Minutes Regular Meeting June 13, 2016

WOODLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 404
DIRECTOR'S MEETING
MINUTES

June 13, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting-District Meeting Room

MEMBERS PRESENT

 

Janice Watts, Sarah Stuart, Lesa Beucher, Matt Donald, Steve Madsen, Taylor Vossen-Student Representative , Michael Green-Board Secretary and Vicky Barnes-Recording Secretary

OTHERS PRESENT

 

Malinda Huddleston, Kent Belica, Angela Campbell, Lynnell Tsugawa-Murray, Steven Carney, Paul Huddleston, Steve Rippl, Dan Uhlenkott, Juliann McCarthy, Stacy Brown, John Shoup, Jamie Gonzalez, Patrick (Beau) Holwick, Levi Kruse

CALL TO ORDER

 

President Janice Watts called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

 

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.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Director Lesa Beucher moved to approve the minutes from May 23, 2016.

Director Watts – yes
Director Stuart – yes
Director Beucher – yes
Director Donald – yes
Director Madsen - yes

CORRESPONDENCE

 

There was no correspondence.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

 

Paul Huddleston, Athletic Director, gave a special presentation on athletics and extracurricular activities at Woodland High and Woodland Middle Schools. 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.  The survey 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. He also spoke of his positive, collaborative relationship with WMS Asst. Principal and Athletic Director Angela Campbell who organizes the sports and clubs offered at the middle school.

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. In looking at the upcoming year Huddleston said registration will be available on line with computers available in the school’s offices for families who don’t have computer access.

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 Stuart asked if there was any way to make it less expensive for families to attend games, possibly tying it to free and reduced lunches. Huddleston said he wanted everyone to be able to attend and support the students. He said there is a family pass available but the league sets the prices so if it is discounted the district would need to make up the difference.

Director Lesa Beucher 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. 

BOARD REPORTS, REQUESTS, AND COMMENTS

 

Director Madsen spoke of taking his dog-sled team to Yale Elementary and demonstrating the team to students.

Director Beucher 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 in a temporary assignment and will be assigned to a teacher for the year following the first three days.

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. President Watts presented Taylor with a plaque that has the names of student representatives listed and thanked her for her time and effort to the board.

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).

CONSENT AGENDA

 

Director Donald moved to approve the consent agenda.

Director Watts – yes
Director Stuart – yes
Director Beucher – yes
Director Donald – yes
Director Madsen - yes

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 to approve the rezoning of the property.

Director Watts – yes
Director Stuart – yes
Director Beuscher – yes
Director Donald – yes
Director Madsen – yes

 

Textbook Approval for Woodland Middle School: The Board of Directors were asked to approve three books for use at the middle school: “Old Yeller,” “Tale of Despereaux,” and “Becoming Naomi Leon.”

Director Donald moved to approve the textbooks for use at the middle school.

Director Watts – yes
Director Stuart – yes
Director Beucher – yes
Director Donald – yes
Director Madsen – yes

 

Approval of Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools Grants: The Board of Directors were asked to approve 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.

Director Beucher moved to approve the use of grant funds for installing water-filling stations.

Director Watts – yes
Director Stuart – yes
Director Beucher – yes
Director Donald – yes
Director Madsen – yes

 

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.

Director Donald moved to approve the Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF) agreement.

Director Watts – yes
Director Stuart – yes
Director Beucher – yes
Director Donald – yes
Director Madsen – yes

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

The regular meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

ATTEST:

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Secretary to the Board

WOODLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT #404
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Attached Files:
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Consent Agenda 6.13.16.pdf 158KB application/pdf