August School Board Notes

August School Board Notes
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OMAK – The Omak School Board and several staff and administrators shared their readiness for the school year to begin the following day during their meeting Aug. 28.

Although construction is not fully complete, Fiscal Administrator Scott Haeberle said the projects are very close. At East, the four-classroom modular was just needing inspection of its HVAC system and a walk-through inspection by Public Health. At the latest, they expect those classrooms to open after Labor Day.

At North, the preschool modular buildings are a bit further behind, but should be done the second week of September, in time for preschool’s new start date of Sept. 12. Safe access will be created for students and staff, while crews will still be working on paving the drop-off loop and parking area, as well as the playground. The full scope of the project should be complete in October.

However, all schools have their curriculum and teachers in place. Only a few paraeducator positions have not yet been filled, and they could be soon, according to District staff.

The Middle School has also gotten a bit of a makeover inside, with hallways painted, new bulletin boards and room number plaques.

Three schools are planning Open House/Curriculum Nights in the coming month: East Elementary, Sept. 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; North Elementary School, Sept. 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Omak Middle School TBD.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved new contracts for all unions and staff groups based on the additional funds allocated by the State: Omak Education Association (certified teachers), Omak Secretaries’ Education Association, Public School Employees (a majority of classified staff), Co-curricular Employees Association (coaches), Certificated Administrative Staff (principals), District Administrative Support Staff (a majority of District Office employees) and the Superintendent.
  • Approved the Emergency Operation Plan on second reading, which informs all the emergency procedures for the District. Each classroom and most offices will have a new flipchart to go with building-specific plans.
  • Approved the hiring of Ann Cummings, Middle School Special Education teacher; Pianette Jumalong, paraeducator at East; McKendra Rose, paraeducator at East; Sandra Trevino, custodian; Sandra Britt, paraeducator at the High School; Jessica Cone, paraeducator at the High School; Shantell McCune, paraeducator at preschool; Veronica Sanchez, paraeducator at preschool; Vanessa Grant, paraeducator at North; and Victoria Sage, paraeducator at North.
  • Approved a field trip for FFA to participate in the Okanogan County Fair, Sept. 5-9.
  • Approved change orders for the modular building construction, including additional gravel for expanded parking at East Elementary, additional soil removal for contaminants at North, and a few other small changes.
  • Approved an agreement with Capella University to provide professional development opportunities for staff seeking continuing education at a discount or even no charge in some cases.
  • Set monthly board work sessions for either first or second Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m.