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March 2017

Board Review

School Board meetings at Clover Park School District

March 20 Board Meeting

School Report: Harrison Prep offers rigorous International Baccalaureate education for grades 6-12

Harrison Prep principal Kevin Rupprecht gave a presentation
on the school’s progress at the March 20 meeting.

Principal Kevin Rupprecht provided the board with an update on Lt. Gen. William H. Harrison Preparatory School, or as it’s known in the district, Harrison Prep (HP). According to an introduction by superintendent Debbie LeBeau, Rupprecht has worked in the district as a teacher, administrator and assistant principal since 2002. Rupprecht became the Harrison Prep principal in July 2016.

Rupprecht’s presentation opened with student achievement highlights, including HP’s Knowledge Bowl team winning 8th place at state, 9th grader Natalie Trimble serving as a legislative page in Olympia and numerous Harrison Prep students who won awards at the district STEM Fair.

Rupprecht then presented an overview of student demographics, showing that enrollment at the school is growing each year. The demographics indicated that of 637 students, 52 percent are eligible for free and reduced lunch. The student military population is 37.44 percent.

Harrison Prep’s Smarter Balanced and Middle School Proficiency (MSP) test scores showed declines in middle school English language arts (ELA), math and science proficiencies. Rupprecht said staff have convened in their professional learning communities (PLCs) to share knowledge on teaching practices to improve academic growth among all students.

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) standardized tests showed growth in reading and math in grades 6-8. Grade 11 Smarter Balanced test scores far exceeded the state and district averages. Harrison Prep had a 100 percent graduation rate and was also named a School of Distinction in 2016 (its second consecutive year).

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Superintendent Report

As the superintendent began her report, she and the board acknowledged classified staff across the district, following recognition of Classified Staff Week from March 13 -17.

She proceeded by providing updates of work that is directed toward the board’s five goals including:

Community Engagement

  • Parent-teacher conferences occurred across the district last week; at most secondary schools, conferences are student-led.
  • Tyee Park hosted a family night in collaboration with the Clover Park Rotary Club.
  • Custer had its annual Books and Blankets event in partnerships with community groups such as Kiwanis and Caring for Kids, who donated books for all of the students.
  • The transition from the Early Learning Program (ELP) to kindergarten was made easier for parents by having staff onsite at ELP conferences to aid in the registration process.

Student Achievement

  • Three students at Lakes High School received regional art awards.
  • Three students at Clover Park High School were awarded full-tuition scholarships through Act Six.

Supportive Learning Environment

  • Schools participated in Read Across America Week with various activities involving district and community collaboration. Students from the Open Doors program visited Tyee Park Elementary, reading to students and assisting teachers with classroom projects.

Staff Retention, Recruitment and Performance

  • Human resources staff are attracting teachers on out-of-state recruiting trips.
  • Administrative and school secretaries completed two trainings: a technical training for finance procedures, and a cultural competency training.
  • The district offered guest teachers (substitutes) to become more knowledgeable and better prepared through two substitute training workshops. The district also arranged for four guest teachers to be trained to lead future workshops.

Ensuring communication with all stakeholders

  • The district sends regular press releases regarding news such as the Act Six scholars and other district happenings.
  • Superintendent LeBeau met with federal legislators and legislative assistants in Washington, D.C. to advocate for funding and education policies on behalf of the district.

March 20 Board Workshop

In its meeting on March 20, the Clover Park School District Board of Directors heard the second of three year-to-date financial reports for the 2016-17 school year. The report featured updates on student enrollment, certificated and classified staffing, revenues and expenditures and a projected ending fund balance.

Kristy Magyar, director of financial services, also provided the board with the first draft budget for the 2017-18 school year. The draft budget included enrollment and revenue projections for the 2017-18 school year as well as possible state and federal budget impacts.

A community budget forum will be held Wednesday, March 22 to share preliminary revenues and enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. The community forum will be held in room 6A of the Student Services Center, 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW in Lakewood and begins at 6 p.m.

The next meeting of the board of directors will be Monday, April 10 at 6 p.m. in room 4 of the Student Services Center, 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW in Lakewood.

Approved Lakeview Hope Academy employees’ request to establish a scholarship fund recognizing outstanding fifth graders

  • Adopted the following policies:
  • 2162 Education of Students with Disabilities Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • 3115 Homeless Students –Enrollment Rights and Services
  • 3116 Students in Foster Care
  • 4217 Effective Communication

Marty Schafer, President
253-588-9356 - District No. 4

Carole Jacobs, Vice-President
253-579-4898 - District No. 2

Becki Kellcy
602-882-0554 - District No. 1

Joe Vlaming
206-200-8191 - District No. 3

Paul Wagemann
253-209-5638 - District No. 5

Deborah L. LeBeau
Superintendent and
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.