Sequim School District No. 323
“Inspire and Achieve”
503 North Sequim Avenue, Sequim, WA
Telephone: (360) 582-3260, FAX: (360) 683-6303,www.sequim.k12.wa.us
6:00pm Board Facilities Workshop – Held at the Sequim Transit Center,
located at 190 West Cedar Street
Pledge of Allegiance
Vince-President Robin Henrikson
opened the Board Facilities Workshop at 6:00pm in the Sequim Transit Center
with all Board Members present. Eagle
Scout candidate Ian Thill led the Pledge of Allegiance.
PRESENT – A sign-in
sheet was provided and those who wished to sign in are listed below:
Kuh, Helen Haller Elementary Parent
Streett, Sequim High School/OPA
CFW, LLC Genaveve
Starr, Sequim City Council
Minker, Citizens for Sequim Schools
Superintendent Gary Neal gave an
overview of the district needs and information received that shaped the proposed
facilities plan. Board discussion
At 7:40pm Vice-President Henrikson
called for a five minute break.
At 7:48pm Vice-President Henrikson
called the Board Facilities Workshop back to order.
Public Comments -- The Board
believes that public comments are a very important connection between our
community and the Board. This time is
set aside for receiving both written and oral communication. We ask first that if you have comments, you
come forward, introduce yourself and share your comments. Each speaker will be allowed 5 minutes and a
red card will be held up when 30 seconds remains. (Ref.
Policy 1400, 1623, and 1620P).
- Mr. Bob Forde mentioned a few different
questions from the community survey that he disagreed with.
- Ms. Trish Gaine urged the Board to consider
technological upgrades essential in preparing our students for jobs and careers
beyond high school.
- Ms. Genaveve Starr urged the Board to be united
and move forward with a bond proposal soon, but was concerned that League of
Women Voters would not have room in their calendar to add a bond forum to the November
- Mr. Lew Norris agreed that the new proposal
reflected what the community told the district following the failure of four
previous bonds, and that this one needs to pass.
- Mr. Greg Madson urged the Board to think
creatively and outside the box about how to utilize fully what we already have.
- Mr. Ian Thill, Sequim High School student, urged
the board to take a risk and move forward, instead of in circles, and feels
that good teachers are just as important as modern classrooms and would support
efforts to help recruit quality teachers to Sequim.
- Mr. Jerry Sinn would like to see the district
explain the needs and how the upgrades will enhance student achievement and how
the district plans to measure that and report back to the community.
- Ms. Carrol Hull and her husband are both retired
educators who moved to Sequim and were disappointed by the failure to reach the
very high bar of 60% in previous elections, as well as the very low turnout,
which has a minority in our community deciding the future of education in
- Ms. Susan
Sorenson thanked the Board for their hard work and urged them to keep moving
forward and get a proposal out there, either in November or February, as it is
vitally important to our community, including in the recruitment of health care
- Mr. Mark Ozias urged the Board to unite and
actively promote this proposal, convincing the community that this is what is
needed for our students.
- Ms. Sheena Younger spoke to several different
points that had been made during the evening and urged the Board to unite and
keep moving forward to get this done.
- Mr. Jim Peck felt that the current proposal
reflected comments that were heard from the community.
- Ms. Bertha Cooper urged the board to unite and favored
presenting a bond proposal in February, when the political climate would be
- Ms. Candi Hayden is a parent of a high school
student that will not benefit from improved facilities but urged the board to
act so that her other students would benefit from enhanced opportunities.
- Ms. Karla Richardson feels that if we call upon all
the supporters to help get the word out that we will push past that 60%
- Mr. Brandino Gibson urged the board to unite in
their support for this bond
- Mr. Brian Kuh, new president of Citizens for
Sequim Schools, urged to board to put forth the proposal soon and that Citizens
for Sequim Schools would be there to support them whichever date they chose.
- Ms. Jodi Minker urged the board to listen to the
advice from CFW as they have the data and experience to make educated recommendations.
Vice-President Robin Henrikson adjourned the Board
Facilities Workshop at 9:00pm.