The Peninsula School District’s Board of Directors heard requests from teachers to support Tuesday’s half-day walkout during last week’s meeting at the district office.
Peninsula High math teacher Sheri Ahlheim urged the board to support the teachers’ walkout and to encourage the state Legislature to fully fund education as required by the state Supreme Court.
Leslie Harbaugh, Parent District Council representative, reminded the board that “the citizens of Washington voted to fully fund education and create smaller classroom sizes, yet our legislators haven’t done anything to honor our vote. We need to take a stand and ask them to respect the citizens they represent and uphold the law.”
The board directed staff to draft a resolution to the state Legislature to fully fund public education. The entire board stated it, “acknowledges that district staff, both certificated and classified, collaborates with the community to put kids first.”
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The draft resolution will be posted to the Peninsula School District’s website, www.psd401.net, for feedback prior to the May 28 board meeting.
The meeting also included the announcement of several personnel moves.
Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto presented Peninsula Education Association president Jim Falcocchio an award for his many years of teaching service to the district.
Assistant Superintendent Dan Gregory also introduced Katja Rimmele, who has been approved as Voyager Elementary School’s principal. Rimmele replaces Patty McClelland, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
Among those making reports was PSD curriculum facilitator and Highly Capable Transition coordinator Joy Giovanini, who provided a presentation on the implementation of the district’s Highly Capable program’s changes over the last few months.
“We are expanding our program to be more of a continuum of services from K-12, including clustering identified highly capable students in the early grades, adding to the self-contained programs at Minter Creek and Voyager to include a 2/3 class in addition to the 4/5 options of the past, and expanding to a middle school self-contained option for language arts and social studies at Key Peninsula Middle School and Kopachuck Middle School,” Giovanini said.
The district is currently working on a plan for providing support and professional development for its teachers in 2015-16 and beyond in regards to highly capable. In addition to the traditional options including Wednesday job-alikes and in-service trainings, it’s exploring the potential of creating a Highly Capable Consortium with other districts to pool our resources and offer a menu of professional development options to share with all of the teachers, Giovanini said.
“But that is still in the development phase,” she said.