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Regular Board Meeting on Monday, May 22, 2017
You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. Upcoming Board Work Session: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 5:30 p. m. in the...
05/30/2017
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017
You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. Upcoming Board Work Session: Monday, May 8, 2017 at 5:30 p. m. in the...
04/11/2017
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017
You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. Upcoming Board Work Session: Monday, March 13, 2017 at 5:30 p. m. in the...
03/07/2017
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, January 23, 2017
You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. Upcoming Board Work Session: Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5:30 p. m. in the...
01/27/2017
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, December 19, 2016
You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. Upcoming Board Workshop: Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:30 p. m. in the District...
12/22/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, November 14, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, November 14, 2016

You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. 

 

BOARD MEETING

  • Student Representative Report:

    • Student Representative Jamie Gonzales noted that the WHS Volleyball Team won second place at state competition. Gonzalez addressed board members on behalf of the senior class to propose a change allowing seniors to decorate their caps for commencement. She shared that the seniors would like the freedom of expression while understanding the need for guidelines. After some discussion with Woodland High School Principal John Shoup, the decision was made to keep the current standards. The board appreciated the formality of the graduation and denied the request at this time.
  • Lewis River Academy ALE Annual Report:

    • Director Sarah Stuart asked Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley if LRA math test scores are included in the district score. Riley informed the board that they are included. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5187 
  • Correspondence:

    • Superintendent Michael Green reminded board members that the Quest Academy Preview Tour will be Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Green noted that Director Steve Madsen would not be able to attend the legislative conference in February, and to inform him if another board member was interested in attending.
  • Board Reports, Requests, and Comments:

    • Director Matt Donald asked Superintendent Green for an update on the high school landscaping. Green replied that the work was accepted as substantially complete. Donald asked if the monkey bars at Woodland Intermediate School (WIS) were lowered as planned and Green replied yes. Lastly, Donald asked if the HVAC system at WIS could be reviewed and quoted for an upgrade. Green informed the board that an estimate was performed in July 2016 with an estimated cost of $1.1 million.

    • Director Madsen inquired about the LEGO Robotics program at Woodland Middle School and asked why it was not available at the high school level. Woodland High School Principal John Shoup noted the three components required are space; interested and qualified staff; and high cost. In the past, not all three components have been able to be met.
  • Discussion Items:

    • Effective School Boards: Chapter 9 – The board discussed their book study chapter on board development. Director Janice Watts pointed out that the decision to hold monthly study sessions will have a positive impact on board development. She also noted that self-assessments may be a good idea. All board members agreed, stating that the assessments should begin in 2017.

    • First Reading of Policy 1400-Meetings of the Board of Directors – Superintendent Green reviewed proposed policy changes including the most significant change being changes to monthly meetings with the first monthly meeting serving as a study session and the second meeting serving as a regular business meeting. Director Madsen requested both monthly meetings have the same start time of 5:30 p.m. and the other board members agreed. Green will make the change and present the policy on November 28. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5180

    • First Reading of Policies 1000-1340 – Superintendent Green noted many current policies are out-of-date. All policies will be reviewed with necessary changes presented to the board for approval. Revisions may include references to appropriate statutes rather than restatements of the law. Director Madsen requested policy 1240 be amended to read, “The board president will appoint board members to serve on such committees, the purpose and terms of which will be determined by a majority vote of the board.” The other board members agreed. Green will adjust policy 1240 and present all policies for approval on November 28. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5202

    • Addition of Community Resource Coordinator Position – Superintendent Green explained a variety of needs for Woodland children and families. He noted the great job performed by counselors and administrators, however, the needs are more substantial. The discussion explored the hiring of a community resources coordinator to focus on bringing all possible resources together. In addition, the district needs a dedicated truancy officer. Green is looking into a possible linkage between both needs and creating a single position. Director Madsen inquired about the number of students currently requiring these special services, and Green answered there are dozens at each school. Director Stuart noted how these services would touch on the district’s vision to serve and support ALL children. All board members supported pursuing the position. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5218
  • Action Items:

    • Second Reading and Approval of Policy No. 2410 (High School Graduation Requirements) & 3115 (Homeless Students: Enrollment Rights and Services) – The board performed a second reading of both policies and unanimously passed the changes to both policies. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5179

    • Approval of ESD 112 Agreement for STEM Materials Cooperative: The board unanimously approved an agreement to utilize the services of Educational Service District 112 for materials for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) classes. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5195

    • Approval of Resolution 16-11 to support the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS): The board unanimously approved a resolution authorizing financial support to enforce the Washington Supreme Court’s public education rulings in McCleary v. State case. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5217

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

Monday, November 28, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the District Meeting Room

11/17/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016
You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. http:www. woodlandschools. orgnode5140 Monday, November 14, 2016 at 5:30 p. m. in...
10/26/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016

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BOARD MEETING

  • Next Board Meeting Location and Time: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Woodland Middle School Commons
  • Reports to the Board:

    • Financial/Enrollment Report – Stacy Brown, Director of Business Services, explained that the number of students enrolled in the Running Start program at Woodland High School has doubled from last year with a more accurate enrollment count coming in October/November. Director Lesa Beuscher asked what caused the increase. Superintendent Michael Green indicated that there was no hard data at this point, only speculation, with the top two reasons students choose Running Start is the financial benefit of two years of free college education along with the lack of connection with the “high school experience.” He informed the board that, historically, some students will exit the program following the first quarter and return to high school. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5095

    • Student Representative Report – Jamie Gonzalez, Student Representative, shared her background with the board members. She is currently a senior actively looking into different colleges where she would like to major in Criminal Justice. She is also pursuing a summer internship at FBI headquarters. She enjoys being very busy and is currently enrolled in the Running Start program part-time while also serving in a youth group, participating in FFA, and coaching soccer.
  • Board Reports, Requests, and Comments:

    • Director Steve Madsen reported about his recent trip to the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) Legislative Assembly in Spokane. He noted that the high-priority items seemed to lean toward larger school districts and did not necessarily pertain to Woodland Public Schools. Madsen would like to invite state representatives to attend an upcoming Woodland Public Schools Board Meeting.

