Minutes Regular Meeting October 24, 2016

WOODLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 404
DIRECTOR'S MEETING
MINUTES

October 24, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting-District Meeting Room

MEMBERS PRESENT

 

Janice Watts, Sarah Stuart, Lesa Beucher, Matt Donald, Steve Madsen, Jamie Gonzales-Student Representative, Michael Green-Board Secretary, and Nicole Galloway-Recording Secretary

OTHERS PRESENT

 

Stacy Brown, Dan Uhlenkott, Ingrid Colvard, Steven Carney, Lan Ha and Tony Peterson.

CALL TO ORDER

 

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

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

 

There were no citizen’s comments on non-agenda items.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Director Lesa Beuscher moved to approve the minutes from September 26, 2016.

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

REPORTS TO THE BOARD

 

Student Representative Report – Student Representative Jamie Gonzales said that fall sports are wrapping up and she is excited for the winter sports to begin. She talked about her participation in Make a Difference Day on October 22 and how grateful she was to get a couple of other students to join in.  Director Madsen asked if voter registration information was provided at the high school for those students of legal voting age. Jamie Gonzales replied yes and that some teachers have offered to help students with how to complete the registration form.

Woodland High School Report – Director Watts asked what classes at the high school are offered that provide college credits. Superintendent Michael Green said that he would provide a complete list to the board members.

CORRESPONDENCE

 

There was no correspondence.

BOARD REPORTS, REQUESTS, AND COMMENTS

 

Director Madsen informed the other members that he had a meeting scheduled on October 25th with the graduation feedback committee and asked all the board members to send him any questions they would like to see on the feedback form.

Director Steve Madsen also noted that after looking over the website, he could not find where the school bus schedules are posted. He did find the information on the KWRL website but noted how helpful it would be to have them on the Woodland School District website.  He also talked about the lack of communication from KWRL to the Yale families on the recent bus schedule change.  Superintendent Michael Green said he would following up with Shannon Barnett, KWRL Transportation Director, on both issues.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Effective School Boards: Chapter 8 – The school board discussed the chapter on getting the best information. Director Madsen commented that his experience is that the board gets a really good balance of information. He noted that this is a strong quality of Superintendent Green. Director Watts talked about how valuable history is and how good Superintendent Green is at informing the board members on the history of matters prior to having deeper conversations and making decisions.  Director Matt Donald talked about the possibility of having a live video feed at board meetings in the prospect of getting more community members involved.

Proposal of Pilot of Board Meeting Format Shift – Mr. Green talked about how the current structure of board meetings makes it challenging to dig deeply into understanding issues and information regarding the district and student learning.   Superintendent Green and President Watts developed a proposal to  schedule the first meeting of each month be an in-depth study session and the second meeting of each month be a business meeting similar to the current format.

This shift will start in January and begin with training for the board, creating board norms and learning what the important issues for the board members are. Director Watts noted that this change would allow time to complete the larger issues. All board members agreed to try the new format.

Changes to Homeless Student Rules under ESSA – First Reading of Policies 2410 and 3115 – Superintendent Green explained the recent amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act under the Every Student Succeeds Act. He reviewed the proposed changes to the district policies that align district policy with the Federal requirements. Director Watts asked how many students Woodland School District has that would qualify for supports. Mr. Green informed the board that there are around 50 students within our district. Director Watts asked how does the district find out which students qualify. Mr. Green noted that there are questions on the registration forms that will help identify these students at which time the school counselors will reach out to the parents.   The policies will be presented at the next meeting for second reading and approval.

CONSENT AGENDA

 

Director Lesa Beuscher moved to approve the consent agenda

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

ACTION ITEMS

 

The board was presented with a resolution that will place a request before voters on February 14, 2017, to authorize a three-year Operations and Maintenance Levy.

Director Steve Madsen moved to approve Resolution 16-10 M&O Levy.

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

Director Stuart moved to approve the Second Reading and Approval of Policy No. 4260 – Use of School Facilities.

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

ADJOURNMENT

 

President Watts adjourned at 6:07 p.m.

 

 

ATTEST:

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Secretary to the Board

WOODLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT #404
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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