MOUNT BAKER SCHOOL DISTRICT #507

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School Board Meeting

February 13, 2003

Mount Baker School District #507

School Board Meeting Summary                                                                                           February 13, 2003

The Mount Baker school board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, February 13 in the District Office.  The following is a summary of the meeting. 

Good of the Order – Attachment “A” – and the following items:

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English Language Learners from the high school sent homemade brownies to board via Principal, Tim Yeomans as a thank for the board’s good work.

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Ellyn Erickson attended a reception for Nationally Board Certified Teachers.

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Mark Venn reported about a grant awarded by St Joseph’s Hospital, which provides for six hours per day of LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) at Kendall Elementary School.

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School Safety Initiative – A community collaboration, involving Whatcom County and the American Red Cross, striving to improve school and community safety.

The Board approved:

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Personnel Actions – Attachment “B”

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Proposed Music Curriculum

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Waiver of WAC 180-51-050 – Block Schedule

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Proposal of modification of math program

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Policy:

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#3413 – First Reading of Student Immunization and Life Threatening Health Conditions

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#3415 – Accommodating Students with Diabetes

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Overnight Trips –

  1. Mountaineer Band to State Basketball Tournament in Yakima, March 12 – 15

  2. All State Choir to Seattle – March 13 – 16

  3. Mountaineer Band, Jazz Band and Mountaineer Choir to Southern California

The Board Heard Information About And Discussed:

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Highlights from the High School – Re: Improvement to the integrated math series. 

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Budget development update; enrollment projections.

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Members of Boy Scout Group 31 working on an “Eagle Badge” introduced themselves to the Board.  The scouts were thanked for attending the meeting.

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Trina Hall will present the District Writing Assessment data to junior high staff on February 14th.  Ms Hall was commended for her work with the committee to prepare the information.

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Russ Pfeiffer-Hoyt and Dr. Gantman recently attended the WSSDA (Washington Association of School Director’s Association) legislative meeting in Mt Vernon.

Board members attended or visited:

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High School production of “Cabaret.”

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Acme, Harmony & Kendall Elementary Schools and the Junior High School

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Young Author’s Reception

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State School Board hearing in Olympia – “First Nations Language Teachers Certification” Hearing; Potlach at Skokomish Reservation celebrating adoption of the resolution.

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Boys and Girls basketball games.

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Able Learner’s presentation at Acme Elementary.

Mr. Freeman requested that the board again discuss Ruby Payne’s “A Framework for Understanding Poverty”, perhaps at the next board work session.

Rick Gantman provided the superintendent’s written and an oral report to the board.  Highlights of the report were:

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State Auditor’s Exit Interview

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Kendall Community Center

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Student Performance Data Project

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Staff Development on January 27th

                  Please contact Dr. Gantman for further information.

Meetings schedule:

            Work sessions; Special Meetings

Date Time Location Subjects/Topics
Thursday, February 27 7-9 pm Harmony Elementary  
       

Regular Meetings – 7 pm @ District Office unless otherwise noted

Date Time Location
Thursday, March 13 7 pm Kendall Elementary

 

GOOD OF THE ORDER

February 13, 2003

Jennifer Lewis Receives Community Building Award

Jennifer Lewis received a Community Building Award from the Whatcom County Commission on Children and Youth at their December Awards program. These awards are given to individuals who have shown a commitment to and excellence in organizing efforts in their community that strengthen families and build community. Jennifer was honored for her support of the North Fork Community, most recently for assisting the Commission with the Strengthening Families program at Kendall.

Excellent Sportsmanship

The e-mail message below was sent to Kent Sherwood from Lynden Christian School.  This is a clear indicator of the educational value of our athletic program.  Our students are definitely learning about good citizenship!

-----Original Message-----

From:    Haan, Carl 

Sent:     Monday, February 03, 2003 9:06 AM

To:        Kredit, Harlan

Subject: Mt Baker Game

Harlan,

Could you pass some words along to the Mt Baker AD or principal. After the game on Friday the team stayed for an extra long time to understandably savor their victory.  Before they left, they helped pick up garbage in the bleachers we left out for them and they did the best job I have seen of cleaning up the locker room.  An assistant coach even went through the locker room one final time to check it out.  Their graciousness in victory was noticed and very much appreciated.

Carl Haan

Microsoft Certification

Mark Challender, MBSD Network Administrator, has pass all test required of and received the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer award.  He has been working towards this milestone for two years.  Mark now intends to continue his professional development in the area of network security.

Defibrillator Project Continues

Mark Venn, Karen Hodges, Ron Bruland, and Halvar Olstead continue to works towards the vision of having Automatic External Defibrillators is our schools.  They have formed the Mount Baker AED committee and are working with the Everson Lions Club to raise the needed money.

