In the minutes - Milton-Freewater School Board


The board met twice this week, once Tuesday and once today. Board members are Don Miller, chair; Duane Geyer, vice-chair; Dennis Burks, Tim McElrath, Sharee LaRue-Wright, George Gillette and Ken Sloan.

With all present Tuesday, the board:

  • EXECUTIVE: Met in executive session prior to the regular meeting to discuss coaching evaluations and conduct an expulsion hearing.

  • BUDGET: Held a budget hearing immediately prior to the regular meeting to take public comment and discuss the budget committee's recommendations.

  • BUDGET: Adopted 2010-11 budget for general fund for $18,420,720; special revenue budget for $2,612,313; debt service budget for $1,379,006; and set tax rate at $4.7953 per $1,000 of assessed value. Unanimous.

  • ACTION: Adopted a variety of procedural resolutions for 2010-11 school year, including appointing Superintendent Marilyn McBride as district clerk; Roger Weiler as business manager; McBride and Weiler as custodians of district funds; McBride as budget officer; board as contract review board; the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin as the newspaper of record; Gerald Lewis of Wheatland Insurance as consultant; legal counsel; and John Witty for labor relations matters. Unanimous.

  • AUDIT: Delayed vote on assigning Fife and Cockburn as auditors. 5-2; Sloan and Gillette against.

  • CALENDAR: Approved board meeting calendar for 2010-11 school year. November and June meetings delayed to third Tuesday of month; and no meeting in December. Unanimous.

  • PAY: Set substitute pay rate at $159.47 per day. Unanimous.

  • FOOD: Rolled over contract with Sodexo for food services. Unanimous.

  • SCIENCE: Approved students participating in the Summer Science Camp at Camp Wooten, Wash., July 9-12. Unanimous.

  • COACHES: Approved use of volunteer coaches for athletic programs, including summer sports camps. Unanimous.

  • POLICIES: Amended board policies on board members standards of conduct, and reporting requirements regarding sexual conduct with students. Unanimous.

  • LIGHTING: Approved resolution to use $600,000 in grant money for lighting project. Unanimous.


With all present this morning, the board:

  • CBA: Approved the collective bargaining agreement with district employees for 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. The contract provides a 4 percent insurance cap each year, and delays step increases until May of each year. Payday is also set for the 20th of each month. Unanimous.

  • AGREEMENT: Approved shortening of school calendar year by two student days, five days for certified employees and three days for classified. Unanimous.

  • CALENDAR: Amended school calendar to reflect agreement. The first day of school was changed to Aug. 25, and the Junior Show day in May will be a no-student day. Unanimous.


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