Regular Board Meeting on Monday, May 23, 2016

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Regular Board Meeting on Monday, May 23, 2016

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  • Citizens Requests to Address the Board:
    • Rena Bellika, a Woodland community member, addressed the Board regarding the landscaping at Woodland High School and asked about some of the yellowing vegetation as well as landscaping expertise in the district. Superintendent Michael Green responded, explaining that the district is aware of the landscaping issues related to stress placed on the plants as many of them were sitting on the parking lot for months last spring and summer. Green explained that there have also been issues with the irrigation system. The district has not yet approved and accepted the landscaping, and will be working toward a solution with the subcontractor. Green explained that meetings have been scheduled with the contractors to resolve the issues and ensure quality grounds throughout the district.

  • Reports to the Board:
    • Financial/Enrollment Report: Director Stuart asked about the decline in enrollment in the senior class. Superintendent Green explained that, at this point in the year, some students drop out rather than becoming fifth-year seniors. Green discussed speaking with WHS Principal John Shoup who reaches out to these students to discuss opportunities and supports for graduation offered for Woodland students including fifth-year, TEAM High School, and the LRA program.
    • Annual Survey of Staff Data: Green presented the results of the annual staff survey. Director Sarah Stuart inquired as to new methods of communicating with the staff such as monthly questions and/or targeting specific departments throughout the district. Director Steve Madsen spoke of the results pointing to student discipline being handled in a consistent manner. Director Lesa Beuscher stated that she was pleased that the special education staff seems very happy.
    • Yale School Update: Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley presented an update on Yale School. Riley discussed the mission of Yale to empower every student to become self-directed, life-long learners, and how Yale’s unique rural setting creates in a tight-knit group of employees who manage multi-age classrooms with three grade levels in a single classroom. Riley mentioned the Yale School’s entire third grade class passing the state reading assessment last year as well as acknowledging the partnerships between the school and the community including the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Department having an officer visit the school weekly, the Yale Valley Library District, which allows both students and community members to check out books, and the school’s strong PTO which provides great support for the school. Riley also acknowledged the school’s staff including teachers Veronica Cortez, Sarah Taylor, Kyle Niekamp, and Leanne Tevlin; staff member Randi Isselhardt; and paraeducators Becky Huesties, Sharon Stuart, and Jenny Barton. Director Madsen inquired about the gym renovations to which Riley replied that the gym is great and is a wonderful addition to the school.
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  • Board Reports, Requests, and Comments:
    • Director Beuscher acknowledged WHS History Teacher Sharon Conditt receiving the Washington State History Teacher of the Year Award from the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Beuscher spoke of how her own daughter raved about Conditt, talking about how Conditt also helps students with time management and life skills in addition to being a great teacher.

  • Consent Agenda:
    • Superintendent Green introduced new staff members for the 2016-17 school year including Patricia Jones, a new K-4 instructional coach, and Leanne Tevlin, a long-term substitute this year who has been hired as a full-time teacher.

  • Special Presentation - Retirement Celebration for Rebecca "Becky" Huesties:
    • Following the adjournment of the board meeting, the Directors and audience members attended Rebecca Huesties’ retirement party in the Yale gymnasium. Huesties started working as a paraeducator at Yale School in 1979 and has worked for Woodland Public Schools ever since. Yale School honored Huesties with letters from staff, students, and community members along with a special cake baked in the shape of Yale School by Mariah Reese. Board President Janice Watts presented Huesties with a plaque thanking her for her years of service, and the Yale staff presented Huesties with a new camera to document her adventures in retirement.

      Yale Cake baked by Mariah Reese
      Yale Cake baked by Mariah Reese


Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the District Meeting Room.