National Distinguished Principal Nominee

Ellyn Erickson has been nominated by the Northwest Region of the Elementary Principals’ Association of Washington as it representative for the National Distinguished Principal Award.  The ESPAW will make site visits to learn more about the candidates this spring.  Ellyn’s candidacy will be considered by the State Association in October of 2003. 

Julie Sergeant Recognized for National Certification

The Bellingham Herald had a very nice article about National Board Certified teachers that spotlighted Julie.

Wrestlers

The wrestlers won their 8th consecutive league title, 7th consecutive district title and are shooting for their 8th consecutive regional title. The team had 6 individual NCC champions:  Dustin Chellson 119, Anthony Zender 135, Craig Jackson 140, BJ Vavra152, CJ Warren 171, and Charlie Brown at 275.  The team has advanced 17 wrestlers to the regional tournament where the athletes have a chance to go on to state.  Anthony Zender was recognized as the 2002-2003 NCC outstanding wrestler and headed into regionals has a 32-0 record.  Coach Lepper was once again honored as NCC coach of the year.   As the team heads into the state meet they have a very legitimate chance of placing in the top three. In the past their state AA finishes have been: 3rd in 1998, 2nd in 1999, 1st in 2000, 8th in 2001, and 5th in 2002.  

Young Author’s Conference

In this “Year of the Writer,” the week of February 10, Mount Baker School District hosts its first ever Young Authors Conference. Authors, Nancy White Carlstrom and Claire Rudolf Murphy, will be visiting all of our schools, presenting assemblies to grades K-8 and self-selected high school students. During the week, about 400 Mount Baker students, grades 1-12, will attend writer’s workshops taught by Nancy and Claire. Workshops are limited to no more that 30 students each. Funding for this event has been provided through the district library, curriculum, and building budgets. In addition, contributions from each PTA, the JH ASB, and a grant from Whatcom Educational Credit Union, have made this event possible. An after school author reception open to the community will be attended by over 60 people. Proceeds from book sales will help to fund what we hope will become an annual event.

San Juan Music Educators Association Senior & Junior Solo/Ensemble (Jan. 25 and Feb. 8)    

On January 25, over 50 MBHS music students participated in the regional Solo & Ensemble contest held at Skagit Valley College.  Thirteen Mount Baker students earned the highest rating of “superior.”  They were:

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Aaron Vander Yacht, Clarinet

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Kirsten Alfredsen, Piano

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Ross Michaelis  , Tenor Sax

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Jennifer Philpott and Jackie Kelly, Flute duet

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Kaitlin Rohde, Piano

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Kaitlin Rohde & Karin Rohde, Piano duet

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Naomi Duffy, Skye Henterly & Emily Strom, Flute trio

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Allison Sutton, Soprano

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Festival Choir, Large Mixed Ensemble (15 Mountaineer Choir students)

One entry was the winner of their division and will participate in the State Ensemble Contest in April.  Aaron Vander Yacht & Silvia Badillo were the winners of the small mixed voice ensemble division.  Congratulations!

Four entries are alternates for the Washington State solo and ensemble contest.  They are:

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Aaron Vander Yacht, Tenor – 2nd alternate

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Kirsten Alfredsen, Bassoon – 1st alternate

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Julianne Park, Soprano – 1st alternate

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Margretta Williamson, Harp – 1st alternate

High School Cabaret Night – Saturday, February 1

Cabaret Night was a HUGE success, thanks to all of the community members who helped and came to see all of our talented choir students. The night started with desserts, and LOTS of them, supplied by the choir students and a Silent Auction supplied by band and choir students.  Both of these parts of the evening went well, with the community supporting many of our students in their efforts to make money for their Southern California trip over spring break. Talent began at 7:15 with “The Swingers” singing their rendition of “Cabaret”. Other talents included solos, trios, bands and stand up comedy acts. The groups that performed were: Swing Choir, Women’s Choir and Mountaineer Choir.  The money raised at Cabaret will go toward purchasing music for the spring choir concert in May.

National Merit Finalist

Kara Monsen , a senior, is a National Merit Finalist.

Attachment “A”

 

MOUNT BAKER SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 507

EMPLOYMENT ITEMS, February 13, 2003 BOARD MEETING

RESIGNATION/LEAVES/REDUCTION IN HOURS

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Hatfield, D.A., Secretary II-Special Programs, currently on LOA, resignation @ January 31, 2003

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Tikhonov, Alex, Para-Educator-H.S. ESL, resignation to take Asst. Mechanic position

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Wood, Ross, Bus Driver, decrease 1.25 hr/week, change in route

CLASSIFIED EMPLOYMENT

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Donk, Kim, Custodian/Maint.-Kendall Elementary, temporary increase .5 hr/day thru 2/22/03, basketball

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Harrison, Jeff, Bus Driver- temporary increase .25 hr/day, leave replacement, replaces Suzanne Woodin

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Lagutochkin, Nadia, Para-Educator-Kendall ESL, temporary increase .5 hr/day, increased needs

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Porter, Birdie, Bus Driver, increase .5 hr/week, change in route