    • Director Beuscher asked where the bussing boundary is for Woodland Intermediate School students to know who can walk and who must ride a bus. Superintendent Green told the board members he would get the information from Shannon Barnett, Director of Transportation, and share his findings with the board.

  • Discussion Items:

    • Communications Report and Planning Review – Eric Jacobson, Communications Manager, presented a wide variety of communication program information including goals and objectives as well as results from the 2015-2016 school year. The district’s objectives are: to engage the community; keep parents, community members, and local organizations informed; and engage the staff. These goals are accomplished through district newsletter mailings; sharing stories with the local news media; automated phone calls to the community; weekly feature stories; Board Briefs; and dispersing information using the district’s website and social media accounts. Jacobson asked board members what they would like to see or suggest for the current year. Director Sarah Stuart asked if there could be some consistency with how teachers communicate to their students’ parents. Director Janice Watts asked if all schools utilized Jacobson to cover their upcoming stories to which he replied that although it’s always challenging when he first comes on board (Jacobson started in summer 2015), the staff is now comfortable reaching out him. Director Madsen mentioned he would like to see articles about how the McCleary case could impact Woodland. Jacobson noted this was a strong idea and would work on it. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5103

    • Replacement Operations and Maintenance (M&O) Levy Recommendation – Superintendent Green presented levy information to the board in order to provide them with education on levies and to consider the administrative recommendation for a three-year replacement M&O levy. Green’s presentation covered the different types of levies, how important timing of a levy election is, the Woodland School District’s levy history, how the district used levy funds in the past years, and Woodland’s levy rates compared to other districts in Clark and Cowlitz counties. Green recommended a three-year replacement levy with a total collection of $4,500,000 for 2018 increasing to $4,750,000 in both 2019 and 2020. The board requested Green present a formal resolution to them with this recommendation. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5116

    • Effective School Boards: Chapter 7 – The board continued their book study with Director Madsen recommending reviewing this chapter on Superintendent and Board partnership prior to the next superintendent evaluation to which Director Watts agreed. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5063

    • First Reading-Policy No. 4260-Use of School Facilities – Superintendent Green presented policy changes recommended by Director Matt Donald providing for employees and school board members to use school facilities for “Level 2” activities charged using the fees on the Level 1 schedule. Director Madsen inquired as to what type of activities would be included to which Green explained, by way of example, for use in pick-up basketball games or hosting Rotary meetings. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5100  

  • Consent Agenda:

    • Director Watts asked Superintendent Green for clarification on how exempt employee wage rates are determined. Green responded that they are developed by comparing wage rates of similar districts for similar positions. The board unanimously approved the consent agenda. Related materials: http://www.woodlandschools.org/board/meeting/254/10

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Woodland Middle School Commons.

09/28/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, September 12, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, September 12, 2016

You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. 

 

BOARD MEETING

  • Citizens' Comments on Non-Agenda Items:
    • Shari Conditt spoke on behalf of the Woodland Education Association, thanking the board for the new contract. Conditt stated that the contract was fair and represented the needs of the teachers. She thanked the board for their ongoing support of educators in Woodland.

  • Reports to the Board:
    • Special Education Report: Deb Kernen, Special Education Services Director, answered Director Matt Donald’s questions about the increased enrollment number of special needs students and how the district is managing them. Kernen spoke about how Special Services is making necessary staffing adjustments to effectively serve children with disabilities while carefully watching the caseload. Superintendent Michael Green commented that Kernen does a masterful job and is a strong advocate for all kids. Director Janice Watts asked if the 285 enrolled special needs students was the highest Woodland has ever had and if other districts are seeing increases to which Kernen replied that the current enrollment is Woodland’s highest with previous years’ enrollments around 270. Kernen also noted that other districts in the area have seen increased enrollment numbers, too.
    • Teaching and Learning Report: Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley presented the results of the new educator training week and gave an update on Teaching and Learning throughout the district. Director Lesa Beuscher asked Riley if the new teachers are receiving extra help and guidance at the start of the school year and if this will continue throughout the year. Riley informed the board that the teachers would be meeting with her in a couple of weeks and again at the end of the school year to identify areas where they were supported effectively and areas where additional support would be useful. Riley also noted that the new hires receive support from instructional coaches and principals. The report documents can be viewed online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5070
    • Director Steve Madsen thanked the administrative team for the topical bullet format used in board reports as it makes processing large quantities of information easier.
    • Superintendent Green thanked Directors Watts and Madsen for attending the All-Staff Breakfast on September 12.
    • Superintendent Green introduced the new student representative, Jamie Gonzales.

  • Correspondence:
    • Superintendent Green informed the board of an upcoming Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) Regional Meeting taking place on September 28, 2016 in Kelso.

  • Board Reports, Requests, and Comments:
    • Three board members indicated scheduling conflicts with the October 10 board meeting. It was agreed to cancel the October 10 board meeting.
    • Director Madsen commended Superintendent Green for an impressive presentation at the All-Staff Breakfast.
    • Director Madsen updated the board on a meeting between Superintendent Green and Woodland High School Principal John Shoup regarding the trust fund which provides scholarships for graduates and discussed a possible strategy to increase scholarship funding. Madsen suggested the board create a committee including community members and district staff to meet and brainstorm ideas on how to make the trust fund sustainable. Madsen agreed to convene and initially chair the committee. The board of directors unanimously approved a motion to create the Trust Fund Committee.

