Weekly Update from the Superintendent - June 16, 2017

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June 16, 2017

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:

Building Relationships with Parents – During this time of year there are several opportunities to visit with the parents of our students.  Parents come to school events, music programs, presentations, and promotion ceremonies, in happy anticipation of seeing their child in their school environment. As parents we all hope to see and hear good things. Please utilize these opportunities to engage with parents about their child and his/her successes and positive qualities.  These small interactions certainly help to build good relations between home and school. Thank you for specifically reaching out to parents during these events.

Reception for Mike Protzeller - MHS English Teacher, Mike Protzeller is retiring after 41 years of teaching (39 in Meridian).  Parents, staff, former students, and community members are all invited to an open house to honor and congratulate him on Wednesday, June 21 from 3:00-5:00pm in the MHS Commons.


School Board:

Next Regular Board Meeting - The next regular School Board meeting is at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. 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

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

MCEA Staff Moving Hours Granted - The District and MCEA recently sign a letter of agreement which provides those MCEA employees required to move their work location this summer with up to three (3) hours of pay.  See below.

The Meridian School District acknowledges the additional time that may be required outside the regular work day that moving into a new school facility or to a new classroom may cause. Therefore, the District is offering the following, one-time only, three (3) additional hours of pay for those classified employees that are required to move during the summer of 2017. This agreement is for moves required by the District at Meridian Parent Partnership Program and Irene Reither Elementary School only.

The rate of pay for these three (3) additional hours would be at the normal hourly rate for each employee.  Additional hours must be scheduled and utilized in such a way that it does not cause the employee to go into overtime status and do not occur during normal scheduled work hours.  Hours will be submitted on a District time sheet and approved by the building Principal at each site. Timesheets must be submitted by August 31, 2017.

Please Note: MEA Certified Employees should refer to their Association’s collective bargaining agreement regarding moving stipends.

MCEA 179 Day Employees – The District and MCEA recently signed a letter of agreement to clarify section 9.14 of the collective bargaining agreement.  Please see the new language in bold below.

Section 9.14.

The Meridian School District shall make a good faith effort to restore any lost hours/days to employees who were cut back in the 2006/2007 school year. As of the 2009/2010 school year, Meridian will restore two (2) half (½) days’ pay and work time. Employees subject to this agreement* may leave at the end of the student day on the following dates:

  • The day before Thanksgiving Break
  • Spring Conference Day
  • The last day of school

*Employees subject to this agreement include only 179 day employees.  It does not include those employees (i.e. secretaries) who work a calendar that is different than 179 days.

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

Six Traits of Life Changing Teachers - As our school year comes to a close, this article, Six Traits of Life Changing Teachers, seems appropriate and will resonate with each of you.  Thank you, Meridian educators for your investment in students, families and colleagues.  You are doing THE most important work.  Thank you for changing lives! 

Maintenance: (Brian Stephan, Maintenance Supervisor)

Remove Food and Plants – Please remove all food from staff refrigerators and your classrooms as well as all plants when you leave for the summer.  Thank you.

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

Expense claim procedures – Itemized Receipts Required - Expense claims are used as a means of employee reimbursement for out of pocket travel expenses for conference and meetings.  Expense claims should be completed on a monthly basis with ideally one claim made per month.  Having only one claim per month cuts down on the amount of paperwork that is processed through accounts payable.  Itemized receipts are required for all reimbursable expenses (including food).  Itemized receipts show the detail of items purchased.  Expense reimbursement rules are governed by board policy and procedure 6213 and 6213P respectively.  If you expect you will need to make a claim or make claims on a regular basis, please review the board policy and procedure in the links below.



Technology: (Joe O’Brien, Technology Supervisor)

Please do not leave your district-assigned laptop in your classroom over the summer.  If you do not wish to take it home with you, please email Joe O'Brien directly, jobrien@meridian.wednet.edu and drop your laptop off at the district office.

If you have personal electronic devices you would like to be recycled, please contact Joe O'Brien directly to coordinate a time for you to drop off those items.  Through a partnership with ECS Refining and Apple, electronic items are picked up over the summer for recycling in the states, and not shipped overseas.

My Favorite Thomas Edison Quote of the Week:  “Continued innovation is the best way to beat the competition.”