Superintendent's Update: January 22, 2020

Inclement Weather Schedule Changes and Make-up Days

Last week’s snow and icy road conditions resulted in three cancellations and two delayed starts. Making weather-related decisions like these is almost never easy. I want to thank Joe Vlach and his team for driving the roads and helping us make the right calls, and all our employees who helped ensure the safety of our staff, students and families. Tonight, we’ll be proposing the use of our next three designated makeup days (January 31, February 14 and March 6) to offset last week’s closures.

Strategic Planning

I spent most of yesterday with Lake Tahoe Community College President Jeff DeFranco. Jeff has more than 15 years’ experience facilitating groups and leadership development activities, and he will be helping our district with our strategic planning efforts. We spent the day with cabinet members exploring the data received from months of my listening tour and began planning the process in moving strategic planning forward. The board had the opportunity to meet with Jeff this evening at the study session

Meeting with Rep. Derek Kilmer

This morning I met with Representative Derek Kilmer, who was on the CK Campus to visit a high school government class. This was my first opportunity meet Rep. Kilmer. We discussed recent legislative issues that impact education in our schools. 

WASA Inclusionary Practices Meeting

As I mentioned earlier this month, our district has been selected to participate in the Washington Association of School Administrators’ (WASA) Inclusionary Practices project. We hope to use the grant to help us better include our self-contained students with their typically developing peers. Last Thursday I participated in the first Inclusionary Practices Statewide Convening. More than 40 districts showed up to engage in this important work led by Dr. Katie Novak. 

West Sound STEM Network Meetings

On January 10, I attended an executive board meeting for the West Sound STEM Network. The West Sound STEM Network is a group of educators, business leaders, and representatives from local government and the military. We work together to introduce and link students, teachers and the community to the vast array of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) resources in our region. Our discussion earlier this month centered on Career Pathways: Creating a Coherent and Focused System. That meeting was followed by the West Sound Future Workforce Summit. 

Frontline Training

Last spring we finalized an agreement with Frontline Education to adopt new software solutions for our absence and substitute management, and for our applicant tracking and proactive recruiting. Training and implementation of these new systems is now underway. Both will provide more user-friendly interfaces and streamlined processes.