Board Meeting Highlights - October 17, 2019

At its regular October meeting on Tuesday, the Board of Trustees thanked and recognized the custodial and maintenance staff at Bacich and Kent. Over the past three years, as the district underwent extensive construction which involved multiple classroom moves, a complete change of furniture, and more literal heavy lifting, our crew of seven under the leadership of Paul Miller have done the impossible - with a smile on their faces. We so appreciate Medhanie Gebremichael, Carlos Hernandez, Kris Kuivenhoven, Jose Quintanilla, Jimmy Roque and Jesus Zamorano. We would be lost without them.

Honoring Staff

The Library teachers at Kent and Bacich presented their programs. Susan Warnick, with the help of four 4th grade Library Pages, gave an overview of book awards, searching for a book, and interviewing for Heritage Day. Rebecca Jelen and a 7th grade student updated the Board on the broadcast class now being produced in the Library as well as other enhancements such as Battle of the Books and author visits.

The Trustees discussed Board Policy 6141.3 - Religious Observances which was reworked last year but which continues to be confusing to teachers when scheduling tests and homework around religious holidays. Parents should be aware that observing a religious holiday is an excused absence, and any work scheduled during that holiday may be made up by students. In the case of holidays that are not school days off, it is the responsibility of the parent to communicate with the teacher about the student’s absence. The errors that were made this year have been addressed with staff, and a renewed commitment to getting this right next year was made by administration. The district apologizes for any distress students experienced as a result of having tests or homework scheduled around a religious holiday.