In the minutes - Dayton School Board

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Members of the Dayton School Board are Steve Martin, Marchand Hovrud, Tamara Fritze, Joe Huether and David Bailey. With Fritze absent Wednesday:

  • POLICY UPDATE: Reviewed clarification from the Washington State School Directors Association regarding determination of whether policy updates are required, suggested or optional.
  • STEPS TO RESPECT: Discussed curriculum called "Steps to Respect" that addresses bullying, intimidation and harassment among students. The curriculum is currently being used in Pomeroy, Walla Walla and Pasco schools.
  • MISSION STATEMENT: Learned school staff has done some work on the district mission statement and goals.
  • LEGISLATURE: Discussed a funding bill introduced by Ross Hunter. The bill would change how schools are funded. Also discussed issue of charter schools, another legislative topic.
  • AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: Discussed the expected end of funding for the 21st Century after school program at the end of this school year. School leaders are examining what they can do without any money, and reviewing needs of students and families and the district. Currently 50 to 70 students participate.
  • BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: District stakeholders are meeting to build relationships so administrators, teachers and the board are working together at optimum level, Superintendent Doug Johnson said.
  • HEAT UNIT: Learned a classroom heat unit will be replaced at a cost of $5,000.
  • POLICIES: Approved revised policy related to excused and unexcused absences. The revision included eliminating a clause that allowed students to come late to school if they come home from a basketball game after 11:30 p.m. Held first reading on policy regarding policy adoption, allowing the superintendent to make changes at the direction of the board if the changes are non-substantive. Unanimous for both.
  • PERSONNEL: Consider accepting resignation of Clay Lindsey as Camp Wooten director.

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