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Bus drivers needed; school funding still an issue in the legislature

 


The Board of Directors of Odessa School District #105 met in the high school library on Wednesday, February 22, 2018 at 6 p.m., preceded by a workshop in the district office at 5:30 p.m. to discuss facilities use and to review a district policy and procedure. Present were board chairman Ed Deife; members Heather Valverde, Chris Crossley, Janie Steward and Carmen Weishaar; superintendent Dan Read; principal Jamie Nelson and business manager Juli Weishaar. Also present were facilities supervisor Justin Parr, athletic director Bruce Todd, teachers Larry Moffet and Larry Weber, parent Traig Weishaar and newspaper editor Terrie Schmidt-Crosby.

Staff/public input

Larry Moffet and Larry Weber explained their use of videos to enhance curriculum in their classroom instruction, requesting that the board consider a policy allowing teachers to send home a letter to parents requesting permission for their child to watch a video in class that does not follow the current policy guidelines for age appropriateness. After brief discussion, superintendent Dan Read said he will review the policy and make recommendations on a procedure exemption for consideration at the March board meeting.

Odessa parent Traig Weishaar was approached by head football coach Jeff Nelson to research the cost of replacing the turf at the football field, which Weishaar described as very uneven. He requested the board’s permission to continue the process of seeking quotes for replacing the turf and to research funding possibilities.

Consent agenda

The board approved the consent agenda which included the minutes of the January 24, 2018 regular meeting; February payroll warrants #610726-610751 and direct-deposit warrants #900006010-900006073 for a total of $248,340.33; general fund A/P warrants #610752-610791 for $60,033.38; ASB fund A/P warrants #610792-610804 for $7,455.58; the hiring of Amy Schaefer as high school assistant volleyball coach; Joel Hardung as volunteer junior-high assistant baseball coach; the resignations of bus drivers Leland Smith and Miranda Taylor and of Terri Neilsen as the junior-high assistant volleyball coach; travel to Bellevue for the State FBLA Conference April 4-7, 2018.

Superintendent’s report

Read reported a January enrollment of 239.9 full-time equivalent students. He shared the

Read said initial levy results showed the Education Programs & Operations Levy passing with 78.35 percent of voters in favor and the Capital Projects Levy passing with 76.71 percent in favor.

Read reported on his recent trip to Olympia and lobbying efforts with legislators, handing out to board members copies of the initial house and senate budget proposals and bills currently under review by legislators.

Principal’s report

Principal Nelson reported a P-12 headcount enrollment of 262 students.

Nelson said numerous certificates and awards were given out at two separate academic awards assemblies, one for younger students and one for older students. Deciding that two separate assemblies took away some of the excitement of the combined events held in prior years, she said there will be one combined academic assembly for the students next year.

Another successful STEMposium night was held February 20 at which high school students presented their second-quarter research projects to interested parents and community members (see photo, page 5). Nelson and school librarian Lindsy Starkel accompanied 12 Odessa junior-high students to Selah for a conference where two motivational speakers gave presentations entitled “Make a Difference” and “School Climate.”

Nelson said upcoming activities include Knowledge Bowl Regionals at Whitworth, the prom, student-led conferences and the Honor Band performance at the INB Performing Arts Center in Spokane.

AD report

Athletic director Bruce Todd reported that the high school girls’ basketball team placed fourth in the 1B South league, and the boys’ team placed first in the 1B South league and second in the district. The boys’ basketball team advances to the state playoffs.

Spring sports for high school athletes begin February 26, and junior-high sports begin the end of March. Todd said one or two students are interested in participating in tennis at Harrington. Junior-high track has 35 students intending to turn out.

Improvements to the baseball field’s dugouts and relocation of the pits for field events will not be completed in time for this year’s sports season.

Facilities report

Justin Parr reported that no snow makeup days were needed this year, so school will be closed from February 28 through March 2 for a short mid-winter break.

Parr told the board it is becoming difficult to secure bus drivers for extra-curricular trips. He and the school administration will continue to explore options for transporting students to extra-curricular activities.

Parr has scheduled a meeting with Planet Turf’s Jared Whitaker, who currently provides fertilizer for the fields, to discuss options and get a second opinion for improving and/or replacing the football field grass.

Parr and T. Weishaar both said the turf company representatives they each have dealt with have stressed the importance of making a long-term commitment to maintaining a new field.

Financial report

Superintendent Read presented the balance sheet of the Associated Student Body for January and the financial activity reports for the general fund for January showing an unassigned fund balance of $784,960.91.

Donation by Odessa Tigers Athletic Booster Club

The board voted to accept the Odessa Tigers Athletic Booster Club’s donation of a basketball Shoot-A-Way system (valued at $5,744) and a Stackhouse two-court volleyball system (valued at $5,100) to the school district.

Policy 4130 – Title I

Parent Involvement

The board voted to approve the first reading of Policy 4130, Title I Parent Involvement, as presented by Superintendent Read.

Football field

turf replacement project

The board authorized T. Weishaar to proceed with the process of seeking quotes for replacing the turf at the football field and to research additional funding possibilities.

Executive session

Chairman Deife announced the board would be entering into a 10-minute executive session beginning at 7:20 p.m. to consider employment of a public officer or employee per RCW 42.30.110, with no action to follow. The board came out of executive session at 7:30 p.m. and Deife adjourned the meeting.

The next regular board meeting will be held Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the high school library. The board scheduled a workshop at 5:30 p.m. before the regular meeting.

 

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