Laws and Rules Don’t Seem to Apply to the Colville School District!

Breaking the Law

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  colvilleparents@yahoo.com

 

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”

  1. The district and buildings’ improvement goals.
  2. Student performance relative to the goals.
  3. 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”

 

 

 

 

 

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Student Safety Meeting in Colville

Board meeting Tomorrow 6:00pm

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Aster Elementary building, 217 S. Hofstetter, Colville

We would like to invite our community to show up at the school board meeting tomorrow, which we are dubbing a Student Safety Meeting while this transgender policy is an issue. When it comes to the school district making policy that affects the safety of our children, we ask that you show up and show your presence.

We are asking for only 30 minutes to an hour of your time once a month. You don’t have to stay for the entire meeting, just show up to let them know we are still here.

If you would like to speak, understand that:

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SPEAK !

By law the board cannot shut you down for any reason

When you speak DURING PUBLIC COMMENTS.

The catch is that you have to fill in a sheet of paper located at the sign in sheet at the door, and be at the meeting during the public comments section of their agenda.

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SPEAK

But you want to make a statement:

Then show up and let them see your presence.

Just for the record, there was only a very few people from the community at the last board meeting. This is what the school board wants. They have been trying to drive the community away from their meetings. We have seen them use these same tactics for six years when people show up who don’t agree with them. This issue is too important for us to turn our backs.

Talking points:

We need to demand that our school board speak to this community as a whole, not behind closed doors or individually. They need to be open, honest and communicative with the process. They need to answer our questions, explain their actions and be HONEST with the people that they serve.

THE BOARD ANSWERS TO THE PEOPLE

not the other way around!

The board needs to put the transgender policy on their agenda and include the public in this discussion instead of hiding from the issue. They should explain to us what the Nondiscrimination Task Force is working on. They should be updating us every month.

This issue is about the safety and morality of the children in our schools. Do not let the board run you off. We need to keep on this issue and we would really appreciate people showing up and letting the board know that we will not back down. Not this time!

Hope to see you there.

School Board meeting:

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 6:00pm

Aster Elementary building, 217 S. Hofstetter, Colville

******* LIES!!!!! LIES!!!!! LIES!!!!! *******

THE Colville School District LIED!!!!!!!

Transgender Policy in Full Effect NOW!

The school board said they would table the transgender policy until the Nondiscrimination Task Force came to a conclusion. That was a complete lie!

It was brought to our attention during the Nondiscrimination Task Force that there is already a transgender individual using the bathroom of the opposite genitalia at the Colville Junior High School.

Make no mistake. The proposed transgender policy 3211p that the board claimed to table is currently in full force and effect in the Colville School District.

What can we do now?

1. Board meeting tonight 6:00pm

Aster Elementary building, 217 S. Hofstetter, Colville

Come voice your concerns again because apparently they weren’t listening to you the first time!

2. Protect your children. Contact every school that any of your children attend. Demand that your children be allowed to use the faculty bathrooms starting immediately. Make sure that you state that the only bathroom you want your children to use is the private faculty bathrooms, and that they be allowed complete privacy during the usage. I would also suggest that you put it in writing so that there is no question as to what it is you are requesting.

If any child has an accident at school, is reprimanded for being late for a class because of bathroom usage, or misses any part of their education because of this, then the district is discriminating against or denying your child’s education, personal safety and/or medical needs.

3. Fill out a privacy form for every one of your children and hand it in to the school district immediately. Linked here. After you get to the page, click on “US (Non California) Students” to download the document.

When we fill out the privacy form, then the school is legally liable for any incidents that happen to our children on school property.

4. We as a community can boycott every community school bathroom. Whenever you go to a school district function, insist that you use the faculty bathroom. Line up at the bathroom even if you don’t have to go and make a scene every time you go in to the school district. Any sporting event needs to have the faculty bathroom available for use for every member of the public at all times. They cannot deny it to us.

December 16, 2015 School Board Meeting Transcripts – Part 1

*** Agenda Item 1.01 Pledge of Allegiance ***

President Green: Let’s call the meeting to order. Would you all rise for The Pledge of Allegiance. Remove your hats, turn off your cell phones.

Audience Recites The Pledge of Allegiance

*** Agenda Item 2.01 Oath of Office ***

Superintendent Lewis: We have three board members that were elected and we need to swear you into office. Should I do this individually, or would you like me to do this all together?

(They decide they would prefer all together)

Superintendent Lewis: Some of these sentences are long, so we’ll go in order here and have you speak your names as we go, so if you would please raise your right hand.