  • Discussion Items:
    • Effective School Boards: Chapter 6 – The board continued their book study with Director Donald commenting that the work of the administrative team makes him feel great as a board member. Director Watts noted that the board often works on long-range planning and does so very well. Director Sarah Stuart asked how the board can resolve issues, and also inquired if the board can offer additional assistance by creating new policies. Superintendent Green stated that the administrative team is working on these topics and will get back to the board in the future. Watts noted that the first question the district and board should ask regarding every decision is: “Is it in the best interest of the kids?” Director Donald noted that it can be difficult to remember all items identified for future planning and asked if it would be possible to create a running list attached to each meeting agenda. Chapter 6 summary viewable online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5055
    • Legislative Priorities: Director Madsen asked all board members to email their top three legislative priorities for him to take to the upcoming 2016 Legislative Assembly on September 23-24, 2016.
    • 2016 State Mandated Assessment Results: Assistant Superintendent Riley presented a PowerPoint presentation with the 2016 state assessment results. Riley noted that, typically, the district performs at or higher than state averages, however, for the 2015-2016 school year, student performance was lower. Riley explained the district missed the mark, providing the board with next steps to improving future results. First, the district will implement the i-Ready Assessment System, a tool to help provide meaningful ongoing performance data to grades K-8. Second, the district will closely study and analyze student performance data and contributing factors. Third, the district is partnering with Washington State University Vancouver to collect and analyze data. Lastly, the district will develop refined district and school-level improvement plans. Director Donald noted that the presentation contained a lot of excellent information and also stated that he was confident the district would be fine in the future. Riley commented that she was disappointed, but not alarmed, with the assessment results, continuing by stating there is a lot of work to do but she is not worried. The presentation may be viewed online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5064

  • Action Items:
    • Collective Bargaining Agreement between Woodland Public Schools and Woodland Education Association: The board unanimously approved the four-year collective bargaining agreement agreed upon on August 29 between the Teachers’ Union and district leadership. The agreement can be viewed online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5054
    • Agreement with Fir Grove/Vista Children’s Center for the Placement of an Out-District Student: The board unanimously approved an agreement between Woodland Public Schools and Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) to permit students whose academic and behavioral needs cannot be met within Woodland Public Schools to be placed at Fir Grove Children’s Center, a VPS program. The agreement can be viewed online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5071 

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the District Meeting Room.

09/15/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, August 22, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, August 22, 2016

You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. 

 

BOARD MEETING

  • Next Board Meeting:
    • Monday, September 12, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the District Meeting Room.

  • Reports to the Board:
    • Business Services Report: Director Janice Watts inquired about the impact fees in Business Manager Stacy Brown’s Business Services Report and whether the City of Woodland had made a decision regarding the fees. Superintendent Michael Green stated that the City had approved the proposed rate for single family units. They approved a different formula for multi-family units that varied based on type and size. The adopted city ordinance can be found at: http://goo.gl/SGe8d0. The full Business Services Report viewable online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5047

  • Board Reports, Requests, and Comments: 
    • Director Matt Donald asked Superintendent Green who is responsible for maintaining the road between Woodland Primary School and the railroad tracks as the road is in need of repair. Superintendent Green informed the board that it is his understanding that the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad owns the property and is responsible.
    • Director Lesa Beucher commented that she attended the lunch for newly-hired certificated staff on Friday, August 19 and found it both exciting and fun. She only had the opportunity to speak to a few of the new teachers, but all of them offered great feedback about their training week.

  • Discussion Items:
    • KWRL Follow-Up: KWRL Director Shannon Barnett presented a Woodland-to-Cougar Area Route Analysis to the board. He detailed information about the district’s geographic logistics versus the school bell schedules. In order to decrease the length of time students on a bus to Cougar, Barnett provided seven different options. Following discussion of the options, the board felt that using the special needs bus to transport Woodland Intermediate students to Cougar may be the best option, saving 25 minutes in travel time. Barnett stated he would investigate this option further and report his findings to Superintendent Green.
    • Replacement Operations and Maintenance Levy Timeline and Process: Superintendent Green provided the board with several key levy dates and asked how they would like to handle levy planning. The directors agreed that February 14, 2017 would be the best date to hold the levy election. The consensus of the board is that they would like a recommendation for the replacement levy presented for discussion in October 2016.
      Levy Timeline and Process dates viewable online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5029
    • Effective School Boards Chapter 5: The board continued their book study, discussing board evaluations and the on-boarding of new directors. The board discussed a variety of items from the chapter including holding board meetings at different locations, improvements in board meeting minute dissemination, and board directors meeting regularly to discuss other items and issues. The board, along with Superintendent Green, agreed that a day-long planning meeting will be held this winter for the directors to continue their work with the Superintendent.
      Chapter 5 summary viewable online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5025

  • Action Items:
    • Resolution 16-7: Authorization of Purchase of Home & Property at 2280 Lewis River Road: The board unanimously approved Resolution 16-7. Resolution viewable online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5026
    • Resolution 16-8: Authorization of a fund transfer from the general fund to capital projects fund: The board unanimously approved Resolution 16-8. This resolution transferred $30,000 from the general fund to pay for a portion of the property purchased at 2280 Lewis River Road. Resolution viewable online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5039
    • Resolution 16-9: Authorizing a fund transfer from general fund to capital projects fund (KWRL): The board unanimously approved Resolution 16-9. This resolution transferred funds contributed by all of the KWRL coop members for unfunded costs to transportation to the capital projects fund in order to pay costs for facilities improvements at the KWRL building. Resolution viewable online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5040

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

Monday, September 12, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the District Meeting Room.

08/24/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, August 8, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, August 8, 2016

You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. 

 

BOARD MEETING

  • Next Board Meeting:
    • Monday, August 22, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the District Meeting Room.

  • Board Reports, Requests, and Comments:
    • Director Steve Madsen reminded board members that he would meet with Superintendent Michael Green regarding student scholarships and a student survey discussed at the last board meeting.
    • Director Lesa Beucher commented on the changes to the district’s website making it easier to navigate and find things. She also noted that she didn’t see graduation information for TEAM High or LRA and would like that on the site.

