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Board Highlights – October 14, 2019

At its regular October 14 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors-

  • Heard about two Star Polishers. Alejandra Chavez, a student at Monticello Middle Schools, say Mrs. Benedict is her Star Polisher. Alejandra said, “She made a difference in my life this year by always being there for me, she never gave up on me. She always pushed me to be better and to persevere. Her class is the highlight to my day.”
  • Celina Pedraza, a student at Cascade Middle School, says Mrs. McLean is her Star Polisher. Celina said, “She is a great teacher.”
  • Listened to a report about student demographics.
  • Approved the Highly Capable Program application.
  • Approved revisions to Procedure 1240 concerning board committees and sub-committees.
  • Approved revisions to Policy 3413 regarding student immunizations. Planned a second reading on the accompanying immunization procedure on October 28.
  • Approved revisions to the board agenda calendar.
  • Appointed Directors Jennifer Leach and Don Wiitala to the newly formed policy board subcommittee.
  • Heard various board subcommittee reports.

Next meeting is October 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

2019-10-16T09:09:19-07:00October 16th, 2019|

Board Highlights – September 23, 2019

  • Heard about two Star Polishers. Mark Morris student Ayla Prince says Mrs. Robasky is her star polisher. Ayla said, “Mrs. Robasky is teaching me new ways and ideas to approach making sculptures that are functional.”
  • R.A. Long student Zoe Watts says Mrs. Donahue is her star polisher. Zoe said, “Mrs. Donahue has not only been a teacher and a director, but someone I can always turn to for help or support with anything that is troubling me.”
  • Spencer Boudreau addressed the board indicating how excited he is for the new R.A. Long STEM center and the opportunities it will offer students.
  • Received a capital bond information update.
  • Appointed Strategic Plan Review Committee members.
  • Adopted the superintendent evaluation timeline.
  • Adopted revisions to Procedure 1240 regarding board sub-committees, standing committees and liaisons. The revision essentially added a new sub-committee named the Policy Committee.
  • Heard various informational items.
2019-09-24T09:04:57-07:00September 24th, 2019|

Board Highlights – August 26, 2019

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

  • Heard about two Star Polishers. Mark Morris student Simon St. Martin says Mr. Kloke is his Star Polisher. Simon said, “Mr. Kloke is pushing me beyond what I thought I could do.”  R.A. Long student Jaylene Dickerson says Mrs. Grady is her Star Polisher. Jaylene said, “Mrs. Grady helped me to be determined and look on the bright side, which is very helpful.”
  • The Superintendent reported the Strategic Plan Review Committee is taking applications for citizen positions.
  • One citizen addressed the board to applaud Dan Zorn’s bond presentation to the Discovery Club. Another appreciated the growth of participants in the R.A. Long track club and the recently held midnight jamboree.
  • Heard a dual credit completion report.
  • Approved a cooperative between Mark Morris and RA Long for coaching girls’ swimming.
  • Approved a cooperative between Castle Rock H.S. and RA Long for coaching boys’ golf.
  • Adopted Resolution 774 –  2019-20 final budget and four-year budget plan.
  • Approved Policy 6100 regarding revenues from local, state and federal sources. (second reading)
  • Suspended Procedure 6100 due to redundancy.
  • Heard various informational items.
2019-08-27T10:18:35-07:00August 27th, 2019|

August 12, 2019, Board Highlights

At its regular August 12 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors-

  • Heard about two Star Polishers. R.A. Long student Blake Girt says Mrs. Burleson is his Star Polisher. Blake said, “Mrs. Burleson is awesome and supportive.”
  • Mark Morris student Jennifer Johnson says Mrs. Peters is her Star Polisher. Jennifer said, “Mrs. Peters has been one of the most influential people in my high school career. Not only does she keep me informed of post-secondary opportunities, she encourages me to prepare for them. Not only that, but she has also worked tirelessly with me and others to improve the general welfare of our school through the student resource center.”
  • Heard the Superintendent’s report including comments on a recent week long Conscious Discipline training and new teacher events.
  • Listened to a presentation on the 2019-20 budget and four-year plan. The 2019-20 budget is scheduled to be voted on at the August 26, 2019, regular board meeting.
  • Multiple citizens participated in the budget hearing by asking questions.
  • Heard comments from citizens about the capital bond publication put out by the District, stating that it is very understandable and easy to read.
  • Heard comments from Mark Morris Teacher, Steve Powell, who mentioned a book he recently read that discusses how genetics effect learning.
  • Received an update on the robust CHAMPS Volunteer program.
  • Heard a first reading on Policy 6100 regarding Local, State and Federal sources.
  • Reviewed Procedure 6100 on Local, State and Federal sources, which is recommended for suspension due to the procedure language being found in other policies.
  • Reviewed the Board Retreat agenda, making no changes.
  • Heard various board subcommittee reports, information items and updates.
  • Next board meeting is scheduled on August 26, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., in the Board Room.
2019-08-13T08:30:23-07:00August 13th, 2019|

