School Board notes

  • AGENDA: No changes.

  • MINUTES: Unanimously approved.

  • GOOD NEWS ITEM: Mullan Road Elementary student Lilly Cowart and her father, Andrew, shared Lilly’s idea to raise money to benefit the Nutrition Services benevolence fund, which helps students who need student lunch assistance. Lilly worked with Larry H Miller Downtown Honda to collect a portion of the proceeds from car sales during August to raise $10,000. The donation assisted more than 1,000 students.

  • STUDENT ADVISOR REPORT: Rogers High School student board advisor Andre Ramsey attended the fall DECA leadership conference in Bellevue. Distracted driver education was a focus of the conference.

  • HEARING OF DELEGATES: No speakers.

  • CONSENT AGENDA: Unanimously approved.

  • LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: Director Mike Wiser led a discussion about the draft 2020 legislative priorities. The board discussed adding an early learning priority to ensure more students are coming into schools with at least some pre-school experience. After discussion, the board added the item and adopted the legislative priorities for 2020.

  • POLICY AND PROCEDURE REVISIONS: Dr. Linda McDermott, associate superintendent for Student Services, requested board approval of the policy updates briefed on Nov. 6. The policies address 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 board unanimously approved the updates.

  • SPECIAL EDUCATION UPDATE: Dr. Adam Swinyard, associate superintendent for Teaching and Learning, and Becky Ramsey, Special Education director, updated the board on progress toward implementing 20 recommendations from the Urban Collaborative Report. The presentation covered recommendations that addressed organization and structure, vision and plan, culture and climate, evaluation and classification, student placement, collaboration and partnerships, inclusion, intervention tiering and strategies, and data and information. Dr. Swinyard highlighted reductions in incidents of exclusions, isolations, and restraints.

  • YEAR-END FINANCE REPORT: Cindy Coleman, business services director, delivered the year-end financial report that closes the books on the 2019-20 fiscal year. Revenue came in a little above the budgeted amount while expenditures came in under budget based on reduced spending. As a result, the fund balance came in greater than anticipated due to less of a need to use those funds to cover an anticipated budget deficit.

  • ANNUAL LEVY AND BOND CERTIFICATION: Dr. McDermott presented for consideration the annual board certification for the amount of property taxes to be collected based upon current voter authorization. State law requires board action by Nov. 30. The action directs the county assessor to collect the appropriate property tax amount.

  • BOARD REPORTS: Director Brian Newberry visited an Office Depot that was raising money to support Rogers High School. He also attended the annual economic forecast hosted by Greater Spokane Incorporated where the importance of K-12 education was highlighted as one of the two most important economic factors. Director Mike Wiser attended (virtually) the OSPI school facilities advisory panel. Director Jerrall Haynes spent the day with a language immersion classroom and a walkability advisory group meeting. President Sue Chapin attended the Community Advisory Committee meeting where vaping education was the primary agenda item.

  • SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Shelley Redinger will be attending the WSSDA conference. She also reminded everyone about the vaping symposium at North Central High School on Thursday.