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February 11, 2019 Board Highlights

At its regular February 11 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors-

  • Heard about two Star Polishers. Mark Morris high school student Angel Booth says Mrs. Allred is her Star Polisher. Angel said, “Mrs. Allred helps me learn from my mistakes and helps me stay out of trouble. She is kind and understanding.”  Also, Eastyn Reeves from RA Long says Mr. Ruiz is her Star Polisher. Eastyn said, “Mr. Ruiz has helped me learn more about anatomy and medical science careers. He is one of many teachers at RA Long I have a strong relationship with and I know I can talk to him about anything.”
  • Recognized the Mark Morris girls’ bowling team for winning two state championships in a row and recognized that Mark Morris student Brooklyn Boudreau won her third state championship as an individual bowler, which is the first time in state history this has happened.
  • Heard a report on McKinney Vento student services from Homeless Coordinator Molly Dubois.
  • Approved the 2019-2020 budget development calendar with some date changes.
  • Listened to various informational items.
2019-02-12T09:31:44+00:00February 12th, 2019|

January 28, 2019 Board Highlights

At its regular January 28 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors-

  • Heard student feedback from the Star Polisher program. Discovery High School student Phoebe Robeson says Mrs. Bergquist is her Star Polisher. Phoebe said, “Mrs. Bergquist is kind, funny and NOT boring when she teaches. It is a joy to be in her class.”  Ana Maria Sanchez Matias, a student at Mark Morris High School, said about Mr. Rhuter, “He makes me feel like I have a purpose in life.”
  • Heard a report on staff professional development from Curriculum Director Ann Valanzuolo.
  • Approved Policy & Procedure 2320 regarding Field Trips and Excursions.
  • Suspended policy 6607 concerning High School activity as it’s been replace by policy 2320.
  • Set special meetings for capital facility bond planning.
  • Adopted budget parameters for the 2019-2020 school year.

Heard various informational and board sub-committee reports.

2019-01-29T09:35:47+00:00January 29th, 2019|

January 14, 2019 Board Highlights

At its January 14, 2019 regular meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors –

  • Honored Mark Morris Basketball Coach Bill Bakamus for his 600th career win.
  • Were recognized for their time and commitment to the district for School Board Appreciation Month.
  • Listened to two Star Polishers – Rachelle Noel, a student at Mark Morris, says Ms. Miller is her Star Polisher. Rachelle said, “All my teachers, and especially Ms. Miller, try to help me become the best me possible.”  Also, Tyler Tronnes, a student at RAL, appreciates Mr. Arn as his Star Polisher. Tyler said, “He makes me feel good about myself and gives me someone to look up to.”
  • Listened to Title I and III program reports from Director of State and Federal Programs Amy Neiman.
  • Discussed 2019-2020 budget parameters.
  • Approved a partial delay of Science curriculum purchase to reduce costs in 2018-19.
  • Approved a new capital bond calendar for the November 2019 bond measure.
  • Listened to a first reading on Policy & Procedure 2320 regarding Field Trips and Excursions.
  • Appointed school board members to board sub-committees and liaison positions.

Reviewed various informational items.

2019-01-15T10:02:41+00:00January 15th, 2019|

November 26, 2018 Board Highlights

At its November 26 regular board meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors-

  • Received a presentation from ESD 112 to Monticello Middle School and R.A. Long High School as Washington State Schools of Distinction. Monticello and R.A. Long were two of 91 schools in the state to receive the honor. Congratulations!
  • Listened to a report on the final student assessment data.
  • Heard a 2017-18 fiscal year end financial report from Director of Business Services Patti Bowen.
  • Passed Resolution 769 concerning Levy Recertification.
  • Heard a first reading on Policy 2108 regarding the Learning Assistance Program. (LAP)
  • Listened to a first reading on Policy & Procedure 5642 concerning Administrative Interns.
  • Reviewed various informational items related to the recent WSSDA conference.
2018-11-27T08:05:08+00:00November 27th, 2018|

