MOUNT BAKER SCHOOL DISTRICT #507

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School Board Meeting

December 13, 2001

District Office

The Mount Baker school board held its monthly meeting on December 13th at the District Office.  The following is a summary of the meeting.  Please contact Rick Gantman, superintendent, for additional information.

v      Good of the Order

Attachment “A”

v      The Board approved:

bullet Personnel Actions – Attachment “B”
bullet A resolution to present to the voters a levy proposition on February 5, 2002 in the following amounts:
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Collection year 2003  - Estimated Rate of $3.50 - $2,745,000

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Collection year 2004  - Estimated Rate of $3.49 - $2,855,000

bullet A resolution to change the Director District Boundaries

v      The Board heard:

bullet Comments from Representative Kelli Linville
bullet Closing/eliminating the gap between high and low achieving students
bullet What is and is not considered Basic Education
bullet A request for a prioritized list from the School District about what is considered “essential”
bullet Creative suggestions for making tax dollars go further, be used more effectively
bullet Matching funds, levy equalization, timber revenue
bullet Possibility of changing vote from super majority to simple majority
bullet A recommendation to approve an interim Agreement with and consider the formation of a Coaches Association, which would exist under the umbrella of the Mount Baker Education Association.

v      The Board discussed:

bullet Reorganization of the Board, the following offices were voted on and approved:
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President – Ellen Dodson

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Vice-President – Jim Freeman

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Representative to Scholarship Foundation Board – David Smith

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WIAA Liaison – Marv Streubel

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Legislative Representative – Russ Pfeiffer-Hoyt

bullet Review of format of regular meetings; Designation of times, sites, times of regular meetings
bullet Policy Review Plan
bullet School Board Goals and Annual Planning Calendar

v      Rick Gantman provided a written and an oral report to the board.  Highlights of the report were:

bullet Validation Figures for February Election:
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Number of persons voting in last general election – 2992

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Number of voters needed to validate the February election – 40% of 2992 = 1197

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Minimum required “yes” vote = 60% of 1197 = 719

bullet School Board Goals; Administrators Professional Goals
bullet Focus Meetings – Informal meetings being held at each school building to keep staff informed about current topics, re: 2002 Levy, Director District Boundaries, 2001-2002 School Board Goals
bullet 2002 Levy Information Brochure

v      Minutes from November 8th board meeting were approved.  Copies of approved minutes are on file at the district office and available upon request.

v      Meetings schedule:

Work sessions; Special Meetings District Office at 7 pm

            Thursday, January 31 – Book Study – A Framework For Understanding Poverty

Regular Meetings:  7 pm

                        Thursday, January 10th – Nooksack Tribal Center

                        Thursday, February 7th – District Office (This is a change of date from February 14th)


GOOD OF THE ORDER

 

1.      Philips 66 Grant Award

            Mount Baker School District received a grant award from the Phillips 66 Refinery in the amount of Fifteen Thousand dollars towards the purchase of a hybrid gasoline-electric car for our driver educational program.  This will allow students to gain an understanding of alternatives available in the automotive industry.  Additionally, this award will allow the District to retire a vehicle that his been in the driver education program for many years.  Jim Smith wrote the grant proposal and is our lead contact for the project. 

2. Nabisco award

            Harmony Elementary school received a twenty five hundred dollar award when international tennis star Lindsey Davenport visited the school in November.  A Harmony fifth grade student entered an essay contest and won the grand prize: a cash award to the school and a visit from one of tennis biggest celebrities.

3. Assistant Superintendent attends National Staff Development Conference

            Mark Venn attended the National Staff Development Conference in Denver.  Topics he studied at the conference included: assisting principals in their staff development efforts and creating a district-wide staff development program.  Mark was very pleased with the NSDC and the overall management of the conference.

4. School Board Attends WSSDA Conference

            The School Board attended the WSSDA conference in Spokane last month.  The Board focused on Mount Baker School District’s Strategic Plan and participated in conference sessions that will help the district close the achievement gap between high and low performing students.

5. Ron Bruland nominated for commnity service award

            Ron Bruland was nominated for the Real Heroes Award for it Community Service Award.  The Awards Banquet was attended by 200 – 300 community members and is one of Whatcom County Red Cross major fund raising events.

6. Judy Sande Attends the Washington School Public Relations Conference

            Judy Sande has joined the Washington School Public Relations Association and has attended one of its conferences.  She reports that the Association will be of great assistance as Mount Baker School District develops its Community Relations program.  Specifically, Judy is enthusiastic about the network of Public Relations officers and the atmospheres of sharing and support in the Association.

7. School Board Goal – Public Appearances

            Ellen Dodson welcomed the audience at the MBJHS/MBHS Winter Concert.  She honored the students in the performance and thanked the community for its strong support of co-curricular programs.

MOUNT BAKER SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 507

EMPLOYMENT ITEMS, December 13, 2001 BOARD MEETING

 

RESIGNATION/LEAVES/REDUCTION IN HOURS

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Burfeind, Cami, Teacher-Kendall, Leave of Absence February, 2002 through June, 2002

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Gauthier, Kelli,  Teacher-Kendall, extend Leave of Absence through June, 2002.

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Greene, Richard, 7th grade Boys Basketball Coach, Medical Leave @ 12/3/01 through 1/10/02

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Pentsak, Rusudan, Para-Educator-Kendall, resignation of temporary 2.5 hr/day position

CLASSIFIED EMPLOYMENT

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Clow, Linda, Bus Driver, increase 1.75 hr/week, increase in noon route

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Hankinson, Amy, Para-Educator-Jr. High, temporary 3.5 hr/day, new position, increased enrollment

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Harrison, Jeff, Para-Educator-Kendall, temporary 2.25 hr/day, replaces Rusudan Pentsak

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Lara, Fe, Secretary III-Food Services, 8 hr/day, new position, increased Food Services needs

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Little, Ina, Asst. Cook-H.S., increase 1.5 hr/day, increased food service needs

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Nieuwendorp, Linda, Bus Driver, increase .5 hr/day, change in route

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Pederson, Virginia, Bus Driver, increase 1.0 hr/week, change in route

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Pentsak, Rusudan, Para-Educator-Kendall, permanent 2.5 hr/day, replaces Judy Strachila

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Petersen, Karen, Health Services Provider-Kendall, 12 hr/week, replaces Cheryl Patz

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Porter, Paul, Bus Driver, increase .5 hr/day, change in route

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Snavely, Karin, Para-Educator-Acme, temporary 4.0 hr/day, increased needs - reading program

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Temperio, Rena, Para-Educator-Bus Supervision, temporary increase 1.75 hr/day, Child Specific new position

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Tikhonov, Alex, Bus Driver, increase .25 hr/day, change in route

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Williams, Linell, Asst. Cook-H.S., increase 1.25 hr/day, increased food service needs

CERTIFICATED EMPLOYMENT

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Crowell, Lori, Temporary Teacher-Kendall, increase to 1.0 FTE to extend leave replacement to June 14, 2002.  

SUPPLEMENTAL EMPLOYMENT

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Galbraith, David, Substitute 7th grade Boys Basketball Coach to finish 2001-02 season, replaces Richard Greene

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Gosda, Greg, Jr. High Asst. Track Coach, replaces Scott Smartt

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Haggith, Christina, JV Volleyball Coach-HS, replaces Karen Hinderman

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Phillips, Jeff, Varsity Boys/Girls Track Coach-HS, replaces Dominic Urbano

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Charles Burleigh, Superintendent
Mount Baker School District
P. O. Box 95
4956 Deming Road
Deming, WA 98244

phone: 360 383-2000
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