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Summary of the School Board meeting on March 5, 2019.




 A Summary of the School Board Meeting Held on March 5, 2019


  • At 5:00 p.m. President Bielski convened the regular meeting of the Aberdeen School Board in the Community Room at Aberdeen High School. Members present were Jennifer Durney, Bill Dyer, Erin Farrer and Jeff Nelson, along with Superintendent Alicia Henderson, student representative Natalie Hurd and approximately 70 patrons and staff. The meeting began with the Flag salute.
  • The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which included the minutes of the regular meeting on February 19, 2019, and trip requests for 5th Grade students at Central Park Elementary School to travel to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Ore., on June 10, FFA at Aberdeen High School to travel to the forestry regional competition at Mt. Baker High School in Burlington on March 15-16 and for FFA at Aberdeen High School to travel to the state nursery landscape competition in Ritzville on March 22-23.

  • Directors Jennifer Durney and Sandra Bielski commented that they were able to attend the celebration for Jerry Salstrom and both enjoyed it, very much.

  • President Bielski commented that her company took part in future Options Day at Miller Junior High School. One of her employees shared his expertise as an engraver and both came away extremely impressed with the students. She also appreciated Mrs. Carle’s assistance with technology.

  • Student Representative Natalie Hurd provided an update on student activities in the District.

  • Superintendent Henderson provided an update on the current legislative session.

  • Superintendent Henderson provided an update on the 2018-2019 budget and planning for the 2019-2020 budget. Following a review of expected revenue and expenditures, she reported the District is on track to reduce expenditures by $1 million this school year and she recommends further reductions totaling $3.5 million in 2019-2020. The Board set 8:30 a.m. March 9, before its annual retreat, to consider a resolution directing the superintendent to prepare for a reduction in force and a reduced spending plan to be presented at the April 16 meeting.

  • Superintendent Henderson provided an update on the 2018-2019 focus areas, noting that considerable effort is being spent this spring preparing the district for compliance with new state regulations regarding discipline of students.

  • Superintendent Henderson provided an update on planning for the new Stevens Elementary School. She noted that work is proceeding to evaluate the preferred site. She attended a meeting of the Aberdeen Parks Board and there was city representation at a meeting of the Stevens Task Force.

  • Superintendent Henderson discussed mental health resources that may become available for students.

  • Superintendent Henderson reported that ESD 113 would be providing a threat assessment training in the District and that a Level 1 threat assessment would take place at all schools.

  • Director of Teaching and Learning Traci Sandstrom presented the Teaching and Learning Report for March.

  • Executive Director of Business and Operations Elyssa Louderback provided an update on the preparations for a modular building at Miller Junior High School for the 6th  Grade.

  • Athletic Director Aaron Roiko provided a report on winter and spring athletics. He noted that 10 teams earned WIAA academic honors.

  • The next regular meeting of the Board is set for 5 p.m. Friday, March 29, in the Community room at Aberdeen High School. A special meeting to consider a resolution for a reduced education plan for 2019-2020 is set for 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room at the Administration Building to be followed by the Board’s annual retreat work study at 9 a.m.

  • Veronica DeAlba Cruz offered comment regarding the pending budget cuts and rules of order used to conduct Board meetings.

  • Tina Palmer offered comment regarding rules of order for Board meetings and suggested putting the Miller Junior High 6th Grade project on hold.

  • Superintendent Henderson noted the District is confident in its budget assumptions moving forward and that postponing the Miller project does not free up money in the General Fund for personnel costs.

  • President Bielski commented that the concern in the room is shared by the Board but that it’s the Legislature that needs to hear about how the new funding model is impacting Aberdeen.

  • Following an executive session, the Board approved the Personnel Report.

  • The Board approved the collective bargaining agreement for 2019-2022 with Public School Employees SEIU Local 1948.