October 22, 2018 Board Highlights

At its regular October 22 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors-

  • Received the superintendent’s report that R. A. Long High School and Monticello Middle School were named “Schools of Distinction.”  Monticello received this award for continued academic improvement in math and reading, and R.A. Long received the award for continued improvement to its graduation rates.
  • Listened to public comment about the need to update and upgrade athletic facilities throughout the district.
  • Heard a report from Director of State of Federal Programs, Amy Neiman, regarding the 2018 summer school program.
  • Set a special meeting on November 5, 2018 to conduct a facilities study session and possibly take action on regular business items.
  • Voted to pass Policy 3141 concerning non-resident transfer students.
  • Heard a first reading on Policy & Procedure 3220 about freedom of expression.
  • Listened to a first reading on Procedure 4200 on a safe and orderly learning environment.
  • Approved the revised Superintendent evaluation goals and timeline.
  • Discussed the capital bond election timeframe and date. The board looks forward to meeting with the Facility Advisory Committee on November 5 to discuss further.
  • Heard information updates on enrollment and sub-committees.
2018-11-19T15:05:33+00:00October 26th, 2018|

October 8, 2018 Board Highlights

  • Received the superintendent’s report including “Star Polishers”.  Monticello Middle School student Katie Lender nominated Ms. Andreas as her Star Polisher. Katie said, “She makes classes fun and kids want to participate in fun projects.”  Cascade Middle School student Natalya Larson said Mr. Nelson is her Star Polisher, stating, “Because of him I am doing really good in math now, and it is my favorite subject in school. I couldn’t even put into words of how much he has impacted my learning.”
  • Listened to public comment including a compliment for Northlake Elementary employee Valentina Perkins, comments about Cowlitz County Drug Court, and a sister-city student and staff visit.
  • Listened to a report on the student demographics of the district.
  • Appointed six new members to the Strategic Plan Review Committee: Sarah Carman, Jessica Baker, Shawn Nyman, Nic Mather, Robert Roth and Ivy Masters.
  • Heard a second reading on Policy & Procedure 3131 District Attendance Area Transfers and adopted the new policy set.
  • Received a second reading on Policy 3141 Nonresident (Out-of-District) Students and asked for additional changes. The policy will be brought back for a third reading on October 22.
  • Voted to suspend Policies 3130 and 3132 as they were replaced by Policy 3131.
  • Adopted 2018-19 board goals for the year.
  • Listened to sub-committee report updates relating to Communications board subcommittee, the Facility Advisory Committee (FAC) and Human Resources board subcommittee.
2018-10-10T14:26:17+00:00October 9th, 2018|

September 24, 2018 Board Highlights

At its regular September 24 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors-


  • Heard written comments from student Bella Stika from Cascade Middle School who said Ms. Bisson is her Star Polisher.  “Ms. Bisson has helped me succeed and understand that there are people who care about me. She has been there for me and she has shown concern and happiness for me.”
  • Student Taylor King recognized Cascade Middle School Principal Mr. Rugg. “Mr. Rugg has made a big difference in Cascade middle school, he is a good principal and he is nice. I like him as a principal and I wish he could be a principal at the high school I’m going to when I go, like I said he has changed cascade middle school a lot.”
  • Watched a video showing scenes from the first day of school.
  • Conducted a first reading on Policy & Procedure 3131 regarding in-district transfers.
  • Conducted a first reading on Policy 3141 concerning non-resident student transfers.
  • Adopted board agenda calendar revisions.
  • Approved Design for Excellence revisions.
  • Set a special meeting for Thursday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m. to conduct a workshop on board goals and superintendent evaluation guidelines.
2018-09-25T09:29:34+00:00September 25th, 2018|

