Westfield Washington School board recap

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Compiled by Anna Skinner

On Aug. 11, the Westfield Washington School Board held a regular meeting. The next school board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8.

What happened: Supt. Mark Keen gave a superintendent’s report about the status of WWS.

Why it matters: Among other things, Keen highlighted that WHS graduation rates continually exceed 90 percent, 58 percent of students graduate with an honors diploma, and the WWS attendance rate exceeds 97 percent. 2014’s graduation rate was 97.8 percent.

What happened: The board discussed the Shamrock Springs easement agreement and decided to table the item until a further meeting.

What it means: The agreements addresses the drainage involved with the construction of an outdoor science lab. A 12-foot path developed along the outer edges of the pond used for drainage was also discussed. The board wants to table the agreement until further legal advice and conversation amongst each other.
What happened: The board approved the city’s request to use the district’s buses for Grand Park events.

Why it matters: The city will be able to use the white school activity buses – which requires no excess qualifications to drive other than a valid drivers’ license. The individuals using the buses will pay for fuel.

 

What happened: The board approved the renewal of the PowerSchool license.

Why it matters: PowerSchool, the student management system purchased through Pearson, has been in the district for a number of years. The renewal cost is based on the number of students. Since the cost per student is $4.75, the cost of renewal will amount to $30,248.
What happened: The board approved additional textbook rental fees.

Why it matters: Some foreign language classes at the middle school and the Advanced Placement classes at the high school had not purchased their textbooks yet. The remaining books have been chosen and needed the board’s approval before charging parents with the rental fees.

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