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Summary of the School Board meeting on March 3, 2020


Aberdeen School District No. 5

Summary of School Board of Directors Meeting

March 3, 2020



President Sandra Bielski convened the regular meeting of the Aberdeen School District Board of Directors at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in the gym at Robert Gray Elementary School. Directors present were Jennifer Durney, Bill Dyer, Jessica Jurasin and Suzy Ritter, along with student representative Molly Scroggs. Superintendent Alicia Henderson and 56 patrons, staff and students.

The meeting began with the Flag salute.

Minutes, Bills, Trips & Gifts

The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which included:

  • The minutes of the regular meeting on February 18, 2020;

  • A trip request from the orchestra at Aberdeen High School to travel to Seattle to attend the symphony, explore the city and see music attractions on April 17-19;

  • A trip request from the GEARUP program at Aberdeen High School to take students to the Marine and Environmental Training Station (MERTS) at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Ore., on April 22.

Comments from Board members

  • Directors Jennifer Durney, Jessica Jurasin and Sandra Bielski all commented that they truly enjoyed mid-year graduation at Harbor High School on February 27.
  • Director Jurasin commented that she is a Robert Gray Elementary School alum and that it was nice to have the meeting in the new school. 

Comments from Student Representative

Student Representative Molly Scroggs provided a report on student activities at the high school and in the district. She noted that spring sports started yesterday, which includes girls’ fast pitch, golf and tennis, boys’ baseball, soccer, and track and field. The second trimester is ending, Wednesday is A.S.L night in the Auditorium, and Thursday is the high school and junior high choir concert, also in the Auditorium. 

Welcome from Robert Gray Elementary School

ASB leaders Ailynn Haggard, Frank Pavon and Kyla Jesonis demonstrated how every day at Robert Gray begins with the Robert Gray Student Pledge: “Every Day at Robert Gray, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, Be a Learner.”

Myka Jugum, a teacher at Robert Gray, gave a presentation on how a NOAH environmental education grant was used this year for students to research the potential benefits, and ultimately install, milk dispensers instead of using individual milk cartons as a way to cut down on waste.

Comments from the Audience

Molly Leithold, president is the Public School Employees chapter in the district, offered comment about Education Support Professionals Week on March 9-13, and invited board members to a PSE member celebration at 5 p.m. Monday, March 9.

Superintendent’s Report

  • Education Support Professionals Week: Superintendent Henderson read a proclamation from Gov. Jay Inslee proclaiming the week of March 9-13 as Education Support Professionals Week. 
  • Novel Coronavirus: Superintendent Henderson discussed the new virus that is now in Washington state and planning that is taking place to prepare. She reported communication is good among the districts with Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis superintendents sharing a joint letter with families that schools will remain open and that lines of communication have been established with the Grays Harbor Public Health Department so districts can respond quickly if the situation changes. 
  • Bond Update: Superintendent Henderson provided an update on the bond issue for a new Stevens Elementary School. She reported that the bond was certified as one vote short of passage, that the resolution adopted by the board to put the measure on the April 28 special election ballot has been filed, and that Kris Koski has agreed to continue as chairman of the Stevens2020 campaign. 
  • Legislative Update: Superintendent Henderson reported that the effort to achieve more equity in how districts are funded came up short this session, but it appears there will be some additional one-time funding. With the session nearing an end, it should be more clear at the next meeting whether Aberdeen will see additional funds. She expressed a commitment to resubmitting the proposal for equity in LEA funding next year. 
  • Mid-Year Retreat: Superintendent Henderson reminded board members that a mid-year retreat is scheduled for Saturday, March 6, in the Community Room at Aberdeen High School. Review of a self-assessment survey begins at 8:30 a.m. and the budget review begins at 9:30 a.m. 
  • HOSA Success: Superintendent Henderson announced that students in the medical careers program at the Skills Center have learned they will be competing at the annual HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) state leadership conference in Spokane. 

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning Director Traci Sandstrom presented the Teaching and Learning Report for March. The report included updates on implementation of a new science curriculum in Grades 6-12; beginning work to review of the math curriculum in Grades K-3; work to align the health standards in Grades 6-8; success of the beginning coding classes; an update on the work to implement Behavior/Social-Emotional Learning and the MTSS Framework with training and action plans; the Technology Department’s work to deploy new computer science devices and implement the state requirement for digital citizenship lessons, and an update on the work taking place through the Master Schedule Task Force, which she reported is leaning toward a recommendation for a return to the semester system in 2021. 

Graduation Pathways

Career and Technical Director Lynn Green presented a report on Multiple Pathways to Graduation, which is part of new legislation requiring districts to identify multiple ways students can demonstrate they are ready to graduate and advance to postsecondary education. 

Homelessness Report

Principal John Crabb who oversees the McKinney-Vento Program providing services to students experiencing homelessness in the district, and Amanda Gonzales, provided an overview of the program and the efforts to reduce barriers to education, attendance and activities. 

New Market Skills Center

The Board approved the annual agreement with the New Market Skills Center for 2020-2021. CTE Director Green commented that with the closure of the Grays Harbor Beauty College, which enrolled students through the Twin Harbors Branch of the Skills Center, there are a couple of students who may choose to complete their coursework through New Market in Tumwater. 

Maintenance Report

Maintenance Supervisor Mike Pauley presented a report outlining the work planned for the summer, an overview of small works projects that have taken place in the district and the five-year plan. 

2020 ICOS Report

Maintenance Supervisor Mike Pauley presented the 2019-2020 Asset Preservation report, which is a statement of Information and Condition of Schools (ICOS) for Aberdeen High School and Robert Gray Elementary School, which were both constructed with the assistance of state funding. He noted Robert Gray is in its 17th year and AHS is in its 11th year on the maintenance schedule. 

E-Rate Projects

The board approved two requests from the Technology Department:

  1. Approval of a contract with N1C Technologies Inc. for an upgrade to the uninterrupted power supply with a bid of $60,454.13 with the district’s cost estimated at $9,068.12 after e-rate funds are applied, and
  2. Authorized the district to seek vendors to replace failing internal connections at McDermoth Elementary School with the cost to the district not to exceed $2,700 after e-rate funds are applied.

Library Surplus

The board declared as surplus a list of books and instructional materials submitted by the library at Robert Gray Elementary School. 

Personnel Report

Following an executive session, the board adopted the Personnel Report. 

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the board is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Community Room at Aberdeen High School. A work study is planned for Saturday, March 7, with a board self-assessment scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and a budget review to begin at 9:30 a.m.