School board meeting August 20

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Devon Vose Rickabaugh
Shoreline School Board Meeting Monday August 20, 2012
By Devon Vose Rickabaugh

The Shoreline School Board unanimously passed three budgetary items including adopting the budget for 2012-2013 school year, approving the sale of South Woods surplus property to transfer the funds from the sale to the general fund for purchasing instructional material. Also the Board declared an emergency at the Aldercrest Annex which was destroyed by fire on August 8th. Declaring the emergency allows the district to proceed with contracting for demolition services once the cost estimates have been received and evaluated.

The Board voted to support “the continued work of Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS)” who filed a lawsuit to order the State to fully fund public education. The court ruled the State was in violation of its “paramount duty” to amply provide tor the education of all children. The board authorized $8,270 (one dollar for each projected full time student in the district) to assist NEWS in following up to ensure that the State amply funds K-12 education.

The Board approved an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Shoreline to improve safe walking routes to Briarcrest Elementary School. The City obtained a $385,000 Safe Routes to School Grant and the district will contribute $23,000 of capital funding.

Douglas Shook was introduced to the Board as the new assistant principal at Kellogg Middle School.

Rick Robbins, former Shorewood principal, has been hired as facilitator to plan the framework and implement Naviance, the new college and career planning tool which will be implemented in grades 7-12.

Director of Instructional Technology Jim Golubich reported Shorecrest High School will join Shorewood in implementing school-wide iPad deployment this year. Staff and students are scheduled for training in the next few weeks. Some of the Board requested that they be trained too. Laptops will still be used in the middle schools for another year.


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