  • Discussion Items: 
    • Lan Ha, Nutrition Services Director, along with Jean Lessard (JJ) from Sodexo Food Services, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the food services program including history of the program and facts about Woodland Public Schools’ food program such as how it serves more than 255,000 meals per year. Ha presented new student engagement programs including the A-to-Z Fruits and Vegetables program which will introduce a new fruit or vegetable during lunchtime each week to elementary students and the Grab & Go program which will allow high school students to place lunch orders using their cell phones. Director Beucher commented that she thought the programs were great ideas.
      Entire presentation: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/5005

  • Public Hearing:
    • 2016-2017 Budget Pursuant RCW 28A.505.060: Stacy Brown, Business Manager, explained that no changes were made to the budget from what was presented at the last board meeting. No public comments were given. Budget documents are viewable online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4988
    • 2015-2016 General Fund Budget Extension: Brown explained the extension during the July 18 board meeting with the reason for the extension being due to curriculum costs and large expenses for maintenance. No public comments were given. Budget extension documents viewable online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4992

  • Action Items:
    • Approval of Sodexo Contract: Brown explained that annual board approval is required for the Sodexo food services contract. She also noted that this is the final year of this contract as the district must put the contract out to bid every five years. Brown asked if any board members are interested to be on the review committee to please let her know. The Board unanimously approved the contract. Viewable online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4970
    • Resolution 16-5: Approving 2016-2017 Budget Appropriations: The board unanimously approved the 2016-2017 budget appropriations. Viewable online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4989
    • Resolution 16-6: 2015-2016 General Fund Budget Extension: The board unanimously approved the 2015-2016 general fund budget extension. Viewable online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4993

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

Monday, August 22, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the District Meeting Room.

08/16/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, July 18, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, July 18, 2016

You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. 

 

BOARD MEETING

  • Next Board Meeting:
    • Monday, August 8, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the District Meeting Room.

  • Reports to the Board:
    • Superintendent Michael Green reported that the district has almost finished staff hiring for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Green also noted summer work is underway on the different campuses including replacing the landscaper for the high school. Director Janice Watts asked about the new landscaper to which Green replied that the replacement has not been hired, yet.
    • Superintendent Green introduced “BEST Week” Training for new certificated staff which will be held from August 15-19. Green invited all board members to attend and meet the new hires to Woodland Public Schools.

  • Board Reports, Requests, and Comments:
    • Director Matt Donald asked Shannon Barnett, Director of the KWRL Transportation Cooperative, to provide additional information regarding bus routes and travel times, especially for routes traveling to Yale Elementary, in an upcoming board meeting.
    • Director Steve Madsen discussed scholarship offers and ways the district can improve and increase the number of scholarships provided as well as dollar amounts. Madsen spoke about the possibility of developing a questionnaire for graduates in order to obtain additional information about how the district is or could provide services to alumni. The board approved Madsen working with Superintendent Green on these issues.

  • Workshop:
    • Business Manager Stacy Brown presented the Draft 2016-17 Budget. Brown began by discussing how the upcoming year, like many years, was not easy to budget with no new money and not a lot of new student enrollment along with an increased number of new staff and higher costs associated with the new high school. Brown addressed the board’s interest in graphic and longitudinal data, providing history for each graph in her presentation.
      Entire presentation: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4985 

  • Action Items:
    • 2016-2017 ESD 112 Agreements: Superintendent Green presented the agreements from Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) to the board of directors. Green explained that ESD 112 provides services to Woodland Public Schools that the district can not economically provide itself. Director Watts asked if there were any new agreements to which Green answered “no.” Director Donald asked Superintendent Green about the costs of the agreements and if Green was comfortable with the agreements to which Green replied “yes.” The Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2016-2017 ESD 112 Agreements. The agreements can be viewed online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4966

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

Monday, August 8, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the District Meeting Room.

07/19/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, June 27, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, June 27, 2016

You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. 

 

BOARD MEETING

  • Next Board Meeting:
    • Monday, July 18, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the District Meeting Room.

  • Reports to the Board:
    • Facilities Director Scott Landrigan presented a Facilities and Safety Report to the board which included an increase in reported injuries from Woodland Primary School. Landrigan explained that he heard certain injuries weren’t being reported so he met with the staff to discuss the importance of reporting all injuries to improve safety changes. Landrigan also stated that he would be visiting the other school staffs to have similar discussions to improve safety. Director Matt Donald asked about the status of the new playground equipment at Woodland Intermediate School which Landrigan said is holding up in excellent condition. Entire presentation: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4947
    • Business Manager Stacy Brown gave a Financial and Enrollment Report to the Board. Director Sarah Stuart asked if Brown could provide graphical representations for the board to see the year-over-year variances to which Brown answered that she would provide that information in an upcoming financial presentation. Entire presentation: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4946

  • Board Reports, Requests, and Comments:
    • Director Steve Madsen commented that he had been receiving questions from community members regarding the length of bus rides to the Cougar area. Madsen suggested performing a survey to see the difference between community members’ perceptions of bus ride times and the actual bus ride times.
    • Director Donald commented that 43 additional houses will be built in a local community within the next year with the possibility of an additional 35 coming soon which could bring additional new students to the district.

  • Discussion Items:
    • KWRL Director Shannon Barnett provided an end-of-year update about the transportation cooperative. Barnett discussed the Washington laws (WACs) providing oversight to cooperatives and funding. Barnett provided an overview of the number of hours driven and number of miles driven for the member districts. Barnett also presented the coop's financial statement. KWRL is identifying all student transportation properly to ensure accurate funding from OSPI. Barnett discussed the Transportation Vehicle Fund, giving credit to the founding coop superintendents for buying a nice fleet right from the beginning. Barnett provided a 13-year focus on bus depreciation and purchasing new vehicles. KWRL maintains a fund balance for unfunded changes such as using laminate glass to improve safety and adding security cameras with KWRL buses currently having six (6) on-board cameras along with a dashboard camera. The cameras record their data to SD memory cards, making it easy to review and store footage. Since 2000, there hasn't been an at-fault injury accident. For on-bus bullying, Barnett reviews security footage to ensure that if bullying does take place, that proper action is taken. With Woodland specifically, Barnett spoke of the hybrid model for bus routes. The high school and middle school form one group with the primary and intermediate school in another group; 50% of students go right home, 50% go to one other school, but no students go to more than one other school. In order to improve trips to Cougar, another bus would need to be added. Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley indicated there aren't many K-2 students at Yale Elementary traveling to Woodland, however, next year may see many more 5th grade Yale students transitioning to the Woodland schools which could affect transportation needs for the area. KWRL is looking at changing the GPS tracking system to make it more robust with improved overall tracking and mechanical reporting. KWRL is looking at improving its website presence by linking Facebook into KWRL's messaging. Barnett is also looking at allowing parents tracking their students' buses using Skyward Family Access. Entire presentation: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4805
    • The Board of Directors agreed for the next board meeting to take place on Monday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Action Items:
    • The Board voted to approve the Roofing Contract for the KWRL building. The Board approved the Serendipity Center Agreement. The Board also authorized the purchase of property at 2280 Lewis River Road.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

Monday, July 18, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the District Meeting Room.