September 10, 2018 Board Highlights

  • Heard Dr. Zorn comment on district challenges over the past several weeks, the excitement to get back to school and focus on kids, while also working to mend district relationships in need of attention.
  • Listened to community comments about repairing and rebuilding relationships and concerns over how the school calendar will be changed.
  • Approved Longview Education Association’s (LEA) 2-year agreement.
  • Approved Longview Classified Public Employees Association’s (LCPEA) 2-year agreement.
  • Voted to hold a special board meeting on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. to vote on the negotiated SEIU contract and approve the revised school year calendar.
  • Listened to a preliminary graduation report indicating the school district’s 2018 4-year graduation rate finished at 88.1 percent. The report also highlighted the increased graduation rate at Discovery High School, which finished 2018 with a 61 percent graduation rate.
  • Heard a second reading and approved Procedure 1620 concerning the school board – superintendent relationship and the responsibilities of each.
  • Received a communication sub-committee report from Board Member Phil Jurmu.
2018-09-11T09:30:22+00:00September 11th, 2018|

August 13, 2018 Board Highlights

At its regular meeting on August 13, the Longview School Board of Directors–

  • Heard statements submitted by middle school students who named Mr. Roome, Mrs. Swart and Mr. Bixby as their Star Polishers.  Nolan Rawson, a Monticello Middle School student, said about Star Polisher Mr. Roome, “He explains stuff to us in a way that we can all understand.”  Jacob Potts, a student at Mt. Solo, complimented Mrs. Swart, “She helped me get a good grade in class.” And also from Monticello, Silas Burchim voiced his appreciation for Mr. Bixby saying, “He has inspired me to work harder in school and at home.”
  • Received a 2018-19 and four-year budget report from Director of Business Services Patti Bowen and took public comment during a public hearing.
  • Heard from teachers, classified staff, community members and a union representative requesting higher pay for all employees of the district, utilizing funds provided the district under the legislative action that resulted from the McCleary decision.
  • Listened to a report from Communications Coordinator Rick Parrish on the district’s CHAMP volunteer program.
  • Heard board member sub-committee reports from Board Vice President Barb Westrick and Board President C.J. Nickerson.
  • Scheduled a special meeting on September 17, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to complete the superintendent evaluation position standards and goals.
2018-08-14T09:33:50+00:00August 14th, 2018|

July 23, 2018 Board Highlights

At its regular July 23 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors–

  • Heard statements submitted by middle school students who named Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Castle and Mrs. Trochim as their Star Polishers.  Cascade Middle School student Antonio Rojas thanked Mrs. Johnson stating, “Mrs. Johnson is a wonderful teacher.  She helps me whenever I need it. If Mrs. Johnson is gone for a day I can still email her and get a quick reply.”  Monticello Middle School student Avery Moon named Mrs. Castle as a Star Polisher, stating that “Mrs. Johnson is so inspirational, always in a good mood, and ready to help students succeed no matter what’s going on.”  Cascade Middle School student Serenity Carson came to Cascade Middle School in the middle of the school year.  Mrs. Trochim quickly became her Star Polisher. Serenity stated, “Mrs. Trochim is one of my favorite teachers. I was new in the middle of the year, and on my first day I wasn’t afraid to share my opinions or answer questions in her class.”
  • Heard public comment concerning union negotiations and a possible sports complex the City of Longview is considering.
  • Listened to an Advanced Placement (AP) course completion report from Director of Assessment and Technology Integration Bill Ofstun. In the 2018 school year there were 324 AP enrollments by 163 high school students.
  • Received an update from Director of Business Services Patti Bowen on the budget projection for the next four years. Bowen reviewed two scenarios; the first included a legislative fix for projected future budget deficits, and the second scenario assumed no legislative fixes. Both scenarios assume all programs continue at current staffing and service levels, but include deficits beginning in 2019-20.
  • Received a brief report on how to interpret district enrollment reports.
  • Discussed possible topics and a time change for their upcoming Board retreat scheduled for August 10th.
2018-07-24T09:25:32+00:00July 24th, 2018|
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