School board organizes for 2020


The Westfield Washington Schools Board of Trustees met Jan. 14 for its first meeting of the year. The next board meetings is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in the community room of Washington Woods Elementary, 17950 Grassy Branch Rd.

What happened: New and incumbent board members were sworn in.

What it means: School board members are Bill Anderson, Duane Lutz, Rebecca Ogle, Amy Pictor and Amber Willis.


What happened: The board elected officers.

What it means: Amy Pictor, Rebecca Ogle and Duane Lutz were elected president, vice president and secretary, respectively. The board approved the nominations unanimously.


What happened: The board reapproved its code of ethics.

What it means: Each year as part of the board’s organizational meeting, members take a vote on the board’s code of ethics, along with completing and signing conflict of interest forms.


What happened: The board approved appointments of its members to committees.

What it means: Bill Anderson will serve on the health insurance, safety and technology committees. Duane Lutz will serve on the finance subcommittee and as the ISBA legislative liaison and as a board member of the Westfield Washington Schools Education Foundation. Rebecca Ogle will serve on the finance subcommittee and negotiations committee. Amy Pictor will serve on the broad-based planning/high ability and health insurance committees, as well as on the SEL/Wellbeing Community Task Force. Amber Willis will serve on the alumni relations, negotiations, safety and wellness committees and on the SEL/Wellbeing Community Task Force.


What happened: The board set meeting dates through 2021.

What it means: Typically, board meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month unless there are holiday or school break conflicts. Upcoming dates are Feb. 11, March 10, April 23, May 12 and June 9.


What happened: The board approved a recommendation for a construction manager.

What it means: Skillman Corp. will serve as the construction manager for the district’s early learning center and central office project. The board unanimously approved the recommendation from the administration.


What happened: The board approved a resolution to transfer funds to the district’s rainy day fund.

What it means: District officials said they plan to move any remaining money in the operations fund or operating referendum fund at the end of the year to the rainy day fund. From the operating referendum fund, $230,000 was moved to the rainy day fund. Also, from the former administration building fund, $1,257,852.97 was moved to the rainy day fund.


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