday of the month).
    • K-8 schools can only have one SAC rep.


  • New SAC Rep Elections (Bernice Ortega):
    • Explained responsibilities for SAC positions:
    • SAC Rep:
      • Go to meetings, attend sessions, take notes.
      • Run School SAC meetings, give synopsis of District meetings.
  • Vice Chair:
    • Back up in case SAC Rep can’t make any specific meeting or responsibility.          
  • Secretary:
    • Take notes and distribute meeting minutes.


  • SAC Board Nominations (Bernice Ortega):
    • SAC Representative:
      • Mr. Larry Ruble – nominated and seconded.
      • No other nominations; unanimous decision.
  • Vice Chair:
    • Ms. Tamar Walters – nominated and seconded.
    • No other nominations; unanimous decision.
  • Secretary:
    • Ms. Kieran MacCarthy – nominated and seconded.
    • No other nominations; unanimous decision.


SAC Meeting Minutes
September 6, 2016
Page Three


  • Discussion of Title 1 Funding and Rules (Dr. Millins):
    • NFMAA has been a Title 1 school since 1976, up until the last two years. 
    • We went down two full school grades during those two years.
    • Came back this year, which meant a $430,000 in funding to the school.
    • Comes with fairly stringent rules and requirements; school must be in compliance to maintain status.
    • Everything documented (Linda Verdream) to insure money is spent properly.
    • Requires a Parent Involvement Specialist (Linda Verdream) to encourage parental involvement in the education process; looking to share decision making between the family and the school.
    • Must maintain timely notifications regarding teacher qualifications, etc.


Bernice Ortega motioned to adjourn at 8:13pm.
Larry Ruble (and everyone else) seconded!
Meeting Adjourned at 8:13pm.


North Ft. Myers Academy for the Arts
Kindergarten through 8th Grade
A Title 1 School