School board briefs


Carrera to retire

The Sunnyside School Board formally accepted the resignation of Executive Director of School and Community Resources Ruben Carrera last week.

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 annex.

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

on budget

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 meeting.

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.

Summer school

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 writing.


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