Sequim School District No. 323
“Inspire and Achieve”
503 North Sequim Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382
Telephone: (360) 582-3260, FAX: (360) 683-6303 www.sequim.k12.wa.us
August 1, 2016 – 6:30 PM Regular Board Meeting
CALL MEETING TO ORDER/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (REF. POLICY 1400/1420)
President Beverly Horan called the Regular Board Meeting to order at 6:30pm, in the Clallam Transit Center located at 190 West Cedar Street, with all School Board Directors present. The Pledge of Allegiance was conducted.
PRESENT – A sign-in sheet was available and those who wished to sign in are listed below:
Beverly Horan, President Jack Walsh
Robin Henrikson, Vice-President Sheena Younger
James Stoffer, Director Jodi Minker
Heather Short, Director Lew Norris
Michael Howe, Director Bobbie Merrill
Gary Neal, Superintendent Mike Dashiell, Sequim Gazette
Marilyn Walsh, Secretary Patsene Dashiell, District Office
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Director Stoffer moved to approve the minutes from the July 18, 2016 Regular Board Meeting and the July 27, 2016 Board Workshop as presented. Vice-President Henrikson seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
CHANGES/ADDITIONS AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA (REF. POLICY 1420)
President Horan asked to remove Item 10a. Resolution, and add Item 10a. Reorganization of the Board. Vice-President Henrikson moved to approve the agenda as amended. Director Short seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
STUDENT BOARD REPRESENTATIVE COMMUNICATION & STUDENT RECOGNITION
President Horan reported that our Student Board Representatives will be joining us at the August 15 meeting.
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 3 minutes and a red card will be held up when 30 seconds remains. (Ref. Policy 1400, 1623, and 1620P).
BOARD COMMUNICATION AND OTHER ITEMS
a. Director Howe would like to have board workshops on both the EP&O levy and the facilities bond and put the bond measure on the ballot in February.
b. Director Short thanked Mr. Norris for his passion and support.
c. Director Stoffer reminded the board of the Board Protocol that they agreed to with the objective being what is best for children. Director Stoffer and Superintendent Neal will be attending an ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) workshop in Bremerton on August 2. Director Stoffer has been attending meetings between WSDA and DNR regarding timber revenue. There is another meeting scheduled for next week. The next WSSDA Regional Meeting will be held in Neah Bay and Lisa Anderson will be speaking. Director Stoffer urged all board members to attend. The Education Task Force will be meeting on August 6 and 21 and will be making a report to the Legislature soon. Director Stoffer will be out of town for a few days following the next board meeting, to take his daughter back to college. He will be attending the Legislative Assembly September 23-24 in Spokane.
d. President Horan thanked her fellow board members for the hard and emotional work they have been doing to come up with a facilities bond proposal for the district.
e. Vice-President Henrikson reported on comments from the exit slips from the previous meeting and workshop.
CONSENT AGENDA – REQUEST BOARD APPROVAL: Any item may be moved to New Business with a motion from any Board member.
a. General Fund Vouchers No. 186457 thru No. 186509 in the total amount of $145,341.32 and No. 186510 thru No. 186542 in the total amount of $82,081.94.
b. Payroll for the month of July 2016 in the total amount of $2,164,670.63.
c. Personnel – Employment with the District will be conditional upon the district’s receipt of a criminal conviction history record that is clear of any convictions, adjudications, protective orders, final decisions, or criminal charges in accordance with Washington State law and conditional upon receipt of a sexual Misconduct Disclosure Form from prior Washington State employer(s), where employment was in a school setting, indicating that no sexual, verbal or physical misconduct materials were found in the records of such employer(s) pursuant to RCW 28A.400 and WAC 180-87-080.
1) Accept Letter of Resignation from Nick Parks, Sequim High School History teacher and High School Junior Varsity Softball coach, effective immediately, as presented.
d. Approve Renewal Agreement Number One between Sequim School District #323 and Sodexo America, LLC, updating the contract beginning September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017 as presented.
Vice-President Henrikson moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Director Short seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
a. Vice-President Henrikson moved to approve at first reading, updated Policy #3240 – Student Conduct Expectations and Reasonable Sanctions. Director Short seconded. The proposed changes align with 4SHB 1541, which passed in the 2016 legislative session. The new law, which went into effect June 9, codifies recommendations from the legislature’s bipartisan Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) to address racial disproportionality in exclusionary discipline statewide. Classified Priority. Vote taken; motion carried.
b. Director Stoffer moved to approve at first reading updated Policy #3241 – Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action. Director Short seconded. The proposed changes align with 4SHB 1541, which passed in the 2016 legislative session. The new law, which went into effect June 9, codifies recommendations from the legislature’s bipartisan Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) to address racial disproportionality in exclusionary discipline statewide. Classified Priority. Vote taken; motion carried.
c. Director Stoffer moved to approve at first reading updated Policy #3122 – Excused and Unexcused Absences. Director Short seconded. The proposed changes reflect the shift in truancy law brought about by 2SHB 2449. The new law leaves the juvenile court petition process intact but requires significantly more prevention and intervention efforts on the part of the district. Classified Essential. Vote taken; motion carried.
a. Director Short moved to approve Reorganization of the Board at the August 15, 2016 Regular Board Meeting. Director Stoffer seconded. Discussion followed. President Horan will be stepping down from her position as Board President. Board Reorganization will occur again in December, during annual Board Reorganization. Vote taken; motion carried.
a. Superintendent Neal reported that the new Greywolf Elementary playground will be installed on Saturday, August 13 from 8am to 5pm. Volunteer workers are needed. Discussion followed.
b. The summer lunch program is providing free lunch to over 100 children each day at the Sequim Boys and Girls Club, Carrie Blake Park, Elk Creek apartments and Mountain View apartments. Volunteers are always needed to help deliver the coolers to the different sites and/or to distribute lunches. Discussion followed.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
President Horan drew board members’ attention to:
a. Upcoming Board Meetings and events:
- Monday, August 15th – 5:30pm Board Workshop; 6:30pm Regular Board Meeting
- Tuesday, September 6th – 6:30pm Regular Board Meeting
- Monday, September 19th – 5:30pm Board Workshop; 6:30pm Regular Board Meeting
- September 23rd-24th – WSSDA Legislative Assembly in Spokane, WA
b. Back to School Events
c. Budget Status Reports for June 2016
FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER
a. Board Exit Slips were distributed
At 7:05pm Director Short moved to adjourn the Regular Board Meeting. Vice-President Henrikson seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.