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Board Highlights March 2, 2020
Board Highlights March 2, 2020
Posted on 03/05/2020
Board Highlights March 2, 2020

Board Highlights for March 2, 2020

District Highlights

The meeting began with Corine Pennington, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Support Services, recognizing Classified School Employees Week which takes place from March 2–6.

“We’d like to honor our 1,600 classified employees for being instrumental in the education of all of our students,” said Pennington.

Classified employees in the audience were invited to stand and be recognized.

Pennington read the proclamation and asked the board to take action by proclaiming March 2-6 Classified School Employees Week.

Board Policies Updates – Directors were presented with the first reading of school board policies which have been revised due to legislative changes, suggestions by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA), or to implement efficiencies and effective use of available resources.

Assistant Superintendent/Administrative Designee Vince Pecchia provided directors with a review of the changes being recommended.

Executive Administration - First reading on select policies: Policy 2415 - Student Participation Activities and Community Athletics, Policy 4130 Parent and Family Engagement, Policy 5251 - Conflicts of Interest, Policy 5272 - Maintaining Employee/Student Boundaries, and Policy 6230 - Relations with Vendors; Dr. Vincent Pecchia, Assistant Superintendent/Administrative Designee

  • Policy 4130 – Parent and Family Engagement (Title Change)
  • Policy 5251 – Conflicts of Interest
  • Policy 5272 – Maintaining Employee/Student Boundaries
  • Policy 6230 – Relations with Vendors

To view the talking points used, visit PSD webpage: Policy Review Talking Points.

Directors will consider approval of these changes at the next regularly scheduled school board meeting on March 23, 2020.

Report – Student Health and School Based Health Clinics Update

Dr. Glenn Malone, Chief Assessment and Accountability Officer, and Char Krause, Director of Student Services, presented an update on Student Health and School Based Health Clinics.

Currently the Washington School-Based Health Alliance reports about 2,300 school-based health clinics operate in 49 states and Washington D.C., serving more than 2 million students in preschool through 12th grade. Centers usually are inside a school building or right next door. Some school-based health centers serve more than one school or even a whole school district. Most school-based health centers are run by a local health care group, such as a community health center, hospital, or health department. Very few are run by the school district itself. Centers often get money from charities and the government so they can give care to families who cannot afford to pay.

The Washington School-Based Health Alliance was established to advance health care in schools. This organization reports that the 40+ schools with school-based health centers in Washington have seen decreases in absenteeism and improvements in grade point averages as well as reductions in dropout rates for some of the most at-risk students. School-based health centers are an important bridge between health and education.

After over two years of exploring options including three site visits, multiple team meetings, and touring our own facilities to determine the optimum starting location. We suggest we start by offering our first School-Based Health Center at Emerald Ridge High School. Emerald Ridge is recommended for the following reasons:

  • Space in ERHS makes it ideal for sharing GV and ERHS students.
  • The ERHS campus is close enough to Woodcreek’s home office that additional services can easily be provided including more extensive lab facilities.
  • The available space is close to parking lot between both schools.
  • Bathroom is already present in the space.
  • Adjacent available office space makes an ideal intake room.

The Center would offer the full-time services of both a Mental Health Therapist and a Physicians Assistant. Similar Seattle programs report the Mental Health Therapist and Physicians Assistant each see 6-10 students by appointment every day.

The first step to accomplish this goal would be to formalize our partnership with a health care provider. Woodcreek Pediatrics, under the MultiCare umbrella, is willing to be our partner, including funding the project.

Directors will consider taking action at the next regularly scheduled school board meeting on April 20, 2020.  

To view the slides used in this presentation click here.

Laura Marcoe
Report –
Laura Marcoe, Executive Director of Finance and Accountability, presented directors with financial statements for January 2020. Key messages included the following: 

  • As of January, we are 42% of the way through the fiscal year. Revenues are at 39.32% and Expenditures are at 36.99% of the operating budget.
  • In January OSPI begins to pay apportionment funding based on actual enrollment rather than budgeted enrollment.
  • The Transportation Vehicle, Capital Projects, Debt Service, Private Purpose Trust, and ASB Funds are all operating as expected.

The monthly financial reports for all district funds are presented to the Board of Directors each month.

Action: Instructional and Organizational Alignment – Donation from Northwood PTA

Northwood Elementary Principal Melanie Helle brought a donation item for consideration. Helle introduced members from Northwood PTA who brought a donation of $5,000 for recess equipment and an exercise station for the track.

Directors approved the donation.

Human Resources Department Activity Memo – The Human Resources report approved by the school board can be found on the HR Activity Memo.

Upcoming meetings – The next meeting of the Puyallup School District Board of Directors will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, at Ballou Junior High, 9916 136th St. E., Puyallup, WA 98373.