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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|

Board Highlights – July 9, 2018

At its regular July 9 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors–

  • Heard Star Polisher nominations from Alejandra Chavez, a Monticello Middle School student, who complimented “Star Polisher” Mrs. Benedict saying, “She made a difference in my life this year by always being there for me. She always pushed me to be better and to persevere. Her class is the highlight of my day.” Hailey Berger, a student from Cascade, really likes Miss Artiles. Hailey commented, “Miss Artiles is the type of teacher who cares about everyone.” Also from Cascade Middle School, student Dennis Johnson appreciates his math teacher Mr. Firth. Johnson said, “Mr. Firth is an amazing math teacher. He finds new ways to help students all the time, he is very considerate and an overall good person.”
  • Heard public comment concerning volunteering in schools and questions about how the district is promoting positive news about our schools.
  • Received an update from Finance Manager Patti Bowen on the status of the 2018-19 budget. Since the last board meeting the budget has been refined and shows projected 2018-19 revenue will exceed projected expenses by about $184,838 for the year.
  • Approved resolution 766 – a Skills Center Feasibility Study. Resolution 766 outlines the board’s willingness to consider a future proposal for development of a possible regional skill center branch campus. This resolution does not commit the district to anything except future consideration.
  • Adopted policy and procedure 2410, concerning state graduation requirements, to stay current with state law.
2018-07-10T15:36:33+00:00July 10th, 2018|

June 11, 2018 Board Highlights

At its regular June 11 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors–

  • Recognized Mark Morris senior Levi Delamarter’s state rodeo championship in All Round, Team Roping and Tie Down events; Delamarter also qualified for the national high school rodeo finals later this year. He will be attending Montana State University on a rodeo scholarship.
  • Learned about “Star Polishers” Misty Velke, Monticello Middle School teacher, who, according to student Essence Fleming “let’s all students work at their own pace, and gives opportunities for us to express our creative side, whether it is giving ideas or explaining a topic or answer” and Cascade’s Jodi McLean described by student Miranda Doumit as a teacher who, “has helped me actually decide what to do with my life. I want to be a teacher. I have been inspired by how she deals with problems when they arise. She is funny, caring, and a great teacher. I love how she pushes me to boundaries that I never knew existed. She has helped me grow so much as a person, and I am very grateful for her.”
  • Received public comment about the highly-capable program including the need for increased teacher training and additional funding.
  • Received public comment from LCPEA members and WEA leadership who urged the directors to open LCPEA negotiations due to a $1.39 million allocation that resulted from the McCleary decision.
  • Accepted testimony from two teachers who spoke in opposition of the 7 period-day at the high school.
  • Learned about elementary schools’ use of conscious discipline programs to help students with their positive behaviors so that quality academic learning is possible from principals Megan Shea-Bates, Noma Hudson and Cora Lazo.
  • Heard from Business Manager Patti Bowen who talked about the 2018-2019 district budget development and draft availability by July 10.
  • Set a special meeting for June 19 to discuss 2018-2019 board agenda topics.
  • Decided to present a facilities bond to voters on April 23, 2019. The Facilities Advisory Committee is currently working on recommendations that the board will consider in drafting the request.

Met in closed session to discuss collective bargaining.

2018-06-12T10:12:34+00:00June 12th, 2018|

May 14, 2018 Board Highlights

At its May 14 regular meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors—

  • Saluted teachers whom have been described as “Star Polishers” by their students. Cascade eighth grader Johanna Clark credits Digna Artiles. She writes, “Miss Artiles, or Ms. A as we call her, has always pushed me to do my best. She has always believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. Eli Burtch, a Mt. Solo seventh grader said counselor Anna Langenbach is his star polisher because according to Eli, “she helps people through a lot of hard times and she is always there to help.”  Monticello seventh grader Humberto Rosas’ star polisher is Mike Bixby because “he made science fun and he really does take his time to help students with the things they need;”
  • Recognized nominees for Crystal Apple Awards and the award recipients Rich Reeves (administrator of the year), Travis Ruhter (teacher of the year) and Sandy Catt (lifetime achievement);
  • Approved the hiring of Amy Zenger-Neiman as the Director of State and Federal Programs to replace retiring Mary Carr-Wilt;
  • Heard from a number of middle and high school teachers regarding the core 24 credit requirement and Longview’s plan to switch to seven periods a day at high school. Concerns raised included a reduction in class teaching time, the increased number of students for each teacher (and the resulting workload), opposition from the majority of teachers, student opposition, limitations in electives including arts classes, the requirement that students would have to take two courses at the school to which the shuttle from their home school, pressure on struggling students;
  • Heard from Director of Career and College Readiness Jill Diehl about local efforts for the College Bound Scholarship Program that recruits, encourages and assists seventh and eighth grade students from low-income homes to graduate from high school and receive funding to attend college or a post high school technical training institution. Longview is one of the top six districts in the region to participate;
  • Learned from Special Education Director Dr. Elizabeth West that the district special education involves 204 staff members on the team serving 16.7 percent of the student population with special education services—above the state funding of 13.5 percent of student population. Services include those for students with developmental delays; emotional behavioral disabilities; learning disabilities; health, hearing and vision impairments; autism; traumatic brain injury and other needs. This school year, the  district established new programs for behavioral support, strengthened partnerships, developed systems to increase compliance with legal mandates and restructured a number of programs;
  • Received a summary of results from the most recent Centers for Educational Effectiveness survey of students, parents, and staff members. Results show improvements in a number of areas including clear and shared focus, effective leadership, and high standards and expectations;
  • Decided to schedule a study session to discuss the Equity Task Force’s work to develop actions to promote the district’s belief that all students will be understood and supported in a variety of means;
  • Heard an overview of a grant-funded school based-mental health program that will be piloted at Cascade Middle School next year;
  • Approved contracts for large summer maintenance projects planned including new roofs at R. A. Long Science Wing and Mark Morris Shop, new bus lifts at MOTF, card access at Cascade and Monticello, a new fire alarm at CVG, resurfacing of the track at Mark Morris, upgraded lighting at Olympic and a new ADA lift at Memorial Stadium. The work totals approximately $1.03 million;
  • Approved the emergency replacement of the chiller at Robert Gray which is not able to be repaired. The work will cost approximately $134,000 and can be covered by the budget for large scale summer projects. Currently the school has not cooling in hot weather;
  • Reviewed a proposed timeline for a resubmitted capital projects bond either in February or April of 2019;
  • Approved offering a district summer food service program providing meals at no charge to children 18 years and younger. Last summer the program served 9,151 meals to young people. The federal program covers the costs of the meal program.
2018-05-15T08:07:32+00:00May 15th, 2018|
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