August 3, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes

Stanwood-Camano School District #401
REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Administration & Resource Center
26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, Washington  98292

August 3, 2021 - 1:00 PM

MINUTES

  

CALL TO ORDER 
Board President Natalie Hagglund called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM.

ROLL CALL
Board Members Present: Al Schreiber, Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Natalie Hagglund
Board Members Absent: Miranda Evans (Excused)

FLAG SALUTE
Natalie Hagglund led the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Ken Christoferson moved to approve the Agenda for the August 3, 2021 Regular Board Meeting; seconded by Al Schreiber.

Aye: Al Schreiber, Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Natalie Hagglund

Passed - Unanimously

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
July 6, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes
Charlotte Murry moved to approve the Minutes for the July 6, 2021 Regular Board Meeting; seconded by Al Schreiber

Aye: Al Schreiber, Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson

Abstained: Natalie Hagglund

Passed

July 6, 2021 Special Meeting Minutes
Al Schreiber moved to approve the Minutes for the July 6, 2021 Special Meeting.

Aye: Al Schreiber, Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson,

Abstained Natalie Hagglund

Passed

July 27, 2021 Special Meeting Minutes
Al Schreiber moved to approve the Minutes for the July 27, 2021 Special Meeting.

Aye: Al Schreiber, Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Natalie Hagglund

Passed - Unanimously

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORTS

1. June Financial Report - Steve Lidgard
Steve Lidgard, Executive Director of Business Services, presented the June 2021 Financial Report. Mr. Lidgard reviewed the Executive Summary, noting June is the tenth month of the fiscal year; he reviewed in detail the June Fund Balance, Object Summary (salary and benefits), General Fund, Capital Project Fund, noting projects are moving forward and it is anticipated the Church Creek Campus will be ready for final acceptance soon, and reviewed the Debt Service and Transportation Vehicle funds. Mr. Lidgard also reviewed revenue and expenditure in the Budget Capacity Report for 2020-21. 

2. 2021-2022 Budget Update - Steve Lidgard
Steve Lidgard provided an update on development of the 2021-2022 Annual Budget. Mr. Lidgard noted adjustments were made to the General Fund following the budget presentation in July and no changes were made to the Associated Student Body Fund, Debt Service Fund, Capital Projects Fund, and Transportation Vehicle Fund. Mr. Lidgard highlighted data in the Budget Summary and Excess Levies for 2022 Collections sections of the General Fund F195 report. It was noted a resolution will be on the August 17, 2021 regular board meeting agenda recommending the 2021-2022 budget adoption. Discussion followed. Director Schreiber read a communication from The Office of the Superintendent of Public Schools (OSPI) regarding holding back basic education apportionment to districts that disobey the law or an executive order and asked Steve Lidgard what percentage of the district's budget comes from the state. Mr. Lidgard responded state funding is just over 70%. 

CONSENT AGENDA
Natalie Hagglund asked board members if they would like to pull any items from the Consent Agenda for discussion and offered the public an opportunity to speak to any items on the Consent Agenda. Natalie Hagglund requested to pull Consent item #8, as listed below, for discussion. 

Al Schreiber moved to approve Consent items #1 through #7 and #9 through #15; seconded by Charlotte Murry.

Aye: Al Schreiber, Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Natalie Hagglund

Passed - Unanimously

1. Approve second reading, Policy 1005 Key Functions of the Board.

2. Approve second reading, Policy 1400 Meeting Conduct, Order of Business and Quorum.

3. Approve second reading, Policy 5406 Leave Sharing

4. Approve authorization to utilize the Request for Proposal (RFP) process to explore the use of a consultant for developing a multi-year comprehensive district strategic plan.

5. Approve the Contract with Xiologix for Dell/EMC Powerstore System, Incorporated, for long term data storage and back-up services. 

6. Approve the Contract with IXL Learning for the purchase of IXL Learning Licenses for the 2021/22, 2022/23, and 2023/24 school years. 

7. Approve the Contract with Northwest Educational Service District 189 for the 2021-2022 school year Open Doors Program.

8. Approve the Federal Grant for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II).

9. Approve the Contract with the Northwest Educational Service District 189 to provide use of the pdEnroller application hosting and development services for the 2021-22 school year.

10. Approve the Pool Usage Agreement with the YMCA of Snohomish County, Stanwood-Camano Branch, for use by Stanwood High School swim teams. 

11. Approve five additional Classified Director Vacation Days to align with district-level director positions' number of vacation days. 

