Vernonia School Board Report

At the March 12, 2015 Vernonia School Board Meeting:

Board Extends Contract – The Board approved Resolution 1415-05, extending an Administrative Contract.

Building Reports - Both Elementary Principal Aaron Miller and High School/Middle School Principal  Nate Underwood thanked Classified Employees, which includes Instructional Assistants, Secretaries, Custodians, and Food Service Workers,  for their dedication, hard work and essential service and noted they had been recognized during Classified Employee Week.  Miller also reported that PTA family Week was a big success with good attendance at several events. Underwood recognized members of the Girls Basketball Team who, in addition  to taking 4th place at the State Tournament, were also named 3rd in  OSAA Academic All State.  Underwood explained that all team member’s GPA are averaged for the competition.  The Vernonia Boys Basketball team was named 8th.

Superintendent Report -  Superintendent Aaron Miller reported that enrollment has dropped throughout the school year and is now at 561, but is still ahead of the ending number from last year.

Miller reported he is working to present a balanced budget to the Board and Budget Committee at their first meeting on April 30. Miller said he is still waiting for the state to decide the level of funding.

Miller told the Board they will receive a draft of the school year calendar next month, which will offer options for both a four day and five day week.

Miller told the Board final work is being done on Spencer Park fields and that the new shop facility is almost complete.

Charter School Update - Superintendent Miller provided the Board with an update on the progress being made by the Charter School Steering Committee.  Miller told the Board the Steering Committee is moving forward with two proposals: A District Charter Proposal and a School Charter Proposal.  Under the District Charter Proposal the Mist School would be eliminated.  Miller presented an updated timeline and informed the Board that two Public Hearings have been scheduled for March 30 and March 31.

Site Council Report -  Teacher Deb Stahlnecker told the Board that the District is reviving a Site Council which would oversee the single building. She explained that previously there were separate Site Council’s for each of the three school buildings. Stahlnecker said the Council is looking for parent members.  The Board later approved establishing a single Site Council.

Board Appoints Roberts to Budget Committee - The Board appointed Brittanie Roberts to a three year term on the Budget Committee.  The Budget Committee is still seeking three more members.

Board Accepts Resignation - The Board accepted the resignation of 4th grade teacher Robyn Richmond.  Richmond had taken a one year leave of absence for the birth of her son.  Richmond said she would like to continue to work as an Instructional Coach for the District. School Board Chair Bill Langmaid thanked her for her service.

Board Hears Second Reading of Policies -  The Board heard the second reading of eleven policy updates.

Public Comment - Jeana Gump asked that the members of the Cheerleading Squad be recognized and encouraged by the school, by other coaches and athletes, and by the community as athletes.