August 17, 2021 Regular Board Meeting Minutes

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

August 17, 2021 - 6:00 PM

MINUTES

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CALL TO ORDER
Board President Natalie Hagglund called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.

ROLL CALL

Board Members Present: Al Schreiber, Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Miranda Evans, Natalie Hagglund

FLAG SALUTE

Natalie Hagglund led the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Natalie Hagglund moved to amend the agenda to add a  discussion on COVID-19 Legal Requirements under School Board Discussion. Al Schreiber moved to approve the amended agenda; seconded by Miranda Evans.

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

Passed - unanimously

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
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Ken Christoferson moved to approve the August 3, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes; seconded by Charlotte Murry.

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

Passed - unanimously

PUBLIC HEARING

 Steve Lidgard, Executive Director of Business Services, provided a brief recap on the purpose of the public hearing to receive public input on the proposed 2021-2022 Fiscal Year Budget.

At 6:04 PM, Natalie Hagglund opened the public hearing and called for public comment on the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year Budget. There was no public comment. Natalie Hagglund closed the Public Hearing at 6:04 PM.

2020-21 F 195 Budget    
2020-21 F 195 Four-Year Budget Summary

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORTS

1. July 2021 Financial Update - Steve Lidgard

Steve Lidgard, Executive Director of Business Services, provided a July 2021 Financial report, highlighting the Executive Summary, Fund Balance, Object Summary (salaries and benefits), and the General Fund Budget Status Report. 

2. Food Services Annual Progress Reporting Update - Don Vennetti

Don Vennetti, Director of Food Service, summarized how many meals (breakfast and lunch) were served in July and August and updated the board on the nationwide waiver of local school wellness policy assessments until June 2022. Discussion followed regarding free meals for all students during the 2021-22 school year under the Seamless Summer Option and the importance for families who qualify to continue to fill out the 2021-22 Free and Reduced Meals application as eligibility can mean access to other services.

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. 

Tom Miller, community member, addressed the Board regarding Consent Agenda item #8. Mr. Miller requested the contract with PUSH Inspiration for Equity be withdrawn and gave detailed comment on why he would like the item pulled, including requesting the Board to allow opportunities for the community to provide input.

Carrie James, district teacher, provided detailed comment regarding her support for staff equity training.

Heather Andrus, community member, provided detailed comment on her support of providing what students need to succeed and expressed concern about Critical Race Theory in the classroom.

Natalie Hagglund asked board members if there are any items they wish to pull. Miranda Evans requested to pull item #5; Al Schreiber requested to pull item #8. 

Natalie Hagglund asked for a motion to approve Consent Agenda items 1 through 4, 6 and 7, and 9 through 16. Moved by Miranda Evans; seconded by Al Schreiber.

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

Passed - unanimously

Miranda Evans asked for clarification on item #5, School Psychologist Intern Stipend for Services; specifically, what school this will support and what services will be provided. Robert Hascall clarified the intern assignment is for multiple schools but primarily working with psychologists at Utsalady and Twin City Elementary Schools; he noted the intern will also be working with the pre-school program. Mr. Hascall shared the intern meets with families and is very involved in caseloads and works alongside the psychologists.

Natalie Hagglund asked for a motion to approve Consent Agenda Item #5. Moved by Ken Christoferson; seconded by Miranda Evans.

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

Passed - unanimously

Al Schreiber asked if the contract with PUSH is the best tool and does the district need more input from the community. Natalie Hagglund invited Maurene Stanton to share about the work that has been done to vet companies, including PUSH, for partnering with the district in equity work. Ms. Stanton shared background on research and vetting that has taken place, starting in February 2021, to partner with a company to lead staff equity/cultural competency training that is required by legislation. Ms. Stanton requested the board to approve the contract with PUSH. Board discussion followed and Ms. Stanton fielded further questions from the board.

Natalie Hagglund asked for a motion to approve Consent Agenda item #8. Moved by Miranda Evans; seconded by Ken Christoferson.

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

Passed - unanimously

1. Approve the Second Reading of Policy 3122 Excused and Unexcused Absences

2. Approve the Second Reading of Policy 5011 Sexual Harassment

3. Approve the Second Reading of Policy 1430 Audience Participation

4. Approve the Second Reading of Policy 2195 Academic Acceleration

5. Approve the Agreement for a Stipend for Services with the a school psychologist intern to provide student support services in the role of school psychologist for the 2021-2022 school year.

