District passes transportation inspection
Last Thursday night, Sunnyside School District
Transportation Supervisor David Taylor talked to the school board about the
recent transportation inspection. He explained that the district's fleet of
vehicles in inspected by the Washington State Patrol twice a year. He said
there is one surprise inspection in the winter and a more thorough inspection
done just before school starts.
Taylor said during the most recent inspection 38 buses were
looked at and only a couple of issues came up. Taylor said there were seven
lights out among the buses, but considering that each bus has 42 to 50 lights
the ratio isn't too bad.
Taylor said two buses were pulled out of service, one was a
mini bus and another was a bus the district plans on using for parts.
"Both of those buses were from the early '80s,"
Overall, Taylor said the district fared well in the
Board works to set up sex education committee
Thursday night, Sunnyside School Board members came together
to find a way to appoint a Health, Family Life and Sex Education Ad Hoc
Committee. The formation of the committee comes after parents voiced concerns
about the sex education curriculum taught in the district.
Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole explained that more than 20
people had shown interest in serving on the committee, meaning the only task
left was deciding how many members the committee would be made up of and who
would serve on it.
School board member Bill Smith suggested the board be made
up of three community members, one student, one teacher, one administrator and
Cole expressed concern that one teacher wouldn't be able to
represent the concerns of all teachers in the district when it comes to the
subject of sex education.
Ultimately, the board decided the committee would be
comprised of three parents, two teachers, one student and one administrator,
with the group coming together to select a chair.
Board approves discipline handbooks
Sunnyside School Board members voted Thursday night to
approve the discipline handbooks for the 2004-05 school year.
Administrators from each of the schools in the district
presented the board with a copy of their handbook, which was presented to
students at the beginning of the school year.
SEA contract changes approved
Changes to Sunnyside Education Association (SEA) contracts
were approved by the Sunnyside School Board last Thursday night.
Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole pointed out that some of the
changes included in the contract were provisions for elementary planning time
and changes in leave language. For example, he noted that maternity and
adoption leaves are now both called family leave.
Overall, board chair Joanne Kilian said the bargaining
process went well this year.
"It was a very good process," Kilian said.
According to the board, the SEA ratified the contract
First day of school draws 4,684 youths
Thursday night, Executive Director of Business Dave Plesha
talked to members of the Sunnyside School Board about enrollment numbers.
Plesha said the first day of school, Aug. 25, there were
4,684 students in the district, which does not include kindergarten students,
who didn't start classes until Aug. 27.
Plesha told board members that the number of students registered
in the district increased by 265 students on Thursday, Aug. 26.
He noted that the official count is set to take place
Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Early Learning Center has 20 students attending
Executive Director of School and Community Resources Ruben
Carrera told members of the Sunnyside School Board Thursday night there are
currently 20 students enrolled in the district's Early Learning Center.
He added that the number of infants enrolled in the center
is at capacity and there is already a waiting list for those wanting to attend
classes at the facility.
WASL scores release date announced
Thursday night, Executive Director of Instruction and
Learning Gary Vegar, announced that the Office of the Superintendent of Public
Instruction is set to release Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL)
scores Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m.
First day of school runs smoothly district wide
Administrators representing schools from throughout the
Sunnyside School District reported to members of the school board that the
first day of school ran smoothly this year.
"It went really well," said Harrison Middle School
Principal Janie Hernandez.
Dennis Birr of Sunnyside High School said despite a few
glitches, everything went fairly well the first day.
"The teachers were great," Birr said.
"Everyone was upbeat."