School Board notes

  • AGENDA: No changes.

  • MINUTES: Unanimously approved.

  • GOOD NEWS ITEM: Regal Elementary Principal Tricia Kannberg, who is serving as the Spokane Elementary School Principals Association, introduced Brent Perdue, principal at Logan Elementary, as the principal of the year.

  • STUDENT ADVISOR REPORT: Rogers High School student Andre Ramsey discussed the theater program’s improv show to raise money to support a struggling Rogers family.

  • HEARING OF DELEGATES: One delegate spoke about Friday school day schedule. One delegate spoke about delay in after-school bus pickup. Eight delegates spoke on school to prison pipeline. Two delegates spoke on kindergarten readiness. One delegate discussed concerns about new middle school designs.

  • CONSENT AGENDA: Unanimously approved.

  • GONZAGA HAVEN AND FAMILY PROMISE: Dr. Mark Anderson introduced presentations by representatives of Catholic Charities and Community Frameworks about separate projects to accommodate low-income and homeless families. The presentations are part of grant processes both organizations are going through while seeking grants from the Department of Commerce. The Catholic Charities project, called Gonzaga Haven, proposes 72-96 housing units at Hamilton and North Foothills. The Community Frameworks project, called Sinto Commons, proposes 47 units on Sinto northeast of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

  • VAPING: Shawn Jordan, secondary schools director, and principals Steve Fiske (North Central) and Marybeth Smith (Lewis and Clark) led a discussion about the vaping challenge in Spokane Public Schools and a potential proposal to add a citation option to the menu of interventions and accountability options for repeat offenders. Vaping incidents spiked at all levels last year.

  • KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS: Dr. Adam Swinyard, associate superintendent for teaching and learning, provided an overview of key data tracked around academic proficiency and achievement, absenteeism, and perceptions of climate and safety. The school board unanimously approved the academic performance goals discussed in the presentation.

  • STAFFING AND ENROLLMENT: Dr. Linda McDermott, associate superintendent for student services, and Craig Numata, supervisor of fiscal analysis and data reporting, provided an overview of the staffing principles, enrollment projections, and corresponding changes to class sizes.

  • BOARD REPORTS: Director Brian Newberry attended the Glover Middle School groundbreaking ceremony and also attended the Citizens Advisory Committee. Director Jerrall Haynes attended the History Flight Foundation event and learned about potential partnerships on STEM activities.

  • SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Dr. Shelley Redinger attended the Career Construction Days at the Fairgrounds put on by the region’s CTE programs and the Active4Youth fundraiser. Dr. Anderson is planning interviews for architectural firms for new middle schools in the northwest and northeast and invited board participation.