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Board Highlights – November 25, 2019

At its regular November 25 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors-

  • Listened to the superintendent’s report including celebration of R.A. Long’s slow-pitch softball team’s WIAA 2A academic championship. Recognized Linda Hahn for being the first para-educator in the State of Washington to earn a para-educator certificate.
  • Passed Resolution 775, which certified the 2020 levy.
  • Voted to pass a replacement educational programs and operations levy for a February 2020 vote. The district will ask the community to approve a 4-year levy to raise funds to help cover the cost of existing services not covered by state funds as follows: $13,790,705 in 2021; $14,496,559 in 2022; $15,235,033 in 2023; and $16,007,613 in 2024.
  • Listened to a 2018-19 year-end financial report. Budget revenue and expenditure projections aligned closely with actual revenues and expenditures.
  • Heard various informational items and sub-committee reports including comments about the valuable training received by board members at the annual WSSDA conference held in Bellevue last week.
  • Announced the swearing in ceremony for school board members will take place December 9, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.
2019-11-26T09:08:14-08:00November 26th, 2019|

Board Highlights – November 13, 2019

At its regular November 13 meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors-

  • Heard the superintendent’s report, which included recognizing the Longview School Board for being named a Washington State School Directors Association Board of Distinction.
  • Discussed the Capital Bond efforts.
  • Discussed student fees and requested detailed information about the amount of revenue student fees generate and how the revenue is used. The board will discuss this matter at a future meeting once the information is gathered.
  • Approved final acceptance of the Summer PRAM projects and added a concrete repair project at Olympic Elementary School to replace a large section of the playground area that is crumbling and causing safety concerns.
  • Heard various informational items and sub-committee reports.
  • Set a special meeting on November 18, 2019, to further discuss the Replacement Operations and Educational Programs Levy. The board hopes to make decisions about the levy at their November 25th regular meeting.
2019-11-14T09:55:08-08:00November 14th, 2019|

Board Highlights – October 28, 2019

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

  • Heard the superintendent’s report, including recognizing 2019-20 Teacher of the Year nominees Andrea Feller and Jessica Person, who each received an award by ESD112.
  • A citizen voiced concern about the depth of information given to parents about the threat incident that occurred at Cascade Middle School last week.
  • Listened to a report about the 2019 Summer School.
  • Reviewed the annual state assessment data, which show reading scores are growing at a faster rate than the state. Math results are improving slightly.  Cohort data shows significant improvement over a five year period in comparison to the state.
  • Reviewed and approved the updated Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will be forwarded to Cowlitz County Department of Emergency Management.
  • Conducted a second reading and approved Procedure 3413 regarding Student Immunization and Life Threatening Conditions.
  • Changed the date and location of the next regular board meeting to November 13, 2019, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Business Office Conference Room.
  • Heard various informational items and sub-committee reports.
2019-10-29T09:39:32-07:00October 29th, 2019|

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|