February 17, 2015, Regular Board Meeting Minutes

STANWOOD-CAMANO SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 17, 2015, REGULAR BOARD MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

President Ken Christoferson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM in the Administration & Resource Center boardroom.

ROLL CALL

Board members in attendance were: Julie Dean, Darlene Hartley, Al Schreiber, Roger Myers, and Ken Christoferson. Mindy Atwell and Ingrid Pelletier, Student Advisors, were also present.

FLAG SALUTE
Victor Hanzeli, Elger Bay Elementary Principal, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Julie Dean made a motion to approve the Agenda for the February 17, 2015, Regular Board Meeting. Darlene Hartley seconded the motion; it was voted on and approved unanimously.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Al Schreiber made a motion to approve the Minutes of the February 3, 2015, Regular Board Meeting. Julie Dean seconded the motion; it was voted on and approved.

COMMENTS BY CITIZENS

There were no comments.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Jean Shumate introduced the following reports:

DONATIONS and RECOGNITION
Ingrid Pelletier and Mindy Atwell presented the following donation and recognition:  Stanwood Booster Club provided the cost of transportation, $898.40, for the boys swim team practices at Marysville YMCA for the month of November.  Recognition:  Stanwood High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) participated at the FBLA Regional Competition and 64 students earned recognition, as announced by George Colby, FBLA Advisor.  The Regional Competition Results are as follows:

FBLA

SHINING STARS
Joy Rusko, Secretary to the Superintendent, introduced the Shining Star Awards.

  • Lili and Leia Jones, 5th grade students at Utsalady Elementary, were recognized by teacher Pam Allen.  The twin sisters were recognized for their tremendous growth academically and socially.
  • Carson Houk, senior at Stanwood High School, was recognized by Principal Christine Del Pozo and teacher Jeanne Kelly and John Swanson.  Ms. Kelly recognized Carson for his strong character, intelligence, critical thinking skills and his willingness to learn.

Directors Darlene Hartley and Al Schreiber presented certificates of achievement to the Shining Stars on behalf of the Board; Dr. Shumate presented the pictures for their school and Gary Platt, on behalf of sponsor Umpqua Bank presented gift certificates from Snow Goose Bookstore and Stanwood Cinemas.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARDS
Maurene Stanton, Director of Human Resources, introduced the Volunteer Service Awards.

  • Dick Nelson received the Volunteer Service Award and was recognized by teachers Cathy McKinnon and Darlene Haufbauer from Utsalady Elementary and students, Grace, Emma, and Nelson. Many other students added wonderful comments about how Mr. Nelson has helped them in math or reading skills.
  • Frank Besancon received the Volunteer Service Award for his contributions in the science department at Stanwood High School.  Susan Hauenstein and Kathy Redfern nominated Mr. Besancon for the award.  Susan shared that he has mentored for over 15 years, played an integral role establishing PALS (a parent group which supports students in science and awards scholarships for graduating seniors) and he creates a learning environment that students eagerly spend numerous hours after school honing skills for state competitions.

Roger Myers presented the Volunteer Service Award certificates to each recipient.

EMPLOYEE AWARDS
Joy Rusko introduced the employee awards as follows:

  • Classified Employee of the Month for January: Ron Holley, Stanwood High School Lead Custodian (leave replacement) was unable to attend.  Principal Christine Del Pozo read her nomination for Mr. Holley and recognized him for all his efforts organizing, being proactive in his duties and his positive attitude.
  • Teacher of the Month for January:  Kathleen Nelles, Elger Bay Elementary.  Principal Victor Hanzeli recognized Ms. Nelles and read the nomination written by Mrs. Erin VanRy, a former parent of two children that were in her 2nd grade class.

Directors Myers and Dean presented certificates of achievement; Dr. Shumate presented the pictures for their school and Gary Platt, on behalf of sponsor Umpqua Bank, presented gift certificates from Dos Reales and Stanwood Cinemas.

RECESS
Director Christoferson recessed the meeting at 7:50 PM for approximately 5 minutes to allow guests to leave.  He resumed the meeting at 7:56 PM.

FFA
Kevin Plambeck, Director of Career and Technical Education, explained the detailed process in which The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction regulates career and technical education courses.  FFA is one of the premier organizations with the student leadership component in the nation, state and at Stanwood Highs School.  Mr. Plambeck introduced Emily Fogarty, the president of the Stanwood FFA Chapter.  The officers for the Stanwood FFA Chapter are:  Emily Fogarty president, Morgan Meyers vice president, Brooke Thompson secretary, Jennifer Flake sentinel, Drew Carlson treasurer, Emmett Morrison fair-board representative and Kelsey Schoen school reporter.  Each gave brief reports on the different components of the program, such as:  school and community, agriculture communication, career development education, agriculture mechanics, lab sciences, livestock, horticulture, natural resources, and veterinarian sciences, to name a few.

