School Board notes

  • AGENDA: No changes.

  • MINUTES: Unanimously approved.

  • GOOD NEWS ITEM: Scott Kerwien, College and Career Readiness director, introduced Summer Melt, a program that helps graduating seniors complete the transition from high school to their post-secondary pursuits. Ferris counselor Melissa Turner worked with a student to help her navigate placement testing and disability needs throughout the summer to complete the process of enrolling in college. In total, the Summer Melt program has helped more than 1,100 students.

  • STUDENT ADVISOR REPORT: Lewis and Clark student advisor Katie Kenlein reported on the opportunity to attend a private performance and question and answer session with the touring cast of Miss Saigon for Lewis and Clark and North Central students. She also highlighted a partnership with Dutch Bros Coffee on a program to recognize students for their contributions and citizenship at Lewis and Clark.

  • HEARING OF DELEGATES: Two delegates spoke about Music Innovates.

  • CONSENT AGENDA: Unanimously approved.

  • HIGHLY CAPABLE PERFORMANCE: Adam Swinyard, associate superintendent for Teaching and Learning, and Heather Bybee, curriculum director, discussed an overview of highly capable services and programs provided by Spokane Public Schools. The overview includes two dozen recommendations covering student identification and screening, clarity of offerings, training, and promoting a sense of community.

  • POLICY AND PROCEDURE 3240: Swinyard and Shawn Jordan, secondary school director, provided an update on student behavior. The focus is on providing a safe and productive learning environment for staff and students while creating appropriate supports to keep kids connected to schools. New state legislation over the past few years has been guiding that work. Documentation and procedural requirements related to in-school suspension and exclusions and requirements for alternative forms of discipline in certain instances are among the new requirements. Increased parent involvement is also a part of the updated process.

  • VAPING: Jordan reported that staff has done additional engagement and received additional feedback on potentially adding vaping consequences. Staff intends to do more research and evaluation while strengthening some interventions, education, and preventions before potentially bringing the topic back to the board for further consideration.

  • POLICY AND PROCEDURE REVISIONS: Linda McDermott, associate superintendent for Student Services, briefed policy updates to alternative learning, threats, planning and budgeting, purchasing, risk, and video surveillance. The proposed revisions primarily are being made to bring the policies current with state updates. The changes were a first reading and are anticipated to come before the board for potential action on Nov. 20.

  • BOARD REPORTS: Director Mike Wiser visited Holmes Elementary and Grant Elementary.

  • SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Shelley Redinger praised staff for helping with SEBB implementation. The deadline is Nov.15.