The White Salmon Valley Board of Education held its regular meeting on Thursday, April 25.
The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. in the Henkle Middle School Library located at 480 N.W. Loop Road.
A quorum of Chairman Paul Mosbrucker and Directors Kris Kreps, Deborah Bergstrom, Eric Shank, and David Karlson were present. Superintendent Dr. Jerry Lewis was present, as were guests.
Public Hearing. A hearing regarding budget extensions was held at 7 p.m. for the purpose of taking public comment on Resolution #12/13-04 — General Fund Extension; Resolution #12/13-05 — Capital Projects Fund; Resolution # 12/13-06 — Debt Service Fund. The adjustments had to do with a $50,000 match the district is required to put up in order to receive an $843,057 state energy grant. No public comments were received and Mosbrucker closed the public hearing at 7:07 p.m.
Student Presentation. Students from David Monnig’s fifth-grade class read their persuasive essays on whether or not HMS students should wear school uniforms. Students picked a position and defended it in their essays.
Audience Comments. Several audience members addressed the board about continuing to have drama as a course offering at both Columbia High School and HMS in the coming year. Parents said the current drama instructor, Jennifer Graves, had indicated she wasn’t going to teach the course next year and they were worried the course would no longer be offered. Lewis and board members stated they did not want this to happen and said they would be looking into the matter.
District Enrollment. The district held steady in April at 73.07 Full-time equivalents (FTE) above the budget projections of 1,120 FTE, which was the same as last month.
State Energy Grant Update. There was a meeting held with McKinstry personnel to kick off the process of replacing boilers and temperature controllers at HMS and CHS. The boilers will be replaced during the summer months, but the controllers may have to be replaced into the next school year as the installers are booked up at the current time.
CHS/HMS East Alley Access Report. Mosbrucker said a proposal had been made to the WSVSD from a previous property owner on the east side of the HMS/CHS baseball fields to name the alley. Recently, medical services were needed and the ambulance had difficulty finding the location because the alley was not named. The board agreed that student safety is paramount and that the board should discuss this proposal. The board agreed the discussion should be held in executive session about name choice. Decision was tabled until an undetermined future date.
District Instruction and Learning. Lewis shared a 10-minute presentation about the new teacher/principal evaluation system being required by the state. The presentation provided the board with an overview of the critical components for the new evaluation system, including a recommended implementation cycle starting next school year. The district and the teacher’s association will work together in developing contractual language and implementation timelines in moving forward.
District Employees of the Month. Jose Maya, CHS para-educator; Cleresse Sprague, HMS special education teacher; the Whitson Elementary School kindergarten team (Jennifer Clark, Tiffany Denny, Linda Grim, Priscilla McMillen, and Linda Tolbert); and the second-grade team (Diann Beseda, Kelly Durand, Michelle Olin, Maggie Roediger, and Shelley Wilson).
District Volunteer Hour Report. For the month of March, WES had 546.50 hours and HMS had 873.75 hours for a total of 1420.25 volunteer hours. The board thanked the community for the continuing support of the students and staff.
District Strategic Planning Reports. Facilities (Kreps): Common problems in all buildings are storage, security and optimizing use of space. The committee is meeting with consultants to make projections for the next five years. Communications (Shank): The committee did not meet in April, but the Henkle Parent Survey about the building’s communications level was discussed. Technology (Karlson): The committee has set priorities for the next six months with WiFi bandwidth being one of those. Curriculum (Mosbrucker): No meeting was held in April, but the committee has gotten new members that will help to better represent the Spanish-speaking community and members of the community that did not graduate.
Audience Comments. Audience member asked what the process is to build new school. Lewis responded that schools are often primarily funded through a combination of grants and bond measures and discussed the logistical challenges of shifting students around during the construction phase.
Budget Extension Resolution #12/13-04 — General Fund;
Budget Extension Resolution #12/13-05 — Capital Projects Fund; Budget Extension Resolution #12/13-06 — Debt Service Fund. Kreps moved to accept all Budget Extension Resolutions as listed, seconded by Bergstrom.
Resignations/Retirements. Lewis read letters of resignation from Debbie Anderson, WES third-grade teacher; Chandra Rampersad, CHS music teacher; Mairead Beane, CLC site coordinator; and a retirement letter from Carolyn Curry, WES office manager.
Kreps moved to accept the letters of resignation and retirement, seconded by Bergstrom.
Next Meeting. The next regular board meeting will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2013, in the WES Library.