06/30/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, June 13, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, June 13, 2016

You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. 

 

BOARD MEETING

  • Citizen Request to Address the Board:
    • Lynnell Tsugawa-Murray, Associate Administrator, asked to address the board so she could thank the Board and the District for the year-long opportunity she has had to intern here as an Associate Administrator. Murray specifically thanked Steven Carney, Juliann McCarthy, and Deb Kernen for helping her grow as an administrator along with the entire admin team.

  • Special Presentation - Athletics and Activities in Woodland Public Schools
    • Paul Huddleston, Athletic Director, gave a special presentation on athletics and extracurricular activities. He began by presenting the program's mission statement: “to achieve and maintain a culture of excellence and integrity.” Research shows that school climate impacts student achievement, so the athletic program is working on having student athletes become servant leaders by demonstrating accountability and respect both in and out of competition. Huddleston spoke of the results of a survey showing high levels of participation in athletics and activities which also gathered information about other athletics and activities that interest students. Many indicated an interest in a swim program as well as a middle school soccer program. Huddleston shared information showing the very low level of high school athletes who play at college or professional levels. He tells students that if they are concerned about getting a scholarship, focus on getting a 4.0 GPA as academic merit often results in a higher probability of scholarship assistance. Huddleston strives to help parents keep perspective; it's very unlikely for high school student athletes to become professional athletes, so keeping options open is a top priority for student athletes. Huddleston talked about the sports banquet which was started a few years ago to honor and encourage multisport athletes where the Scholar Athlete of the Year recognizes student athletes who also received a 4.0 GPA with Cierra Daugherty; Dillon Franke; and Kenya Byrnes winning this year. McKay Flanagan and Katie Kern both received the Rudy Award recognizing cooperation and teamwork among players. The Athlete of the Year represents the entire package (both athletics and academics) and was awarded to Jessica Flanagan and Tristan Thomas. Director Matt Donald asked about the biggest challenges facing the program, to which Huddleston said that “lawnmower parents,” those who mow down any obstacles for student athletes, can be a challenge.  A second challenge is encouraging all students to engage in athletics and activities. There are some who are disengaged and disinterested. Active participation positively impacts student academic performance. Director Lesa Beuscher asked if coaches with more experience are paired up with others. Huddleston stated that the coaches are wonderful role models who collaborate and share ideas with one another. Director Steve Madsen asked about using community volunteers. Huddleston explained that there is extensive training required for an individual to becoming a volunteer, but there are still quite a few volunteers. The full report can be viewed online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4804

  • Board Reports, Requests, and Comments:
    • Director Madsen spoke of taking his dog-sled team to Yale Elementary and demonstrating the team to students.
    • Director Beuscher asked about the new orientation for kindergarten. Superintendent Green talked about the goal to balance classes in upper grades, but, in kindergarten, staff doesn't yet know these students, so the district uses a different strategy where students meet teachers and will be assigned for the first three days. Adjustments may occur following the three-day introduction.

  • Reports to the Board:
    • Student Representative Taylor Vossen talked about the high school track team making it to state. Vossen introduced Jamie Gonzalez, who will be the 2016-17 student representative. Vossen thanked the board for the opportunity to be the high school representative.
    • Lynnell Tsugawa-Murray talked about summer school attendance and how the summer school program works with students being invited to attend based on their academic performance. Superintendent Green spoke of credit recovery at the high school as a way for students to make up credits.
    • Director Donald thanked the board and spoke of WMS Principal Jake Hall and WMS Assistant Principal Angela Campbell's excellent work transitioning leadership at the middle school over this school year.
    • Superintendent Green spoke of the Woodland Primary School receiving an award for achieving top 5% in the state for academic performance in English Language Learning (ELL).

  • Action Items:
    • Property Rezone Request: The district owns property in the vicinity of an area owned by Patrick "Beau" Holwick and Levi Kruse. Holwick and Kruse requested the district join in a rezoning request in order to allow construction of a four-plex. Director Madsen moved for approval and the board voted to pass the rezoning.
    • Textbook Approval for Woodland Middle School: The Board of Directors approved three books for use at the middle school: “Old Yeller,” “Tale of Despereaux,” and “Becoming Naomi Leon.”
    • Approval of Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools Grants: The Board of Directors approved the use of grant funds for installing water-filling stations. Director Donald asked if there would be a cost to the district, and Superintendent Green said the cost, if any, would be minimal. The board approved the measure unanimously.
    • Approval of EOCF Agreement Renewal: The board approved the Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF) agreement for continued use of the Woodland Center for the 2016-17 school year.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

Monday, June 27, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the District Meeting Room.

