September Board Notes

September School Board Notes
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At their Sept. 25 meeting, the Omak School Board:

  • Approved the hiring of Nicole Leese, Reading/Math Intervention teacher at Omak Middle School; Rick Cornell, bus driver; Renee Englert, bus driver; Cary Tonasket, payroll assistant; Josh Stanger, Life Skills paraeducator at East Elementary
  • Heard from Tim Hargraves, Opioid Resources Outreach Coordinator, about the nationwide opioid epidemic and what local and national efforts are in place to help combat it. He encouraged anyone to text the word “opioid” to 898-211, to get general information, strategies to help a friend, help for yourself or information as a healthcare provider.
  • Approved six FFA field trips throughout the school year and two for Upward Bound.
  • Welcomed the 2018-19 Omak Educators’ Association officers: Tracey Orr, president; Kim DeHart, vice-president; Christina Adams, treasurer; Brandy Popelier, secretary; Frank Piscopo, North representative; Kara Thornton and Summer Smith, East representatives; Pat Morris, middle school representative; Gary Morrison-Nelson, Omak High School representative; and Nick Popelier, Highlands High School representative.
  • Heard a report from TOSAs (Teacher on Special Assignment) Amy Porter and Jill Timm, about ways they are supporting teachers and administrators to create strategies that improve learning. Their focus is on grades 3-8, acting as coaches and facilitators to help teachers get the training and support they need. This is the first year for these positions, and response from staff thus far has been very supportive, Porter said.
  • Heard that the September enrollment count was at 1,546 FTE, about 29 more than the budget projection. The Washington Virtual Academy reported 3,446 FTE, about 46 over the budget projection.
  • Approved three change orders for some final work on and around the new modular buildings at both North and East. Two were for fire safety tests through Modern Building Systems for $1,500 each. A nearly $27,000 change order included added some additional lighting, fencing and paving at the sites, due to the need to extend parking lots and additional safety needs.
  • Approved updated student handbooks for all schools. Updates have focused on aligning school policies and procedures, and making updates based on changes in State Law.
  • Approved the first reading of a new Social Media Policy and related forms. The district will “register” its related social media sites to begin automated archival of all records, as well as establish policies and procedures for using social media on behalf of the school district.