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Summary of the School Board meeting on August 6, 2019.


Aberdeen School District No. 5

Summary of School Board of Directors Meeting

August 6, 2019


President Sandra Bielski convened the regular meeting of the Aberdeen School District Board of Directors at 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2019, in the Community Room at Aberdeen High School. Directors present were Jennifer Durney and Erin Farrer, along with Superintendent Alicia Henderson and 21 patrons and staff.

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 July 23, 2019, and minutes of the special meeting on July 30, 2019.

Comments from the Audience

There was no public comment.

Superintendent’s Report

  • Budget Update: Superintendent Henderson announced that the next meeting of the Board on August 20 will include a public hearing on the budget with adoption of the budget scheduled for later in the meeting. She said there is no new information and no changes from the information presented during the work study on August 6. Information about the hearing and budget is available on the District web site.
  • New Stevens School Update: Superintendent Henderson announced that Kris Koski, Aberdeen’s city engineer and a member of the district’s Budget Advisory Committee, has agreed to serve as chairman of the committee that will work to pass a bond to build a new Stevens Elementary School.

    She also noted that she has invited members of the Stevens Task Force to reconvene as an advisory body to the bond campaign and that bond counsel will make a presentation at the next School Board meeting. At this time, she said she will be recommending that the Board schedule a February 2020 election.
  • Miller Update: Superintendent Henderson reported that the district continues to update the 6th to Miller page on the website weekly with photos from the construction site. The stem walls are going up this week, she said.

New Bus:

The Board approved the purchase of a new, 78-passenger Thomas bus in the amount of $146,228.78. By placing the order now, the district receives 2019 pricing. The bus will be delivered next spring. The new bus will replace a 1999 Thomas bus with more than 253,000 miles. The old bus will be scrapped according to state Department of Ecology specifications, making the district eligible for a $35,000 reimbursement to be placed back into the Transportation Vehicle Fund. 

2019-2020 Swim Program

The Board approved a contract with the YMCA of Grays Harbor in the amount of $86,204.80 to provide elementary swim lessons and use of the facility for therapy and the high school swim teams. 

Special Education Contract

The Board approved a contract with BHC Fairfax Hospital to provide special education for a student through the Northwest School of Innovative Learning in Tumwater in the amount of $5,654.37 tuition per month.

Grays Harbor Rehabilitation Services

The Board approved a contract with Grays Harbor Community Hospital to provide physical therapy and other services when called for in student education plans.

Personnel Matters

The Board approved the Personnel Report.

Next Meeting

The next regular meeting is set for Tuesday, August 20, 2019, in the Community Room at Aberdeen High School.