06/15/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, May 23, 2016
You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5:30 p. m. at the District Meeting Room.
05/24/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016

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BOARD MEETING

  • Next Board Meeting Location: The next Regular Board Meeting will be held at Yale Elementary School on Monday, May 23, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  • Reports to the Board:
    • Taylor Vossen, Student Representative, reported that the class is selecting new ASB officers and that the student representative for next year will be Jamie Gonzalez. She also talked about the Every 15 Minutes Program held last week to raise student awareness of the dangers of drunk driving.
    • The Board discussed the Strength and Conditioning Program which will be offered over the summer. Superintendent Michael Green explained that program costs have been reduced to permit more kids to participate.
    • Reports to the board can be found online at: http://www.woodlandschools.org/board/meeting/245/3
  • Special Presentation - Alternative Education:
    • TEAM High School Principal Dan Uhlenkott gave a presentation about the school including the diverse students who all have different reasons to attend the school and appreciate the different approaches to learning offered.
      Uhlenkott explained that TEAM High School is a full diploma program, not a GED program, and that a small number of students finish the program in three years through hard work and dedication. Students are expected to spend 2-3 hours in the TEAM classroom each day using APEX software to complete their studies which allows students to work at their own pace. Students are able to co-enroll at Woodland High School to participate in extracurricular activities as well as attend the Skills Center. Uhlenkott thanked his dedicated staff as well as support staff including Stacy Brown, Executive Director of Business Services; Sarah Gray, WHS Counselor; and Mary Ann Sturdivan, WHS Culminating Project Supervisor who work closely with TEAM students. Uhlenkott also spoke highly of the school’s two teachers: Elizabeth Vallaire, who teaches math, and Jillian Jacobs, who teaches English and is working on her social studies credentials.
    • Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley gave a presentation about the Lewis River Academy (LRA), discussing the mission for the school to allow families to be highly-involved with their children’s education and also receive support. Riley explained that students enroll in the LRA program for a wide variety of reasons and are able to work at their own pace. Students must check in with their teachers at least once a week either in-person or via email, telephone, or other method of communication.
    • The Board asked if the alternative programs cost the district money, to which the administrators explained that the programs actually generate a small amount of revenue for the district instead of carrying additional cost.
    • The entire presentation can be viewed online using the following link: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4708

  • Discussion Items:
    • The Board of Directors continues to read a book entitled “Effective School Boards: Strategies for Improving Board Performance” to help unify board members. The Board discussed Chapter 4 entitled, “Connecting to the Community.”
    • Director Matt Donald inquired about the state of landscaping issues at the new high school. Superintendent Green explained that the district is working closely with the contractors to ensure dying plants are replaced and that work will likely continue through the summer.
    • Director Steve Madsen addressed that he appreciated how he has noticed the Woodland Police Department supervise safety during drop-off and pickup times at the middle school. Superintendent Green commended both Police Chief Phil Crochet and WMS Principal Jake Hall.

  • Action Items:
    • The Board voted to approve the 2016-2017 Student Meal Prices.
    • The Board voted to approve the interlocal agreement to create the Cowlitz County Therapeutic School Program.
    • The Board voted to approve Resolution 16-04 – Acceptance of Summer Remodel Projects.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at Yale Elementary School.

05/10/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016

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BOARD MEETING

  • Next Board Meeting Location: The next Regular Board Meeting will be held in the District Meeting Room on Monday, May 9, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  • Reports to the Board:
    • Stacy Brown, Business Manager, presented a year-over-year budget comparison to the board.
    • Scott Landrigan, Facilities Manager, presented to the Board that the Facilities team is finding new ways to reduce utility costs at the new high school by utilizing thermostat and lighting programming.
    • Reports to the board can be found online at: http://www.woodlandschools.org/board/meeting/244

 

  • Special Presentation:
    • Woodland Primary School Principal Juliann McCarthy presented a slideshow, including videos covering the current state of primary school which included first grade students offering a virtual tour of the school as well as several teachers discussing the value of collaboration and how collaborating permits teachers to create standards-based goals and interventions for students. McCarthy talked about how three fundamental questions guide teaching at the primary school: (1) How do teachers know when students have learned a concept? (2) What do teachers do if students don’t understand? and (3) What do teachers do once students fully understand a concept? Dr. McCarthy also discussed the success of the Playworks recess program resulting in a 57% reduction in recess behavior incidents as well as benefits seen for in-classroom behavior as students use conflict-resolution techniques from Playworks throughout the school day. In addition, McCarthy mentioned the recent Washington State Achievement Award received by Woodland Primary for English Language Acquisition in 2014-15. The entire presentation can be viewed online using the following link: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4707

  • Correspondence:
    • Superintendent Michael Green commended Business Manager Stacy Brown and her staff on the quality of their work that has led to another commendable State Audit.

  • Discussion Items:
    • The Board reviewed and voted to adopt a new Vision Statement: “Woodland Public Schools, in partnership with families and the community, will create a PreK-12 system that serves and supports ALL children and ensures that EACH child has FULL access to, is engaged in, and obtains an excellent education that prepares them for responsible citizenship and a future of adaptability and success in life and their chosen endeavors.”
    • Making Rational Decisions Discussion: The Board of Directors continues to read a book entitled “Effective School Boards: Strategies for Improving Board Performance” to help unify board members. The Board discussed Chapter 3 regarding exercising appropriate authority.
    • Director Steve Madsen spoke of seeing that the State School Board had received a grant to work on career-readiness efforts. He asked Green to seek if opportunities for board involvement on this state-wide effort.
    • Director Matt Donald spoke of seeing AT&T offering low-income Internet connections. Superintendent Green will investigate options that may be available to Woodland community members.

  • Consent Agenda:
    • Director Donald spoke about Tim Brown, WMS Science Teacher, who is retiring at the end of the school year, and hopes that the excellent LEGO Robotics program will continue into the future.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING

Monday, May 9, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Woodland District Meeting Room.

04/26/2016
Regular Board Meeting on April 11, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, April 11, 2016

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BOARD MEETING

  • Next Board Meeting Location Change: The next Regular Board Meeting will be held in the Woodland Primary School Library on Monday, April 25, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  • Citizens Addressing the Board on Non-Agenda Items:
    • Leslie Lawley, a Woodland citizen, asked for permission to address the Board. Lawley thanked the Board for the new playground equipment installed at Woodland Intermediate School.