Board Highlights from the July 22, 2019, Regular Meeting

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

  • Heard about two Star Polishers. RA Long student, Farryn Hubbard, says Mr. Cohen is her Star Polisher. Farryn said, “Mr. Cohen is my biology teacher and he’s made it very hands on for the class. We do many labs in AP biology, which has helped me with the more difficult topics in class. The notes we take are full of the necessary information and use good analogies to further explain the concepts.”
  • Xavier Goddard, from Mark Morris High School, says Mrs. Pederson is his Star Polisher. Xavier said, “Mrs. Pederson goes above and beyond to do anything she can to help the students.”
  • Dr. Zorn also reported meeting with a constituent about “financial literacy”.
  • Awarded alternative PRAM repair project bids to various vendors to replace old carpet at the high schools, fix the sinks in the common bathrooms at R.A. Long and to perform a variety of concrete/asphalt repair work at R.A. Long and the entrance off of Lilac Street to the Business Office and Administration Building.
  • Received a 4-year budget projection from Executive Director of Business Services Patti Bowen.
  • Discussed various topics for the Board Retreat agenda, which will occur on August 16.
  • Approved changes to both Policy and Procedure 3122 regarding Excused & Unexcused Absences.
  • Next regular board meeting is scheduled for August 12, at 6:30 p.m.
2019-07-23T09:12:28-07:00July 23rd, 2019|

July 8, 2019, Board Highlights

At their July 8, 2019, regular meeting, the Board of Directors:

  • Heard about two Star Polishers. R.A. Long student Jasmine Williamdyke says Mrs. Reeves is her Star Polisher. Jasmine said, “She pushes me no matter what. If I needed help she would help me or stay late. Mrs. Reeves believes in me.”
  • Mark Morris student Rachelle Noel says Mrs. Forslund is her Star Polisher. Rachelle said, “Mrs. Forslund, and all my teachers really, try to help me become the best me possible.”
  • Recognized Ron Kramer, Director of Human Resources, for his service to the district.
  • Listened to requests to address the board including questions about the composition of the seven-member Exempt Team employee group and the total cost of that group’s cost of living increases for a three-year period.
  • Heard a first reading on Policy 3122 regarding Excused and Unexcused Absences.
  • Heard a first reading on Procedure 3122 regarding Excused and Unexcused Absences.
  • Received a preliminary 2019-2020 budget update.
  • Heard a board subcommittee report on Communication Department efforts.
2019-07-09T08:18:56-07:00July 9th, 2019|

Board Highlights – June 24, 2019

  • Heard about two Star Polishers. Nolan Rawson, a student at R.A. Long High School says Mrs. Burleson is his star polisher. Nolan said, “Mrs. Burleson really goes in depth about all of the things we are doing and tries to do it in a way that fits everybody’s needs.”
  • Julisa Moses, a student at Mark Morris High School says Mr. Perkins is her star polisher. Julisa said, “I remember the first day of freshman year coming in scared of being the only girl surrounded by so many guys with arms as big as me. Mr. Perkins didn’t push me as much as the others, but he pushed me to my limit. I was thankful for Mr. Perkins and the results instead of feeling I should’ve tried harder.”
  • Celebrated the Mark Morris boys state championship tennis doubles team: Gabe Slind and Ben Haukaas.
  • Listened to one citizen comment about babies born in our community addicted to drugs and the impact is it having on our schools.
  • Heard a preliminary 2019-20 budget update that included a report on projected revenues and expenditures in all funds.
  • Approved the capital facilities bond request at $119 million, which was a $4 million increase over the original price. The increase was due to the increased cost of foundation structural work needed for the soil types at the job sites and reflective of the increase cost of construction bids in the region. Because interest rates have dropped, the District’s bond counsel has indicated that the cost to taxpayers will virtually be the same, despite the increase in the bond price.
  • Approved Resolution 773 establishing the $119 million bond amount and ballot language.
  • Listened to a first reading on Procedure 3120 concerning enrollment and approved the changes.
  • Reviewed and adopted the 2019-20 board agenda calendar.
  • Heard various reports and updates from board subcommittees.
2019-06-25T09:38:57-07:00June 25th, 2019|