Board members were invited to purchase tickets to the Prime Rib Dinner/Auction to be held on February 26, which is one of the primary fundraisers of the year.

BUDGET UPDATE
Gary Platt, Executive Director of Business Services, began his budget report with the Board’s role in the budget development process, which are to develop policies, ensure ongoing broad-based involvement, establish guiding principles, understand and approve assumptions, adopt the final budget and monitor progress monthly.  The budget development guidelines were reviewed, which keep the students as the most important part of our schools.  Mr. Platt also reviewed the monthly enrollment report as of January 2015 and explained how the Snohomish and Island Counties’ declining birth rates affect kindergarten projections for the 2015-16 school year budget. Total enrollment is expected to be 4,041 FTE beginning 2015-16 school year.  Projections will be updated monthly.

FINANCIAL REPORTS
Gary Platt reported on the Monthly Financial Report for January 2015.  He reviewed the executive summary and the food service report.

CONSENT AGENDA
Roger Myers made a motion to approve Consent Agenda items 1-6, listed below. Al Schreiber seconded the motion; it was voted on and approved unanimously. 

  1. Donations.
  2. Stanwood High School Field Trip (a) FFA Team to the North Central Washington Junior Livestock Show March 26-28, 2015, at Moses Lake, Washington, (b) Boys Swim Team State Tournament, February 19-21, 2015, King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Washington, (c) Wrestling Team State Tournament, February 19-21, 2015, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington.
  3. Rate of Pay for Technical Assistants for Drama Production, $30.00 Per Hour.
  4. First Reading of New Policy 5161, Civility in the Workplace.
  5. Personnel Consent Agenda.
  6. Bills and Payroll.
PAYROLL   FUND   WARRANT   TOTAL
January 2014   Payroll   #3920-39278   $1,101,249.94
    Payroll ACH (Automated Clearing House)       $1,619,554.94
    Electronic Federal Tax       $590,593.04
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE            
January 30, 2015   General   #39279-39358   $142,149.18
                        Capital Projects   #39359-39367   $506,337.78
    Associated Student Body   #39368-39394   35,214.20
February 3, 2015   General   #39395-39395   $12,795.00
February 13, 2015   General   #39396-39532   $249,323.35
    Capital Projects   #39533-39538   $331,119.44
    Associated Student Body   #39539-39559   $10,119.44

STUDENT ADVISOR REPORTS

Ingrid Pelletier commented on the success of the Stanwood High School’s boys basketball team, wrestling team and boys swim team, which advanced to regional or state tournaments; spring sports begin on March 2; February activities included singing telegrams and the Tolo dance; the drama production, Into the Woods, begins March 6th, and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team will be competing at the state competition.

Mindy Atwell, stated that the second semester student officer election is approaching and she will be running for vice-president at Lincoln Hill High School.

ITEMS BROUGHT UP BY BOARD MEMBERS

Roger Myers said he appreciated Gary Platt’s reports and thought that the budget guidelines, which were developed in 2012, could be a future topic of discussion for Board members.  He also welcomed Gary Platt back on his return from vacation.

Al Schreiber said he was thankful for the awards’ programs, the FFA group and Christine Del Pozo and Kevin Plambeck’s leadership skills.  He noted that Stanwood High School had 33 FFA members in 1928 and now has 109 members.  Mr. Schreiber also heard Port Susan Middle School’s jazz band perform for residents at Warm Beach Assisted Living and said they were wonderful.

Darlene Hartley said she was grateful to honor all of the recipients of the awards and whom they represent. 

Julie Dean also said it was wonderful to have the FFA students talk about their programs and to honor the citizens, students, and staff members who received awards.

ADJOURNMENT

Director Christoferson adjourned the regular meeting at 8:37 PM.

Roger Myers and Al Schreiber proposed to reconvene the meeting to allow comments from an audience member.  Board members agreed and the meeting reconvened at 8:38 PM.

COMMENTS BY CITIZENS

Scott Geer from Camano Island has four children and three are enrolled at Elger Bay Elementary.  Mr. Geer would like to see elementary grades reconfigured to include grade 6.  He praised Elger Bay Elementary staff for the excellent curriculum for English Language Learners.

Board members acknowledged Mr. Geer’s comments.

ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Christoferson adjourned the meeting at 8:42 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

Attest:

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Jean Shumate, Ed.D.

Secretary to the Board