  • Reports to the Board:
    • Taylor Vossen, Student Representative, presented that high school seniors are finishing their Senior Project Presentations, and that elections for next year’s ASB officers will be taking place in the coming weeks.
    • Other reports to the board can be found online at: http://wdw.woodlandschools.org/board/meeting/243
  • Special Presentation:
    • Woodland Intermediate School Principal Steven Carney and Associate Administrator Lynnell Tsugawa-Murray along with many WIS staff members gave a presentation to the Board covering the Intermediate School. Carney spoke of where the school started the 2015-16 school year, where it is now, and where the staff intends to go in the future. “I’m asking the staff to do the same thing we ask our kids to do which is to take risks,” explained Carney. “What we know today doesn’t make yesterday wrong, it makes tomorrow better.” The staff pointed to collaboration and teamwork as being key elements in the school’s successes over the course of the current year, particularly discussing the importance of using assessments and data analysis to track student progress and improve student learning. Murray spoke of the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) and how LAP helps ensure struggling students receive the extra assistance they need, while staff members talked about the implementation of Extension Groups to offer additional challenge to students who are excelling. Carlotta Propersi, lead for the English Language Learners (ELL) program, presented information about the Imagine Learning curriculum which is an excellent tool for helping ELL students learn. Other topics included the importance of physical and health education presented by Kristi Olson who strives to make physical fitness a love that lasts with students for a lifetime; the introduction of the Playworks Recess program which teaches inclusion and has reduced playground incidents by 58% in the single month since its implementation; after-school programs such as Homework Club where students are motivated to read by reading to a therapy dog named Rigel; and the use of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to create an atmosphere where students support one another through positive interactions and encouraging comments. Other staff members spoke on a variety of topics, pointing to teamwork, collaboration, and the development of a combined vision and mission to help the staff feel like a team and a family working together toward the common goal of providing excellent educational opportunities to all of the school’s students. The entire presentation can be viewed online using the following link: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4706

  • Consent Agenda:
  • Following the board meeting, the Directors took part in a tour of Woodland Intermediate School.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING


Monday, April 25, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Woodland Primary School Library

04/12/2016
Regular Board Meeting on Monday, March 28, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, March 28, 2016

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BOARD MEETING

  • Next Board Meeting Location Change: The next Regular Board Meeting will be held in the Woodland Intermediate School Library on Monday, April 11, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  • Reports to the Board:
    • Lan Ha, Nutrition Services Director, gave a presentation to the Board to discuss two upcoming events: the Future Chefs event taking place Tuesday, March 29 where third and fourth graders will have a cook-off featuring 15 recipes of their own selection and creation; and a Fine Dining event taking place on the evening of May 3 where students will learn proper table manners and use of formal silverware utensils.
    • Woodland Middle School Principal Jake Hall and Assistant Principal Angela Campbell gave a presentation to the Board covering the state-of-the-union at the middle school. Hall spoke of how the middle school makes up the core of the district by having connections both to the elementary level and high school level. In addition, he spoke of the changes made throughout the year to accommodate the school’s nearly 700 students including the successful implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) across all grade levels which offers programs such as Fresh Start which offers individual attention to students who need it as well as the Extension Program which helps both struggling students as well as those who need additional challenge. Hall highlighted the successful after-school programs including both the Lego Robotics Team and Science Night where students perform science experiments. Hall stated that the middle school intends to increase similar activities in the 2016-17 school year. Hall also highlighted the school’s office staff, commending them for their dedication to helping out the administrative team while also performing as excellent liaisons between the school, parents, and community members. Directors Matt Donald and Steve Madsen both have students currently attending the middle school, and both directors provided kudos to the quality work taking place at the school. Board President Janice Watts stated that she believes the students take a lot of pride in their school with both Hall and Campbell agreeing. The entire presentation can be viewed online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4705
    • Superintendent Michael Green spoke of the upcoming interviews for candidates for the Woodland Primary
      School Principal position which will begin April 15.
    • TEAM High School will be handing out diplomas at graduation, and the Board will select a Director distribute the diplomas personally.
    • Following the board meeting, the Directors took part in a tour of Woodland Middle School where student tour guides pointed out significant features of the school including the new climbing rock wall in the school’s gymnasium.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING


Monday, April 11, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Woodland Intermediate School Library

03/30/2016
Regular Board Meeting on March 14, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, March 14, 2016

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BOARD MEETING

  • Next Board Meeting Location Change: The next Regular Board Meeting will be held in the Woodland Middle School Library on Monday, March 28, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  • Reports to the Board:
    • Woodland High School Principal John Shoup gave a presentation to the Board covering the student demographics and operations of the high school with particular focus on the shared commitment of the staff to ensure all students learn, graduate, and are challenged. Shoup discussed graduation credit requirements increasing to 24 from 22 for the current Freshmen class and beyond. He discussed the Culminating Project and the Common Core. Shoup also discussed challenges facing the school and staff as well as the techniques and strategies practiced by the staff to improve learning for all students. Following the meeting, Principal Shoup gave a tour of the new high school to meeting attendees. The presentation can be viewed online at: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4704
    • Board President Janice Watts enquired about Woodland Middle School’s PRIDE Night. Principal Jake Hall commended teacher Tara Eilts for organizing an excellent event. Both Directors Steve Madsen and Matt Donald commented on attending the event, and expressed appreciation for such an excellent event with a lot of interactive opportunities for the community.
    • Director Sarah Stuart asked Woodland Intermediate School Principal Steven Carney about the recent Playworks Training for improved recess and physical education techniques. Carney stated that the training was incredibly useful, offering strategies to create inclusive and educational play for students.

  • Discussion Items:
    • Making Rational Decisions Discussion: The Board of Directors continues to read a book entitled “Effective School Boards: Strategies for Improving Board Performance” to help unify board members. Director Watts pointed to two positive common norms held by the Board of Directors: (1) to settle decisions with discussion prior to votes and (2) to honor confidentiality.

  • Action Items:
    • The Board reviewed revisions to Procedure 2410P which permits the high school administration to grant or waive certain graduation requirements depending on student circumstances. No vote was required.
    • Marnie Allen from Educational Service District 112 presented the district’s Capital Facilities Plan including changes to impact fees for new construction. The Board voted to recommend impact fees of $5,000 per single-family unit and $2,500 per multi-family unit to the Woodland City Council who will review the recommendations in their meeting on Monday, March 21.  
    • The Board of Directors approved six (6) novels for use in high school literature classes. Woodland High School English Teacher Heather Gordon was present to answer questions the Board might have regarding the selection of the books presented.

