||Edison ballots mail today |
Walla Walla voters will receive their mail ballots today to determine whether a new Edison Elementary School is built. The February 6 bond measure would replace the existing 70-year-old Edison Elementary on an expanded current site with a two-story, 63,000 square foot school.
The new Edison would serve approximately 450 students to meet current district elementary capacity issues and long-range community growth projections.
Edison Project benefits:
• Better classrooms (advanced technology, furniture, improved lighting, sound systems to better hear teachers, A/C)
• Needed additional classrooms
• Modern library and technology labs
• Teacher prep rooms and testing areas
• Separate cafeteria and PE spaces
• Added student capacity for future growth
• Improved safety (Hobson Street entrance)
The cost of the project is $19.5 million. The Edison project would increase the local bond rate 20 cents per thousand of assessed valuation. This is an average of $30 per year or $2.50 per month if your house is valued at $150,000. The goal of the bond is to provide Edison Elementary students the best education possible.
||More study needed on K-12 Common Collaboration schedule |
At Tuesday night’s school board meeting Assistant Superintendent Linda Boggs made a case for a K-12 Common Collaboration schedule, citing improved professional development for staff, more opportunities for transitional grade level planning, and a less hectic schedule for students and families.
Currently the district offers a split schedule — early release for elementary and late start for secondary students — for teacher collaboration and training. Some families have found this schedule difficult to manage — especially those with children in both elementary and secondary schools. District studies have also found there are challenges associated with a common schedule.
Boggs reminded school board members the district began looking at a Common Collaboration schedule in 2002. She said although the district could not build consensus at the time for a common schedule, it has always been the goal. She said the district needed time to allow teacher collaboration to earn the trust of staff and parents.
School board members have scheduled a public work session Tuesday, February 6 at 6 p.m. to further study advantages and disadvantages of implementing a K-12 Common Collaboration schedule.
The district will share additional information with school board members on what it would take to implement a K-12 Common Collaboration schedule and detail some of the challenges associated with making this change. No decisions have been made as whether the district will move away from the current split schedule.
||Personnel Report (from 1/16/07 school board meeting)|
• New Hires
(Classified) Kathryn Austin, Health Clinician, Blue Ridge
John Edson, Bus Driver, Transportation
Jerry Failing, Bus Driver, Transportation
Nathan Ferraro, Para-Educator, Garrison
(Certificated) Karen Smeed, Kindergarten teacher, Blue Ridge, 24 years (to retire at end of school year)
Michal Walters, Special Ed. Preschool teacher, Blue Ridge, 6 years
(Classified) Daniella Orozco, Assistant Secretary, Blue Ridge, 5 months
(*Daniella is resigning a portion of her assignment and will continue as a 3-hour a day employee.)
Local PTA Reflections contest entries advance to state
Walla Walla area schools recently competed in the local level of the nationwide 2006-07 PTA Reflections Art Program with over 680 local students participating. Entries were conducted in the areas of literature, visual arts, photography, music, dance and film/video and was based on the theme, “My Favorite Place...”
Ten area school PTAs sent 10 entries to the PTSA Council level for judging. Award winning entries at the Council level continue on to the Washington State PTA for statewide judging with winners at that level going on to competition at the national level. The theme for the 2007-08 Reflections Art Contest will be “I Can Make a Difference by . . .”
The Walla Walla County PTSA Council recently held the awards ceremony for participants in the 2006-07 Reflections Council level competition. One hundred entries were submitted to the council level for judging; 18 entries were selected to continue competition at the Washington State PTSA level this spring.
The artwork and literature of all PTSA Council-judged entries plus all 680+ of the entries submitted for judging to the local PTA units are currently on display at Carnegie Art Center through January 26, 2007.
Carnegie is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am- 4:30 pm. There is no admission charge.
The 18 winning entries continuing on to the State Reflections Contest, in each category, are as follows (name, school, grade):
Reed Bond, 2nd grade, Prospect Point
Kaitlyn Calhoun, 4th grade, Green Park
Belle Taylor, 6th grade, Pioneer
Emma Timm-Ballard, 5th grade, Green Park
Austin Tucker, 11th grade, Wa-Hi
Ashlee Wall, 12th grade, Wa-Hi
Bryan Colombo, 12th grade, Wa-Hi
Avery Cortinas, 2nd grade, Edison
Reed Bond, 2nd grade, Prospect Point
Nick Brown, 3rd grade, Sharpstein
Skylar Druffel, 1st grade, Berney
Kaylee Erdman, 1st grade, Sharpstein
Hannah Hampson, 5th grade, Sharpstein
John Hoffman, 2nd grade, Green Park
Gerald Maib, 8th grade, Garrison
Jessie Shives, 5th grade, Berney
Ritu Patel, 1st grade, Green Park
Matt Skorina, 8th grade Garrison