LCSD Board Minutes 09/14/2021
DATE: September 14, 2021
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Hybrid Meeting (in-person at District Learning Center and online)
PRESENT: Barry DePaoli, Jeff Fehr, Lynda Foster, Ken Brunner, Kim Thorpe, Barb Polley, Ryan McKelvie, Brad Wilson, Scott Granger, Erik Peterson, KC Knudson, Sarah Clarke, Brian Wood, Todd Hausman, Erin Morin, Amber Corrigan, Briceida Gonzalez, Rosey Burkhard, Carrie Austin, Jayme Berg, Jennifer Polley, Jody Petersen, Kris Perry, Melanie Froman, Michelle Fanton, Rosemary Moller, Tammy Williams, Lindsay Wood, and Georgia Mashayekh
AGENDA ITEMS / PUBLIC REQUESTS – COMMENTS
- Call to Order
Jeff Fehr called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.
- Approval of Agenda
Barry requested to include a discussion on substitute pay and would like to have this follow the Athletic Report.
Kim moved and Barb seconded a motion to approve the requested amendment; motion carried.
- Approval of Minutes – August 31, 2021
Barb moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve the Minutes as presented; motion carried.
- Public Comments or Request on Non-agenda Items
There were no public comments.
Barry gave a presentation that included enrollment updates, COVID Case counts, and COVID Preparedness.
Current enrollment statistics indicate a slight decline at MOE and at CHS. This slight decline in enrollment is a mainly because a large graduating class in 2021 (122) leaving and the incoming Kinder students (77). There are 18 Running Start Students enrolled with WVC this Fall quarter which is down from last year (30 students)
Overall enrollment is above budget by 32 students from where Trisha budgeted for this school year.
Barry shared that he will be meeting with the District Leadership Team tomorrow to work on a COVID Mitigation Audit, Data Snapshot, practice some table-top scenarios, review threshold decisions, next steps, and a summary.
Barry has been meeting weekly with superintendents and the regional Health District 7. Recently a district had to send a whole grade level home to quarantine after a large number of positive COVID cases and exposures. The current uptick in COVID cases and transmission has caused the District to review and reiterate procedures about exposure, testing, and quarantines.
There has been a spike in transmission throughout the local counties with numbers at the highest that they have been since the pandemic started in 2020. The local county health district has a specific Return to Learn testing program for students to return to school within 8 days of being quarantined.
Substitutes are paid $120 a day at this time, and $60 for a half day. If current teaching staff cover classes, they are compensated for their time. Barry is requesting a pay increase for subs to increase the sub pool during this shortage. His suggestion is to pay $150 a day for the 2021-22 school year. This was moved to an action item for board approval.
SUPERVISOR / PROGRAM REPORTS
- Athletics – Ryan McKelvie
Ryan shared a presentation with information about participation numbers, summary of COVID protocols, WIAA testing requirements, fall sports updates, new coaches in Girls’ Soccer & Volleyball, and anticipated challenges.
There are 144 HS students and 111 MS students involved in Fall sports.
Current outdoor protocol does not require masks, coaches help limiting exposure, and there is continuous discussion on new guidance and planning protocols. The regional Athletic Directors are discussing the constant change in protocols and how they will get through the athletic seasons.
Coaches supervise students as much as possible during practices and competitions and talk about exposure with students when there is a positive case. Coaches are helping with limiting exposure with lots of spacing during practices.
The Principals gave a quick COVID mitigation update in their building for the board.
- MOE is using seating charts, proper masking, contact tracing the best they can, 3 feet distancing, working with the school nurse and health district, doors and windows open, air purifiers, limited seating in the lunchroom, cleaning tables, talking to parents about symptoms through weekly phone calls and morning announcements.
- CMS is doing many of the same things that MOE is doing. Other options are one-way hallways, some time outside during class changes, eating lunch outside on the back field, and proper mask wearing that covers the nose.
- CHS is doing well with mitigations. Building wide plan for mask breaks, letting classes out an extra 3 minutes for a mask break, hallway presence to move kids outside, distancing in classes, mix of students inside and out during lunch time. Plan to use the hallways when the weather gets bad. Some staff are allowing students to eat in their classrooms. Staff meetings are being held in the PAC for spacing. Staff and students are excited to be back, but Brad has noticed that stress levels are up.
- CSI students haven’t skipped a beat since last year. Windows are open, mask wearing with frequent mask breaks, distancing with assigned seating, and minimizing lunch time.
Barry thanked Rosey for her work done last year and he feels this is a major reason for low transmission in the district so far. The district can only get better in their mitigations and protocol.
Late Start Monday went well with staff. Many families forgot and students were out waiting for buses or came to the buildings early. This is to be expected after not having a Late Start Monday since March 2020.
- BP 1822 – Training and Development for Board Members
Barry talked about trainings at the Annual WSSDA Conference and required trainings when the new board will be together after the November elections.
Kim moved and Ken seconded a motion to approve BP 1822 updates as presented, motion carried.
- BP 2410 Procedure – HS Graduation Requirements
Lynda moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve BP 2410 Procedure updates as presented; motion carried.
Kim moved and Ken seconded a motion to approve BP 2418 & Form updates as presented; motion carried.
- BP 6800 – Safety, Operation, and maintenance of School Property
Ken moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve BP 6800 updates as presented; motion carried.
Lynda moved and Kim seconded a motion to approve Payables as presented; motion carried.
Ken moved and Barb seconded a motion to approve the Personnel changes as presented; motion carried.
- Substitute Pay increase
Barry made a recommendation to increase the pay for teacher substitutes from $120.00 a day to $150.00 a day during the 2021-22 school year to incentivize people to become substitutes.
Barb moved and Lynda seconded a motion to approve teacher substitute pay up to $150 a day for the 2021-22 school year; motion carried.
To discuss the performance of a public employee with no action to be taken. RCW42.30.110
Jeff moved the board to executive session at 6:52pm for approximately 25 minutes with no action to be taken to discuss the performance of a public employee with no action to be taken.
Jeff Fehr reconvened the board to regular session and adjourned the meeting at 7:15 pm.
Jeff Fehr, Board Chair Barry DePaoli, Superintendent