September 2017

Board Review

School Board meetings at Clover Park School District

September 11 Board Meeting

Student leaders recognized by school board

At its Sept. 11 meeting, the Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board of Directors recognized members of Clover Park and Lakes High Schools’ and Harrison Preparatory School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) leaders and Lakewood Youth Council members, for their leadership. Each student received a letter from the board acknowledging his/her commitment to make a difference in their schools and community.

president Marty Schafer (back row, second from left) welcomed Harrison Preparatory School’s principal Kevin Rupprecht (back row, far left) and the ASB officers and Youth Council members to the Sept. 11 board meeting.
Clover Park High School’s (CPHS) ASB officers and Youth Council members attended the Sept. 11 board meeting with board member Joe Vlaming (second from left) and CPHS principal Tim Stults (back row).
Lakes High School’s ASB leaders and Youth Council members stand with board member Paul Wagemann (far left) and Lakes principal Karen Mauer-Smith (far right).

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

Student Achievement:

  • During the summer, 102 high school students enrolled in the district’s high school credit retrieval program, completing a total of 158 courses. Also, 300 middle and elementary school students participated in summer school.

Communication with All Stakeholders:

  • The district held its first regularly scheduled meeting with Col. Nicole M. Lucas, the new garrison commander of Joint Base Lewis- McChord. The meeting also included deputy garrison commander Col. William Percival.
  • A letter was sent by CPSD to Woodbrook Middle School families and community members announcing the district’s plans to sell the property that currently houses the school (along with three other nearby plots of land) and the intention to build a new facility on the Mann Middle School site to house Woodbrook and Mann students together.

Supportive Learning Environment:

  • Each middle school in the district held a two-day transition event for incoming sixth graders. The events introduced students to their new schools without having to worry about classes or older students. Lakes and Clover Park High Schools held similar week-long events for incoming freshmen, and Harrison Preparatory Academy held multiple events for different grade levels.
  • The district’s maintenance staff was acknowledged for their hard work in preparing schools and grounds for the 2017-18 school year. 
  • Custer Elementary School received repairs and upgrades over the summer. The roof was repaired; a new special education playground was built; a new gym and cafeteria floor was installed; and many windows and blinds were replaced.

Community Engagement:

  • The News Tribune covered the first day of school at Lochburn Middle School and posted a short video and writeup about the school’s Million Father March event that kicked off the school year.
  • Every school held some form of a “meet and greet,” open house, ice cream social or family barbecue to welcome families. Lakeview Hope Academy hosted its Kids of Hope tunnel Sept. 5 to welcome students and provide encouragement and support.

Staff Retention, Recruitment and Performance:

  • The district is home to 21 teachers who are earning their certification while teaching during the 2017-18 school year.
  • A week-long new employee orientation was held August 14-18. The week concluded with a luncheon and a bus tour of the community.

Sept. 18 Board Workshop

Board hears update on budget impacts from ESB 2242 and discusses legislative priorities

In its Sept.18 meeting, the Clover Park School District Board (CPSD) of Directors heard detailed information from the district’s director of financial services Kristy Magyar regarding the budgetary impacts of legislation approved by the Washington state legislature late, last June.

In her introduction of the presentation, superintendent Debbie LeBeau explained, “Unlike previous years, there was no opportunity for input prior to the development of and/or passage of the legislation.”

The state legislature passed Engrossed House Bill (EHB) 2242, which includes a new school-funding plan.

Starting with the 2018-19 school year, the state of Washington will change existing salary structures causing each school district to negotiate salaries.

EHB 2242 is the legislature’s response to the Washington State Supreme Court’s McCleary Decision made in 2012 that ruled the state was not fully funding its public schools. In her presentation, Magyar:

  • Highlighted the enacted budget state funding revenues for the 2018-19 through 2020-21 school years;
  • Shared the state’s prototypical funding models for the 2017-18 school year; and
  • Distributed Frequently Asked Questions about EHB 2242, which were developed by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The board will hold another workshop soon to continue to gain better understanding of EHB 2242 and its impacts to the district.

Board members also reviewed a draft 2017-18 Accountability Plan for Board Goals as part of its meeting. The superintendent will finalize the plan based on feedback from the board. The accountability plan is used as part of the superintendent’s twice yearly evaluations.

In preparation for the Washington State School Directors Association’s (WSSDA) 2017 Legislative Assembly, the board discussed its legislative priorities. Board members will provide their feedback to director Paul Wagemann, who will participate in the legislative assembly Sept. 22- 23.

Board president Marty Schafer gave an update on the development of a districtwide Community Engagement Leadership Team. Another planning meeting will be scheduled in October.

Director Carole Jacobs also gave an update on the board’s application for WSSDA’s Board of Distinction Award. Board members will review the application and provide feedback to Jacobs so the application can be submitted by WSSDA’s deadline. Schafer reminded board members of their plans for school visits throughout the school year.

The next meeting of the CPSD of Directors will be Monday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Student Services Center, 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW in Lakewood.

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.