The Quillayute Valley School District Board of Directors met Tuesday, March 25, for a regular scheduled board meeting.
One of the highlights of newsworthy interest for the community of Fork pertains to the current grade organization.
Grade Organization: The Board of Directors discussed information about the potential restructuring of its current grade bands (K-5, 6-8, 9-12). Kyle Weakley, assistant superintendent, provided background information about considering the change.
He highlighted Board Policy 1005, Key Functions of the Board, including vision (equity for ALL students), structure (environment to ensure all student attain their maximum potential), accountability (success) and advocacy (SUCCESS for All, encourage progress and energize systemic change).
The Board reviewed demographic data: 68 percent of QVSD’s student population qualifying for free or reduced lunch program and the district’s thirds grade reading and math trends from 2005-13.
The Board also reviewed information about the potential of increasing the hours and quality of the QVSD ECEAP pre-school program (due to changes occurring at the state and federal levels). With this increase of serving 52 students from 2.5 hours to 6 hours daily in the 2014-15 school year, there will be a need to find additional space in the district.
The Quillayute Valley School District Board has the final authority of the grade level band configuration per Board Policy 2210, Grade Organization.
Diana Reaume, superintendent, highlighted the next steps:
Tuesday, April 8, 5-6 p.m. Special Board Meeting – Community – FHS Library (Information on Grade Organization), 6:00 p.m. – Regular Board Meeting – FHS Library
Wed., April 9, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Restructure Committee Meeting – ONRC
Wed., April 16, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Restructure Committee Meeting – ONRC
Tues., April 22, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Special Board Meeting – Hearing – Library (Grade Organization)
Tues., April 22, 6:00 – Regular Board Meeting – Library
On Tuesday, April 8, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be a Special Board Meeting in the Forks High School Spartan’s Library, providing organizational data and information, as well as explaining the process for considering a change to the current grade organization.
The Restructure Committee meetings will be open to the public for observing.
The committee members will be considering student data, future of pre-school program (due to state and federal level changes), grade organization and district resources.
The committee’s role is to recommend a reasonable approach, given all the information.
The Superintendent will take the committee’s recommendation to the Board of Directors at the regular board meeting on Tuesday, April 22nd.