12. Approve the updated Classified Substitute Rates, effective September 2, 2021.

13. Approve the changes to Non Represented Employees position titles.

14. Approval of the Personnel Consent Agenda.

15. Approval of Bills and Payroll

DISCUSSION
Natalie Hagglund shared she pulled Consent item #8 to receive clarification and general information on the expenditure of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSR) funds. Dan Johnston, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, reviewed in detail how ESSR I funds were expended, to include purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for student safety; and for licenses, resources and materials to support remote learning. Mr. Johnston reviewed current and projected expenditures for ESSR II Funds, to include supports for student social-emotional needs, PPE equipment and training for student safety, and instructional supports for teachers. 

Natalie Hagglund called for a motion to approve Consent item #8, as listed above. It was moved by Al Schreiber and seconded by Ken Christoferson to approve Consent Agenda Item #8, as listed above.

 Aye: Al Schreiber, Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Natalie Hagglund

Passed - Unanimously

PUBLIC COMMENT

Citizens wishing to address the Board are asked to submit their request to speak two hours prior to the board meeting start time. Click on the link PUBLIC COMMENT or email chansen@stanwood.wednet.edu to submit your request; please include your comment topic. The Board President will call upon individuals who have requested to speak during the Public Comment section of the agenda. Individuals will state their name and address for the record and will be allowed three minutes to speak. If you are attending the zoom meeting via phone, please include the phone number you will be calling from in your email or Public Comment request so we can locate you in the attendee group and enable the speaking function.

Public comment was given as follows:

1. Tracy Meck spoke regarding her concern about critical race theory and equity training in schools.

 2. Val Mullen spoke regarding her concern about critical race theory and her concern about  effectiveness of district staff equity workshops.

 3. Roberto Guadamuz cited the Washington State Constitution as it relates to civil liberties and the Board using their collective voice for students.

4. Christa Long spoke regarding her concern about a student who was interrupted while giving public comment at the last meeting and made a statement on the Board's role when interruptions happen. Ms. Long also commented on Board transparency on what is being taught in schools and standing with students, parents and teachers.

5. Tracy Abuhl commented on policy 1430 Audience Participation and questioned the board's role in deciding what is relevant for discussion. Ms. Abuhl commented on the Governor's proclamation regarding schools; on her recent attendance at another district's board meeting and their development of a student well-being plan; Ms. Abuhl requested the board set a precedent.

6. Justy Mayernik spoke regarding her concern about the district's COVID testing of athletes and had questions regarding the Seattle Children's Hospital agreement. She asked for transparency from the Board.

7. Syrah Cervantez commented she would like to know how the district addresses issues on bullying and racial discrimination in schools and asked what anti-bullying education is in place.

8. Corey Fish spoke on using precision in language with regard to the COVID vaccine and masks.

SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSION

1. First reading (no action), Policy 3122 Excused and Unexcused Absences
Mark Carter, Director of Student Services and Safety, clarified updates to Policy 3122 are in line with changes required by law. Policy 3122 will move forward for a second reading.

2. First reading (no action), Policy 5011 Sexual Harassment
Maurene Stanton, Executive Director of Human Resources, provided information around WSSDA's model policy 5011 update in June and aligning policy 5011 with state and federal law. Policy 5011 will move forward for a second reading.

3. First reading (no action), Policy 1430 Audience Participation
Natalie Hagglund, noted policy 1430 was reviewed and discussed at the July 27, 2021 study session; she expressed appreciation for the change to lengthen time for public comment with an option for the Board to allow more time, if needed. Policy 1430 will move forward for a second reading.

4. First reading (no action), Policy 2195 Academic Acceleration
Dr. Rumabugh noted policy 2195 was reviewed and discussed at the July 27, 2021 study session; she clarified new policy 2195 is in line with what is required by law to support students' academic acceleration. Policy 2195 will move forward for a second reading.

ITEMS BROUGHT UP BY BOARD MEMBERS
Al Schreiber thanked those who gave public comment, adding he is continually bothered by legislative mandates and expressed support for local control of schools. 

Charlotte Murry thanked those who gave public comment; she Steve Lidgard and Dan Johnston for updates on the 2021-22 budget and use of ESSR funds, respectively.

Ken Christoferson's comments included thanking those who shared their thoughts; he noted hearing these comments is beneficial to everyone and beneficial for decision making. Director Christoferson emphasized reaching out to board members to continue to provide input.

Natalie Hagglund thanked everyone for attending the meeting and showing they care.

Dr. Rumbaugh shared about the development of a Community Planning Team to assist the district with reading and digesting the Governor's order, information from Labor and Industries, and information from the Department of Health in order to  interpret and communicate to families what expectations are for the fall.  The first meeting will happen next week and additional information will follow.

ADJOURN
Natalie Hagglund adjourned the meeting at 2:05 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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Deborah Rumbaugh, Ed.D.

Secretary to the Board