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Smull, Melinda, Bus Driver, increase 1.0 hr/week, change in route

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Van Beek, Emilene, Asst. Cook-Harmony, increase .75 hr/day, increased needs

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Woodin, Suzanne, Bus Driver, temporary increase 1.0 hr/day, leave replacement, replaces Alex Tikhonov

CERTIFICATED EMPLOYMENT

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Hornof, Michele, Primary Reading Specialist Teacher-Acme, temporary .300 FTE, new position, School Achievement Funds, Conditional Certification approved by MBSD

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McCabe, Amy, Reading Specialist-JH, Conditional Certification approved by MBSD

SUPPLEMENTAL EMPLOYMENT

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Bell, Jennifer, D-Team Volleyball Coach-Jr. High, replaces Rodd Zeiler

BUILDING COMMITTEE POSITIONS                                       

Acme Site Council

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Ebert, Jackie                            

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Ensley, Betty                                      

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Leigh, Diane                                            

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Scodeller, Kathy

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Smull, Melinda

 Acme School Committees

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Bruntil, Robin

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O’Connell, Julie

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Scott, Alicia

Harmony Site Council                                   

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Collier, Charles                         

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Eckloff, Carol                           

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Mallahan, John                         

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Scott, Leslie                             

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Strom, Jeanette                        

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Workman, Nancy

Harmony School Committees

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Collier, Charles

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Gordon, Michele

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Hodges, Karen

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Johnson, Mike

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Smith, Virginia

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Sutton, Charlene

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Webb, Barbara

Kendall Site Council                          

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Adkinson, Norma

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Davis, Judy

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Duncan, Max

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Fuller, Pamela

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Horton, Dexter

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Mitchell, Betty

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Scott, Kimberly

Kendall School Committees

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Baker, Gretchen

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Bishop, Dave

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Bryson, Lynne

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Callahan, Kristi

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Chellson, Mary Pat

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Evangelista, Julie

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Faber, Denise

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Fuller, Pamela

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Harrison, Rachel

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Jacoby, Diane

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Lewis, Jennifer

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McAloon, Val

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McCormack, Stacy

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Meintel, Rosemary

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Murashov, Lillian

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Nistad, Marji

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Parks, Susan

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Pentsak, Rusudan

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Richner, Lorraine

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Robinson, Gay

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Shepherd, Tim

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Strachila, Judy

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Yorks, Suzanne

Jr. High Site Council                         

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Bakken, Ken                                                    

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Hankinson, Colleen                                           

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Larsen Kelli                                                     

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Ross, Sher Smith                                              

High School Site Council/Class Advisors

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Evans, Shane

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Haner, Ruby

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Mellema, Cindy

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Teague, Heather

High School Site Council/Dept.Leaders

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Gerlach, Glenn                                                 

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Lewis, David                                                    

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Pitts, LaLani                                                    

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Rightmire, Todd                                    

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Romito, Rick

High School Site Council/Subject Leaders

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Cooper, Gwin

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Henry, Erik

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Johnson, Chris

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Stopperan, Kris

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Stroh, Jennifer

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Terpstra, Brenda

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Urbano, Dominic

Classified In-House Committee                   

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Grimes, Karen-Acme

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Roames, DeAnn-JH

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Solberg, Lynda-Harmony

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Steagall, Cindy-Kendall

Certificated In-House Committee

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Alexander, Erika-Acme

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Culver, Shelley-JH

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Hodges, Karen-Harmony

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McAloon, Val-Kendall

Tech Committee

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Anderson, John-Acme                                      

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Smith, Virginia-Harmony                                   

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Duncan, Max-Kendall                                       

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Somera, Adrienne-Jr. High                                

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Ross, Sher-High School/Library                         

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Sutton, Doug-Webmaster

Building Tech Support

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Anderson, Jon-Acme

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Fox, Mandi-Harmony

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Pitsch, Frank-J.H.

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Pulver, Jan-Kendall

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Zeiler, Rodd-H.S.

Elementary Music Curriculum Committee

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Candland, Amy-Acme

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Henninger, Cindy-Kendall

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Jerns, Colleen-Kendall

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Sutton, Charlene-Harmony

Literacy Team                                                           

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Anderson, Linda-Harmony                                

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Barker, Bernie-JH

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Gauthier, Kelli-Kendall

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Gordon, Michele-Harmony                                

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Gyllenberg, Lisa-Acme                                     

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Leigh, Diane-Acme                                          

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Pitts, LaLani-High School

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Purdy, Cindy-Kendall

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Sargent-O’Connell, Julie-Acme

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Snead, Ruth-Kendall

 District Safety Committee

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Baisden, Tammy-Harmony

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Brown, Pat-H.S.

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Haddad, Debbie-D.O.

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Nieuwendorp, Linda-Bus Garage

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Phillips, Becky-Maint

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Whitehead, Vicki-Kendall

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