Supervisor of Student Placement Dorothy Caravias provided a written report of transfers in and out of the district for the 2017-18 school year. The district had 696 incoming students and 279 outgoing students through the transfer process.
Deputy Superintendent of Finance & Operations Melissa deVita provided a written Student Enrollment Report for the 2017-18 school year on class size and demographic trends at individual schools and grade levels. In their discussion the board noted demographic changes, steady growth in the number of students who are English language learners, and shifts in enrollment in different areas of the community.
Enatai Elementary Principal Amy MacDonald and Assistant Principal Ali Sameti presented the Enatai School Review. The school is working to adjust instruction to meet the needs of their diversifying student population. Enatai is also building strong relationships through restorative practices and by connecting with students and their families through community circles.
The board heard a presentation on student mental health as part of the Community Partner Organization/School Board Based Behavioral Health Services Team initiative. Associate Director of Youth Eastside Services (YES) David Downing led a discussion with the board on mental health trends. Additionally, Eastside Pathways, in partnership with the district, has developed a Mental Health & Wellbeing Charter to support culturally responsive prevention and intervention for Eastside children.
Superintendent Duran presented the second part of his Entry Plan and 3-5 Year Plan. Dr. Duran presented the strengths and challenges gathered during his interviews with the district community.
The board conducted a first reading of Policy 3122: Excused and Unexcuse Absences. The proposed revisions are a result of recent changes in state legislation. Supervisor of Pupil Management Glenn Hasslinger provided an overview including the number of unexcused absences allowed before a parent/guardian conference is required changing from two to three, and changes to conference requirements.
The board conducted a first reading of a rescission of Policy 6250: Communication Devices.
The board reviewed the procedure and timeline for filling a vacant board member seat. The board also discussed officers for 2018-19 and onboarding for new members.
The board adopted three resolutions to add three levy ballot measures to the Feb. 13, 2018 election:
- Resolution 17-16: Replacement for Educational Programs and Operations Levy
- Resolution 17-17: Replacement for Technology and Capital Projects Levy
- Resolution 17-18: School Bus Levy