Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Carrera to retire
The Sunnyside School Board formally accepted the resignation
of Executive Director of School and Community Resources Ruben Carrera last
Carrera's resignation will become effective following the
end of the 2005-06 school year, June 30, 2006.
The board also accepted the resignations or retirements of
bus driver Florance Nelson, seventh grade science teacher Erin Long, Chief
Kamiakin Elementary School playground assistant Allison Pfiffner, high school
home and family life teacher Suzanne Walker, Washington Elementary School
second grade teacher Andrea Diaz, and Migrant Student Data Recruitment
employees Guadalupe Portillo and Patrick Welsh.
Board approves two additional August meetings
The Sunnyside School Board has approved adding two public
meetings to its August schedule.
The board will meet on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Denny Blaine
building to open bids the district has received for construction of the new
Sierra Vista Middle School. A few days later, on Aug. 8, the board is expected
to formally award the construction bid at a 6 p.m. meeting in the Denny Blaine
School board tables agreement with the city
Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole
provided the school directors last week with an explanation of why an agreement
with the City of Sunnyside had been tabled.
The board was expecting to approve an agreement with the
city dealing with such issues as curb, gutter, sidewalk and road improvements
in the area where the new Sierra Vista Middle School is going to be built.
Cole explained to the board that he just found out that
morning that Yakima County officials are applying for a grant that could pay
for all of the needed improvements in the area. Cole said Yakima County
officials are optimistic about receiving the grant to improve the roads in the
area, but it won't be until late November until it is learned if the grant
application has been approved. If the county doesn't receive the road
improvement grant, the school board and the city will have to re-examine the
development agreement later this year.
Board to hold work session
The Sunnyside School Board will hold a public work session
prior to its Aug. 25 meeting to discuss the 2005-06 operating budget.
The meeting will be held at the Denny Blaine annex at 6 p.m.
After which, the board is expected to approve the 2005-06 budget at its regular
The main fund the district operates out of each year is the
general fund. General fund expenditures for the 2005-06 school year are
expected to total $53.8 million. District officials are anticipating 5,558
students in the district this fall.
Parents to be offered back-to-school workshop
Parents of children in the Sunnyside School District will
have the opportunity to learn something of their own prior to sending their
children back to school this fall.
A workshop for parents entitled Preparing Your Child for
School will be held in the Denny Blaine Building on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 6
to 8:30 p.m.
Parents will be exposed to a variety of information
regarding their children and what is needed for the coming school year.
serves 845 kids
Gary Vegar, executive director of instruction and learning
for the Sunnyside School District, provided school directors with a review of
summer school at last week's board meeting.
Summer school exceeded expectations, said Vegar.
The district served in the neighborhood of 845 students in
grades K-12 for summer school. There were also numerous special education
students attending summer school this year.
Summer school featured emphasis on reading, math and