6. Approve Agreements A through C, as listed below, to provide educational support services for students enrolled in the Stanwood-Camano School District and out of district placement for services not available within the district.

A. Sensory Impairments Consultants, LLC, for orientation and mobility services to visually impaired students,
B. Gersh Academy for student out-of-district placement, and
C. Maxim Healthcare Staffing to provide behavior analyst and behavior technician services to support students. 
 

7. Approve the adoption of Resolution 2020/2021-015 to move the InvestEd account from the Private Purpose Trust to the General Fund.

8. Approve the Contract with PUSH Inspiration for Equity to provide equity training and consultation to the Stanwood-Camano School District for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years.

9. Approve the Contract Renewal with Character Strong to provide school wide use of Social Emotional Learning Professional Development and Curriculum for the 2021-2022 school year.

10. Approve the Student Fee Schedule and Food Service Price Schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.

11. Approve the Copier Lease Agreement for two Toshiba copiers at Port Susan Middle School.

12. Approve the adoption of Resolution 2020/2021-014 establishing Budget Appropriations for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022.

13. Approve the Service Agreement with North County Regional Fire Authority for Standby Emergency Medical Services.

14. Approve the Memorandum of Understanding with the Stanwood-Camano Education Association for a pilot compensation program for certificated staff to meet mandates for the Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM) in support of ASSIST students.

15Approval of the Personnel Consent Agenda That the Board approves the Personnel Consent Agenda, including certificated/classified new hires, resignations, leave requests, retirements, and travel, dated August 17, 2021. 

16. Approval of Bills and Payroll. That the Board approves the Bills and Payroll, dated August 17, 2021. 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Citizens wishing to address the Board are asked to submit online requests using the PUBLIC COMMENT link or email chansen@stanwood.wednet.edu two hours prior to the board meeting start time. For those attending the meeting in person, request forms are available in the boardroom for submission prior to meeting start time. Citizens who wish to provide documents to board members, will hand them with to the Recording Secretary for distribution after the meeting. 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 for the record and will be allowed three minutes to speak.

There was no public comment.

SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSION
1. First reading (no action), New Policy 3116 Students in Foster Care.
The board did not have any questions regarding new policy 3116 and the policy was moved forward for a second reading.
2. COVID-19 Legal Requirements
Natalie Hagglund introduced District Attorney 
Charles Leitch who shared information about recent state and health department mask mandates; he noted these mandates are not within the control of school districts and shared information about Superintendent Reykdal’s recent announcement regarding withholding a district’s appropriation of state funds, as well as federal dollars that flow through the state, if districts act counter to guidance. Discussion followed.

ITEMS BROUGHT UP BY BOARD MEMBERS

Al Schreiber’s comments included expressing appreciation to staff; affirming he believes in local control and parents’ rights; recognizing 70 percent of the district’s budget comes from the state and almost 90 percent of the district’s budget goes to salaries and benefits; and, thanking all who commented.

Charlotte Murry’s comments included thanking those who attended the meeting and sharing their comments, adding it is important that everyone is on the same page on doing what is best for students; appreciation for Charles Leitch’s information and providing clarification on what boards can and cannot do; appreciation to Steve Lidgard for his work on the annual budget; and, adding she is excited about opening school.

Ken Christoferson’s comments included reflecting on the challenges that have been presented and coming to agreement on the best possible outcomes; recognizing that while not everyone agrees, everyone is passionate about doing what is best for kids; and, expressing he looks forward to the school year and meeting the needs of students who suffered from not being at school.

Miranda Evans shared she is excited about the start of the school year; expressed appreciation to staff for the work they do to manage what is in the district’s purview while always keeping students at the forefront; and, thanked staff for their diligence to make sure the district is meeting requirements.

Natalie Hagglund thanked everyone for a great meeting.

Superintendent Rumbaugh thanked those who spoke, adding that hearing individual perspectives pushes the district as an organization to ensure it is transparent to the community, including reporting back on the work that is being done. Dr. Rumbaugh suggested quarterly reports to the Board around equity. Dr. Rumbaugh commented she is excited to open school in a few weeks and thanked staff for their work to prepare schools for opening.

ADJOURN

Natalie Hagglund adjourned the meeting at 6:59 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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Attest:

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Deborah Rumbaugh, Ed.D.

Secretary to the Board