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Board Highlights – June 22, 2020

At their regular meeting on June 22, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Longview School District:

  • Approved the consent agenda which contained the June 8, 2020 regular meeting minutes, the personnel report, contracts, and warrants.
  • Heard a recommendation from the Superintendent to postpone discussion about the annual superintendent goals to the board’s August retreat. The review of goals usually centers on student academic achievement, but state testing was suspended this year due to COVID-19. Dr. Zorn recommended the goals be future focused, given the circumstances.
  • Heard a report on the reconstitution of the Equity Task Force, which will be lead by Dr. Elizabeth West and expanded to include stakeholders from diverse racial backgrounds. Focus groups will be formed as well.
  • Heard a verbal report about the status of the summer PRAM (maintenance) projects by Facilities Manager Jason Reetz. Reetz reported the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed work down slightly, but overall, much of the planned work will be done by the end of summer.
  • Heard a report about the school re-opening efforts and the new re-opening guidelines schools will be required to follow.
  • Referred the Board Agenda Calendar discussion to the board retreat in August.
  • Approved the LEA and LCPEA two year contracts.
  • Held an executive session related to the superintendent’s performance evaluation.

Next board meeting is July 13, at 6:30 p.m.


2020-06-23T09:00:13-07:00June 23rd, 2020|

Board Highlights – June 8, 2020

At their regular meeting on June 8, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Longview School District:

Heard a report on the high school graduation ceremonies at all three high schools. The ceremonies went well. Dr. Zorn applauded everyone who worked to make the events possible.

Heard a variety of public comments including compliments related to the Executive Director of Student Services Jill Diehl being hired as a superintendent of Pioneer School District, graduation ceremonies and concerns from a teacher about the policy of issuing students a passing grade if they were receiving a passing grade in March, even if the students have not engaged in school since that time. One citizen questioned whether parents of special needs students are on the re-opening steering committees.

Heard a request from Connie Noakes of the LEA for the district to take a stance on the Black Lives Matter movement occurring throughout the nation right now. Ms. Noakes also asked administrators to consider the option of having elementary school children attend school full time next year so they learn fundamental skills like reading, writing and math.

Approved the summer food service program, which will provide grab and go breakfasts and lunches once a day at specific locations.

Approved the purchase of the middle school social studies curriculum recommendations provided by the Instructional Material Committee.

Approved the Longview Virtual Academy Pilot Program, which will provide an alternative to the traditional classroom model by providing online learning to students middle through high school who are seeking an online environment.

Heard an update on the 2020-21 budget development. Executive Director of Business Services Patti Bowen mentioned there are still many unanswered questions. Known budget changes will be incorporated into the budget and a draft budget will be made public on July 10.

Set a public hearing on the Preliminary 2020-21 Budget on Monday, August 10, 2020, at 6:35 p.m.

Identified items the board would like addressed at an upcoming board meeting including a timeline for achieving Equity work, and update on PRAM projects, and board retreat ideas.

The next board meeting is planned for June 22, 2020.



2020-06-09T13:48:38-07:00June 9th, 2020|

Board Highlights – April 27, 2020

At their regular meeting on April 27, 2020, the Longview School District Board of Directors:

Approved the consent agenda which contained the Minutes of April 11, 2020, the Personnel Report, Warrants and the Annual update to the Affirmative Action Plan.

Recognized teachers as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Listened to a Whole Child Report provided by Executive Director of Student Services Jill Diehl. Jill highlighted the work that has been occurring in the district related to mental health, social emotional learning, conscious discipline, and equity.

Adopted Resolution 778 Emergency Waiver of School Days and Instructional Hours.

Adopted Resolution 779 Emergency Waiver of High School Graduation Credits.

Moved their May 25, 2020 regular meeting to May 26, 2020. The meeting will occur using the remote meeting platform ZOOM. It will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Heard a report about COVID 19 and how the response efforts are impacting state and local revenues.

Next meeting is planned for Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

2020-05-19T09:22:37-07:00May 19th, 2020|

Board Highlights – April 27, 2020

At their regular meeting on April 27, 2020, the Board of Directors:

