by Scott Martin
This is a follow up from my article What Does 20 Million Dollars Get the Colville School District where I revealed over half of the students tested in Colville School District are FAILING their state math assessment and almost as many are failing in language at a cost of $20 Million.
In this current time in US history, Rules and Laws don’t seem to apply to politicians or the Government much, but they sure apply to us tax-paying “peasants”! Try to not pay your property tax, and the government will take your house away. Fail to stop at a stop sign and you are fined while your driving record is damaged. If a student fails to follow the rules at school they are disciplined or expelled.
Fail to follow laws, rules and policies as a school board director, superintendent, or school district and what happens? Usually nothing.
So what are these laws, rules, and policies I believe Colville is violating? Here is a list of Washington laws WAC’s (Washington Administrative Code), RCW’s (Revised Code of Washington), and some of Colville School districts own rules/policies. (Links and some text from these are listed at the bottom of this article)
- WAC 180-105-020
- RCW 28A.655.100
- RCW 28A.655.115
- Policy No.2004
- Policy No.2090
- Policy No.2080
Why does any of this matter? Well every one of these laws/rules/policies require the Colville School District to create a yearly “District Improvement Plan”, “District Goals and Objectives” and to “involve the public in the decision making process”, yet the Colville School District has done none of these.
Let me repeat, by law, all of these should be done YEARLY.
For the last three years our Superintendent Mr. Pete Lewis and our School Board appear to have failed to follow any of these laws, rules, or policies. Not one District improvement plan has been made or even presented to the public. Not one!
Our kids are failing at an astounding rate, yet the District has failed to ask the public our opinion, failed to involve the public in any meaningful way and they have no District plan what so ever to improve our children’s test scores.
Don’t believe me? Ask them for a printed copy of a “District Improvement Plan”
Colville School Board is getting ready to spend $21 million of our tax dollars;
- Without having a District plan to improve our children’s education,
- Without a District plan to improve our children’s safety,
- Without a plan that states what the District goals and objectives are,
- Without asking the public what we want for our children,
- Without presenting any of this information in a Board meeting open to the public.
Where is the District improvement plan? Where is that money going? Why is Colville not more effective in teaching our kids? Where do they plan to spend the money to improve our kids’ education?
Maybe the more important questions are;
- Why does Colville School District not follow the law?
- Why don’t they follow their own policies?
- Why don’t they ask us “peasants” where and how we want the money spent?
- Why don’t they tell us their plan?
- Why hasn’t Colville bought books in three years?
- Why haven’t we hired more teachers?
- Why have teachers been fired, while several NEW overpaid Administrators have been hired?
I must say some of the teachers and employees in Colville are by far the best people I have ever known. They are some of the most decent, dedicated, and likable people you could hope to have involved in the education of your children. I am proud to call many of them my friend. As good as many of the people are, they have not been given the tools or environment to do their job as well as they could or should. The best auto mechanic can’t repair your car with only a hammer and a shovel.
School Board Meeting
Colville will be adopting their new 2016-17 $21 Million budget. By law (this law they kind of follow) Colville must allow members of the public to ask ANY and ALL questions about the budget they have and I will be there asking my questions.
Please join me at the next Colville School Board meeting:
Wed, July 27, 2016 at 5:15in the Aster Elementary building, 217 S. Hofstetter
Scott Martin firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance Improvement Goals WAC 180-105-020:
This requires Colville School District to, “adopt district-wide performance improvement goals using the federal requirements”
Performance Goals-Reporting Requirements RCW 28A.655.100:
This requires Colville to “Annually report to parents and the community in a public meeting and annually report” ”district-wide and school-level plans to achieve the goals, including curriculum and instruction, parental or guardian involvement, and resources available to parents and guardians to help students meet the state standards”.
Outreach and Feedback RCW 28A.655.115:
“each school shall conduct outreach and seek feedback from a broad and diverse range of parents, other individuals, and organizations in the community” and, “summarize the results in its annual report”
Accountability Goals Colville School District Policy No. 2004:
Requires, the Board to, “annually adopt district-wide goals and direct each school to annually establish goals and action plans that include the achievement of all students”.
It also requires, “The district and all schools shall demonstrate satisfactory progress toward the performance improvement goals”
It continues; “Once a year the Board shall issue to parents and present it in a public meeting”
- The district and buildings’ improvement goals.
- Student performance relative to the goals.
- District and building plans to achieve the goals, including curriculum and instruction, parents and guardian involvement”
Further, “Annually, the district will report in a news release the district’s progress toward meeting the district and building goals.
Program Evaluation Colville School District Policy No.2090:
“The Superintendent will prepare an annual program evaluation report, which reflects the degree to which district goals and objectives are being accomplished along with recommendations for future adjustment and planning”
Comprehensive Student Assessment System Colville School District Policy No.2080:
Requires Colville to, “utilize a variety of assessment procedures and measures to assess student performance including norm-reference tests, District-level and classroom-based performance assessments”