Weekly Update from the Superintendent - October 6, 2017

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October 6, 2017

This weekly update includes information from the District Office and department staff regarding District operations and reminders.  It does not include updates or activities from each school site.

Office of the Superintendent:

Food Drive – Thank you to all students and staff who donated to the annual “Stuff the Bus” food drive to benefit those in need in our community.  It is not too late to donate.  Please contact Chantell Kruse in the transportation department at ckruse@meridian.wednet.edu if you would like to donate. Thank you to Chantell for coordinating this effort again this year.

Strategic Planning Meeting – The last opportunity for staff and community members to provide input for the development of District priorities to be included in the next strategic plan is on Thursday, October 10th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the library space at the former TMCE (now IRE “Building B”). 

MP3 Campus Ribbon Cutting Ceremony October 10thPlease join me and the School Board of Directors to congratulate the MP3 staff and celebrate the opening of their brand new campus. All Meridian staff and community members are invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new MP3 campus on Tuesday, October 10th at 5:30 p.m. 

School Board:

Next Regular Board Meeting - The next regular School Board meeting is at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Board meetings are held in the Professional Development/Board Room at MHS.  All staff members are invited and welcome to attend School Board meetings.   Meeting agendas and minutes can be accessed via a link from the District web site or at http://www.boarddocs.com/wa/msdwa/Board.nsf/Public

Business Office: (Daniel Yorton, Director of Business Services)

Employer Contribution Rates - Employer contribution rates to the state retirement systems for all employees went up by approximately 2% in 2017/18.  This amounts to a $225,000 increase in cost to the District.  See table below:

 

2016/17

2017/18

Increase %

Employer Rates

 

 

 

TRS

13.13%

15.20%

2.07%

PERS

11.18%

12.70%

1.52%

SERS

11.58%

13.48%

1.90%

If you have questions or would like more information please contact Daniel Yorton, Director of Business Services at dyorton@meridian.wednet.edu or at extension 2161.

Teaching and Learning: (Patti Fouts, Director of Teaching and Learning)

Professional Learning Communities - Collaborative teams are the fundamental building blocks of PLCs.  This document provides rationale for establishing collaborative teams as the basic structure for PLC work. 

In a PLC, a collaborative team is defined as "a group of people working interdependently to achieve a common goal for which members are mutually accountable." (Glossary of Key Terms and Concepts [PDF]. (2016). Solution Tree Press).  This challenging work is supported by establishing and holding one another and ourselves accountable to team norms.

If you haven't done so already, please work with your collaborative team to develop and publish team norms and share them with your Principal by the end of the workday on Friday, October 13.  Include in your norms at least one agreed upon norm for holding yourselves and one another accountable to doing the work of a PLC. 

In addition, it's essential for teams to pre-plan for how they will address the inevitable norms violation.  As a team, ask and answer the question: What is our process for holding each other accountable in a respectful and dignified manner?  You should include this norm on your list.  

Following are links to answer the why, the what, and the how of establishing norms. They can assist you in norms development.  

Maintenance: (Brian Stephan, Maintenance Supervisor)

Welcome Two New Custodial Staff Members - I would like to welcome our two new custodians, Debra Coleman and Kirk Home. Debra is a night custodian at IRE and Kirk is the night custodian at MMS and MP3. Both have been working for the District as substitutes for over a year and are doing a fantastic job. Please join me in welcoming them to our District team. 

Transportation: (Mark Dennis, Transportation Supervisor)

New School Bus - Our District just took delivery on a new bus purchase.  The new bus is #39.  It will be on the road soon.  We are also planning on purchasing two more buses this year as we continue keep our fleet updated.

My Favorite FLOTUS Quote of the Week:  Children who are read to learn two things: First that reading is worthwhile, and second, that they are worthwhile.” (Laura Bush)