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CHENEY,FBEE PRESS ...... Thursday, December 24, 20i By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney School Board wel- comed two faces at its Dec. 16 meeting: Mitch Swenson and Stacy Nicol. Swenson, representing District 5, took over from former director James Whiteley after he won the No- vember school board election. Nicol ran unopposed for the District 4 seat after former director Rick Mount, who had filed for reelection in May, withdrew his name from the ballot. They, along with board president Henry Browne took the oath of office and were sworn into their positions. Browne was reelected to the school board District 3. seat after defeating former Airway Heights Mayor Pat- rick Rushing in the election. In reorganization of the board, Browne was reelected school board president, Suzanne Dol!e was se- lected as vice president and Swenson was picked as the Washington In- terscholastic Activities Association liaison for the district. In action items the board ap- proved the district improvement plan and the schools' individual improvement plans. Nicole Nancy gave a quick pre- sentation of the district's overall plan. Some highlights she noted Photo by Al Stover Cheney School Board directors Stacy Nicol (left), Mitch Swenson (center) and Henry Browne take the oath of office during the Dec. 16 meeting. were the district's dedication to pro- fessional development, community connections and other activities. The plan also includes student de- mographics and Smarter Balanced assessment data. The document also includes plans for student support services and a portion of the district's professional development plan. It also lists sup- porting activities the district is doing to connect with the community. Some of the elements in each individual building plan include achievement data and Smarter Bal- Von Lehe, Cooper and Jensen, lected to Medical Lake board anced data, school improvement goals, an action plan as well as sec- tions on attendance, professional development, highly qualified teach- ers, nonacademic learning, technol- ogy use, and a community and fam- ily involvement component. "I'm really proud of our schools for making that effort to hone in and being intentional about their work," Nancy said. In enrollment, Kassidy Probert, the district's executive director of finance said the district was at 4,325 full-time equivalent students, By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Medical Lake School Board went through several house- keeping items in their final meeting of the cal- endar year, Dec. 15 School board presi- dent Rod Von Lehe and director Ron Cooper took the oath of office and rere sworn into will continue to be the Washington Interscho- lastic Activities Asso- ciation liaison. In action items, the board approved local and regional legislative priorities for the 2016 session. Local priorities in- clude asking the Legisla- ture to fully implement funding if they do that. Medical Lake collects $2.20 per $1,000 of as- sessed property value for a total of $667,000. We would lose $236,000 if they made a shift, so we're asking them not to do that." The fourth local pri- ority, which Ames said is special to the district, the McCleary require- isstaff will ask the Leg, ~heir positions on the merits, fund a competi- 8oard. Von Lehe, Coo- }ive market rate for certi-i per and Felicia Jensen were reelected to the board after they ran un- opposed in November school board elections. Jensen was absent at the meeting. Von Lehe was re- elected president of the board and Peggy Schweikhardt will re- fled and classified staff to attract and sustain quality employees and ensure a levy system that maintains local co.n- trol and:continue with Levy Equalization As- sistance. "There's conversa- tion about switching the LEA," Superinten- main vice president, dent Tim Ames said. Kelly Fouts will be "Until they fully fund the board's legislative McCleary, it's going to liaison and Cooper be really a change of islature to do a "tempo- .rary fix, .to substitute teacher shortage. "We tried to get re- tired teachers back as substitutes, but they took a compensation package and now they can't sub until they are 65 years old," Ames said. Ames said the first regional priorities are similar to the regional objectives, which are shared with 58 other school districts. One pri- :i which is 12 less than the November count. Probert said this follows last year's trend and the district is still 18 FTE students above budget for the month. During the public comment, Bill Johns expressed his concerns over the district's Thoughtexchange Dis- cover results. He pointed out that the majority of the participants in the conversation were Staff, par- ents or a combination of the two. Johns also noted that many of the comments expressing disappoint- ment that the district's $44.88 mil- lion bond proposal didn't pass and hoped the district would run it again in 2015. "What I'm afraid of is we're go- ing down that same road with a very limited input from people," Johns said. "We're getting most of the in- put from parents and staff, not the people who voted against it." See Cheney page 8 Photo by Al Stover Medical Lake Middle.School PACE winners Medical Lake Middle School honored five students for the Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) award for December. December's trait is car- ing. Students received certificates and T-shirts, and were treated to a lunch sponsored by Subway. From left to right: Taelar Rogers, Kamanai Paikuli, Tanae Darnes, Edith Lunde and Anthony Griffey. ority that Ames noted is a request to allow bond issues pass with a simple majority rather than a See ML page 8 CHS DECA students qualify for state competition C h e n e y H i g h Charles Harper, Joshua neurial competencies,and business, confer- School's DECA pro' Miotke, Brittany Ciine, DECA prepares them toences and competitive gram competed in the Juan Mendoza and Ty- be skilled, employable events and utilizing in- Area 11 conference, Dec. ler Koohns. and productive workers novative technologies. 7, against 800 students The CHS DECA pro- in the future. , Students will also from 17 high schools, gram is a professional The program s mis- be addingnew technol- Eight of those students student association for sion is to provide qual- ogy in the DECA lab. qualified for the state marketing students. Itis ity education and op-The installation of a competition, in Bellev- aco-curricular, student- portunities through new scanning system ue' Wash., March 325, centered organizationleadership and careerin the school lab will 2016. specifically designed to development activities, maintain inventory The following stu- provide activities that integrated experiences, controls, reports and dents qualified for state: will motivate studentsteaching all aspects of purchases. The system Ciarra Gay, Deborah to learn marketing, man- economics, partneringshould be operational Grall, Gabe Hines, agement and entrepre- with the community in January. Polishing up our wish for you! Smiles make the best holiday decorations. May your home be trimmed with love and laughter this season and bring many smiles to everyone's faces. Merry Christmas Dr. David Turner, DMD Family Dentistry 725-1181 & 1-80(M32-5687 613 S. 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