November 17, 2009, Regular Board Meeting

STANWOOD-CAMANO SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MINUTES OF THE NOVEMBER 17, 2009, REGULAR BOARD MEETING
 
CALL TO ORDER
Roger Myers called the meeting to order at 7:07 PM.  Board members in attendance were Ken Christoferson, Julie Dean, Darlene Hartley, Pat Patterson, and Roger Myers.  Ashley Glenn and David Thomas, Student Advisors, were present.  Mike Gibson, Sterling Savings Bank manager, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Julie Dean made a motion to approve the agenda.  Darlene Hartley seconded the motion; it was voted on and approved unanimously.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Ken Christoferson made a motion to approve the Minutes of the November 3, 2009, Regular Board Meeting.  Darlene Hartley seconded the motion; it was voted on and approved unanimously.  

COMMENTS BY CITIZENS
Randy Davis, Camano Island community member, suggested that board members consider a “pay for play” option in order to maintain athletic programs. 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

DONATIONS 
Ashley Glen and David Thomas read the donations from Lifetouch National School Studios and WAVE Division Holdings. 

RECOGNITIONS
Joy Rusko, secretary to the superintendent, described the recognition awards and thanked sponsors, Sterling Savings Bank and Lenz Enterprises, partners Dos Reales restaurant, Stanwood Cinemas, and Hollywood Videos for supporting the recognition programs.  The following awards were presented: 

Shining Star Award – Jeff Lofgren, Cedarhome Elementary Principal, and Michele Stang, teacher, recognized Martin Martinez for his kindness, friendship to others, sense of humor, and the pride he takes in his work. 

Shining Star Award - Jon Evavold, Elger Bay Elementary principal, recognized Kianni Demmert for being reliable, intelligent, a voracious reader who gives up her recess to tutor first graders, and one who will go far.

Teacher of the Month November 2009 – Dan Johnston, Lincoln Hill High School Principal, and Catherine Haaland, teacher, each nominated Peggy Davidsmeyer, English teacher, who received the Teacher of the Month award for going above and beyond to help students succeed.

Classified Employee of the Month November 2009 – Mike Olson, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, awarded Kevin Cruse, maintenance employee, with the Classified Employee of the Month Award.  He was nominated by Jim Williams, custodian, who described Kevin as being irreplaceable, with high morals, and is a hard worker.

Roger Myers recessed the meeting for five minutes to allow audience members to depart.  Roger Myers reconvened the Board meeting at 7:43 PM.

MUSIC, BAND, ARTS REPORT
Lloy Schaaf, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, introduced many of the music, band and arts’ teachers who presented a report on the Fine and Performing Arts programs throughout the District.  Elementary, middle, and high school staff were able to highlight their programs, which includes choirs, bands, drama, visual, graphic, and studio art.  They also shared concerns for more resources and time.  

Board members shared their support of all of the fine and performing arts programs and the impact it has on students in our District.

OCTOBER FINANCIAL REPORT
Gary Platt, Executive Director of Business Services, reviewed the October 2009 financial report packet including the executive summary, fund balance, debt service, and food service reports for the month. 

FACILITIES COMMITTEE UPDATE
Gary Platt presented an update on the Facilities Committees recommendation with two things to do: get direction from the board on refining the cost estimates and project descriptions to determine if there is consensus to use existing capital projects fund resources to repair the stadium and Twin City Elementary roofs.  He said approximately $40,000 would be needed from the general fund to refine cost estimates of the projects recommended by the committee.  Also, additional funding would be needed to finance an election; neither is in the FY 2009-10 budget. 

Superintendent Shumate stated that there is a need for a more discussion and recommended that the facility needs be a topic at the next board retreat.

The Board agreed to discuss facility committee recommendation and possible action at the next board retreat in December.

CONSENT AGENDA
Darlene Hartley made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, listed below.  Pat Patterson seconded the motion; it was voted on and passed unanimously.
1.    Donations.
2.    Stanwood High School Cross Country Team Field Trip November 5-7, 2009.
3.    Stanwood High School Girls Swim Team Field Trip November 12-14, 2009.
4.    Special Services Contract with Cumberland Therapy Services for 2009-10.
5.    2009-10 School Improvement Plans for Cedarhome Elementary, Elger Bay Elementary, Stanwood Elementary, Twin City Elementary, Utsalady Elementary, Port Susan Middle School, Stanwood Middle School, Lincoln Hill High School, Lincoln Academy, Saratoga School, and Stanwood High School.
6.    Personnel Consent Agenda.
7.    Bills and Payroll 


PAYROLL    FUND    WARRANT    TOTAL
OCTOBER 2009    Payroll    #89392-89515    $2,751,624.18
     Electronic Federal Tax        $568,832.77
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE            
OCTOBER 30, 2009   General    #71696-71819    $211,132.29
    Associated Student Body   #11232-11261   $7,542.32
    Capital Projects   #4367-4367   $211.86
    Transportation Vehicle    #155-155   $149,624.24
NOVEMBER 13, 2009   General   #71820-71961   $350,548.02
    Associated Student Body   #11262-11303   $19,673.57
             


STUDENT ADVISORS REPORT
Ashley Glenn reported on the new credit retrieval program at Lincoln Hill High School and David Thomas reported on Stanwood High School’s food drive, drama production Laughing Stock, girls swim team state competition, winter sports and club activities. 

ITEMS BROUGHT UP BY BOARD MEMBERS
Ken Christoferson shared his frustration with the economy and the unfamiliar situation that the Board is in regarding the facilities recommendation.

Pat Patterson said he appreciated staff, teachers for what they do and the reports from principals.

Darlene Hartley also was appreciative of the students, staff, and citizens that attended the meeting.

Julie Dean said the awards were great and it was wonderful to hear all of the things being done in the schools.  She stated that the Veterans’ Day assemblies were incredible. 

Roger Myers attended Veterans’ Day assemblies at Stanwood Elementary School and Stanwood High School.  He admitted to being teary-eyed and said they were well done.

ADJOURNMENT
Roger Myers adjourned the Regular Meeting at 9:16  PM.

STUDY SESSION
Beginning at 6:00 PM school principals presented their School Improvement Plans using a PowerPoint presentation to answer three questions: What does the data tell us our priority focus should be? What activities are we engaged in to address our focus?; and How is our plan aligned with the District Improvement Plan?

Each principal shared strategies unique to their schools and students they serve.  Reading and mathematics were common areas of focus based on results from the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) or other assessment tools.  Interventions with students, improving instruction, utilizing resources and technology were discussed.  All of the schools focused on meeting the needs of all learners, using the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning, and using student interventions to align with the District’s Improvement Plan.

STANWOOD-CAMANO SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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President

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Vice President

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Director

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Attest:


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Jean Shumate, Ed.D.
Secretary for the Board