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i cHEnEYFAEE PRESS I Thursday, June 11,2015 .;i By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Cheney High School finally has an updated new Associated Student Body constitution. At its May 27 meeting, the Cheney School District board of directors re- ceived a report and a copy of the new constitution from several ASB officers and high school assistant principal Jeff Roberts. Roberts said the work on revis- ing and updating the old constitution, which was last updated in 1994 and con- tained references to procedures dating back to 1978, began in February. The ASB had hoped to have it fin- ished by April, but the task proved more difficult than anticipated, particularly when it came to language and agree- ment on what updates would benefit future CHS students. Roberts said the group just finished the document a couple weeks ago. ASB officer Jackson Spencer said the need to update the document came about from disputes over homeroom representation during the 2013-14 school year. "Really, we hadn't even been using the constitution anymore," Spencer told the board. Spencer said a lot of the work cen- tered around updating the election processes as well as defining officers' roles and responsibilities, such as how to deal with officers who are not attend- ing ASB meetings on a regular basis. ASB president Mary McCombie added they also included language defining expectations of incoming officers, and how the ASB might hold the rest of the student body accountable to these expectations as well. The officers told the board there were many times during the revision process when opinions came into conflict. As a humorous example, they noted that they changed the school's colors from red and black, to black and red. "We're really proud of this docu- ment and hope it will serve our ASB," Spencer said on a more serious level. The school board later in the meeting voted unanimously to accept the new constitution. In old business, the board held the second reading and final passage of revisions to a policy regarding the release of resident students to attend other districts, and a policy regarding sexual harassment. Both policies' lan- guage revisions were reviewed at the May 13 meeting and had no changes since that time. The board also approved as complete work performed by contractor 4QTRS, LLC on installation of emergency re- sponse software. The work was paid for through a grant from the Washing- ton state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and connects all safety equipment in the school district such as cameras, information and alert systems into one central location. Finally, the board approved renew- ing a contract with the firm of Myers- Stevens for providing the district's stu- dent accident insurance. Myers-Stevens has been the district's policy carrier for the past 12 years, but after renewing the contract last year the board asked the district's executive director of fi- nance, Kassidy Probert, to'look into other options for the same insurance. Probert said he contacted other school district's in the area regarding potential options. "They all came back saying this (My- ers-Stevens) was really the only option for this," Probert said. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@chenevfreepress:com. Photo by John McCallum Biliteral seniors Ten Cheney High School graduating seniors have earned the Seal of Biliteracy through either the STAMP (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) or AP (Advanced Placement) tests. Biliteracy requires the ability to not only speak a second language but also read and write in that language as well. Graduates were able to wear a medal signifying their achievement at last Friday's commencement ceremonies and will have the bilateral designation placed on their transcripts. This is the first year of the program in Washing- ton. Pictured above are, from left to right, Yashuel Campos (Spanish), Olivia Cook (Spanish), Copper Wilson (French), Caleb Athonvaragkul (French) and Leanna Elk (French). Not picture but receiving the seal are Linsay Sweitzer (French), Sonora Hetrick (Spanish), Eva Bautista (Spanish), Elizabeth Fix (Spanish) and Aileen Sigua (Tagalog - Philippines). stern plays waiting game with 2015-17 budget By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter When you deal in the kind of money Eastern Washington University does with its biennial budget, and with a state legislature that has a hard time agreeing, it's good to be flexible At one time that would have meant an old fashion pencil with a big eraser and a thick legal pad. Now, a well- built spreadsheet can try to do the new calcula- tions necessary when the budget numbers change, as they are likely to. The Eastern Wash- ington University board of trustees got to peer info the still foggy future at their May 14 meeting when Mary Voves, vice presi- dent for business and finance at EWU, deliv- ered a lengthy