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Summary of the School Board meeting on December 11, 2018.




 A Summary of the School Board Meeting Held on December 11, 2018


  • 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, and Jeff Nelson, along with Superintendent Alicia Henderson and 56 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 June 19, 2018, November payroll and accounts payable.

  • Student Representative Katie Lewis provided an update on student activities and events. She noted that sixth-grade students are attending The Nutcracker in Seattle this week thanks to the annual donation from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation.

  • The Board adopted new instructional materials for use in CTE classes – “Movers and Shakers” for use in American Sign Language classes at Aberdeen High School and “Market Dynamics” for use in marketing classes and the Cats Cave at Aberdeen High School.

  • Superintendent Henderson discussed the work taking place on the Budget Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee has held four meetings to date with 100 percent attendance at all meetings. The goal of a 9 percent reduction over the next two years has been the focus of discussion -- 2 percent ($1 million) reduction in 2018-2019 and 7 percent ($3.5 million in 2019-2020). She said the committee has reviewed proposed savings in technology, operating costs, special education and other areas totaling $1.7 million, leaving about $2.8 million to be achieved through staff reductions. She reported the committee has composed a letter to lawmakers detailing the budget crisis created for the District by the new state funding model.

  • Superintendent Henderson discussed the work of the 6th Grade to Miller Task Force. She noted that a letter and schedule has gone out to fifth-grade parents.

  • Superintendent Henderson provided an update on the five focus areas. Under PBIS she noted the additional focus on Alternatives to Discipline and the supports that are being put into place to ensure compliance with state law.

  • Superintendent Henderson discussed ALICE trainings that will be taking place in the District. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) is intended to prepare staff and students on how to respond in the event of an intruder.

  • Superintendent Henderson announced that David Glasier, assistant principal at Aberdeen High School, will become director of the Human Resources Department when Assistant Superintendent Jim Sawin retires June 30. She said her decision is part of the cost-saving restructuring that is taking place in the District. (More information is posted on the web site)

  • Superintendent Henderson reported that a community newsletter is at the printer and should be delivered during winter break.

  • Superintendent Henderson commended David Bruncke for the excellent article highlighting outdoor education that appeared in the recent edition of Washington Coast magazine.

  • Following presentations from the elementary school principals, the Board adopted the Title I and school improvement plans for the grade schools.

  • The Board reviewed the Fiscal Status Report for November.

  • The Board approved the purchase of a 10-classroom modular building to be located at Miller Junior High School to create additional space for the planned move of 6th grade students to Miller.

  • Athletic Director Aaron Roiko provided an update on athletics. He expressed deep gratitude for the support and guidance he received from Kevin Ridout when he became AD. Coach Ridout is stepping down as head football coach. Mr. Roiko talked about the enormous positive impact that Coach Ridout has had on the football program and in the lives of student athletes.

  • The Board received a letter in support of renaming the Auditorium in memory of Pat Wilhelms. Directors Jennifer Durney and Bill Dyer will form a subcommittee to review the request and come back to the full Board with a recommendation.

  • AHS Principal Sherri Northington shared information about the work taking place to comply with new state regulations regarding Alternatives to Discipline and the upcoming changes to policy and procedure regarding student discipline.

  • The Board approved a “separation incentive” of $10,000 for up to 20 teachers currently under contract in Step 16 or 17 who notify the District on or before January 18 that they will not be returning. Superintendent Alicia Henderson explained that early knowledge about staff at the top of the pay scale who are not returning next year will be significant as the District prepares for a reduction in force.

  • The Board approved a contract with EduHealthcare to extend Kristin Williams’ placement with the District as a speech language pathologist.

  • The Board approved a contract with the University of Phoenix for placement of a student teacher.
  • The next meeting of the Board is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, in the Board Room at the Administration Building.

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