April School Board Notes

April School Board Notes
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OMAK – The Omak School Board officially hired new administrators at Omak Middle School, East Omak Elementary and for Special Education, along with many other business items at their April 24 meeting.
The board:

  • Approved the hiring of:
    1. Dr. Ryan Christoph as Middle School Principal and Lee Ann Schrock as East Elementary Principal for the coming year.
    2. John Holcomb as the Director of Special Education and Student Services.
    3. Callie Mettie as a Middle School Math teacher, along with Tera Remington and Jennifer Clark as teachers at East.
    4. Tracy Cantlon, Marcia Haldane, and Linda Hartman as Special Education paraeducators at East.
    5. And noted the retirement of Jan Hope, CTE/Athletics Secretary.
  • Approved field trips:
    • Upward Bound to campus tours in South/Central Washington May 14-15.
    • Xtreme Challenge OP Plaza employees to tour the Pioneer Coffee Roasting Company in Cle Elum May 18-19.
    • Drama Club to the 5th Avenue Awards in Seattle June 10-12.
    • Senior Class Trip to Seattle May 29.
  • Set a special board meeting for April 30 to approve expenditures, as the Skyward system is down statewide, which is the system for bill paying. Repairs were expected to be fully complete before the meeting. 270 schools are affected across the state.
  • Learned from Fiscal Administrator Scott Haeberle that brick and mortar enrollment is at 1,502 FTE, slightly down from past months, but still more than 40 over the original budget anticipations. WAVA enrollment is at 3,327, still 87 over the anticipated budget numbers.
  • Approved the renewal and resolution documents for WIAA Membership for the school district.
  • Approved an operating transfer for about $4.7 million into capital projects to cover the costs of the new modular buildings at East and North. The money comes from savings gathered by the district over several years.
  • Approved an operating transfer for $150,000 to purchase one school bus, to replace a worn out vehicle.
  • Approved an agreement with Take Root Employment Cooperative to assist in identifying, training and hiring a staff member to serve in the Special Education department for Omak. With Special Education teachers and paraeducators being in high demand statewide, this program gathers students already in the program, pays for their training and obligates them to serve certain districts who take part in the program.
  • Approved an agreement with North Central Testing and Inspection to inspect soil in the East and North modular buildings projects.
  • Approved an agreement with International Center for Leadership in Education to train staff in rigorous learning for instructional excellence.
  • Acknowledged that Teacher Appreciation Week is slated for May 7-11.
  • Heard from Superintendent Erik Swanson that the Emergency Operations Plan revision is still in the process of drafting, but that many pieces are being put together and progress is underway. The staff committee will meet again in mid-May, with a plan to present the draft to the community in June.