Clover Park School District August 2022 Board Review – The Suburban Times

Clover Park School District Announcement.

Regular meeting of August 8

At its August 8 meeting, the Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board of Trustees heard a report from Superintendent Ron Banner.

Superintendent’s report

In his report, Banner introduced the new Deputy Superintendent of Secondary Schools, Dr. Gloria Henderson, and discussed student success and community engagement.

Student Success

  • The summer school sessions ended on August 5th.
  • Clover Park High School (CPHS) held its Leaders of Change presentation on August 4. Leaders of Change is a partnership between CPHS staff and communities in Lakewood schools.
    • Students participated in a summer of community building, analyzing needs for change, and planning to implement strategies to support the climate at CPHS.
  • Transition activities for middle and high school students began the week of August 8.

Community involvement

  • Banner attended the City of Lakewood’s SummerFEST, the National Night Out event at American Lake Park, and the Lakewood Multicultural Coalition board meeting.
  • Banner noted that three events are taking place on August 13: the Caring for Kids Ready to Learn Fair, JBLM Beach Bash, and the Town of Lakewood Jazz Festival.
Pierce College

As part of the individual action plan, the Board of Directors:

  • The superintendent authorized to enter into a consultant agreement with Helping Hands to provide special education services for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Superintendent authorized to enter into a consultant agreement with Pioneer Healthcare to provide special education services for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Grant accepted from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to support the district’s and Clover Park High School’s efforts to change and replace its mascot.
  • Project approved and budget increase for Lochburn Middle School toilet improvement project.
  • Approval of contract award to Thompson Electrical Contractors for the Clover Park High School High Voltage Service Overhaul and Power Line Repair.

August 22 regular meeting/workshop

The school board held a regular meeting/workshop on August 22. He heard a report on redistricting and discussed school board reports during the 2022-23 school year.

Tacoma Community College

Redistricting Director

Executive Director of Capital Projects and Risk Management John Boatman reported on redistricting options for principal districts and timelines for adoption. Due to 2020 census data and the recent transfer of territory from the Bethel School District, CPSD must update its principal districts to comply with state law (outlined in RCW 28A.343.040 and RCW 29A .76.010).

The report included a presentation by Parker Howell of the law firm Porter Foster Rorick LLP. He discussed legal requirements, criteria for determining districts, and a timeline for adopting updated director districts. The initial schedule includes public comment in September and sets the October 10 board meeting as the date for adopting the final plan.

Chris Melendez of Davis Demographics presented the district’s demographics, current district populations, and three redistricting options for the council to consider.

Charles Wright Academy

School Board Reports

The school board reviewed and provided feedback on the format used for monthly school board reports provided by district schools. The board also reviewed the schedule of board meetings in the 2022-23 school year and discussed increasing the number of school board reports written each year.

The next regular school board meeting/workshop will be on Monday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m.

August 29 special meeting

The school board held a special meeting Aug. 29 to discuss the redistricting of principals due to 2020 census data and the recent transfer of territory from the Bethel School District. At its previous meeting, the district was presented with three options from outside organization Davis Demographics to consider for redistricting.

State law and district policy and procedure require that the redistricting plan result in the population of each internal director district being as equal as possible, among other criteria. Based on updated federal census data, CPSD has a total population of 90,811, which means that each director district would contain approximately 18,162 people if all director districts had an equal population. Currently, Master District 5 has a significantly larger total population than the other four Master Districts (27.1% above the target population).

College Funding Project

At the August 29 meeting, the board approved a draft redistricting plan. At its next meeting, the council will consider the third option, which would reduce the total population gap between the governing districts from 35.2% to 7.8%. The council directed the superintendent to take all necessary steps to satisfy the law by providing full and reasonable notice of the proposed redistricting plan, which includes publishing the plan and arranging a meeting for comment. public. Information on the third option is available on the district’s website.

The school board will vote on the final redistricting plan at its October 10 meeting.

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