School Board meetings at Clover Park School District
April 10 Board Meeting
School Report: Lake Louise Elementary
Principal Kristi Webster provided the board with an update on Lake Louise Elementary. Board president Marty Schafer thanked the many staff, parents and students in attendance for their hard work before superintendent Debbie LeBeau introduced Webster. According to LeBeau’s introduction, Webster has been the principal of Lake Louise for the past seven years. During this time, LeBeau stated, she has built a healthy culture and climate, evidenced by the artifacts displayed around the room.
Webster’s presentation opened with an overview of school demographics. She noted that student enrollment at the school had grown, and with a rise in population came more diversity, including an increase in English Language Learners. Lake Louise has an 84 percent free and reduced price meal rate, and is a Title I school.
Webster shared that, upon attending a conference a few years ago with her staff, they realized their common goal was to prepare their students for 100 percent high school graduation. She noted that adults with a high school diploma are in better health, less likely to be incarcerated, earn more money and have a better quality of life overall.
Webster then provided an overview of test scores, which were favorable. Third graders outperformed their district, state and national peers. Current fifth graders were the first class to have full-day kindergarten, and she expects they will perform well on the end-of-year exams.
Webster remarked that full-day kindergarten and early interventions were key in student success.
Lake Louise held before school math and reading interventions for all students; gifted students are encouraged to learn advanced lessons through Khan Academy.
Lake Louise was recognized as a 2016 School of Distinction and earned a Washington Achievement Award in 2015. Webster concluded her presentation by presenting special treats to board members and district staff.
Superintendent LeBeau provided updates of work that is directed toward the board’s five goals including:
- The district STEM Fair had great community participation, with more than 60 judges from the community volunteering to participate.
- Of the volunteers, approximately one third were from JBLM, one-third from religious or community organizations, and one-third were retirees from the education or medical fields.
- CPSD students did well at the Regional STEM Fair held at PLU.
- Smarter Balanced Testing begins in April for high school students and in May for middle and elementary school students.
Supportive Learning Environment
- District administrators and CPSD student representatives from the Lakewood Youth Council had their fourth meeting recently. The students proposed a student advisory council, and provided feedback on developing an application. Students interested in applying will be asked to submit applications this spring for next school year.
Staff Retention, Recruitment and Performance
- Human resources staff and district administrators are attracting teachers on out-of-state recruiting trips through the Western region (Oregon, Montana, Utah and New Mexico).
- Years of Service recognition ceremonies are taking place for those who have worked in the district for five years or more and have been well-received by staff. Staff with more than 30 years in the district will be recognized at a June board meeting.
Ensuring communication with all stakeholders
- KLAY radio hosts Community Conversations with district representatives on a different topic each month. This month’s conversation is with Kim Andersen and explores the topic of Smarter Balanced testing.
- The district is working with classified and certified staff education associations to clarify special education issues.
- The latest issue of Inside Schools is out, with purple headings for Month of the Military Child.
April 24 Board Workshop
In its meeting on April 24, the Clover Park School District Board of Directors heard an update on the district’s Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program. Venetia Willis- Holbrook, supervisor of secondary initiatives, provided the board with the mission, vision and values of the Open Doors program, along with some background information.
In 2010, Engrossed Second Substitute Bill 1418 directed the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adopt rules to implement a drop-out reengagement system. The rules are listed in Chapter 392-700 WAC. These rules guide the work of the district’s Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program.
As part of her report, Willis-Holbrook also reviewed student eligibility and calculation of credit deficiencies for the program. In the Open Doors program, students complete graduation requirements set by the Washington State Board of Education for their cohort year. Students must complete all credit and non-credit requirements to graduate, and earn a high diploma from the Clover Park School District Open Doors program.
Willis-Holbrook also reviewed the community connections and staffing for the Open Doors program. She also included a review of student enrollment including demographics.
Under Reports from the Board, board members discussed which board members would accept the graduating classes during graduation ceremonies for Clover Park and Lakes High Schools, Harrison Preparatory School and the Open Doors program.
The board had a discussion about community engagement and the potential formation of a community engagement leadership team, which would involve community leaders, a board representative and administration.
An executive session was also held to discuss employee performance.
The next meeting of the board of directors will be Monday, May 8 at 6 p.m. in room 4 of the Student Services Center, 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW in Lakewood.
As part of the Individual Action Agenda, the Clover Park School District Board of Directors:
- Authorized the purchase of instructional materials for:
- Early Childhood Special Education and Grades K-5 English Language Arts (ELA); and
- Harrison Preparatory International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Mathematics.
Marty Schafer, President
253-588-9356 - District No. 4
Carole Jacobs, Vice-President
253-579-4898 - District No. 2
602-882-0554 - District No. 1
206-200-8191 - District No. 3
253-209-5638 - District No. 5
Deborah L. LeBeau
Secretary to the Board
Clover Park School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Address correspondence to one of the following individuals who have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination at Clover Park School District, 10903 Gravelly Lake Dr., SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-1341: Title IX Coordinator, Brian Laubach, Deputy Superintendent, (253) 583-5050; Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Brian Laubach, Deputy Superintendent, (253) 583-5050; Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Lori McStay, Executive Director for Human Resources, (253) 583-5080.