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Regular Meeting/Workshop of the Board Student Services Center, Room 18
10903 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

March 20, 2017


Present: President Marty Schafer, Vice President Carole Jacobs, Becki Kellcy, Joe Vlaming, Paul Wagemann and Debbie LeBeau
4:00 p.m. President Schafer called to order the Regular Meeting/Workshop of the Board.



The Superintendent noted that the President’s proposed budget would have specific impacts to education and Impact Aid funding. The proposed budget cuts $9B or 13% in federal funding to schools. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction remarked last week that 54 districts across the state receive Impact Aid funding.


Director of Financial Services Kristy Magyar presented the 2016-17 preliminary year-to- date financial report. She discussed enrollment, staffing, revenues and expenditures.


Director of Financial Services Kristy Magyar presented the 2017-18 draft budget. She discussed projected enrollment, staffing, revenue and expenditures. The district used conservative numbers as the state budget is pending.

Ms. Magyar provided highlights concerning anticipated budget impacts for the coming year. These impacts could include compensation adjustments and Federal funding cuts. The McCleary impact is still unknown.

Community budget forums are scheduled for March 22 and May 25. A budget hearing is planned for July 10, and the Board will be asked to adopt the district’s budget during its regular meeting.

President Schafer shared his concern that if the Federal government pulls funding for Impact Aid in order to increase military spending, it will adversely affect military children and unfairly impact the entire school district. The superintendent will discuss with military partners to see if we can join forces regarding the need for continued support of military children if funding is pulled. In the past, the military has not been able to advocate for politically based interests, but it's worth exploring any option to increase our voice with the military for the benefit of military children.

Director Vlaming added that he would like to see the city council and school board raise their voices together on the impact of these proposed cuts as well. Director Jacobs noted the school district and city should be proactive and make the community aware of how the proposed cuts to federal funding will impact the school district. It is a community issue that filters beyond the school district. The president and superintendent will discuss further and bring this issue back to the Board for further discussion.



Board members were asked by the president to review the NSBA agenda. Directors were asked to email the president and share which courses they plan to attend. He also has some suggestions regarding courses for those seeking input.

Director Wagemann is a member of the WSSDA legislative committee. He participates in a telephone conference weekly to receive updates on what is happening in Olympia related to the state budget. He said it's encouraging to partner with WSSDA and other districts in order to have a voice at the table. There are three education budgets being considered, two are prototypical and one is based on "per student" funding. The legislature is also trying to solve the teacher compensation issue. President Schafer asked Director Wagemann to connect with is WSSDA contacts to find out if an agenda for the upcoming regional meeting is available.

Directors Jacobs and Wagemann agreed to schedule some time when they return from NSBA to work on the Board's key messages. One area of focus is how to impact the reputation of the district and recruitment/retention of staff.

President Schafer shared a copy of the district's annual report with Board members. He remarked that it could be a helpful tool in developing examples of the kind of information the Board wants to share as part of its key messages.


••Executive Session

4:50 p.m. The Board recessed for approximately 10 minutes and moved into executive session at 5:00 p.m. for approximately 45 minutes to discuss a personnel matter related to employee performance.
5:45 p.m. Following its executive session, the Board reconvened. No members of the public were present, or had been since the public meeting was recessed. On motion by Joe Vlaming, seconded by Becki Kelley, the meeting was adjourned.


Original Signed
Dr. Marty Schafer, President

Original Signed
Deborah L. LeBeau, Superintendent