Sequim School District No. 323
“Inspire and Achieve”
Telephone: (360) 582-3260, FAX: (360) 683-6303, www.sequim.k12.wa.us
Monday January 4, 2016 – 6 PM Regular Board Meeting
CALL MEETING TO ORDER (REF. POLICY 1400)
President Horan called the Regular Meeting to order at 6:00pm with all Board Members and
Student Board Representatives present. Student Representative Kaylee Gumm led the Pledge of Allegiance
PRESENT – A sign-in sheet was provided and those who wished to sign in are listed below:
Bev Horan, President Tom Kelly
Robin Henrikson, Vice-President Kim Rosales
Michael Howe, Director Shenna Younger
Jim Stoffer, Director Laura MacMurchie, Parent SMS
Heather Short, Director Colleen Robinson, Citizens for Sequim Schools
Ben Hughes, Student Board Representative Molly McAleer, Parent SMS
Kaylee Gumm, Student Board Representative Joan Richie, Citizen
Gary Neal, Superintendent
Trayce Norman, Secretary
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Vice-President Henrikson moved to approve the minutes form the December 21, 2015 Regular Board Meeting as presented. Director Stoffer seconded. Vote take; motion carried.
CHANGES/ADDITIONS AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA (REF. POLICY 1420)
President Horan moved to remove Public Comments a. Sequim Education Foundation grant awards and add January 19, 2016 5:30-5:55 FFA workshop to present Roberts Rules under Old Business. Director Stoffer moved to approve the changes. Director Short seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
BOARD COMMUNICATION AND OTHER ITEMS
· Director Stoffer shared that thirty people attended a recent school tour. This group has a lot of new folks, many who have moved to Sequim in less than five years. Brian Lewis and Patsene Dashiell facilitated the tour. The majority of the people found the information by the invitation in the newspaper.
· Director Stoffer will attend a meeting Wednesday where OMC will discuss approving a bond resolution in support of the Sequim School District.
· Director Stoffer, President Horan, Brian Lewis, Superintendent Neal will facilitate a coffee chat this Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 3pm in the Diamond Point clubhouse.
STUDENT BOARD REPRESENTATIVE COMMUNICATION & STUDENT RECOGNITION
· Student Board Representative Kaylee Gumm reported that Helen Haller will be providing professional development about social and emotional issues and students will begin MAP and block assessments.
· Student Board Representative Ben Hughes reported that the middle school is gearing up for their next minute to win it assembly. At SHS MLK will be discussed in den classes. On 1/25 leadership student will present and assist at Sequim Leadership.
PUBLIC COMMENTS - This time is set aside for receiving both written and oral communication from those in attendance who wish to speak on any item. (Ref. Policy 1430, 4220 and 4220P) The board thanks you for your comments and will take into consideration what you have shared when making decisions regarding this topic.
· Kim Rosales, parent and member of Sequim Family Advocates, asked the board to make a call or meet with Shoona Riggs as their group has not been successful in fulfilling the goal of acquiring or establishing possession of the old ballot box that will be removed from the JC Penny parking lot soon in hopes to provide an additional ballot box for voters. Potential locations were discussed. Director Stoffer agreed to meet with Shoona Riggs.
· Jodi Minker, parent and member of Citizen for Sequim Schools encouraged folks who have moved to go online by January 11, 2016 and update your address. http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/voters/ to make sure you will receive a ballot.
· Colleen Robinson, parent and member of Citizen for Sequim Schools reported that the group has an updated events page on Facebook, #passthebond that students have been contributing photos to. Citizens for Sequim Schools is the luncheon sponsor for the Sequim Chamber of Congress on January 27th, 2016. Students will speak briefly to the members. A calendar of upcoming events will be released at the end of this week.
· Laura MacMurchie, parent asked that the board approve Policy #2195 – Academic Acceleration. Laura distributed information her family prepared.
· Joan Ritchie, grandparent and longtime community member reported that she believes our school is not making academic progress. Joan distributed examples of curriculum to the board. President Horan offered to accompany Joan on a classroom visit to view the academic progress Sequim has and is continuing to make.
CONSENT AGENDA – REQUEST BOARD APPROVAL: Any item may be moved to New Business with a motion from any Board member.
a. General Fund Vouchers No. 185127 thru No. 185194 in the total amount of $109,174.87
b. Capital Projects Vouchers No. 2593 thru No. 2594 in the total amount of $10,608.22.
c. Payroll for the month of December, 2015 in the total amount of $2,026,561.04.
d. Personnel - Employment with the District will be conditional upon the district’s receipt of a criminal conviction history record that is clear of any convictions, adjudications, protective orders, final decisions, or criminal charges in accordance with Washington State law and conditional upon receipt of a sexual Misconduct Disclosure Form from prior Washington State employer(s), where employment was in a school setting, indicating that no sexual, verbal or physical misconduct materials were found in the records of such employer(s) pursuant to RCW 28A.400 and WAC 180-87-080.
1) None for this agenda
Vice-President Henrikson moved to approve the Consent Agenda items “a” thru “d” as presented. Director Short seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
a. Director Howe moved to approve Policy #0100 – Commitment to Planning. Director Stoffer seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
b. Vice-President Henrikson moved to approve Policy #2020 – Curriculum Development and Adoption of Instructional Materials. Director Heather Short seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
c. The board will table NEW Policy #2195 – Academic Acceleration until next meeting. Discussion followed. Vice-President Henrikson will ‘word-smith” the policy reflecting her concerns, share with board members and forward to Superintendent Neal to review with Assistant Superintendent Renker before the next meeting. Assistant Superintendent Renker provided clarification regarding this policy and Principal Langston offered support of this policy. Sequim School District will not be eligible to receive state grant funding for dual credit expansion until the policy is adopted.
d. Director Stoffer moved to schedule the January 19, 2016 workshop presented by FFA on Roberts Rules of Order from 5:30pm-5:55pm. Vice-President Henrikson seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.
Executive Director Lewis presented and reviewed with the Board a draft copy of the RFQ (Request for Quote) for the purpose of hiring a Building Project Manager. If the bond passes, he will be bringing to them for approval and will be sharing this information with the public. Discussion followed.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
President Horan drew board members’ attention to:
a. Upcoming Board Meetings, etc.
January 18 – Regular Board Meeting Moved to
January 19 due to Holiday
o Tuesday, January 19 – 5:30pm Board Workshop; 6pm Regular Board Meeting
o January 31 to February 1 – 2016 Legislative Conference
o Monday, February 1 – 6pm Regular Board Meeting
February 15 – Regular Board Meeting
Moved to February 16 due to Holiday
o Tuesday, February 16 – 6pm Regular Board Meeting
b. February 9, 2016 – Bond Election
FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER
· Director Stoffer brought to the Board’s attention an email he received from Dave Mattingley about a typo that was in the newspaper.
· President Horan expressed her excitement about the new vision and new eyes that the board has with its new members. She thanked all the board members for their enthusiasm and commitment.
Director Stoffer moved to adjourn at 7:52pm. Vice-President Henrikson seconded. Vote taken; motion carried.