- Overview: Discussed HE‘E’s participation in 2011 legislative session, heard about Castle Complex Community Council (C4), possible collaboration on community meeting and family engagement policy, introduced HE‘E’s new website.
HE‘E Meeting May 18 9-11am Japanese Cultural Center
1. Rylan Yee (Castle SCC/Parent)
2. Cherise Imai (DOE/JVEF)
3. Christina Simmons (PACT)
4. Gordon Miyamoto (DOE)
5. Dave Tom (GBA)
6. Pamela Young
7. Ormand Hammond (PREL)
8. Caroline Hayashi (PPS)
9. Zach Dolinno (PPS)
10. Senator Jill Tokuda
11. Debbie Berger (TLC)
12. Bill Reeves (TLC)
13. Cynthia Okazaki (PACT)
14. Nicole Velasco
15. Rockwell Fukino (HALOS)
16. Mary Weir (FACE)
17. Craig Chong (Fresh Leadership)
18. Jennifer Dang (NPAC)
19. Clif Tanabe (LNG)
20. Ann Davis (HEM)
21. Matt Lorin (TLC)
22. Dina Shek (UH Medical Legal Partnership)
23. Kathy Bryant
24. Cheri Nakamura
25. Cindy Turner
8:45-9:00 Check in
9:00-9:25 Welcome and Ice Breaker
Cherise Imai led the group in an getting to know you ice breaker. Icebreakers will be a part of future meetings as will networking time. In addition, the Trust Building working group will be working with staff to host small “coffee hours” with various members to serve as additional opportunities to meet members, discuss issues and learn about the member organizations.
9:25-9:50 Workgroup update-Policy Team
Dave Tom gave a summary of HE‘E’s participation in legislative session 2011
Snapshot of the 2011 Legislative Session
• Total bills introduced: 3,224
• Total bills passed: 252
SB8 Endorsement – passed March 1, 2011
• TLC convened an informational meeting with Rep Takumi for HE‘E members interested in SB8. A new version of the bill was subsequently voted upon and supported by HE‘E and testimony was submitted.
SB8 Endorsement (BOE Appointments) – passed April 5, 2011
• Advocated for more defined qualification criteria
• Developed score sheet for BOE nominees
• Lessons learned:
o Meetings w/ key legislators important
o Qualifications of nominees given by Governor very brief – benefit of doubt for mandatory requirements & difficulty in judging recommended qualifications
o Future nominee list will much smaller and hopefully allow for full HE‘E membership scoring
Spoke briefly about HR945 and HB1385
• Legislation important
• 2011 – “trial run” for legislative advocacy
• The Policy Group will continue to analyze legislation for the coming session with the help and direction of the Planning Team and HE‘E members. Supporting or opposing testimony will be submitted by HE‘E based on a modified consensus of 75%
9:50-10:00 Staff report
- • Kathy Bryant spoke of participation in Hawaii State PTSA Convention. Asked for participants to sign up
- • Cheri Nakamura announced that Steven Bingler of Concordia would be coming to town and that we will be trying to invite him to meet with HE‘E at the next planning meeting on June 14.
10:00-10:30 Introduction of Castle Complex Community Council (C4) and discussion on statewide Town Hall sessions
Gordon Miyamoto introduced the Castle Complex Community Council (C4). He explained about the genesis of the group, starting with a parent leadership group, which developed into SCC training and finally forming a Castle Complex Community Council, whose function is to serve as an advisory entity to the Complex Area Superintendent as well as a vehicle to communicate to the community. The C4 is working on two objectives, how to create a community engagement policy and model for the complex as well as to address the gap between boys and girls in education. C4 is also planning a Complex Town Hall meeting, which will allow
C4 to communicate information to the entire Castle Complex, encouraging
outreach, engagement and participation of entire community.
Kathy Bryant put forth to the group the possibility collaborating with the C4 on both the community engagement policy and the town hall meeting.
Ann Davis summarized quickly the efforts of the May 4th “New Beginnings” Town Hall. The event was extremely well attended and feedback was positive. There have been discussions about doing more of these meetings going forward statewide, but at a smaller scale and more focused at the complex level. Partnering with the C4 might be a good first meeting.
Group agreed that town hall event was something HE‘E would like to support. The group also agreed to collaborate on a community engagement policy. Working with the C4 was seen as a good starting point since they are already organized and interested in both a town hall style meeting and developing a policy. A formal decision making process will be sent out to all members and participants for a vote once additional details have been gathered. The Town Hall would be in the fall when school resumes so there will be sufficient time to assist in the planning if the full group agrees to support the effort.
As HE‘E is named in the committee report for SCR145 developing a family and community engagement policy, the group felt working with the C4 to establish common definitions and terms, and a common policy to share with the BOE/DOE would be an effective approach. The issue is under discussion in the Family and Community Engagement working group.
10:30-10:55 HE‘E networking
10:55-11:10 New HE‘E website navigation
Cindy Turner gave a quick overview of the website. Feedback was positive. There were inquiries of possibly having a member’s only section, especially with respect to voting. This is a function that would be useful for members as compared to looking for email. The group was interested in exploring other forms of social media for communication tools. The group will need to decide as they move forward what tools will work best for them.
11:10: Meeting adjourns
11:10-11:30 Optional WordPress training