Weekly Update from the Superintendent - January 5, 2018

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January 5, 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:

January is School Board Recognition Month – Please join me in thanking our School Board Directors for their dedication and their commitment to the District.  They are the governing body of the District and as such hold the responsibility for the governance and oversight of the District.  The School Board Directors volunteer their many hours of service.  It is not a paid position. Please take the opportunity to thank them for their work. Our newest board director Renier Elenbaas will be sworn in at the next Board meeting.

School Board:

Next Regular Board Meeting - The next regular School Board meeting is at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 10, 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)

Vehicle Mileage Reimbursement Rate Increase - The vehicle mileage reimbursement rate for calendar year 2018 is now 54.5 cents per mile. This is an increase of 1 cent per mile. The rate is based off of the “IRS 2018 Standard Mileage Rates for Business”.

Human Resources: (Kurt Harvill, Director of Personnel, Grants and Risk Management)

Early Notice Incentive for Certified Staff Planning to Retire or Resign – As a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between MEA and the District, there is a financial incentive of a $500 lump sum payment in the June paycheck for certified employees who submit retirement or resignation letters by February 1st. The certified employee must have worked in Meridian for 5 years to be eligible and the letter of retirement or resignation must be effective June 30, 2018.

January 26 is a non-student day.  – January 26th is a contractual workday for MEA employees as per Article IX, Section 13C of the CBA.  It is a normal work day for all year around employees including those in MCEA and PSE.  It is a non-work day for all other employees. If you have any questions please call Kurt Harvill or Julie Dodd at the District Office.

Temperance and Good Citizenship Day - Observed Tuesday, January 16, 2018
RCW 28A.230.150 – Washington state law states that on January 16 of each year each public school will observe Temperance and Good Citizenship Day.

The original language of the 1923 Washington state law included specific language regarding education of the effects of alcohol and drug use. However this language was removed when the law was revised in 1969. While many interpret “temperance” to mean prohibition, as defined above, instruction on “temperance” may include information about prohibition, but it is not a specific requirement of the law. The 2013 Legislature added the expectation that on Temperance and Good Citizenship Day public schools provide opportunities for eligible students to register to vote.

Many school districts recognize this day by discussing temperance in connection with good citizenship, specifically addressing self-restraint. This idea of self-restraint is closely tied with many of the activities associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For example, a district may choose to discuss the accomplishments of peaceful, non-violent protests in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. 

Food Services: (Maria Doyle, Food Services Supervisor)

Program Questions – The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program has many compliance requirements and restrictions. Please contact Maria Doyle, Food Services Director with any and all food service program questions or concerns. She can provide staff members, families or students with information about procedures, requirements and restrictions for this program. Maria can be reached via e-mail at mdoyle@meridian.wednet.edu or at extensions 2360 or 2267. 

Transportation: (Mark Dennis, Transportation Supervisor)

New District Vehicle - Recently the District added a new Chevrolet pick-up to our fleet of vehicles.  The District purchases vehicles under the state bid/pricing process. This vehicle will be assigned to our Maintenance Department.  We anticipate this new addition will serve our District for many years to come.

My Favorite FLOTUS Quote of the Week:  “To know yourself, to know that what you are doing is right, and to live with your own conscience is all that is necessary in life.” (Mamie Eisenhower)