Name of Observer: Becky Bolte
Observed Meeting: Oak Harbor School District Board
Date of Meeting: 4-24-2023
Members present: Lynn Goebel, Bob Hallahan, Nicole Tesch, Jessica Aws, Thinalyn Ramier, student: Josiah Villano.
Members absent: Sharon Jensen
Others present (staff, media, public): Superintendent Michelle Kuss-Cybula, Asst. Superintendent Dwight Lundstrom.
Summarize the main issues discussed at the meeting:
3.01 Recognition of Erica Schulle by Principal Salisbury - PBS/KCTS one of top educators of the year in the state - Golden Apple Moments Award.
3.02 Recognition of Oak Harbor High School staff: Chris Whiteman – CTE. Choices program staff: Nelson Rusche, David Thompson, Margo Lanier, Angiey Ward, Les Richardson, Dorothy Rotter, Vanessa Showalter, Kelley Evans.
4.02 Visitors: President Goebel announced that visitors are heard at board meetings (3 minutes) but board does not respond, they take notes and listen at the meeting. Two visitors signed up but did not attend.
5.01 Superintendent’s report:
“Legislation Matters” – Hand-in-Hand, Crescent Harbor Elementary, Home Connection were funded in capital budget, $13.5 million for Crescent Harbor. Support from Ron Muzzall, Dave Paul, and Clyde Shavers.
Budget overview – maintain people and programs, condense services. Finalizing classified staffing.
Kindergarten registration – 45% increased registration from last year, have online enrollment, developing an Early Learning Task Force.
7.01 Oak Harbor High School Annual Report:
School Improvement Plan – Goal #1 – Improve supportive relationships from 78% to 82% by spring. Goal #2 – claim/evidence/reasoning. Goal #3 math passing rate – still have a lot of work to do. Goal #4 graduation passing rate from 93.2% to 94 % - state average is 82%.
Supportive relationships –sense of belonging in 4 areas
· Student to student
· Student to staff
· Student to career
· Students to community
Next steps: implementing AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), restarting Character Strong, roll out MTSS (muti-tiered system of support) ingredients.
7.02 CAPE Club:
Presented by Zoe. Community Awareness Peer Educators. Spreading awareness about substance use prevention, peer pressure, social norms, and media literacy.
9.01 Board policy updates: Dwight Lundstrom.
Change from student board member invited to attend board meetings to expected.
Student privacy – 18 year olds and up have control of their records, 14 and older have confidentially rights related to STDs, 13 and older have confidentiality rights related to drugs, alcohol and mental health treatment, all students have rights to family planning records.
Student searches – establish reasonable suspicion grounds, search done by principal or designee (dean). Can conduct search of car or backpack or container if there is reasonable suspicion. Lockers and desks can be searched anytime.
Staff continue to be mandatory reporters – for negligence, injury, sexual abuse. Training for staff included.
Non-discrimination statement for use of facilities.
Covid vaccination requirement removed.
14.01 Upcoming meetings. Board Meetings: Monday, May 8 at 5 p.m - study session, May 22 Board Meeting at 6 p.m. Student Voice Roundtables: May 18 at 11 a.m. and May 23.
Do you recommend local League action or study on any of these issues? NO
If ‘yes’ what action do you recommend?
Was the meeting conducted in an open, business-like, and civil manner? YES
Consider the following questions and respond if relevant:
Was the agenda made available prior to and at the meeting? Yes
Did members adhere to the provided agenda? Yes
Were any non-agenda items discussed? No
Was there adequate discussion of issues? Yes
Were any “Executive Sessions” called? No
Was there adequate opportunity for public input? Yes
Was background material available to the public? Yes, agenda, past meeting minutes, board member names, and livestream link.
Did any member recuse themselves during the meeting? No
List any other concerns or observations:
Slides are very easy to see online, but the video is small and difficult to view.
Some acronyms used that are not always spelled out e.g. MTSS, AVID.
Observer E-mail: email@example.com Date submitted: 4-25-2023