OSD QuickNews

November 23, 2021

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Board of Directors Approves $51 Million Bond Election

Our Board of Directors voted 4-0 (with one director not present) to approve a resolution to place a $51 million capital projects bond on the February 8, 2022 ballot. The bond plan seeks to improve overcrowding conditions at Othello's elementary schools and to create a more modern learning environment at Othello High School.

Bond projects include:

  • Replacing the OHS 600 wing with 18 new general education and 3 new science classrooms. The new addition would also connect the 400, 500, and 700 wings to improve traffic flow and campus security.
  • Adding a new competition gym with a capacity of 1,500 to allow events that accommodate the entire student population at one time.
  • The expansion of McFarland Middle School to accommodate all of our district's 6th grade students, relieving overcrowding issues at each elementary school.
  • New gymnasiums at HIA, LUT, and SCO that are equal to the gym at WAH. This creates equity between elementary facilities and improves building functionality.
  • Construction of a new Food Services central warehouse on a property owned by the district near our Regional Transportation Cooperative building. The new warehouse will have expanded cold and dry storage space, and will help improve operational efficiency in that department. Safety will also be improved by eliminating truck deliveries from Juniper St., adjacent to the OHS campus.

Click here for more bond information on our Bond 2022 website...

Ben Shuler Receives OSD Challenge Coin Recognition at Board Meeting

Congratulations to Ben Shuler, Computer Technician II in our IT department. He was recognized at our board meeting this evening with an OSD challenge coin for his contributions to education in Othello. The OSD challenge coin program was originally started as a way for us to recognize exceptional effort among our staff that contributes to our community, students, schools, and helps move our district forward.

Ben's recognition is the first of what will be monthly presentations at board meetings to recognize the outstanding work of our staff.

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OSD Represented on State Stage at WSSDA Conference

Our Board of Directors, Superintendent, Director of Birth to Five, and student board representatives attended the annual Washington State School Directors’ Association conference Nov. 19-21. The conference is a type of networking and professional development event for school board directors and other school district employees.

Jennifer Garza, Pete Perez, and Lindsy Prows (board director) were able to present to a group of attendees about Othello’s inclusive approach to pre-kindergarten education for all students.

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Scootney 6th Grade Donates to Pet Rescue

The 6th grade classes at Scootney Springs collected donations for Adams County Pet Rescue during Kindness Week. On Nov. 23, they had the opportunity to hand-deliver their donated items and got a tour of the facility!
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Now Hiring: Director of Health & Safety Services

The Director of Safety and Health Services provides leadership and oversight of the Othello School District’s health program as well as the safety program as it relates to students and staff. This position’s primary responsibilities include overseeing the District’s risk management program, including workers compensation, property and liability insurance, safety and loss prevention, and employee and student safety programs.

Visit www.OthelloSchools.org/careers to learn more and apply today!

School Board Update

Regular Meeting - Nov. 22

The Board of Directors held their regular meeting on November 22 at 7 p.m. Board member Jenn Stevenson joined the meeting via zoom, member Sharon Schutte was absent.

Public Comment

Amber Johnson and Mindy Christensen (both OSD employees) gave public comment to the board regarding arts programs.

Board Discussion

The board held discussion about their experience at the annual WSSDA conference.

Student Representative Updates
Our student reps served on a panel of statewide student reps at the WSSDA conference. The two reps shared about their experience at the WSSDA conference, and discussed ideas with the board about how to improve student engagement with board matters.

Required Approvals

The board passed required approval items in a 4-0 vote. These items included past meeting minutes, accounts payable warrants, teachers out of endorsement, an MOU between the Othello School District and the Othello Directors' Association, and personnel assignment orders.

These documents can all be viewed in the board agenda on our school board portal

Superintendent Informational Items

Ben Schuler, an IT Computer Technician, received an employee recognition before the board. Pete Perez gave an update about his first student leadership group meeting, and shared information from the October, 2021, financial report.

Bond Resolution 112221
In a 4-0 vote, the board approved a resolution to place a $51 million bond on the February 2, 2022 ballot.

Lutacaga Elementary Report

Principal Jenn Perez and Assistant Principal Amelia Wright gave the board a presentation about the work being done at Lutacaga, our dual language elementary school.

Executive Session
The board entered an executive session for 45 minutes to discuss the performance of a school employee and/or potential litigation. No action was taken following the session.

Othello School District

Othello School District provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or use of trained dog, guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For more information, contact Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator: Executive Director of Human Resources, Sandra Villarreal, (509) 488-2659, svillarreal@othelloschools.org; and 504 Coordinator: Heidi Wagner, (509) 488-2659, hwagner@othelloschools.org.

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