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Summary of the School Board meeting on November 3, 2020


Aberdeen School District No. 5

Summary of School Board of Directors Meeting


November 3, 2020


President Sandra Bielski convened the regular meeting of the Aberdeen School District Board of Directors at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 3, 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 Brooke Solan, Superintendent Alicia Henderson and 21 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 October 20, 2020;

Comments from Board members

Vice President Bill Dyer stated the community can be proud of the work being done and the progress being made with remote instruction in the district. He noted that the survey results showed that while the work is going well for some, challenges continue, with many students, parents and staff feeling overwhelmed, anxious and needing more help. He said that while the survey results are challenging to read, he is appreciative of the district’s effort to allow everyone’s voice to be heard and to find data that will continue to improve the remote offerings. He is looking forward to the January survey to measure progress.

Director Jennifer Durney commented that she was on hand for several of her daughter’s classes this week and wanted to share her admiration for the work being done by high school teachers.

Director Suzy Ritter reported that she was able to participate in the Foodball parade, which went very well.

President Sandra Bielski reported that she was able to attend the webinar for high school parents, which she found to be very informative and appreciated by those who attended.

Comments from Student Representative

Student Representative Brooke Solan reported that Foodball kicked off Friday, Oct. 30, with a vehicle parade through Hoquiam and Aberdeen and that three official events are scheduled: A virtual auction at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5; a virtual movie trivia night on Friday, Nov. 6, and a virtual luncheon at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. More information can be found on the school web sites. The final total for Foodball will be announced at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the PUD, and via KXRO 101.7 FM.

Miss Solan shared several ways members of the community can donate to Foodball this year: online through RevTrack on school web sites, by bringing donations to AHS during school hours (with checks made out to Aberdeen Foodball), or by donating food in one of the bins at Safeway, Grocery Outlet, Hoquiam Rite Aid, Hoquiam Swanson’s, or the Department of Licensing.

Comments from the Public

The Board received written public comment from the following:

  • Tricia Sorensen – Meetings
  • Cathleen Wilder – Survey Results
  • Helen King – Special Education services

Old Business

New Instructional Materials: The board approved two novels recommended by the Instructional Materials Committee for use at Miller Junior High School:

  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, and
  • Free Birds by Shrey Konkimalia.

Policy 3413 Student Immunizations:
The board adopted an update to Policy 3413 – Student Immunizations, which updates the policy to comply with changes to state law that were adopted prior to the pandemic.

Superintendent’s Report

Foodball: Superintendent Henderson expressed appreciation to the students in Aberdeen and Hoquiam for their resourcefulness in continuing the Foodball tradition this year, and thanked AHS teacher Ashley Kohlmeier for her work supporting the students.

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 teachers have been very resourceful to get required state testing done in the remote environment, and that elementary conferences are taking place this week. She also reported that she observed some outstanding teaching taking place in the Zoom classes she was able to attend, including special education.

COVID 19 Response: Superintendent Henderson reported that the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has released information on how it will work with districts to determine when/whether sports resume in a region.

Teaching and Learning

School Improvement Plans: Following a presentation by Teaching and Learning Director Traci Sandstrom, the board approved the School Improvement Plans for 2020-2021.

McKinney-Vento Program: Amanda Gonzales, the district’s McKinney-Vento liaison for students experiencing homelessness presented an overview of the program and services.

Native Education Program: Hailey Pfeifer, the district’s Native Education coordinator, presented an overview of the program, goals and services.

New Business

Five-Year CTE Plan: Following a presentation by CTE Director Lynn Green, the board approved the Five-Year Plan for Career and Technical Education in the district.

Carl Perkins Grant: Following a presentation by CTE Director Lynn Green, the board approved the district’s annual application for Career and Technical Education funding through the federal Carl Perkins Grant.

Teletherapy Services: The board approved a contract with ProCare Therapy, LLC, of Tucker, Ga., to provide special education teletherapy services in the district, and approved placement of Heather Houseman and Rakiesha Peeples as speech language pathologists under the contract.

Occupational Therapy Services: The board approved an extension of the contract with Pioneer Healthcare Services of San Diego, Calif., to provide special education therapy services in the district, and approved placement of Cynthia Bonnanzio as an occupational therapist in the district effective Jan. 5, 2021.

Next Meeting

President Bielski announced that the next regular meeting of the board is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2020, to be conducted remotely with proper notice and access provided under the governor’s emergency provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act.

Personnel Report

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