  • Approved regular business items including the minutes of April 13, 2020; the personnel report; revisions to the 2020-21 school calendar; contracts and personal service agreements, and warrants.
  • Heard a report from Superintendent Dr. Dan Zorn who discussed the hiring of Christina Hoskins as the new Columbia Heights Elementary School Principal. He noted that Christina has spent two years as an assistant elementary principal in Kelso and she worked at Olympic in recent years as a math and behavior coach. He was excited to welcome Christina back to Longview.  He also discussed remote teaching and learning efforts, which appears to be going well. He noted that one of the challenges teachers are having include engaging all student remotely. Staff continue to make contact with students to engage in their learning.  The food service program will be expanded to serve more students and will include dropping food off at 63 locations each day. A survey was conducted which found the need growing. Regular bus stops will be used to drop off meals. Decisions were made about grading during the closure and shared with parents.  Decisions were also made related to the 2020 graduation ceremonies which will take place virtually with the help of KLTV, who has reached out to help. Once the virtual graduation ceremonies is produced and put together it will look much like a real graduation with speakers and each student switching their tassel from one side to the other.
  • Heard a report about schools who earned state recognition recently for closing the achievement gaps in certain demographics. Mt. Solo closed the gap for Hispanic students and increasing achievement levels. CVG was identified for improved achievement among its Caucasian student population. Northlake was identified for closing gaps for all students, including those on the free and reduced lunch program, and minority students. The governor’s office interviewed Principal Dr. Cora Lazo because they were impressed with the improvements made at Northlake Elementary. Dr. Zorn and the board commended the work of the staff and administration at each of those schools and were pleased to hear the state recognized these schools.
  • Heard the annual special education report from Executive Director of Special Education Dr. Elizabeth West, which included good news on a recent WISM Audit. The district scored a 95% out of 100 for its comprehensive program, which was found to be in compliance with proper programming and excellent record keeping.
  • Heard a report about the development of the 2020-21 budget from Executive Director of Business Services Patti Bowen, who highlighted recent developments related to the COVID 19 closure and how it may impact next years budget and future budgets. She noted the legislature may go into a special session this summer or fall to work out state revenue issues, which may trickle down and impact district revenues. Staff will continue working on the budget and will provide regular updates to the board before it is to be adopted at the end of August 2020.
  • Set a special meeting date on August 5, 2020, for the purpose of holding a retreat at the district board room, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Next meeting is planned for May 11, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.


2020-04-28T10:00:30-07:00April 28th, 2020|

Board Highlights – April 13, 2020

At their April 13, 2020 regular meeting, the Board of Directors of Longview School District:

  • Approved consent agenda items: March 9, March 13, March 25 meeting minutes, the personnel report, school bus disposition and warrants.
  • Heard an update on the COVID 19 school closure. He discussed the effort to distribute Chromebooks and meals to students in need. Dr. Zorn also outlined the remote learning efforts teachers and schools are undertaking to continue to educate the students of the district throughout this closure.
  • Heard a report about school funding and how it is impacted by the school closure mandate.
  • The board thanked the administration and staff of the district who have been working hard to continue services during this pandemic.
  • Next meeting: April 27, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. held via Zoom.
2020-04-27T07:57:53-07:00April 27th, 2020|

Board Highlights – February 24, 2020

At its regular February 24 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors:

  • Heard the superintendent’s report including two Star Polishers: Kayleh Peppers, a student at Monticello Middle School, says Mrs. Strock is her Star Polisher. Kayleh said, “Not only is she just an awesome person, but she’s a really good teacher too. She’s able to apply humor to every day classes, and make certain things exciting. I love seeing the expression on her face when she reads my writing, and how I can ask her for feedback and expect a good quality response that helps build my style and ability. She’s also super supportive! I made a club for other people to hang out and she was the first person I asked, she said yes without hesitation and continues to be so accepting and supportive of my ideas and future plans.”
  • Klauvinia Cernal, a student at Cascade Middle School, says Mrs. Rodriguez is her Star Polisher. Klauvinia said, “Growing up, singing has always been my thing. The problem was I never really knew how to get my talent out to the world. I’ve always been shy, but Mrs. Rodriguez helped me crawl out of my shell and work with others in creating beautiful music. She was the one who helped me with pursuing my passion in music and I now have a driving force that’s bringing me to go through life appreciating the beauty of music and its structure.”
  • Listened to requests to address the board. Gateway Educational Services gave an overview of their business model and proposed a community partnership. An elementary school parent commented on safety at school.
  • Listened to a McKinney Vento (homelessness) report.
  • Heard a first reading on Policy & Procedure 2410 High School graduation requirements.
  • Heard a first reading on Policy & Procedure 3207 regarding Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying.
  • Listened to a first reading on Policy 3610 Rights of Non-Custodial Parents
  • Approved the 2020-21 Budget parameters.
  • Approved the Major Repairs (PRAM) projects for the summer of 2020.
  • Heard various informational items and sub-committee reports.
  • Next meeting is March 9, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the Admin Building Board Room.
2020-03-04T08:00:00-08:00March 4th, 2020|

Board Highlights – February 10, 2020

At its regular meeting on February 10, the Longview School Board of Directors:

  • Heard the superintendent’s report including two Star Polishers: Savannah Fesler, a student at R.A. Long, says Mr. Ruiz is her Star Polisher. Savannah said, “Mr. Ruiz has helped me discover what I want to do after high school and taught me many things that I will be able to use in my future career in nursing. I have always been interested in the medical field, but Mr. Ruiz has expanded my understanding of the medical field and made me want to be a part of it.”
  • Destany Torres, a student at Mark Morris High School, says Mr. Ulman is her Star Polisher. Destany said, “Kim Ulman is a god among men. You could ask any student of his, and they would all agree- Mr. Ulman carried AP U.S. History on his back. There is no other former football coach that I would rather have to teach us history. He made a boring subject worth learning with his humor and methods of teaching. I will never forget all the sad dog videos we watched in that class.”
  • Recognized district Nationally Board Certified Teachers. See list below.
  • Heard testimony from an individual who expressed concern about a proposed trimester system at Longview high schools. He noted that it would negatively affect student-teacher relationships and student academic achievement.
  • Heard concerns from a parent who would like to see the district’s Highly Capable program become more robust.
  • Received a report on the Highly Capable program.
  • Discussed the 2020-21 school board budget parameters and referred the draft parameters back to the Finance, Facility and Technology Committee.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Budget Workshop

