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Director of Facilities & Operations Jack McLeod presented a fee adjustment and two change orders for current school construction projects:

  • Fee adjustments for architectural and engineering services for Highland Middle School in the additive amount of $965,530. Changes incorporate the addition of the Central Services special needs program, condensing the building footprint, and frontage improvements and street right of way changes required by the city. The board approved the request.
  • Stevenson Elementary Change Order No. 2 in the additive amount of $122,098 for the addition of an exterior site superintendent to the general contractor’s project team. The board approved the request.
  • Bennett Elementary Change Order No. 6 in the additive amount of $447,616 for preapproved overtime expenses bringing the total contract amount to $38,968,106. The board approved the request.

Director of Student Services Kristin McChesney provided a written program review on the Summer School Program. The report highlights how summer school aligns with school district priorities, benefits of the programs, and opportunities for growth.

Math curriculum developers Sarah Brewer, Betty Nhan, and Mary Takle presented the Math Report outlining adjustments and focus areas at different grade levels, and the team’s work to identify areas where instruction can be adapted to meet the needs of students with the goal of an upward trend of math competency.

K-12 STEM Curriculum Developer Greg Bianchi provided highlights from the STEM Report including how science is aligned with the district focus on racial equity and inclusion. The team’s goal is to increase participation of underrepresented students and to provide Computer Science early and for all students. Special Education and ELL teachers are being provided professional development in science to expand STEM participation.

K-12 STEM Curriculum Developer Cheri Bortleson presented an update on secondary science and changes in assessment and graduation requirements. Next Generation Science Standards provide a set of research-based, up-to-date K-12 standards that give educators the flexibility to design classroom learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepares them for, college, career, and life.

The board approved Superintendent Duran’s Annual Plan. Key points include:

  • Every school will operate an effective Equity and Inclusion Team
  • Every elementary, middle, and high school will implement MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Supports) focused on inclusive academic instruction and inclusive behavior instruction.

The board Policy Committee presented a list of priorities in its 2017-18 Board Policy Committee Purpose, Processes and Work Plan and identified policies to review and new policies to draft.

The board discussed the feedback from the participants in the first Community Forum on Oct. 17 and examined strengths and areas for attention.

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.