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Sunnyside School District Briefs

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February board meeting date changed

The Sunnyside School Board Tuesday voted to change its meeting date from Feb. 23 to either Feb. 27 or Feb. 28 depending on when most of the directors will be able to attend.

The change was requested because Feb. 23 was too early in the month for staff members to prepare for the meeting.

Parents happy with schools, survey finds

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Rick Cole presented the results of a parent survey to school board members at Tuesday's meeting.

The report Cole gave showed a minimum of 90 percent of parents in any given question regarding access to teachers, learning objectives and other categories were satisfied with the way local schools worked.

Surveys were presented in both English and Spanish and results were broken down by schools.

Of those who responded, 99 percent found teachers to be helpful and approachable.

Cole estimated that there are almost 6,000 parents in the district, and the response by 3,000 parents was a good sign.

"We're pretty excited about the results of our parent survey," Cole said.

Bus fleet in good shape

Sunnyside School District Transportation Supervisor David Taylor told the board Tuesday that the school district's fleet of buses is in very good condition.

According to the report given to the board, during the last school year Sunnyside buses totaled 361,325 miles for various activities and to take students to and from school. That number is down slightly from the 2003-2004 school year when buses tallied 367,008 miles on their odometers.

The district plans to add five new buses to its fleet by early next year, and could see the addition of two more in the next few years, Taylor said.

"We have one of the nicest fleets in the state of Washington right now," he said.

Joining Big 9 could lead to new athletic facilities

Sunnyside High School Athletic Director Bill Daley told the school board Tuesday that joining the Big 9 Conference will be good for Sunnyside athletics.

Daley said the new league, which has seven 4A teams and seven 3A teams, will cut down on travel costs while keeping the school in a league in which it can be competitive.

Had the Big 9 not accepted Sunnyside, other options included joining the 2A CWAC South conference.

With Sunnyside's acceptance into the Big 9 Conference, Daley told the board he sees a need for new athletic facilities, including a football stadium, which the board has talked about in the past.

Daley said the community has been supportive of the idea.

The board will take a closer look at possible options and financing of the project at its January meeting.

Officer election moved to January

The Sunnyside School Board Tuesday evening moved its election of officers to January.

The reason for moving the elections was to allow all five board members to be present for the process.

Tuesday night board members Joanne Killian and Lorenzo Garza were absent.

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