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District plans to get more use out of parent center

Sunnyside School District Executive Director of School and Community Resources Ruben Carrera presented plans to increase parental involvement at last week's Sunnyside School Board meeting.

Carrera presented the board with a pamphlet that will be available in both English and Spanish about parents and adults getting involved with children's education.

The pamphlet shares some ideas with parents, such as skills they can use and how to communicate with school personnel. The pamphlet also highlights how parents can volunteer in the school district and ways to assist their children at home.

Carrera also provided a report to the board on the parent information and resource center, which is the building across from the Denny Blaine annex on Custer Avenue.

In the eight months that the center has been open, the facility has received 212 visitors. The month with the most visitors came in January, when 59 people came through the door.

At the center, community members can obtain information on such items as the No Child Left Behind Act, different educational publications, a copy of calendar events and access to tools and training focused on improving students' academic achievement.

Board member Bill Smith asked if the district has a goal for better attendance at the center. Carrera said the district plans to hold more meetings at the Denny Blaine building to inform people about the neighboring center.

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole said it is a focus of the district to have more intense communication with parents and the public.

District enters into emergency agreement

The Sunnyside School Board at last week's meeting approved a memorandum of understanding between the district and the Yakima Health District and the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management.

By entering into the agreement, the district agrees to let Yakima County utilize its facilities to help with the inoculation and/or treatment of local residents in the event of a public emergency.

Board approves agreement with Washington School for the Deaf

At last week's monthly meeting, the Sunnyside School Board gave its approval to enter into an agreement with the Washington School for the Deaf.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Washington School for the Deaf agrees to provide evaluation of students and staff to assist the district.

The contract will run through June 30 with the district paying expenses not to exceed $994.23.

Migrant Council, MSDR enter into agreement

At April's meeting, the Sunnyside School Board approved an agreement between the Washington State Migrant Council (WSMC) and the Migrant Student Data and Recruitment (MSDR) office.

The district provides the fiscal management of the state MSDR contract.

The goal of the agreement is to improve coordinated services between MSDR and WSMC, in order to provide better services to migrant families. The agreement will also allow both entities to identify and enroll eligible children into MSDR programs to ensure access to a variety of services.

The agreement will be in effect until the end of December.

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