Minutes Regular Meeting November 13, 2017

WOODLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 404
DIRECTOR'S MEETING
MINUTES

November 13, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Study Session-Woodland High School Room 2203

MEMBERS PRESENT

 

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

OTHERS PRESENT

 

Stacy Brown, Asha Riley, James Johnston, Dan Uhlenkott, John Shoup, Jake Hall, Eric Jacobson, Stacy Mouat and Leslie Mohlman.

CALL TO ORDER

 

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

CONSENT AGENDA

 

Director Madsen moved to approve the consent agenda.

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

PUBLIC COMMENT ON WORK SESSION TOPICS

 

There was no public comment.

WORKSHOP

 

In Partnership with Families and the Community

There were four key elements of this work session:

  1. Parent perceptions survey from 2017.
  2. Our formal communication efforts, strategies, and outcomes.
  3. Our efforts to support families through our Family and Community Support Programs.
  4. Our efforts to work with students and families to support school attendance.

Michael Green started with a slide show presentations that framed out the parent survey results. The survey was completed in April during the parent/teacher conference week. There were a total of 372 families who participated in the survey.  The survey was a proportional representation of families in the school district with the exception of Hispanic families.  Though the survey was offered in both English and Spanish, a relatively small number of survey takers self-identified as Hispanic.  The school board members shared feedback and asked a few clarifying questions.

Second, Eric Jacobson, Communications Manager, reviewed the existing methods of communication the district uses, how they work and how often they are used. He talked about the Woodland weekly emails, social media resources, the community matters newsletter, our website and the use of the Robocalls.  He then turned to the school board members for feedback on strategies and stories that they would like to see covered.  Director Donald suggested a monthly feature story on a staff member and stories on community partnerships. Director Madsen recommended coverage on the use of school funds, with anticipation of needing to approach the public in the not too distant future for capital funding of new construction.

Next, Leslie Mohlman, Community, Family & Student Resource Coordinator explained the program she is working to create. Her first priority is to try to meet the basic needs of the students of Woodland Public Schools and their families. She has established food banks at all the schools. Her work with the families on housing options, utility bill reduction, job searches and parenting classes are just a few areas she has assisted with. Leslie partnership with local churches, organizations, and businesses has been crucial in her successes.

Last, Stacy Mouat, the new Woodland truancy specialist, presented to the school board. She sharing that the first six months with the district has been about learning the truancy laws and creating a program from the ground up. The program she is creating has many layers that start at a student’s 3rd unexcused absence. Every day missed for a student is a lost learning opportunity, the ultimate goal is to have students in school every day. Based on the current practices she suggested some policy updates to the school board.

ADJOURNMENT

 

President Watts adjourned at 8:13 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 11.13.17.pdf 91KB application/pdf