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Summary of the School Board meeting on November 17, 2020


Aberdeen School District No. 5

Summary of School Board of Directors Meeting

November 17, 2020


President Sandra Bielski convened the regular meeting of the Aberdeen School District Board of Directors at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2020, via webinar following guidance for conducting remote meetings in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act. Directors present were Jennifer Durney, Bill Dyer, Jessica Jurasin and Suzy Ritter, along with Student Representative Katlynn Smith, Superintendent Alicia Henderson and 41 patrons and staff watching remotely.

The meeting began with the Flag salute. 

Minutes, Bills, Trips & Gifts

The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which included:

  • The minutes from the meeting on November 3, 2020;
  • October payroll vouchers totaling $2,808,340.76;
  • General Fund vouchers totaling $984,067.74;
  • ASB Fund vouchers totaling $393.60, and
  • Private Purpose Trust Fund vouchers totaling $500.00.

Comments from Board members

President Sandra Bielski noted that under Policy 1210, the annual organization and election of officers will take place at the December 15 meeting.

Director Jessica Jurasin said she wanted to encourage the board, staff and students to remain strong and steadfast because the pandemic is far from over and it’s taking a toll on everyone. She urged everyone to take care of themselves, find things to do that bring joy, to stay strong and show grace, and to be reassured that schools will be back in session as soon as it is safe.

Comments from Student Representative

Student Representative Katlynn Smith reported that the Bobcats are proud of the money and food they were able to collect during Foodball. She noted that the combined total was 656,399.5lbs. She also noted that finals will take place before the Thanksgiving break, with Trimester 2 starting when students return.

Superintendent’s Report

WSSDA Annual Conference: Superintendent Henderson noted board members are registered for the annual conference, which will take place remotely Nov. 19-21.

Distance Learning Update: Superintendent Henderson reported that a small group of special education students have begun coming to their school to receive support for instruction; that the district is preparing socially distanced spaces in the gym at AHS for students who need access to reliable internet, and that the district is planning for the possibility that there will be new restrictions issued by the state because COVID case counts continue to climb. In the event buildings must be closed, she said the district will establish one site, probably the high school, that will be available for staff who live in remote areas who don’t have internet.

COVID 19 Response: Superintendent Henderson reported that the new restrictions announced over the weekend by Gov. Jay Inslee did not change guidance for schools, so there are no changes in district operations at this time. She added that the rate of community transmission has increased to 35 percent, which has county health officials preparing for a possible surge in cases. She explained that the community transmission rate is derived from the number of cases where the source of infection can’t be pinpointed through contact tracing. 

Teaching and Learning 

Staff Professional Development: Teaching and Learning Director Traci Sandstrom shared a web page that was developed in response to the recent survey. The site features information on professional development opportunities that staff can access, and how they can request specific training.

Financial Services 

Fiscal Status Report: Executive Director of Business and Operations Elyssa Louderback presented the Fiscal Status Report for October, including expenditures of $3.83 million. With 16.67 percent of the year elapsed, budgeted revenue is 16.41 percent received, and expenditures are at 14.38 percent.

New Business

Policy 3510 – ASB: An update to Policy 3510 – Associated Student Bodies – was presented for first reading. The update incorporates a requirement that district’s offer reduced ASB fees to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. 

Washington School for the Blind: The board renewed a contract for teacher services through the Washington State School for the Blind for 2020-2021.

Surplus Equipment: The board declared an inventory of supplies no longer needed for instruction and equipment that is no longer needed due to age or condition as surplus.

Next Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Board is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 15, 2020, to be conducted remotely with notice and access provided under the emergency provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act.

Personnel Report

Following an executive session, the board approved the personnel matters.