January School Board Notes

January School Board Notes
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The Omak School Board approved engineering services for new portable projects at both East and North schools this year. The engineering contract at $242,000 is part of a $4.8 million project to add 12 classrooms.
At North, the preschool area is being completely redone. Three old portables – well past their useful lifespan – will be demolished, leaving one newer portable in place. Two “quad” portables will be added, featuring four classrooms with inner hallways and storage space. This allows the preschool program to expand, as well as to have space indoors for play on inclement weather days. Along with the portable installation, the parking and drop-off loop at the preschool will be redone. Where the current three old portables sit, the new design calls for parking and an expanded loop. This will allow safer access for staff, parents and emergency services.
At East, another quad portable will be added, to the west of the building, connected to the third-grade wing by a breezeway. With enrollment being high in upcoming classes, East has to add classrooms to accommodate. Some of the work will also include some ground leveling, to allow for an overflow unpaved parking area to help aid in some of the congestion the school currently experiences.
In other business, the board:
Was recognized for their service in honor of School Board Appreciation Month. Each member of the board was given a certificate and thanked.
Approved the hiring of Special Education teacher Heather Krieger at East, and Nora Kayser, a paraeducator at the Middle School.
Accepted the retirement of North teacher Gail Langseth and paraeducators Bonnie Crockett, Patricia Gariano and Robin Bergh.
Approved two field trip requests, one for Jazz Band to attend the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the other for the FFA to attend leadership training, both in February.
Heard a presentation from the Xtreme Challenge CAT (cards and tabletop) group, where games such as “Magic” and “Dungeons and Dragons” are used to teach math, critical thinking, engineering, technology and other skills. Students and the instructor shared about how the program has worked and future plans to incorporate more technology.
Heard a presentation from North administrators about activities and goals the school has. Preschool Director Sheila Crowder shared about how preschool aims to prepare students for kindergarten, and the marked difference between a kindergartener who has preschool background and who does not. North Principal Jack Schneider and Assistant Principal Lee Ann Schrock shared about their school-wide goal to increase the number of students at or above grade level in reading by 10 percent. To help teachers and support staff with the goal, Schneider will lead a 12-week literacy study for teachers each Monday after school.
Approved a lease agreement with RICOH for a new copier system at the District Office.
Approved a contract with ATS Inland Northwest for HVAC control systems at East and North. This would enable off-site control over the systems, requiring some new hardware and software, and tying in all portables to the system.