Director of Facilities & Operations Jack McLeod presented a request from Puget Sound Energy (PSE) that a utility easement agreement be approved to provide power to the Stevenson Elementary rebuild project. The purpose of the easement is to allow PSE to construct, operate, maintain, repair, or improve the utility system for the purposes of transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to the site. The board approved the request.
The board acknowledged the WIAA Executive Board’s lift of the Bellevue High School Football Team’s post season ban, removing sanctions from students who were not participating in the program at the time of the reported violations. The board also read a statement prompted by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) findings regarding unfair labor practices during the district’s enforcement of its Conflict of Interest Policy 5251 with Bellevue High School football coaching staff. In light of lessons learned during the WIAA investigation, the board approved a resolution to direct the policy committee to update Policy 2151: Interscholastic Activities to require the implementing procedure include an explicitly defined process for how the district will ensure appropriate communication with, and support of, students and their families during investigations of athletics or activities. Additionally, the board directed the superintendent to ensure that lessons learned from these events are shared across the organization and appropriate updates to policies, procedures, practices, and professional training are implemented to guide the future work of the district. The board further resolved to enhance community engagement and communications via community activities including new community forums.
Director of Equity & Graduation Success Shomari Jones presented an update on the Equity Department. Jones described the new division of responsibilities with the recent addition of the Supervisor of Equity & Student Achievement Initiatives Ken Wong. Jones also highlighted current equity activities and a new emphasis on inclusion. The department is currently working with the Director of Evaluation and Assessment to develop a system for measuring districtwide growth in racial consciousness among staff, self-advocacy among students, and community awareness of racial equity work happening in the district. Read the full Equity Department Board Report and visit the Equity Department online to learn more about its programs.
Special Education Supervisor of Health Services Carrie Lang provided a written update on school nursing to the board. The report reviews the role of the school nurse, nurse staffing across the district, and 2016-17 data on school health room visits, individual student healthcare plans, and special education evaluations. Challenges anticipated for 2017-18 include the implementation of Synergy, the new state vision screening law, and student equity work for nurses. For more information about school nursing services view the Nursing Update.
Instructional Technology Curriculum Developer, K-12 Social Studies, Patty Shelton presented a K-12 Social Studies board report. The report outlines ways the social studies curriculum is aligning itself with district instructional initiatives, addresses racial equity and inclusion, and reviews the progress of social studies students across the district.
The board approved Superintendent Duran’s One Year Plan. Highlights of the plan include increased opportunities for all students, with a specific focus on equity and inclusion in effort to close achievement gaps and raise achievement rates and opportunities for all students. The plan is aligned with the district’s Instructional Initiatives. Additionally, the district will expand its efforts to foster a culture of service through a training and recognition program across the district.