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING


Monday, March 28, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Woodland Middle School Library

 

03/16/2016
Regular Board Meeting on February 22, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, February 22, 2016

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BOARD MEETING

  • Next Board Meeting Location Change: The next Regular Board Meeting will be held in the Woodland High School Library on Monday, March 14, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  • Board Reports
    • Scott Landrigan, the district’s Director of Facilities and Safety, gave a presentation on safety and emergency preparedness. Landrigan presented each school’s current individual emergency preparedness plan, and discussed his intention to create a district-wide emergency plan to for Emergency Response Planning consistent among all schools which will include communication between each school and the district office when an incident is underway, a paramount priority. Landrigan will be coordinating the planning with the City of Woodland’s Police and Fire departments as well as PacifiCorp for issues regarding the dam. The entire report can be viewed online: http://www.woodlandschools.org/node/4703

  • Discussion Items:
    • Making Rational Decisions Discussion: The Board of Directors is currently reading a book entitled “Effective School Boards: Strategies for Improving Board Performance” to help unify board members. With several new board members, the Board continues to participate in ongoing training including methods to keep and improve open lines of communication between the board members, staff, and community.

  • Approval of Easement and Deeds of Dedication on WHS Property
    • The Board initially agreed to grant an easement and approve deeds of dedication on the New Woodland High School to the City and County. The easement provides city access to water lines and the deeds of dedication turn the newly widened Robinson Road and Dike Access Road over to the City and County, respectively.    
       

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING


Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Woodland High School Library

 

02/23/2016
Board Briefs for Regular Board Meeting on Monday, February 8, 2016
You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. Board Reports Board Comments: Monday, February 22, 2016 at 5:30 p. m. in the...
02/11/2016
Board Briefs for Regular Board Meeting on Monday, January 25, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, January 25, 2016

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BOARD MEETING

  • Student Representative Report: Student Representative Taylor Vossen mentioned that Planters' Day Princesses were selected at Woodland High School: Taylor Blatnik, Jaiden Marshall, and Calista Clifford.

  • School Board Appreciation Month: Superintendent Michael Green mentioned that January is School Board Appreciation Month, and presented the Board with a card signed by the administrative team thanking them for their dedication to excellence in Woodland Public Schools.

  • Discussion of Board Policy 1400 – Board Meetings: The board discussed Policy 1400 to change the Board Meeting start time to allow patrons interested in participating the meetings more time to attend. Following a second reading at the next board meeting and board approval, the start time for board meetings will move to 5:30 p.m. beginning on Monday, February 22. 2016to allow for travel time for patrons to get off work and get to the meeting. 

  • Board Reports: Sarah Stuart (Director District #1) asked how the libraries are set up in the district, and if Woodland Public Schools has full-time librarians. Superintendent Green explained that the decision was made 6-7 years ago toshift from a full-time librarian at Woodland Intermediate, using that staff for a technology teacher. Over time, the model has evolved, and we now have two half-time librarians covering two schools. Each of the school libraries is also supported by a paraeducator. 

  • Development of Capital Facilities Plan Interlocal Agreement: The City of Woodland has requested an updated Capital Facilities Plan from the district with adjustments to the district's impact fees. The board approved an interlocal agreement with ESD 112 to develop the updated plan.

  • Textbook Approval: Novels for High School English and Trade Text for History: Five books were voted on and approved by the board. The board discussed how the books were selected as well as the use of the word "objectionable" to describe any of the books. Superintendent Green pointed out that the novels are targeted at Juniors and Seniors who have the maturity to deal with more adult topics.

 

 

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING


Monday, February 8, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the District Meeting Room

01/26/2016
Board Briefs for Regular Board Meeting on Monday, January 11, 2016

Regular Board Meeting on Monday, January 11, 2016

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BOARD MEETING

  • Community Comments: A community member suggested reviewing the start time of the board meeting to increase attendance.

  • Student Representative Report: Students at Woodland High School have asked if hot coffee options could be possible at the school as well as fresh fruit cups. The Sodexo Food Services manager said that they would look into the possibility of having hot coffee, and that they do offer fresh fruit cups when they are in season. Also, students have asked if the students would be allowed off-campus during the school day. Both Principal John Shoup and Superintendent Michael Green spoke that it is a board policy to have a closed campus, however students could request to the board that it be considered in the future.

  • Board Retreat: The Board of Directors scheduled a retreat for March 12, 2016. Superintendent Green and President Watts will develop an agenda with items including team-building, training for new board members, and goal-setting for the next year.

  • Review of School Board & Superintendent Operating Principles: The Board reviewed and discussed Operating Principles, specifically that the Board sets policy and that the Superintendent administers the policies set forth by the Board. The Board and Superintendent reviewed the Operating Principles section-by-section including rules of what constitutes a quorum as well as when an Open Public Meeting must be established to discuss items in-depth. The board will review revisions to the document at its next meeting.

  • Policy 1630 Evaluation of the Superintendent Discussion: The Board discussed the timeline of the evaluation of the Superintendent, specifically changing the date to July in order to provide additional time for goal-setting and other issues.

  • Approval of SEIU 925 Collective Bargaining Agreement: The Board of Directors voted to approve the SEIU 925 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  • Approval of Request for ESD Services – Cowlitz Day Treatment Program: Cowlitz County School districts have been working closely with Educational Service District 112 to provide a Day Treatment Program located in Cowlitz County in order provide quality service for severely disabled students and to eliminate the need to bus students who need such services out of the area. A new location has been selected at the site of the old Three Rivers Gym, and the Board voted to approve the request for ESD 112’s services to help establish the location as a Cowlitz County Day Treatment Program.

 

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING


Monday, January 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the District Meeting Room


 

01/18/2016
Board Briefs for Regular Board Meeting on Monday, December 14, 2015
You can download a PDF version of this issue of Board Briefs by clicking this link. New board members Sarah Stuart Director District 1 and Lesa Beuscher Director...
12/15/2015