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May 2017

Board Review

School Board meetings at Clover Park School District

May 8 Board Meeting

School Report: Evergreen Elementary

Evergreen Elementary School principal Diana Dix gave a presentation on the school’s progress at the May 8 meeting.

Evergreen Elementary School principal Diana Dix provided the board with an update on the school. According to LeBeau’s introduction, Dix has been the principal of Evergreen since 2011, and has worked in the district since 1984 as a special education teacher and an assistant principal.

Evergreen was a School of Distinction in 2015 and 2016, and a large part of the student population are special education students. The school has an enrollment of 425, plus 120 preschool students.

Evergreen students moved into a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in January of 2017, and celebrated the new school’s grand opening on April 20.

Dix provided an overview of standardized testing results, noting that although data showed steady improvement, there is still more focus needed on integrating math and science into the reading curriculum.

Evergreen is focused on student growth. The school has a high level of parental involvement, with 300+ family and community members attending community events.

Board vice president Carole Jacobs remarked that the school had the largest crowd at its opening that she had ever seen, and students seemed very proud of their school.

Yolanda Haskings Ray Kurtz Kristi Webster
Superintendent LeBeau recognized the district’s certificated staff, noting that CPSD employs more than 900 educators. She also celebrated the district’s Employees of the Year: Yolanda Haskins, Ray Kurtz, and Kristi Webster.
Board recognizes Nyah Hall and Brianna Mitchell

Special Recognitions

Nyah Hall, a sophomore at Clover Park High School, and Brianna Mitchell, a senior at Lakes High School, were recognized by the board for the honors they received from Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington State as Military Student of the Year and Student of the Year, respectively. Hall and Mitchell received Board Coins, showing that they exemplify the board’s values.

Community Engagement

  • The Employee of the Year judges were community members who volunteered their time to deliberate on selecting winners in three categories: Certificated, Classified and Administrative.
  • Lakes High School photography students submitted and their photographs selected for display at St. Clair’s Hospital, continuing a wonderful community partnership that is beneficial both to students, hospital staff and patients.
  • Clover Park High School rekindled a partnership with Lakewold Gardens. This spring, photography students took photos at the attraction and submitting them for display. Several of the photographs are for sale with proceeds benefitting the school and Lakewold Gardens.
  • Student choirs performed at the Evergreen Elementary opening and engaged the community and their parents in the event.
  • Clover Park Rotary members delivered roses to 14 school secretaries for Administrative Professionals’ Week.

Student Achievement

  • Clover Park High School had an Arts Festival in April that showcased visual and performing arts.
  • Lakes High School’s Artasia Festival is coming up on Wednesday, May 17, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Lochburn Middle School’s spring concert was moved to the Clover Park High School Performing Arts Center, as it has outgrown the middle school’s facilities due to its popularity with the community. The concert begins at 7 p.m. on May 17.
  • AP high school students are currently taking exams for college credit.

Supportive Learning Environment

  • The HVAC system in the Student Services Center has been updated, making for a better working environment.
  • Healthy Youth Survey results are available. Staff is reviewing the data now and a summary of district results is being developed.

Staff Retention, Recruitment and Performance

  • Doug Kernutt has returned to the district as the executive director of student support.
  • The Employee of the Year reception brought together exceptional candidates from across the district to celebrate their hard work in creating promising futures for all students
  • Another recent celebration was the year-end culmination of the Beginning Educator Support Team program, honoring 75 new teachers and their mentors

Ensuring communication with all stakeholders

  • Parents were surveyed on implementing late start Wednesdays for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The district’s parent survey data, from the Center for Educational Effectiveness, is being reviewed by staff. The data is available by individual school and districtwide.

May 22 Board Workshop

In its meeting on May 22, the board of directors heard a capital projects update from Rick Ring, the district’s administrator for business services and capital projects. Ring’s report included updates on:

  • A middle school design;
  • Construction market conditions;
  • Capital project funding options; and
  • A potential future bond.

The district’s director of capital projects Bill Coon and principal architect for Studio Meng Strazzara Dennis Erwood provided updates on the educational specifications committee and design advisory committee meetings. Both committee have been productive and input from the committees will be incorporated into the design of the middle school.

“The work from these committees provides a road map for the design of the school that will be consistent with budget parameters and what’s been built in the district before,” explained Coon.

A final meeting of the design advisory team will be held Wednesday, May 31. All educational specifications and design plans will be reviewed by the superintendent before being finalized.

Board members also reviewed the project schedule for the middle school, which indicated the new school is anticipated to open sometime between September and December 2019.

As part of his presentation, Ring explained current construction market conditions. Most of which indicate higher costs, which impact the middle school project budget.

Ring also shared capital project priorities for the summers of 2017 and 2018. Those, along with the middle school construction, result in a need for more budget than is currently available, approximately $11. 5 million.

Ring reviewed possible funding options for board consideration:

  • A 2018 capital projects bond proposition;
  • Non-voter approved debt;
  • Moving general funding to capital funding; and
  • Sale of property.

In the second report to the board, deputy superintendent Brian Laubach reviewed the state’s Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the district’s curriculum related to biological evolution.

The district’s curriculum has been aligned to the NGSSs and the first pilot of the NGSS state exam is taking place this spring with teachers who volunteered their 11th grade students to participate.

Laubach explained that evolution in the NGSSs is defined as how things have changed over time and it is a unifying concept because of its importance across many disciplines of science. Laubach reviewed Life Science standards in grade 3- 5, 6-8 and 9-12 and highlighted the district’s evolution curriculum for students in grades 3 and 7 and biology.

Laubach reiterated that science teachers are encouraged not to advocate any religious interpretations of the natural world and should be nonjudgmental about the personal beliefs of students as recommended by the National Science Teachers Association.

Clover Park School District’s course design, selection and adoption of instructional materials is outline in Policy 2010 and its procedures.

The next meeting of the board of directors will be Monday, June 12 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:

  • the Lakes High School Class of 1996 to establish an Alumni Educational Scholarship Trust; and
  • Out-of-district transportation services for special education programs.

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.