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Director of Facilities & Operations Jack McLeod requested the board approve Change Order No. 2 for the Enatai Elementary replacement project in the additive amount of $38,889.00 related to replacing a speed bump/raised crosswalk as required by the city. The board approved the change order.

Additionally, McLeod asked the board to certify the completion of the Enatai project by adopting Resolution 2017-09. The board passed the resolution.

Executive Directors of Schools Cindy Rogan, Patty Siegwarth, and John Harrison presented a First Day of School Report. Highlights included students’ excitement, creating a welcoming environment, first day of school visits by district leadership, and sharing first day photos on the district’s Facebook page. The school district welcomed 18,227 students on the first day, and an additional 1,835 Kindergartners on their first day, Sept. 5.

Director of Communications Elizabeth Sytman presented the results of the 2016-17 parent satisfaction survey. The district conducted an online survey in spring 2017 with a 23 percent completion rate. 81.9 percent of respondents indicated that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of education provided. District and school level summary results for 2013-2017 are posted on the Parent Satisfaction Summary Results page of the district site.

Supervisor of Student Placement Glenn Hasslinger and Executive Director of Schools Patty Siegwarth presented a report on Discipline and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB). The report outlines Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, HIB Prevention curriculum, and statistics on incidents in the district.  Students have given positive feedback on Central Services, which gives assistance to students who otherwise struggle to complete their work in the schools. District goals include: continuing to foster a welcoming environment, implementing restorative practices and peer mediation, transforming in-house suspension systems into learning centers, launching new middle school SEL curriculum, piloting high school SEL curriculum, and using Synergy student information system data on incidents and discipline to guide support efforts.

The board had a second reading and reviewed updates to Policy 3241: Classroom Management and Correction Actions and Interventions and the associated procedure. The board approved the second policy and procedure with the primary changes being replacement of the term “punishment” in the policy with the term “intervention” and the removal of short term suspensions.

The board reviewed the protocol for school visits and scheduling. The board is shifting its focus to classroom visits rather than general school visits. Visits will include meetings with the principal, staff, and parents followed by classroom visits.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.