November 2017

Board Review

School Board meetings at Clover Park School District

Nov. 13 Board Meeting

School Report: Clover Park High School

Clover Park High School principal Tim Stults presented the November school report.

Principal Tim Stults provided the board with an update on Clover Park High School. His report included an overview of the school’s student population, student test results and graduation rates and staff professional development. Stults also reviewed Clover Park High School’s student, family and community engagement efforts.

Stults’ presentation included student enrollment data in dual credit coursework and Advanced Placement results. He also shared details on the school’s continued work with Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and Safe and Civil Schools.

School Board earns second consecutive Board of Distinction honor

Clover Park School District’s (CPSD) Board of Directors was recently named a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association. It is the second consecutive Board of Distinction honor for CPSD. The board was also recognized as a Board of Distinction in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

“The service of our board members is invaluable to the success of every student, teacher and staff member in the district,” said superintendent Debbie LeBeau. “To be recognized along with many other exceptional boards in the state of Washington for the second straight year is a testament to their hard work and dedication.”

In total, CPSD is one of 22 school boards to earn the Board of Distinction honor this year.

(Left to right) Dr. Marty Schafer, President, Director District 4; Carole Jacobs, Vice President, Director District 2; Joe Vlaming, Director District 3; Becki Kellcy, Director District 1; and Paul Wagemann, Legislative Liaison, Director District 5.

In the superintendent’s report to the board, the superintendent provided an update on the board goals including:

Student Achievement:

  • Last week, parent-teacher conferences were held across the district. “I’m looking forward to learning what our participation rate is across the district,” LeBeau said.
  • Two CPSD schools were recently named Schools of Distinction. Evergreen and Hillside Elementary Schools were among 98 Washington schools to receive this designation from the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) and their partner organizations. The annual award recognizes schools that have made significant, sustained improvements in student achievement over a five-year period, with achievement being measured by English language arts and math assessment scores at
    the elementary and middle school levels and by graduation rates at the high school level. This is the third consecutive School of Distinction Award for Evergreen.

Communication with All Stakeholders:

  • The district recently held an interpreter training with nearly 30 participants.
  • This school year’s first Parent Connections Council (PCC) was held late last month. The PCC is made up of parent representatives from each school. Parents provided input on the district’s attendance policy, late-start Wednesdays, condensed school supply lists for elementary and possibly middle schools, district communication methods and suggested topics for upcoming PCC meetings.

Supportive Learning Environment:

  • Veterans Day assemblies across the district reinforced strong partnerships with JBLM and the district’s military families and veterans from the community. The superintendent attended Harrison Preparatory School’s Veterans Day assembly, which was planned and coordinated by Harrison Prep students. The theme of the assembly was Hidden Veterans and Family. The featured speaker was a JBLM soldier who is also a CPSD parent.

Community Engagement:

  • The superintendent recently attended the annual meeting for the Military Interstate Compact, where she addressed changing high school graduation requirements and block leave policies that may impact ranking of schools with chronic absenteeism. It is unlikely that changes to the state’s definition of absences will be made at this time.

Staff Retention, Recruitment and Performance:

  • The district’s human resources department has been busy with several recruitment events including:
    • Holding an “Exploring Alternative Routes to Certification” workshop;
    • Participating in a Hiring Heroes job fair sponsored by JBLM; and
    • Hosting a Classified Job Fair, with nearly 50 individuals attending and completing online applications.

Nov. 27 Board Workshop

Board updated on district finances

In their meeting/workshop on Nov. 27, board members heard administrator for business services and capital projects Rick Ring present the 2016-17 end-of-year and 2017-18 year-to-date financial reports, which included a review of enrollment, revenues, expenditures and ending fund balances.

Ring also provided board members a report on the possibility of refunding the district’s current bonds. Refunding is similar to refinancing a home mortgage and does not create new money but simply provides for the retirement of outstanding debt.

If district bonds are refunded, it would save local taxpayers more than $1.8 million.

The board also heard a report from superintendent Debbie LeBeau on the district’s accountability plan, which is part of the superintendent’s evaluation.

Board members then reported on the recent Washington State School Directors Association conference they attended.

Board president Marty Schafer also provided an update on the work being done on the Community Engagement Leadership Team.

The board then recessed into executive session to discuss employee performance. When board members returned from executive session, the meeting was adjourned with no actions taken.

The next regular meeting of the Clover Park School District Board of Directors is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.

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.