October 2, 2012, Regular Board Meeting Minutes

STANWOOD-CAMANO SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER 2, 2012, REGULAR BOARD MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

Julie Dean, Vice-president, called the Regular Board Meeting to order at 12:00 PM in the Administration & Resource Center boardroom.

ROLL CALL

Board members in attendance were Ken Christoferson, Darlene Hartley, and Julie Dean. Pat Patterson and Roger Myers were absent and excused.

FLAG SALUTE
Julie Dean led the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Darlene Hartley made a motion to approve the Agenda for the October 2, 2012, Regular Board Meeting. Ken Christoferson seconded the motion; it was voted on and approved unanimously.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Ken Christoferson made a motion to approve the Minutes of the September 24, 2012, Regular Board Meeting. Darlene Hartley seconded the motion; it was voted on and approved unanimously. A correction for the date of the minutes changed to September 18th.

COMMENTS BY CITIZENS

Laurie Ferguson, parent, requested to have her children’s bus route changed from #25 to #24 to reduce the length of time riding on the bus.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Jean Shumate introduced the following reports:

DONATIONS

Ken Christoferson presented the donations from Cedarhome Elementary PTA $1,257.59 and Stanwood Elementary PTA $333.85.

RECOGNITIONS

Ken Christoferson read the recognition for Gail Merrick, Stanwood High School’s Graphic Arts and AP Studio Arts teacher, named an outstanding educator from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and for Margaret Phillips and Eric Saekow, Stanwood High School students, named Commended Students from the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

DISTRICT ASSESSMENT RESULTS

Dr. Lloy Schaaf, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, and Mr. Victor Hanzeli, Assessment Coordinator and Elger Bay Elementary Principal, reported on the 2011-12 assessment results for the District. The District performed higher than the State in reading, mathematics, writing, and sciences in 18 of 21 grade categories; only grade 8, reading and math, and grade 10, biology, were below the State’s scores.

Mr. Hanzeli explained charts depicting the trend lines over the last four years for grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading/math/writing, where applicable, and End of Course (EOC) exams in math for grades 7, 8, and 10 and biology for grade 10. He also showed graphs using cohort trends, over the last four years, for reading and math for grades 7 through 11. It was determined, the inconsistencies in forward, sustained, progress was difficult to explain and further study was needed.

Dr. Schaaf shared how systems work together to improve achievement of each student. Support for all students includes curriculum adoptions for mathematics, literacy, and biology, professional development, collaboration with the Northwest Educational Service District 189, intervention materials and classes, and the use of volunteers. She also explained that the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction received a waiver from the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) to use the Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs), which are unique yearly targets in reading and mathematics for each subgroup, school and district.

Accountability in the system includes the superintendent’s evaluation tied to student achievement, evaluation of principals and teachers, and the new Washington State accountability initiative Teacher/Principal Evaluation Pilot. Dr. Shaaf also informed the Board that State math standards changed three times, the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) changed to End of Course (EOC) exam and in 2015, assessments would be aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Dr. Shumate added that staff members shared their concerns that focusing on new curriculum may lead to lower test scores in other areas and added the administrators, principals, and teachers work hard to achieve the highest standards for our students.

Board members agreed that many factors are taken into consideration when analyzing scores and trends, and changes in the State’s testing standards plays a role, impacting data. 

Dr. Schaaf and Mr. Hanzeli assured the Board that they would continue to analyze the data.

OCTOBER ENROLLMENT

Mr. Gary Platt, Executive Director of Business Services, reported on the student enrollment for the month of October 2012. He said there was an increase of 10 students from September and 200 students less than last year. The total enrollment for October was 4,397 Full Time Equivalent (FTE).

Dr. Shumate added that many families have moved from our area to find employment. She said the budget has a contingency built-in for enrollment decline.

CONSENT AGENDA

Ken Christoferson made a motion to approve Consent Agenda items one through seven, listed below. Darlene Hartley seconded the motion; it was voted on and approved unanimously. 

  1. Donations
  2. Stanwood High School FFA Horticulture Team Field Trip to the Horticulture Career Development Events (Floriculture and Nursery Landscape) October 12-13, 20112, Kennewick and Chiawana, Washington
  3. Agreement with Western Washington University for School Years 2012-12, 2013-14, and 2014-15.
  4. Federal and State Grants for 2012-13, as listed (a-i): STATE: (a) Navigation 101 $15,000, (b) Learning Assistance Program $350,190, (c) State Transitional Bilingual $69,492, (d) Educational Leadership Intern Program $4,708; FEDERAL (e) Title I Part A $460,645, (f) Title II Part A $149,206, (g) Title III $15,935, (h) IDEA-B (Section 611) $812,884, (i) IDEA-B (Section 619) $32,102.
  5. Contract with Northwest Educational Service District 189 for Special Education Support Services September 25 through December 1, 2012
  6. Dr. Jean Shumate’s 2012-13 Work Plan/Goals
  7. Personnel Consent Agenda

ITEMS BROUGHT UP BY BOARD MEMBERS

Ken Christoferson said he appreciated the information on the assessment report and said it was a cause for more dialog.

Julie Dean also appreciated the assessment report with the focus on accountability.

ADJOURNMENT

Julie Dean adjourned the Regular Meeting at 12:53 PM.

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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Director

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Director

Attest:

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Jean Shumate, Ed.D.

Secretary for the Board