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
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 – 6 PM Regular Board Meeting
CALL MEETING TO ORDER/ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (REF. POLICY 1400/1420)
President Henrikson called the Regular Meeting to order at 6:00pm with all Board Members present excepting Vice-President Horan, who was excused. Our Student Board Representatives arrived shortly after the meeting began. The Pledge of Allegiance was conducted.
Robin Henrikson, President Jack Walsh
James Stoffer, Director Patsene Dashiell, District Office
Heather Short, Director Linda DeIvernois
Michael Howe, Director Paul Wieneke, District Office
Kaylee Gumm, Student Board Representative
Téa Gauthun, Student Board Representative
Ann Rekner, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Director Stoffer moved to request approval of the minutes from the December 3, 2016 Regular Board Meeting as presented. Director Short seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
CHANGES/ADDITIONS AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA (REF. POLICY 1420)
Director Short moved to approve the agenda as printed. Director Stoffer seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
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.
President Henrikson asked for any Public Comment regarding agenda items. Hearing none, President Henrikson asked for Public Comment regarding general items.
BOARD COMMUNICATION AND OTHER ITEMS
STUDENT BOARD REPRESENTATIVE COMMUNICATION & STUDENT RECOGNITION
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. 187295 thru No. 187303 in the total amount of $27,372.89; 187304 thru 187332 in the total amount of $18,862.22; and No.187333 thru No. 187333 in the total amount of $700.42; and No. 187334 thru No. 187407 in the total amount of $161,031.80; and No. 187408 thru No. 187475 in the total amount of $67,041.23.
b. ASB Fund Vouchers No. 10706 thru No. 10723 in the total amount of $19,181.89.
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) Offer Classified Bus Driving position to Cal Scott, for the 2016-2017 school year, effective December 5, 2016 as presented.
2) Offer Classified Bus Aide position to Jody Wilkinson, for the 2016-2017 school year, effective December 12, 2016 as presented.
3) Approve request for Unpaid Leave of Absence for Justine Wagner, High School Health teacher, from January 17-19, 2017 as presented.
4) Offer Certificated Grade 4/5 Split teaching position to Robert Mendiola, for the 2016-2017 school year, effective January 3, 2017 as presented.
5) Accept Letter of Resignation from Peter Harker, Sequim Middle School Paraeducator, effective immediately, for the purpose of doing substitute teaching, as presented.
6) Approve Leave of Absence Request from Julie Romberg, Sequim High School English teacher, from April 1, 2017 through June 15, 2017 as presented.
7) Offer Executive Director of Finance and Operations position to Heidi Hietpas, for the 2016-2017 school year, removing the “Interim” from her title, effective January 1, 2017 as presented.
8) Offer Classified 4-hour/day high school Health Paraeducator position to Cherie Myers, for the 2016-2017 school year, effective January 3, 2016 as presented.
d. Accept Cash Donation to Sequim High School in the amount of $1,500 for students in need and $3,000 toward Winter Wishes, as presented.
Director Short moved to approve the Consent Agenda, Items ‘a’ thru ‘d’ as presented. Director Stoffer seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
a. Director Stoffer moved to Approve and Adopt at Second Reading Policy #2140 – Guidance and Counseling. Director Short seconded. This policy is revised to reflect the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model of Counseling core principles. The suicide portion of this policy has been incorporated into its own policy and procedure. These changes have been vetted by our school counselors and school psychologists and our school nurse, who recommend approval. Classified Discretionary. Vote taken; motion carried.
b. Director Short moved to Approve and Adopt at Second Reading Policy #3420 – Anaphylaxis Prevention and Response. Director Stoffer seconded. ESB 5104, which went into effect July 28, 2013, gives districts the ability to better prepare for student anaphylaxis events. The intent of the new law is to ensure that all students have greater access to the life-saving drug during an anaphylactic attack. It allows designated, trained school personnel to administer epinephrine from the school supply to students previously diagnosed with life-threatening allergies. Classified Essential. Vote taken; motion carried.
c. Director Short moved to approve at First Reading Policy #3246 – Restraint, Isolation and Other Uses of Reasonable Force. Director Stoffer seconded. OSPI has issued newly revised regulations on Chapter 392-172A, WAC pursuant to HB 1240 which passed in the 2015 legislative session. HB 1240 impacted use of restraint and isolation for ALL students, not just those with disabilities. That’s why this update to Policy/Procedure 3246, Use of Restraint, Isolation and Other Uses of Reasonable Force needs approval, even though Sequim School District does not employ the use of Restraint or Isolation. Classified Essential. Vote taken; motion carried.
d. Director Stoffer moved to Approve and Adopt at Second Reading Policy #5281 – Disciplinary Action and Discharge. Director Short seconded. The policy has been updated to clarify: 1) that the law does not require discipline in every situation; 2) that sufficient cause is necessary for disciplinary action or discharge; and 3) that reports of child abuse or neglect must be reported to CPS, law enforcement, OSPI and parents as required by law. The procedure has been deleted because it is an unnecessary reiteration of the policy, RCWs and applicable collective bargaining agreements. Classified Discretionary. Vote taken; motion carried.
a. Director Stoffer moved to Approve 2016-2017 School Improvement Plans for Greywolf Elementary, Helen Haller Elementary, Olympic Peninsula Academy, Sequim Middle School, Sequim High School and Sequim Options School, as presented.
b. Policy #3115 – Homeless Students: Enrollment Rights and Services was introduced. The law now requires middle and high school principals who have identified more than ten unaccompanied youth, to establish a point of contact for homeless youth. Additionally, amendments were made to the McKinney-Vento Act and Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which took effect on October 1, 2016. Classified Essential. Someone from Learning Support Services will be at the next meeting to answer questions regarding this policy.
c. Policy #3140 – Release of Resident Students was introduced by Marilyn Walsh, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent. The policy has been revised to include an additional justification for release pursuant to statute. Classified Essential.
a. The Inclement Weather Plan Report was postponed by Jeff Gossage, Director of Transportation, until the threat of inclement weather passes.
b. Superintendent Gary Neal reported that due to overcrowding at both Elementary schools, a new 4/5 split classroom is being housed in Sequim Middle School, taught by Mr. Robert Mendiola. Discussion followed.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
President Henrikson drew board members’ attention to:
a. Upcoming Board Meetings, etc.
January 16 – Regular Board MeetingMoved to TUESDAY, January 17 @ 6pm due to Holiday
o Monday, February 6 – 6pm Regular Board Meeting
o February 12-13 – 2017 Legislative Conference
Monday, February 20 – Regular Board MeetingMoved to TUESDAY, February 21 @ 6pm due to Holiday
b. ♥ February 14, 2017 – Levy Election
c. November 2016 Budget Summary
d. November Comparative Budget Report
e. November Budget Status Report
FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER
Director Short expressed her appreciation that Heidi Hietpas, Executive Director of Finance and Operations, has had the “interim” removed from her job title.
At 6:33pm Director Stoffer moved to adjourn the Regular meeting. Director Short seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.