Mr. Lewis and Board Members recite oath:

“I, Sid Green, Sarah Newman, Krista Ohrtman, do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States and laws of the state of Washington. That I will faithfully and impartially perform and discharge the duties of the office of the Colville School District number 115 Board of Directors as such duties are prescribed by law to the best of my abilities. “

Superintendent Lewis: District …

President Green: One

Superintendent Lewis: District …

Director Newman: Two

Superintendent Lewis: And district …

Director Ohrtman: Three

Superintendent Lewis: Congratulations.

(Applause)

*** Agenda Item 3.01 Agenda/Recognition ***

President Sid Green: Dr. Sumner is running about five minutes late. He’ll be here in a couple of minutes.

Ok. Agenda. Changes, Corrections, Additions to the Agenda? (Silence from other members.) Alright. Agenda stands approved as is.

Ok. Recognition of public comments. If you want to make a public comment, fill out the card, make sure that (inaudible). I see that we have evening and to let you know that if you are speaking here on policy 3211 on transgender students, we are willing to hear from you on this topic if you did not speak at the last meeting on November 18th. If you spoke at the last board meeting and have a desire to speak on another topic, you are welcome to do so. The board is not going to discuss or take action on this policy at this meeting. We will wait to hear back from the superintendent’s Non-Discriminatory Task Force before moving forward. I would anticipate it would be several months at the soonest before this happens. There is an application process with that force. Look for it on the district website if you want to fill it out, but we are absolutely not going to discuss the transgender program or policy at all tonight. Ok? Continue reading

December 16 School Board Meeting Summary

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Colville School Board Discriminates

Against people speaking out on the Non-Discrimination Policy!

I would like to thank everyone who showed up to endure the abuse by our school board. It was not an easy thing to sit through while the board showed a blatant disrespect and disregard towards the people attending the meeting. Your presence at the meeting was very much appreciated and while the board may not have any respect for us, I certainly have an enormous amount of respect for the people of this community. When we show up in numbers, it absolutely has an effect on the board even though they try to pretend it doesn’t.

The board refused to bring in more chairs for the people standing during the meeting.

The board refused to bring in more chairs for the people standing during the meeting.

Before the meeting started, the police were called. Two officers responded, and joked about the lack of rowdiness of the crowd. They left shortly after arriving.

  1. The meeting was held in a room too small for every attendee to fit into.  With standing room only, many people spilled into the break room and out into the hall where they could neither see or hear the meeting. Some left in disgust which is probably what the board wanted in the first place.
  2. When asked, President Sid Green refused to move to a larger room or to provide more chairs, which were easily available.
  3. There was no microphone, so the speakers were difficult or impossible to hear for those outside the meeting room.
  4. President Green made an announcement about public comments: “If you are speaking about the Policy 3211 on the transgender students, we are willing to hear from you on this topic if you did not speak at the last meeting on November 18th. If you spoke at the last board meeting and have a desire to speak on another topic, you are welcome to do so. “
  5. President Green told people they would not be allowed to applaud the speakers – Several times when people tried to applaud, he rapped his gavel – no Applause, no applause!
  6. This is only about a quarter of the number of people who were trying to listen from the hallway.

    This is only about a quarter of the number of people who were trying to listen from the hallway.

    Director Moore insistently tried to silence one speaker because he spoke at the last meeting, however, he was eventually allowed to speak.

  7. The board was so inattentive to the people speaking, that one person had to ask for the boards attention.
  8. After 8 public comments, the board went on with their regular meeting.
  9. When department updates were presented, the board was courteous, laughed and giggled with them, engaged in multiple conversations with them, and then the board themselves led APPLAUSE for the people. Yes, the BOARD APPLAUDED their own invitees multiple times. (This is not something they normally do – it was a show put on for the public.)

The mood of the public before the meeting was excited, friendly and upbeat with quiet anticipation, but after the meeting was outright anger at the boards utter contempt and condescension of the people in our community. This is the same board that is completely puzzled why they can’t get more attendees to their meetings when they are trying to pass a levy.

I have seen this same treatment of the public several times over the past 6 years. This board seems to do everything they can to discredit and discourage people in the hopes that these people don’t return to future meetings and it usually works. I sure hope this time the people will stand up and not back down.

I will post the complete transcripts of the meeting as soon as I can type them up.

A photo of the board ignoring and disrespecting speakers. Directors Sumner, Newman and Green are looking at their laptop computers during an impassioned speech about keeping our children safe from rape. You can even see Director Newman manipulating her keyboard. The elbow of the woman speaking is shown in the bottom left corner of the photo with the black leather jacket.

