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Delta High School Project Based Learning is Achieving Success

The STEM Foundation will expand this program

Student test scores would rank Delta High School in 25th place among Washington State high schools if Delta was recognized as a high school apart from its feeder schools.  STEM Executive Director, Karen Baker stated this accomplishment was made with a cross section of students from three school districts selected by lottery.  Entering ninth grade students have math and language skills ranging from 4th to 12th grade and 47% qualify for free and reduced cost lunch.

Operating counter to the trend of the past twenty years which has schools reducing or eliminating elective and exploratory classes in favor of doubles academic classes, Delta embraces hands-on student activities with teachers integrating academics and projects.

One measure of Delta’s success is illustrated by 2011 HSPE scores.  Student growth at Delta was well above national and state norms in every category as well as surpassing student growth in area high schools. Continue reading

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Kennewick School Board Report for March 28


Kennewick School Board Meeting

March 28, 2012

 

Section 1: What transpired

Personal comments (based on my Leadership WSSDA training) in Italics

Section 2: What was not included

Section 1

Present were school board members Dawn Adams, Brian Brooks, Ben Messinger, and Maricarmen Garza (student).  KSD staff: Dave Bond (Superintendent), Vic Roberts, Chuck Lybeck, Bev Johnson-Torelli, Jack Anderson, Greg Fancher, Linda Tucker, and Lorraine Cooper.  Van Cummins, all three high school athletic directors, athletic coaches and an expanded room full of winter athletes, Kennewick Education Association representative and several members of the public were also present.  Two school board members were absent.  More about this in Section 2.

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by president Dawn Adams who led the Pledge of Allegiance. Continue reading

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Kennewick School Board Report for February 8

                                      Kennewick School Board Meeting

                                      February 8, 2011

                                      Section 1: What transpired

Personal comments (based on my Leadership WSSDA training) in Italics

                                                                       Section 2: What was not included

Section 1

Present were school board members Dawn Adams, Heather Kinzley, Brian Brooks, Ron Mabry and Ben Messinger.  KSD staff: Dave Bond (Superintendent), Ron Williamson, Vic Roberts, Chuck Lybeck, Jack Anderson, Linda Tucker, Lorraine Cooper, Doug Carl, Keith Colee

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:33 PM by President Dawn Adams who led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Communication from Parents, Staff and District Residents:  None

 

Consent Items:  Minutes of 1/25/12 regular meeting, Certified, Classified and Extracurricular Personnel Actions, and Travel Requests.  Motion to accept was made by Heather, seconded by Brian and passed unanimously. Continue reading

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Kennewick School Board Retreat

Created by Kathy White

Kennewick School Board Retreat

January 7, 2012

Section 1: What transpired

Section 2: What was not included

Section 1

The meeting was scheduled to begin at 8 AM.  Present were Dawn Adams, Heather Kinzley, Ron Mabry, Brian Books, Dave Bond (Superintendent), and Ron Williamson (Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Education). Ben Messinger was not present at 8:15.  Dave Bond attempted to contact Ben to no avail.  Ron Williamson found a contact number in the Messinger’s PowerSchool account.  Ben was held up by a medical emergency in the family and urged the group to begin without him.

 

At 8:25, President Dawn Adams opened the meeting and led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  There are ten items on the Agenda.  Two of the items, “Sports Recognition” and “Graduation Attire” were chosen to taken first as they were least complex and Ben could easily be briefed when he arrived.

 

Dave Bond began with a discussion of the purpose of the retreat.  There are two retreats, January and June.  The January retreat was to (1) report on the progress of the Strategic Plan which is set in June, (2) re-evaluate the Superintendent and Cabinet and (3) discuss any new topics or requests that come from board members or staff.  Dawn concurred with Dave’s description without adding any new information.

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The Cost to Campaign for Kennewick School Board

On November 2, 2011 I met with Ben Messinger, Brian Brooks’ representative and Ron Mabry to review their school board campaign contributions and expenses.  The table presents the information collected from those meetings.  The three successful candidates shared expenses for campaign flyers and postage and Tri-City Herald advertising.  Their other campaign expenses were separate.

Messinger will continue accepting donations to offset his deficit.  Mabry had nearly $5000. in commitments for contributions so turned away a contribution from the Washington Education Association (WEA-PAC).

The postage expense of $938.98 for each candidate was a loan from Ty Haberling. 

This data was revised December 6, 2011 to reflect new or updated information.

I credit Brooks, Messinger and Mabry for providing their campaign finance data and expect to update this table as the candidates complete payments for expenses and record late contributions. Continue reading

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My Reply to Lee and Nancy Kerr

I simply disagree with their views.  Bob Valiant’s conclusions are based on facts available to anyone wanting to review district test scores.  World-class school district programs exist in the eye of the beholder.  I do agree that Kennewick’s teachers and staff are exceptional.  Let’s empower them to be the best they can be.

You can see the letter and response at this link:

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2011/11/03/1703555/kennewick-schools-brooks-mabry.html

 

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Kennewick School Board Report for October 26

Kennewick School Board Meeting      October 26, 2011    5:30 PM      Adjourned at 7:22 PM

Board members present:  Dawn Adams, Heather Kintzley, Kathy White, Brian Brooks

Absent:  Lynn Fielding, Maricarmen Garcia (student)

Business:

  • A community member spoke about his concern with unresolved KSD payroll and tax deduction issues
  • Superintendent Dave Bond presented the board with copies of the KSD Annual Report which will be available to the community on November 4 and will be distributed in a Sunday Tri-City Herald
  • Bond noted that Governor Gregoire has notified school districts to prepare for even deeper budget cuts during the current school year
  • Bond reported fall test results for Kindergarten and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).  See details below.
  • Loraine Cooper described the Community Workshop of September 30 as the major community outreach of Kennewick School District.  She has prepared a video about the program and plans for increasing community participation next year.
  • Ron Williamson presented proposed revisions to KSD’s PE waivers process.  While the district PE staff is satisfied with the current policy, the board is looking for less rigorous alternatives.  No changes will be made during this school year.  More complete information will be available in December.
  • Williamson presented the second reading of Policy No. 3122 Students: Excused and Unexcused Absences.  Revisions requested by the board were described and the board voted unanimously to adopt the revised policy.  See details below.
  • Vic Roberts spoke about levy information intended to guide the board’s choice for next year’s levy vote.  After some discussion the board voted unanimously to adopt a scenario leaving rates at the current rate the first year of the levy and raising the rate ten cents during the second year.  The district levy committee will go to work informing the community to support the school levy.  See details below. Continue reading