Deputy Superintendent Melissa deVita spoke to the board about an upcoming general obligation bond sale to total $100 million. The bonds are a part of the most recent voter authorization. deVita said that Moody’s has reaffirmed the district’s AAA rating, the district is waiting to hear back from Standard & Poor’s — but also expect the AAA rating to be reaffirmed, and she said that interest rates have remained low. The board unanimously passed a resolution approving the sale of the bonds.

Facilities Director Jack McLeod spoke to the board about the expansion project at Newport High School. Plans call for the addition of 10 classrooms, increased common space, and kitchen improvements. A request for qualifications for architectural firms was issued in October and NAC Architecture, which was the architect on the NHS rebuild project in 2004, was the only firm that submitted a proposal. McLeod said that other firms that inquired about the project didn’t end up bidding because their preference is for larger projects. The board unanimously approved McLeod’s recommendation that the contract for architectural services be awarded to NAC.

The board heard a report from LAP Supervisor Kristin McChesney on the summer school program. An overview of summer programs was given and changes that were made to the programs this year were highlighted. This year just under 600 students participated in the high school program; 225 students participated in the middle school accelerated math program; 294 students participated in the middle school academy program; 1,078 students participated in the elementary program, and over 300 students participated in Operation Exploration.

Executive Director of Schools Cindy Rogan and Director of Accountability & Research Naomi Calvo presented an overview and updated on the district’s English Language Learners program. The number of students in the program has gone up proportionate to the district’s enrollment, with approximately 10-11 percent of district enrollment being served. Also discussed were the benefits of the elementary dual language program for students in the ELL program.

The board also heard a report on the world languages program from Paris Granville and Monica Lo, the district’s world language curriculum developers. Highlights and curriculum changes were summarized. Changes have been driven by new standards and graduation requirements. The goal is that students will know and understand the parts of a language, as well as effectively communicate in the language.

Dr. Mills provided a brief update to the board on Elementary School 18. The school will relieve crowding at Enatai, Woodridge, and Clyde Hill. In the coming months the district will be going through the hiring process for the school’s principal. In the spring community meetings will be held for families that will be impacted by attendance area changes to develop the transition process.

Board Meeting Agenda

Due to the fluidity of meeting topics, the start times listed for each item are approximate and could start and/or end before/after the start time.


4:02 APPROVAL OF AGENDA (1 minute)

4:03 CONSENT AGENDA (2 minutes)

  • Adoption of the Minutes of October 20, 2015 Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors
  • Inclusion of emailed comments from the Public Comment link on the District website in the current meeting minutes.

4:05 FINANCIAL SERVICES & OPERATIONS – Melissa deVita (10 minutes)

  • Plan for Issuance and Sale of General Obligation Bonds (Exhibit 10A)
  • Award of Architectural and Engineering Contract – Newport High School Addition  (5 minutes)
  • 4:20 Old Newport Heights TI Project Change Order No. 2 (5 minutes)

4:25 PUBLIC COMMENTS (10 minutes)
If you would like to address the Board on an issue, please limit your remarks to not more than 3 minutes, appoint a spokesperson if the concern is a group concern, and if desired, provide written documentation to the Board Secretary in order to be included as part of the official Board minutes. While the Board will listen to all public comments carefully, the Board will generally not respond to comments spontaneously or without further deliberation. The Board may direct the Superintendent to respond to the issues expressed at a later date. At Board meetings, complaints about specific personnel will not be heard in open session.



  • 5:55 Elementary 18 Discussion Tim Mills (10 minutes)
  • 6:05 School Visit Structure (start time, sequences of topics etc.) (15 minutes)
  • 6:20 How to Keep Service as a Lens (10 minutes)

6:30 BOARD COMMENTS (10 minutes)

6:40 AGENDA PLANNING (5 minutes)

6:45 PLUS/DELTA (5 minutes)