A photo of the board ignoring and disrespecting speakers. Directors Sumner, Newman and Green are looking at their laptop computers during an impassioned speech about keeping our children safe from rape. You can even see Director Newman manipulating her keyboard. The elbow of the woman speaking is shown in the bottom left corner of the photo with the black leather jacket.

The same directors listening to a board invited speaker. They have all turned in their seats and are looking intently at the speaker. Director Newman is even smiling.

The same directors listening to a board invited speaker. They have all turned in their seats and are looking intently at the speaker. Director Newman is even smiling.

Directors Ohrtman and Moore have also turned in their seats to listen to the same speaker.

Directors Ohrtman and Moore have also turned in their seats to listen to the same speaker.

Public Comments

The public meetings of our elected officials are FOR THE PUBLIC. That is why there is a public comment section during the meeting, to have a spot in the agenda where the public can can have a voice. While the board does have the option to limit your time, they CANNOT shut you down because of the topic you bring up. To prove this, several speakers talked about the Transgender policy, and the board sat quietly listening.

In future meetings, I would suggest that anyone who wants to speak, fill out one of the half slips at the table with the sign in sheet, present it to the board, and then the board HAS TO LISTEN to whatever it is you want to say.

PARENT MEETINGS

A parent spoke with me last night about getting some community meetings together with just the public where everyone can speak who wants to speak. We are hoping our community can coordinate together in finding ways to deal with the board in future meetings, or maybe discuss other options that we have at our disposal. I think it’s a great idea, and hope that others will stay with us on this topic so that our children won’t be bull dozed by a handful of apparent activists who have occupied our schools. I will be putting up a post when we have organized a time and place for the meeting.

School Board Meeting with Legislators Friday, December 18th at 10am

It appears that our continued Colville grass roots efforts on the transgender policy have been extremely successful. Our school board has a meeting with the 7th District Legislators. The link to the meeting is listed on the Colville School District home page, however, it was buried far down on the page, so we just learned about it and this is the soonest we could post it. Here is the letter and Link

NEWS RELEASE

The Board of Directors of Colville School District will be attending an Onion Creek School District meeting on Friday, December 18th from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Onion Creek School, 2006 Lotze Creek Road, Colville, WA. The purpose is to meet with the 7th District Legislators to give and recieve input on legislative issues. No final action will be taken.

This is a great opportunity for people to meet their representatives before and after the meeting (the public may not be allowed to speak during the meeting).

We are going to assume that they will be discussing the hot topic of the Transgender policy at some point during the meeting. There is no agenda available, so we don’t know anything more. Rest assured, we will be attending, and we will provide a summary of the meeting for the public. If I can find time, I will also try to type up transcripts.

Here is a map of the meeting place for anyone able to attend.

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School Board Meeting 1-28-2015 Short Summary

Meetings Notes 1-28-15The January 28, 2015 meeting agenda can be viewed here:

http://www.boarddocs.com/wa/colsd/Board.nsf/public

Clicking on the little blue document icons will open up information related those subjects.

4.01 Board Recognition

January is School Board Recognition month. Mr. Lewis arranged for cake and drinks for everyone at the meeting and gave a thank you to the board.

Madison Fitzsimmons was welcomed as the ASB Student School Board Representative for this year. She will sit in on all board meetings for the rest of the year.

4.02 Public Comments

Parent Scott Martin commented on the decision made by the school district on January 5th when a portion of the district received heavy snow, but the bus schedule was not delayed. He admonished the board for not calling the Steven’s County Public Works Department to check for road conditions before making the decision to run the buses on schedule without a two hour delay.  He felt it caused a safety hazard for the buses and for families. He asked the board to contact Public Works to check road conditions in the future.

Director Sid Green said only one bus was late to school that day. When Mr. Martin asked how many students missed school, Mr. Green told him he could not ask any questions.

Mr. Martin also asked about the school district improvement plan for 2014-2015. The board did not give a response.

Personal Note: My daughter informed me that there were several buses late to school because several of her friends were late, and they rode different buses.

5.01 Art History Trip

The board approved a trip for the Art History Class to Italy to be taken April 1, 2015.

5.02 High School Interact Club Trip to Ecuador

The board approved a trip for the Interact Club to Ecuador. There is an open invitation for anyone who would like to tag along on the trip. They are currently actively fund raising for the trip.

5.03 Policy 1400

School board approved changing the regular school board meetings to start at 6pm instead of 6:30pm.

5.04 POLICIES FIRST READING Continue reading