June School Board Notes

June School Board Notes
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OMAK – The Omak School Board heard updates on the project to add three four-classroom modular buildings – two at North, one at East – at the June 26 meeting.         The first modular is already in place, as all five pieces were placed by crane at North, according to Fiscal Administrator Scott Haeberle. The next will be placed this week, and the third likely after the 4th of July holiday.
The timeline is looking good for the major work to be done in August and occupancy to be at least one week before school begins. Haeberle also said that the Department of Early Learning has agreed to reimburse nearly $1 million in expenses for the new preschool complex.               
The board also approved several contracts for the modular buildings:
 - Approved change orders to Modern Building Systems;
 - Two contracts to Evco Sound and Electronics for patching in intercom systems to all modular;
 - Two contracts to Johnson Controls for fire alarms and sensors in all modular;
 - Hill International Amendment No. 5 for services during the modular building project.
In other business, the board:
- Had a discussion with Karen Condon, Colville Business Councilwoman for the Omak District, and Shandy Abrahamson, director of the Tribal Youth Development program, regarding the Indian Policies and Procedures, required by the federal government.
Abrahamson said she saw many opportunities for the District and the Tribes to work more closely, and she encouraged the school board and superintendent to reach out for her with assistance in connecting Tribal families and the Tribal government with the schools.
Superintendent Erik Swanson said the federal requirements list “meaningful collaboration” with the Tribes as part of the process, but exactly what that looks like needs to be determined at the local level.
The board directed that staff and at least one board member work on setting a date to work with Tribal representatives on the language not just in the Indian Policies and Procedures, but other collaboration for the schools and Tribes. A first reading will be set for July, with anticipated adoption in August.
- Approved a long list of items for the District surplus sale on Aug. 2. Items include multiple iPads, which will be sold out of the High School foyer, as well as furniture, old curricula, equipment and more which will be sold from the Auto Shop.
- Heard from Swanson that the draft Emergency Operations Plan should be ready for the board soon. The draft was released to the public, but the District received no comments from the public on the plan.
- Approved the hiring of Annie Lindsley, Kindergarten teacher. Several other positions have candidates to be interviewed over the next few weeks, and staff said they expected to have most positions filled by mid-July.
- Approved field trips: FFA Leadership training in Leavenworth Aug. 14-16, for members of the club’s leadership to plan for the coming year; FFA District Officer Training in Bellingham/Lynden July 30-Aug. 1, as an Omak student is this year’s district president; Middle School Leadership Class at Chewelah Peak Aug. 6-9 for 12 students in leadership class to build their team and plan for the coming year.
- Heard that the average enrollment for the entire year at Omak brick and mortar was 1,512, up 42 students (FTE) from the budget projection. WAVA averaged 3,350 for the year, up 80 from the budgeted amount.
- Renewed a contract with Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 TEALS group, in which about 40 small districts in Washington pool resources to lobby for changes for education in the legislature. Swanson said last year, their efforts cost the District about $945, but saved them about $6 million because of legislative changes.