School Board notes

  • AGENDA: Executive session added to the end of the meeting to discuss real estate.

  • MINUTES: Unanimously approved.

  • GOOD NEWS ITEM: Ferris High School sophomore Tayla Tollefson shared her inspiration, process, and experience writing and publishing her first book called “Wait!” that chronicles 26 short stories her grandfather told her as a child.

  • STUDENT ADVISOR REPORT: Rogers High School board advisor Andre Ramsey reported on the opening of the CHAS Clinic at the school and a new group called H2O for Life is raising money to support a special needs student.

  • HEARING OF DELEGATES: Two members of the community spoke on visual teaching strategies (VTS), one spoke about impactful people in her life, and six spoke about proposed state legislation on comprehensive sex education curriculum and school-based health clinics.

  • CONSENT AGENDA: Unanimously approved.

  • POLICY REVISIONS: Dr. Linda McDermott, associate superintendent for school support services, requested board approval of policy changes related to medication at school, parental administration of marijuana, student fines, fees, or changes, and drug free schools. The board unanimously approved the revisions.

  • PILOT SCHOOLS UPDATE: Gwen Harris, options schools director, provided an update on the concept of pilot schools, the concept of exploration, and what that might look like. A task force has explored the concept and made 12 recommendations ranging from establishment of policies and procedures to contract language related to graduation requirements and dispute resolution to school day autonomy.

  • CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE STRATEGIES: Dr. Adam Swinyard, associate superintendent for teaching and learning, introduced an update on a districtwide approach to professional development, cultural responsiveness classroom management, current progress, and planning related to cultural responsiveness strategies. Training, which began in 2017, is being provided in partnership with the SEA, WEA, and the University of Washington. To date, 42 of 54 have been started or scheduled. Teachers Michaela Jones and Brad Read, who serve as co-trainers, provided an overview of the training process for building awareness, knowledge, skills, and advocacy.

  • INTERIM FINANCIAL REPORT: Cindy Coleman, executive director of business services, reported enrollment, revenue, and expenditures continue to track mostly as anticipated with a slight decrease in enrollment. A more detailed look and discussion about the 2020-21 budget will begin with an upcoming board work session.

  • BOARD REPORTS: Director Kevin Morrison reported on first boundary adjustment committee meeting, school visits over the past couple of weeks, the joint state association legislative conference and visits with legislators, and the USL press conference regarding the potential for professional soccer in Spokane. Director Jenny Slagle reported on school visits. Director Mike Wiser reported on the Community Advisory Committee. Director Nikki Lockwood attended the Every Student is a Writer event at Garry Middle School.