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Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment Naomi Calvo presented a report on student performance. The report addresses progress on key indicators of academic success, progress over the course of the year, district scores compared to state averages, whether race achievement gaps or other gaps are closing. The board discussed the meaning of the data and how it informs district work going forward.
Director of Nutrition Services Kathy Dumas provided an update on the department. Highlights include additional time for lunch in elementary schools and a 15 minute Wednesday snack period in high school, increased support of students with special nutritional needs, implementation of digital school menus, the addition of flavor stations (customizable lunch options), as well as over 20 years of providing salad bars in every school. Waste reduction successes include earth-friendly serving trays with upgraded dishwashers and food recovery and donations to local community partners. Some challenges are rising costs and staff turnover, shared facilities challenges (cafeteria/gym), lower participation in middle schools, and low breakfast participation.
Executive Director of Schools Patty Siegwarth and Supervisor of Pupil Management Glenn Hasslinger presented a Truancy (Becca Law) Report. The report outlines changes to the Washington truancy law and the district’s current challenges and opportunities.
Superintendent Duran and Director of Communications Elizabeth Sytman presented the district’s communications and community engagement strategy for board discussion. The board discussed communication with families and the broader community as well as ways to improve the timeliness of follow up on items brought to the board.
The board conducted first readings of revised Policy 0200: Policy Adoptions, Manuals, and Administrative Procedures and revised Policy 6250: Communications Devices. The board set Board Committee Policy Review Priorities for 2017-18 with a list of policies slated for review and a list of new policies to create.