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
October 3, 2016 6:30pm Regular Board Meeting
CALL MEETING TO ORDER/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (REF. POLICY 1400/1420)
President Henrikson called the Regular Meeting to order at 6:30pm with all School Board Directors and Student Board Representatives present. The Pledge of Allegiance was conducted.
PRESENT – A sign-in sheet was provided, and those who wished to sign in are listed below:
Robin Henrikson, President Jack Walsh
Bev Horan, Vice-President Lilli Hardesty, Olympic Peninsula Academy
James Stoffer, Director Sonja Bittner, District Office
Heather Short, Director Ardis Mangano, District
Michael Howe, Director Karla Richardson, Citizen
Ann Renker, Assistant Superintendent Cody Richardson, Citizen
Robert Streett, Citizen
Gary Neal, Superintendent Shenna Younger, Citizens for Sequim Schools
Marilyn Walsh, Administrative Assistant Candi Hayden, Citizens for Sequim Schools
Doug & Linda DeIvernois
Pam Landoni, District Office
Colleen McAleer, Port
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Vice-President Horan moved to approve the minutes from the September 19, 2016 Regular Board Meeting, as presented. Director Stoffer seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
CHANGES/ADDITIONS AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA (REF. POLICY 1420)
Director Short moved to approve the agenda as printed. Vice-President Horan seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
STUDENT BOARD REPRESENTATIVE COMMUNICATION & STUDENT RECOGNITION
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.
BOARD COMMUNICATION AND OTHER ITEMS
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. 186719 thru No. 186719 in the total amount of $33,974.00; and No. 18670 thru No. 18635 in the total amount of $224,447.52.
b. ASB Fund Vouchers No. 10606 thru No. 10616 in the total amount of $26,275.76; and No. 10617 thru No. 10632 in the total amount of $23,734.97.
c. Payroll for September 2016 in the total amount of $2,126,010.34.
d. 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 Charles Drabek, Sequim High School Wrestling coach, effective immediately, as presented.
2. Accept Letter of Resignation from Sean O’Mera, Junior Class Advisor, effective immediately, as presented.
3. Offer Certificated Kindergarten teaching position to Carla Drescher, for the 2016-2017 school year, effective September 29, 2016 as presented.
4. Offer Interim Executive Director of Business and Finance position to Heidi Hietpas, for the 2016-2017 school year, effective September 14, 2016 as presented.
5. Approve Leave of Absence Request for Kathryn Schaller, Paraeducator, from September 27, 2016 through November 1, 2016 as presented.
e. Overnight travel request for 60 for High School Choir students to travel to Stanwood, Washington on December 3-4, 2016 to perform at "The Lights of Christmas" at Warm Beach, as presented. John Lorentzen, High School Choir Director
f. Potential Overnight and Out-of-State travel request for 1-5 High School Choir students to travel to New York City, New York on February 2-6, 2017 to participate in the Special Honors Series Festival at Carnegie Hall, pending outcome of auditions, as presented. John Lorentzen, High School Choir Director
g. Overnight travel request for 1-6 High School band students and 20+ Choir students to travel to Bellevue, Washington on February 17-19, 2017 (President's Day Weekend) to compete in All Northwest/All State Band and Choir, as presented. Vern Fosket, High School Band Director and John Lorentzen, High School Choir Director.
h. Overnight and Out-of-State travel request for approximately 26 students to travel to Moscow, Idaho on February 23-26, 2017 to participate in the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, as presented. Vern Fosket, High School Band Director
i. Overnight and Out-of-State travel for approximately 70 Sequim High School band students to travel to Anaheim, California on March 21-26, 2017 to participate in the Heritage Competition, as presented. Vern Fosket, High School Band Director
j. Overnight travel request for 5-20 High School Band students and approximately 20 High School Choir students to travel to Ellensburg, Washington to compete in All State Solo & Ensemble, as presented. Vern Fosket, High School Band Director and John Lorentzen, High School Choir Director.
k. Overnight travel request for Olympic Peninsula Academy students to travel to Shoreline, Washington January 20-21, 2017 to participate in Regional Future City Competition, as presented. Lillian Hardesty, Future City Advisor
l. Overnight travel request for High School Future Farmers of America to travel to Randle, Washington on October 7-8, 2016 to attend Cispus Leadership Camp, as presented. Steve Mahitka, FFA Advisor.
m. Overnight and Out-of-State travel request for approximately five students to travel to Indianapolis, Indiana on October 19-23, 2016 to attend the National Future Farmers of America Convention, as presented. Steve Mahitka, FFA Advisor
n. Accept Cash Donation from Sequim Community Church in the amount of $40,000 to be used for Completing Outdoor Therapeutic Space for Living Skills; Providing Scholarships for Low-Income Students; Support funds For Kids at Hope and Funds for Equipment and Supplies for Courtyard Improvements, as presented.
Vice-President Horan moved to accept the Consent Agenda, items ‘a’ thru ‘n’ as presented. Director Short seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
There was none at this time.
a. Ms. Sonja Bittner, School Nurse, gave an overview of the many areas of responsibility encompassing Student Health Services. She commended Ardis Mangano and Kerry Wyman-Webb for their assistance in screening, evaluation and management of thousands of visits to the district’s health rooms. Discussion followed.
b. Steve Mahitka, Sequim High School FFA Advisor, gave an overview of the Future Farmers of America program and of the many career and technical aspects of the program beyond just farming. Discussion followed.
c. Dr. Ann Renker, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, shared with the board student growth in K-12 Math, especially at the elementary level, where a new math curriculum has been piloted.
d. Dr. Ann Renker, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, reviewed with the board the Indistar program, the online template for used for School Improvement Plans. Discussion followed.
e. Marilyn Walsh, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, gave an update on numbers of homeschooled students and students who choose to attend online school. Discussion followed.
f. Superintendent Gary Neal thanked Clallam County PUD for sharing doughnuts and coffee with Greywolf Elementary. State negotiations are still going on regarding construction of the new modular classrooms at Greywolf. We are near the top of the list for the project. Superintendent Neal is working on getting a facilitator to help us moving forward with a Strategic Plan. The goal is to start work on this in November. Some calendar adjustments have been necessary regarding School Improvement Plan presentations. In order to better meet timelines, presentations will take place in the Board Room and two schools will be presenting on the same evening. The first presentations will be by Greywolf Elementary, Olympic Peninsula Academy and Sequim Options School on Monday, November 7.
FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
President Henrikson drew board members’ attention to:
a. Upcoming Board Meetings, etc.
b. Free & Reduced Lunch totals for September 2016
At 8:48pm Director Stoffer moved to adjourn the Regular Meeting. Vice-President Horan seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.