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Roland Singer resigns with regret


Last updated 1/6/2017 at 4:37pm

The Board of Directors of Odessa School District #105 met in the high school library Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Board chair Ed Deife, members Chris Crossley and Janie Steward, superintendent Dan Read, principal Jamie Nelson and business manager Juli Weishaar were present. Heather Valverde and Roland Singer were absent. Also present were facilities director Justin Parr, athletic director Bruce Todd, parent Travis Wagner, staff member Danielle Vesneske and parent/coach Chris Shafer.

The board voted to table the board reorganization until the January regular board meeting when all board members would be present.

Under public input, Travis Wagner asked for clarification on issues regarding the special education program. Wagner also expressed concerns about the high school girls’ basketball program. He was instructed by the athletic director and administration as to what steps needed to be taken to resolve any issues he may have.

The board approved the consent agenda which included the minutes of the November 22, 2016 meeting; payroll warrants #609484-609508 and direct deposit warrants #900005182-900005242 for $237,678.91, general fund accounts payable warrants #609509-609545 for $36,958.06, ASB fund warrants #609546-609559 for $10,222.92, general fund comp tax wire transfer for $281.97, an ASB comp tax wire transfer for $74.41 and a gift from the Edmund & Darlene Braun Family Foundation for $3,000.

Principal’s report

Nelson reported on numerous activities by students including two holiday music concerts, participation at the community Christmas Fest, recent auditions for the upcoming school musical, the Hour of Code evening and the FFA poinsettia and pie sales.

She reported that nine FBLA senior class members won the Credit to Kids $500 award sponsored by Krem 2 TV news and the Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Just days later it was announced that the freshmen FBLA members had won the Hundred Dollar Project of the credit unioin with their Toasty Tot project. The students chose to have their $2,500 award go to the local Friends of the Pool organization.

Superintendent’s report

Read reported student enrollment for December had increased to 234.1 full-time equivalent students. Read told the board that Governor Inslee had released details of the upcoming budget for the 2017-2019 biennium. While the budget included avenues to fully fund education, Read expects numerous changes will be made to the state’s budget before a final compromise will be reached by the legislature.

AD report

Athletic director Bruce Todd congratulated the high school football team on their second-place finish at the state tournament. Todd reported the junior high girls’ basketball season is nearing completion with only one game remaining to be played. Due to the extended football season, the athletic director had to reschedule high school basketball games during Christmas break. The board confirmed with Chris Shafer that he would be volunteering with the girls’ high school basketball team during Coach Kuchenbuch’s absence over the break.

Board reports

Board members expressed how much they enjoyed their meeting with District 13 Representative Tom Dent on December 13.

Facilities report

Parr reported future repairs could include replacing the kitchen cooler refrigeration unit, upgrading the high school fire alarm system by tying it into the new elementary panel and additional repairs to the elevator.

Parr thanked Allen and Sylvia Clifford for their donation of a backpack vacuum to be utilized by the custodial staff.

Financial report

Read presented the ASB balance sheet for November, plus the financial activity reports for the general fund for November showing revenue at $376,996 and expenditures at $289,258 for an ending balance of $650,874. He presented computer printouts for all funds.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the library. A joint board meeting with the Harrington school board is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Harrington school multipurpose room to discuss the athletic cooperative between the two schools.

Roland Singer, board member position #3, submitted a letter of resignation which was read by Janie Steward. Singer reluctantly tendered his resignation stating his employment was greatly affecting his availability to conduct his duties as they should be carried out.

Board members approved the resignation of Singer from Board Position #3.

The board instructed Superintendent Read to post the open board position with a closing date of January 31, 2017.


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