Friday, March 18, 2011
Members of the Dayton School Board are Steve Martin, Marchand Hovrud, Tamara Fritze, Joe Huether and David Bailey. With all present Wednesday:
- BRAIN RULES: Heard report on Brain Rules workshop at the ESD 123 offices. Presenter was John Medina. Those attending were principals Katie Leid and Andy Maheras, and teachers Dawn McGhan, Mike McGhan, Jon Boggs and Dan Nechodom.
- PRESCHOOL, KINDERGARTEN: Learned Superintendent Doug Johnson is doing research on whether more services could be added for preschool and kindergarten students, and whether the cost could be recovered for the services.
- CEE REVIEW: Discussed whether Center for Educational Effectiveness could be hired to conduct a review of the district.
- FACILITY COMMITTEE: Johnson told the board he wants to put together a facilities committee that would meet a couple of times a year, and ultimately would recommend to the board what kind of remodeling or maintenance is needed.
- LATE START: Johnson told the board he wants to stress the importance of late starts. The work staff does during that time is "pretty valuable work," Johnson said. The state is no longer funding the two days before school starts for staff, he said.
- CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES: Johnson noted that this is Classified Employee Appreciation week.
- ATHLETICS: Learned there was no interest from Waitsburg and Prescott to have a cooperative wrestling team.
- DONATIONS: Accepted donation of $1,000 from Pepsi of Walla Walla for the fifth grade ski program, and $300 from the Elizabeth Forest Day Club for the elementary library. Unanimous.
- BUDGET STATUS: Learned the budget is currently where anticipated. Discussed implications on cash flow of the money the state is taking back, and the potential impact of the governor's proposed budget. The expected loss is $110,000, plus an additional potential loss of $23,500 in special education. Johnson recommended the budget be based on seven fewer students than in the current school year. Johnson said he doesn't anticipate any great reductions in services or changes in jobs. Positives are that the second half 2011 taxes will be received in October, and it will be an increase of about $70,000, Johnson said. Also, the district will receive the first half of the one-year special levy passed in February in April 2012. That will be $125,000, which will make the bottom lie look better, he said.
- REVIEW: Tabled review of district goal "The Dayton School District will continue to emphasize academic excellence ." until the next meeting.
- PERSONNEL: Approved Tony Henderson as high school golf volunteer. Unanimous.
- POLICIES: Approved first reading of policies related to student health, nondiscrimination and affirmative action and pesticide notification, posting and record keeping. Unanimous.