December 2, 2014, Regular Board Meeting Minutes

STANWOOD-CAMANO SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MINUTES OF THE DECEMBER 2, 2014 REGULAR BOARD MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

President Ken Christoferson called the meeting to order at 12:00 PM in the Administration & Resource Center boardroom.

ROLL CALL

Board members in attendance were: Julie Dean, Al Schreiber, Roger Myers, Darlene Hartley, and Ken Christoferson.

FLAG SALUTE
Director Julie Dean led the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Julie Dean made a motion to approve the Agenda for the December 2, 2014, Regular Board Meeting. Al Schreiber seconded the motion; it was voted on and approved unanimously.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Al Schreiber made a motion to approve the Minutes of the November 18, 2014, Regular Board Meeting. Roger Myers seconded the motion; it was voted on and approved.

REORGANIZATION OF BOARD

Darlene Hartley nominated Ken Christoferson for Board President. Julie Dean seconded the motion and Roger Myers asked for the nominations to be closed. The nomination for Ken Christoferson for Board President was voted on and approved unanimously.

Roger Myers nominated Julie Dean for Vice President of the Board and Al Schreiber seconded the motion. Roger moved to close the nominations. By unanimous vote, Julie Dean was elected as Vice President.

COMMENTS BY CITIZENS

Robert Bearden, owner of Leader of the Pack Dog Training and Detection Services, Burlington, Washington, explained his business and the benefits of keeping children safe on school campuses. His dogs are not trained for detecting explosive devices at this time.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Jean Shumate introduced the following reports:

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Dr. Jerry Jenkins, Northwest Educational Service District 189 Superintendent, presented Christine Del Pozo, Stanwood High School Principal, and staff members, Ross Short (career and technical education), Rita Brennan (special education), Jeanne Kelley (language arts), and Eric Buher (mathematics) with the 2014 School of Distinction award. Stanwood High School earned the award for outstanding improvement in reading and math sustained over a five-year period.

DONATIONS
Julie Dean presented the donations, as follows: (1) Joe Ward donated 9 books, value $100.00, purchased at the Cedarhome Elementary book-fair; (2) South Camano Grange donated dictionaries, value $260.00, to all 3rd grade students at Utsalady Elementary; and (3) Stillaguamish Grange donated 90 dictionaries, value $720.00, to Cedarhome Elementary 3rd grade students.

RECOGNITIONS
Julie Dean read the recognitions from: (1) Gayle Richards, Puget Sound Blood Center Donor Resources Representative, who thanked Stanwood High School staff, Christine Del Pozo, Carolyn Coombs, George Colby, Jill Knott, and Michelle Powelson, for their hard work and support at the November 18th blood drive. Ms. Richards appreciated the efforts of George Colby and the Leadership Students for their organization skills; and (2) Tom Wilfong was selected as the Assistant Principal of the Year for WESCO 3A/4A League. He will receive his award at the State Principal Conference October 2015.

DECEMBER ENROLLMENT
Gary Platt, Executive Director of Business Services, gave the enrollment report for the month of December 2014. There were 4,163 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) students enrolled, which was above the budget projection by 113 FTE. 

CONSENT AGENDA

Al Schreiber made a motion to approve Consent Agenda items 1-7, listed below. Julie Dean seconded the motion; it was voted on and approved unanimously. 

  1. Donations.
  2. Stanwood High School Field Trips: (a) Technology Student Association State Officers Spring Conference March 12-14, 2014, Wenatchee, Washington, and (b) Wrestling Team to Invitation Tournament December 12-14, 2014, Othello, Washington.
  3. 2014-15 School Improvement Plans (a-k) as listed:

a. Cedarhome Elementary

g. Stanwood Middle School

b. Elger Bay Elementary

h. Lincoln Academy

c. Stanwood Elementary

i. Lincoln Hill High School

d. Twin City Elementary

j. Stanwood High School: Literacy, Math, Biology, Culture and Climate, Graduation Rates

e. Utsalady Elementary

k. Saratoga School

f. Port Susan Middle School

  1. Purchase Software and Licensing for the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Environment.
  2. Interlocal Agreement with Washington Learning Resource.
  3. Agreement with City University of Seattle for Teacher Interns.
  4. Personnel Consent Agenda.

ITEMS BROUGHT UP BY BOARD MEMBERS

Roger Myers complimented Gary Platt on his reports. He also commented that the Washington State School Director Administration’s Annual Conference sessions were very meaningful. He suggested having a board retreat for sharing their experiences with each other.

Al Schreiber congratulated the Stanwood High School staff for receiving the School of Improvement award. He also thanked WSSDA for adding a new session on security and safe schools.

Darlene Hartley would like to know more about the WSSDA Conference, as she was unable to attend.

Julie Dean felt refreshed after attending the conference and look forward to a board retreat.

Ken Christoferson would like to have the board retreat in January. He felt that many key points were covered at the conference and he appreciated Al for contributing to the security and safe schools presentation..

ADJOURNMENT

Director Christoferson adjourned the regular meeting at 12:21 PM.

STUDY SESSION

A study session to discuss the architect contract and CORE 24 began at 10:30 AM.

ARCHITECT CONTRACT

Contract negotiations with McGranahan Architects are on schedule with the pre-election timeline for potentially replacing Stanwood High School according to Gary Platt. A final contract would be brought to the Board for approval at the December 16th board meeting. The study and survey and development of instructional needs are not included in their timeline. Mr. Platt said there were 3 proposals for pre-bond options. The first would put the schedule of opening a school in 2020, which would include costs of conceptual design work only. The second proposal would be completed in October of 2019 and would necessitate paying $658,00 for schematic design, and the third proposal would necessitate paying $1,670,500 for the schematic design and design development costs and school would open in July 2019. A decision on the proposals was not necessary, at this time.

Board members agreed that the proposed timeline should coincide with the current capital projects levy ending in 2017. A bond to build a new high school will not increase tax rates. The Board and administrators expect and value a high level of community involvement in the process to replace the high school.

CORE 24

Lloy Schaaf, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, gave background information on the Washington State Board of Education’s Career- and College–Ready Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2019 and Beyond. Christine Del Pozo, Stanwood High School Principal and Ryan Ovenell, Lincoln Hill High School Principal, discussed the current graduation requirements, 22.5 credits, for the class of 2015 and compared it to the proposed 24 credits, based on Personalized Pathway Requirements (PPR) for the class of 2019. To implement the additional credits, the high schools would need additional teachers and classroom space. Stanwood High would need to add 16 sections to the master schedule, 3.2 teachers and 3 classrooms and Lincoln Hill High would add 4 sections (at least) to the master schedule, .8 teachers and a science lab classroom.

The Washington State Board of Education is accepting applications from districts requesting a waiver to delay implementing the graduation requirements. Board members encouraged the principals to prepare a resolution and to apply for the waiver based on their knowledge of expected changes that will be forthcoming. Dr. Schaaf determined that a resolution and application for the waiver would be prepared for Board approval on December 16, 2014.

The Study Session ended at 6:40 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 to the Board