June 10, 2019 Board Highlights

At its regular June 10 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors-

  • Heard about two Star Polishers. Sean Eklund, a student at R.A. Long high school, says Mr. Fajardo is his star polisher. Sean said, “Mr. Fajardo put me on the path of becoming a writer by encouraging my work and showing me opportunities to expand and grow.”
  • Mikayla Taylor appreciates Mr. Kloke as her star polisher. Mikayla says, “Mr. Kloke has been so helpful in AP US History this year. He is one of the most dedicated teachers I’ve ever encountered. He is constantly offering his assistance to us before and after school, and provides whatever resources he can to make a very difficult class more manageable.”
  • Recognized Monticello Middle School for being awarded a State School of Distinction Award for continued academic growth and improvement.
  • Held a public hearing on the capital projects fund budget extension related to the R.A. Long STEM Classroom remodel and approved the budget extension via resolution.
  • Requests to address the board included a request to elevate a high school personal finance class to a requirement for graduation.
  • Heard the results of a soil study for the possible new Mint Valley Elementary school should the capital bond measure be approved by voters. The soil study indicated the foundations would need reinforcement. Also learned that the current bid prices for school projects in the region is higher that anticipated, which will require the board to revisit the bond price on June 24.
  • Received a nutrition services report and approved the Summer Food Service Program. The board also approved a .05 cent increase in breakfast & lunch prices to abide by Federal law.
  • Listened to a 2019-20 budget development update. The next update will be provided on June 24.
  • Received an update on the Pay to Participate Fees and voted to waive all fees at the middle and high school to increase participation.
  • Set a hearing date for the 2019-20 budget, which will be on Monday, August 12, 2019, at 6:35 p.m.
  • Appointed Jennifer Leach as the board liaison to WIAA and renewed the district’s membership to the organization.
  • Approved changes to Procedure 3240 regarding student conduct, expectations and reasonable sanctions.
  • Approved changes to Policy 3241 concerning discipline for student misconduct.
  • Approved changes to Procedure 3241 regarding discipline for student misconduct.
  • Next board meeting is June 24, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.
2019-06-11T17:17:42-07:00June 11th, 2019|

Board Highlights – May 28, 2019

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

  • Heard about two Star Polishers. Jennifer Rodriguez, a student at Mark Morris High School said Mrs. Lane is her Star Polisher. Jennifer said, “Mrs. Lane takes time to ask every student if they understand the content.”
  • Cierra Hobson, a student at RA Long High School says Mrs. Lewis is her Star Polisher. Cierra said, “Mrs. Lewis is my AVID teacher and she makes sure everyone is on the same page. Mrs. Lewis also makes sure you’re okay and you have everything to be successful. She has inspired me to work hard and be the best me that I can.”
  • Adopted revisions to Procedure 2165 Home or Hospital Instruction.
  • Adopted revisions to Policy 3205 Sexual Harassment of Students.
  • Adopted revisions to Policy 3240 regarding Student Conduct, Expectations and Reasonable Sanctions.
  • Set a third reading for Policy 3241 Discipline for Student Misconduct, on June 10.
  • Delayed the first reading of Policy and Procedure 3122 Excused and Unexcused Absences until June 10.
  • Set a public hearing for the 2018-19 Capital Projects Fund Budget Extension, for June 10, at 6:40 p.m.
  • Heard various reports and updates.
  • Held an executive session on potential litigation.
2019-06-04T11:40:17-07:00June 4th, 2019|

Board Highlights – May 13, 2019

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

  • Heard about two Star Polishers. Rachelle Noel, a student at Mark Morris High School said Ms. Beck is her Star Polisher. Rachelle said, “Ms. Beck, and really all my teachers, try to help me become the best me possible.”  Blake Girt, a student at RA Long High School says Mrs. Gonzalez is his Star Polisher. Blake says, “Mrs. Gonzales is awesome and supportive.”
  • Heard an update from Superintendent Zorn on athletics and Pay to Play program, including participant fees, gate fees, and other revenue that help fund high school athletics.
  • Heard an update on a district level CEE Data report.
  • Received a Special Education Report from Dr. West, Director of Special Education.
  • Received a curriculum adoption report from Curriculum Director, Ann Valanzuolo and a team of teachers. The board voted to adopt the Instructional Material Committee recommendations.
  • Scheduled a regular board meeting for Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm.
  • Conducted a first reading on Procedure 2165 concerning Home or Hospital Instruction.
  • Conducted a first reading on Policy 3205 regarding Sexual Harassment of Students.
  • Conducted a first reading on Policy 3240 about Student Conduct, Expectations and Reasonable Sanctions.
  • Conducted a first reading on Policy 3241 concerning Student Discipline.
  • Reviewed various informational items and a legislative update.
2019-05-14T15:47:11-07:00May 14th, 2019|