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Summary of the School Board meeting on January 17, 2017.



 A Summary of the School Board Meeting Held on January 17, 2017



  • At 5:04 p.m. President Bielski convened the regular meeting of the Aberdeen School Board in the Community Room at Aberdeen High School. Members present were Christi Boora, Erin Farrer, Jeff Nelson and Jamie Walsh along with Student Representative Nadia Wirta, Superintendent Thomas Opstad and 16 patrons and staff.

  • The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which included the minutes from the meeting on December 20, 2016; December payroll vouchers totaling $2,859,775.77; General Fund vouchers totaling $675,087.61, ASB Fund vouchers totaling $18,755.77, Private Purpose Trust Fund vouchers totaling $$4,647.99 and a Transportation Fund voucher in the amount of $130,085.55; reviewed correspondence from OSPI thanking Cori Krick and Katie Hirschfeld for their work on the ELA Collection of Evidence; and approved the affiliation agreement with Grays Harbor College to allow clinical training at schools for students enrolled in the nursing program.

  • Director Christi Boora commented that she was able to attend the legislative send-off and came away hopeful there will be progress on education funding this legislative session.

  • President Sandra Bielski reminded everyone that winter graduation at Harbor High School is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, January 19.

  • Student Representative Nadia Wirta commented that school and activities are back in full swing since the break, that it was nice to see the girls’ bowling team get a win and that the boys’ wrestling team had one of its best point totals at a recent match.

  • Following a presentation and demonstration by Transportation Supervisor Ernie Lott, the Board voted to purchase GPS devices to be installed on school buses.

  • Following a presentation by Maintenance Supervisor Mike Pauley, the Board voted to purchase a compacting dumpster for Aberdeen High School and asked for follow-up information after the dumpster is installed prior to approving one for Miller Junior High School.

  • The Board voted to adopt a new policy, Policy 3205 Sexual Harassment of Students Prohibited.

  • Following a presentation from Al Gozart of Harbor Architects, the Board voted to enter into Phase 1 of capital improvements at Stewart Field by entering into a contract for design and development of construction documents for a new grandstand roof and field lighting, with a goal of placing the project out to bid in time for completion before the 2017 fall sports season.

  • The Board adopted the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar, setting August 30 as the first day of school. It was noted that the calendar committee is already working on the 2018-2019 calendar.

  • Superintendent Opstad read a proclamation from Governor Jay Inslee establishing January as School Board Appreciation Month and presented board members with certificates of appreciation.

  • Superintendent Opstad shared information about the first week of the 2017 Legislative Session.

  • Superintendent Opstad provided Board members with an update on the 2017-2018 school district budget. He reported that enrollment projections are still being finalized, but it appears the budget will be built with projected enrollment of 3,150, which is 40 more than the current budget.

  • Superintendent Opstad noted that the annual WSSDA Legislative Conference will take place February 12-13 in Olympia.

  • Superintendent Opstad updated Board members on discussions about possible partnerships with Grays Harbor College and the YMCA in planning for a new Stevens Elementary School.

  • Superintendent Opstad and Human Resources Director Jim Sawin reported that the Consolidated Program Review of eight federal programs in the district went well.

  • Teaching and Learning Director Judy Holliday presented the Teaching and Learning Report for December.

  • Business Manager Elyssa Louderback presented the Fiscal Status Report for December.

  • A revision to Policy 3115 Homeless Students was presented for first reading.

  • The Board approved a change in the bylaws for the ESD 113 Unemployment Insurance Cooperative.

  • The next regular meeting of the Board is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, in the Community Room at Aberdeen High School.

  • Roger Rada of Northwest Leadership Associates updated Board members on the superintendent search and discussed possible formats for candidate interviews.

  • Following an executive session, the Board approved personnel matters.