Here is a list of district teachers who have earned National Board of Certification: Columbia Heights: Carolyn Kochis, CVG: Stacey Niemi, Lori Parcell, Jodie Rodriguez, Kessler: Linda Miles, Barbara Moore, Mark Morris: Christopher Coffee, Anna Langenbach, Lauren Princehouse, Travis Ruhter, Diondra Volk, Mint Valley: Greg Buckiewicz, Susan Christophersen, Michelle McDonald, Monticello: Ryan Chinchen, Scott Firth, Jessica Jones, Constance Noakes, Michelle Opgrande, Anna Peterson, Jayne Poole, Lanette Shepherd, Mt. Solo: Daniel Reed, Northlake: Saskia Rivera, Olympic: Angela Guinn, Carmen Hewitt, Angela Richards, Jennifer Sharer, Shawna Wilson, Ellen Winn, St. Helens: Kelley Smith.

2020-02-11T14:11:33-08:00February 11th, 2020|

Board Highlights – January 27, 2020

At its regular January 27 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors:

  • Heard the superintendent’s report including two Star Polishers: Henry Upshaw, a fifth grader at Northlake Elementary, says Mrs. Smith is his Star Polisher. Henry said, “Mrs. Smith is probably one of my favorite teachers so far. She has made a difference in my life because she has taught me something that will probably make a difference in life later on. I don’t know what that something is, but I will when I am in that moment.”
  • Ella Aguirre, a student at Cascade Middle School, says Mrs. Amy Johnson is her Star Polisher. Ella said, “Mrs. Johnson made me come out of my comfort zone and school is so amazing now.”
  • Listened to citizens address the board. Andrea Feller talked about Broadway Learning Center’s volunteer community reading program and a new parent reading program. With the help of the Longview Rotary, the Broadway PTO, and teachers, the schools has given away over 300 books to children.
  • Received a report on district Professional Development efforts.
  • Discussed 2020-21 budget parameters.
  • Approved policy and procedure 3120 regarding enrollment.
  • Approved policy and procedure 3211 concerning gender inclusive schools.
  • Reviewed progress towards 2019-20 board goals.
  • Heard various informational items and sub-committee reports.
  • Next meeting is February 10, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the board room.
2020-01-28T09:39:23-08:00January 28th, 2020|

Board Highlights – January 13, 2020

At its regular January 13 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors:

  • Approved the 2020-21 school year calendar.
  • Honored Mr. Ray VanTongeren for his decades of volunteer service.
  • Honored the Longview School Board as part of School Board Appreciation Month and thanked them for their tireless efforts on behalf of the district.
  • Approved the 2020-21 budget development calendar, which included setting two special meetings to conduct board workshops. Those special meetings will occur on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 18, at 6:00 p.m. Both workshops will occur in the board room and will deal with the 2020-21 budget development. The workshops are open to the public.
  • Appointed citizens John Brickey, Anna Davis, Tyson Chapin, Jennie Kordenat, and teacher Steve Powell to the Facility Advisory Committee effective 1/13/20 through June 2022.
  • Heard a first reading on policy and procedure 3120 Enrollment. A second reading will occur on January 27.
  • Heard a first reading on policy and procedure 3211 concerning gender inclusive schools. A second reading will occur on January 27.
  • Heard various informational items and sub-committee reports.
  • The next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21 – Budget Workshop.
  • The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 27.
2020-01-15T09:34:18-08:00January 15th, 2020|

Board Highlights – December 9, 2019

At its regular December 9 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors-

  • Nominated and elected Phil Jurmu to be the new School Board President.
  • Nominated and elected Don Wiitala to be the new School Board Vice President.
  • Set the day, time and place for regular board meetings in 2020. Board meetings will occur on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, with the exception of Memorial Day. Regular meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Board Room of the District Office.
  • Appointed board members to sub-committees and liaison roles.
  • Listened to a Wako, Japan student delegation report related to R.A. Long and Mark Morris students who visited our sister city, through an exchange program.
  • Heard citizen comments from Bill Hallanger about the capital bond issue and Gary Walker who is seeking consideration that citizens be named to board sub-committees.
  • Listened to a technology department report.
  • Heard a report on State and Federal programs like Title I and the Transitional Bilingual Program.
  • Passed resolution 776 for the upcoming replacement educational programs and operations levy.
  • Authorized the superintendent to study student fees to determine if they might possibly be eliminated in the future. Dr. Zorn will be making a recommendation to the board by the end of March 2020.
  • Next meeting: January 13, 2020.
2019-12-10T08:35:16-08:00December 10th, 2019|