Weekly Update from the Superintendent - February 15, 2018

tchurchill Thu, 02/15/2018 - 8:03am
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February 15, 2018

This weekly update includes information from the District Office and department staff regarding District operations and reminders.  It does not include updates or activities from each school site.

Office of the Superintendent:

Dr. James Everett Appointed As Superintendent Effective July 1, 2018 – Congratulations to former MHS Principal and current Squalicum HS Principal       Dr. James Everett on his appointment to the position as Superintendent of Meridian SD effective July 1, 2018.

A publicly elected School Board of Directors has the sole responsibility to hire, supervise, evaluate and issue an employment contract to a District Superintendent.  When a current Superintendent either retires or resigns the Board of Directors may decide to conduct a search process or to appoint a known candidate.  The purpose of a search process is to vet potential candidates.  In the case of Dr. Everett, he is already well-known to the Board, has earned his Superintendent credential, and has been thoroughly vetted by them.

I believe Dr. Everett will be an excellent Superintendent who will work for the benefit of all the Meridian staff, students, families, taxpayers and community members. Please join me in welcoming him back into the Meridian family.

School Board:

Next Regular Board Meeting - The next regular School Board meeting is at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Board meetings are held in the Professional Development/Board Room at MHS.  All staff members are invited and welcome to attend School Board meetings.   Meeting agendas and minutes can be accessed via a link from the District web site or at http://www.boarddocs.com/wa/msdwa/Board.nsf/Public

Business Office: (Daniel Yorton, Director of Business Services)

State Auditors - The Washington state auditors will begin conducting an audit of the District’s financial statements next week. They will be in the District conducting the audit from 2/15 – 3/2. They will be reviewing the District’s financial statements as well as federally funded special programs. The auditors will be located in the high school conference room. If you have any questions about the audit, please contact the finance director Daniel Yorton at dyorton@meridian.wednet.edu 

Teaching and Learning: (Patti Fouts, Director of Teaching and Learning)

PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) - Student Achievement Goal 1.7 in the Meridian Strategic Plan states:

By 2023, suspension and expulsion rates will be below the average of Whatcom County school districts as measured by the OSPI Discipline Performance Indicator. 

One strategy that can be used to accomplish this goal is to develop District-wide behavior plans/expectations using the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) model.  

The PBIS model is intended to help improve social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students.  

The District is sending a representative team of staff to the Northwest PBIS Conference next week to learn more about implementing PBIS strategies effectively.  You can learn more about PBIS here or via this link: https://www.pbis.org/

Transportation: (Mark Dennis, Transportation Supervisor)

Washington State Patrol Recognition for K.B. Bilg - On February 13, 2018 Meridian Transportation Technician "KB" Bilg received recognition from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) for "outstanding WSP School Bus Inspections Winter and Summer 2016-2017."  This certificate is to recognize school districts which have 90% or more of their bus fleet having no out-of-service safety violations.  If you also consider the fact that riding on a school bus is the safest form of transportation in general, then our students here are as safe as can be.  Thank you to not only KB for his efforts, but also to all the drivers for their keen eye on bus safety issues.  

My Favorite FLOTUS Quote of the Week:  “People are always going to have opinions, and people have a right to their opinions, particularly when you’re the First Lady; you’re representing the nation.  I’ve tried to be at peace with the choices that I make first, and then be open to everyone else’s reflection.”  (Michelle Obama)