Power- Point presentation on the first reading of both the 2015-17 operating and capital budgets. Voves warned the trustees that there could still be significant re- ductions in state sup- port. But that will not be determined until the Legislature adjourns. And that date is any- one's guess as the law- makers at Capitol Hill in Olympia already finished a 105-day regular session, a 30-day special session and now a special second session is trying to arrive at a compromise. By law they must deliver a budget to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signa- ture by July 1. With nearly 60-pages of charts and graphs in hand, Voves outlined the next two years of operations at EWU. Even preliminary in nature, she termed it, "A challenging budget environment," as the school has had to endure a net reduction in state funding of 37 percent since the 2009-11 bien- nium. Total state appropria- tions funding in 2009-11 was $124.8 million but has fallen drastically in the 2013-15 biennium to $78.76 million. The most recently completed budget pe- riod, 2013-15, showed fiat enrollment growth but revenue that looks stable. In an effort to change that there is a new focus in attracting international students to EWU. Eastern projects an enrollment of 10,408 with 8,854 of those resi- dent undergraduate stu- dents over the next two years. The budget process See Eastern page 3 Student team promotes positive change at middle By AL STOVER StaffReporter A student-led team is helping lead the move- ment to make Medical Lake Middle School a better place. Earlier this year, Medical Lake became the latest school dis- trict to implement the PBIS (positive behavior intervention support) program. During a pre- sentation to the school board, Josh Edmondson, a behavior specialist for the district, explained that the middle school wanted students to learn how to do handle situa- tions in a positive man- ner. They also wanted to focus on students hool who are showing good behavior. "Many times teachers focus on the bad behavior or the loud behavior that distracts the classroom," Edmonson said. "As staff, we asked ourselves 'what are we do- ing to recognize and encourage students who show good be- havior. We're trying to be more proactive in doing that." While staff imple- mented some activities to help promote PBIS, including having karaoke during the lunch hour and bringing in Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy David Morris to speak to the school about bul- lying, they also estab lished a student-led team - comprised of Sierra Brock, Chloe Hanson, "One person's positive them attitude can impact thou- sands." Medical Lake Middle School student Erika Uribes Erika Uribes and Justin Warnick - to get stu- dents excited about the program and help create a safe environment. All four students were se- lected because of a school survey. "On the survey it asked 'If you were be- ing bullied, who would you talk to?' Uribes said. "Our four names came up the most." The students created posters with positive mes- sages and spread around school. They also held a kickoff as- sembly involving students from the high school's lead- ership class, who presented a skit about school behavior. The committee also worked on videos. One of them showed a stu- dent - played by Warnick -- starting his morning before heading to school where he encountered different situations such as bullying and harass- ment, and positive meth- ods he used to resolve them. "In that video, we wanted to show students that their lives look simi- lar to their classmates," Edmondson said. Edmondson also praised the team's efforts m wanting to change the culture of the school. "We've given them the tools and the micro- phones to let their voices be heard," Edmonson said. "We want this fo- cus on positive behavior to spread outside of the school and it starts with these guys." The team will pro- mote PBIS with the in- coming sixth-grade class. Hanson said one of the team's goals for next year is to keep students from forming groups that ex- clude classmates. "We want to keep students frommaking judgements and encour- age them to include oth- ers," Hanson said. The team also shares Edmonson's hopes of spreading PBIS into their homes and the commu- nity. "If you show a posi- tive attitude, people will do positive," Uribes said. "One person's positive attitude can impact thou- sands." AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com, Congratulations Medical Lake High School Junior, Alex Garza Academic Student of the Week Specialty Asphalt honors Cheney High School Senior, Eva Bautista AcademiC Student of the Week Medica!...Lake Meetings are the 3rd Dollars for Thu Oay each month at 6:30 pm SCHOLARS" at Medical Lake A P~ ~ ~ip Arr~* City Hall Chambers www.medicallake.dollarsforschoiars.org Email: medicallakedfs@yahoo.com II spmAL ,.ALT I I ,o C@IlISTRUC"i'IIOIHI LL I I 509. 3 22=2 I I FAX m.23 62S2 I | ~ 16715 S. Cheney/Spokane Road | I ~UI'~\~ Cheney, WA 99004 |