February 16, 2021 Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Stanwood-Camano School District #401
Administration & Resource Center Boardroom
26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, Washington  98292

February 16, 2021



Board President Natalie Hagglund called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM and announced the statutory waivers/suspensions of the Open Public Meeting Act (OPMA) cited in the Governor's Proclamation 20-28.15 have been extended, ..."until the termination of the state of emergency pursuant to RCW 43.06.210, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first." and the February 16, 2021 Regular Board Meeting is being held using the Zoom platform.

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When: Feb 16, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Stanwood-Camano S.D. Regular Board Meeting - February 16, 2021

Natalie Hagglund shared about two opportunities for public comment on the agenda and noted vote will be taken by roll call.

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Board Members Present: Natalie Hagglund, Miranda Evans, Ken Christoferson, Charlotte Murry, Al Schreiber


Natalie Hagglund led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Charlotte Murry moved to approve the Agenda for the February 16, 2021 Regular Board Meeting; seconded by Al Screiber.

Aye: Al Schreiber, Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Miranda Evans, Natalie Hagglund

Passed - Unanimously

February 2, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes

Miranda Evans moved to approve the Minutes for the February 2, 2021 Regular Board Meeting; seconded by Ken Christoferson.

Aye: Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Miranda Evans, Natalie Hagglund
Abstain: Al Schreiber


February 8, 2021 Special Meeting Minutes

Ken Christoferson moved to approve the Minutes for the February 8, 2021 Special Meeting; seconded by Charlotte Murry.

Aye: Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Miranda Evans, Natalie Hagglund
Abstain: Al Schreiber


1. Donations

Student Advisor Andrew Norton presented the donation.

2. January Financial Report - Steve Lidgard

Steve Lidgard, Executive Director of Business Services, presented the January 2021 Financial Report. Mr. Lidgard highlighted the Executive Summary, Fund Balance, Object Summary, General Fund, and Transportation Vehicle Fund pages of the attached report.

3. Capital Projects Update - Liz Jamieson

Liz Jamieson, Director of Capital Projects, presented a capital projects update, including a timeline on abatement, building demolition, underground utilities, sidewalks, fields, and parking lots for the Stanwood High School and Church Creek Campus projects and shared pictures of demolition work.

4. Food Services Report - Don Vennetti

Don Vennetti, Director of Food Services provided data on the number of breakfasts and lunches served from March 2020 to present under the USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The data was broken into three timelines: the onset of COVID (March) through June; summer feeding, July through September; and, October 1 to present. Mr. Vennetti also presented a timeline for preparing for the Local Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment due on June 30, 2022.

5. Equity Committee Update - Charlotte Murry and Maurene Stanton

Maurene Stanton, Executive Director of Human Resources, and Director Charlotte Murry provided detailed information on current work of the Equity Leadership Team, an advisory group consisting of community members, building administration, certificated and classified staff and a current board member, to help guide the district’s equity work. Information was shared on the district’s partnership with Cultures Connecting, an organization that provides support to districts on working effectively across cultures. A series of professional development for staff and the Equity Leadership Team, guided by Cultures Connecting, was discussed. Director Murry shared details about the Equity Leadership Team’s areas of focus, including providing staff the needed tools to help guide the work. Director Murry shared the advisory group has committed to meeting more than once a month. The next meeting is February 24 and the group will view a presentation on Push for Dreams and Priceless Inspirations, partners of OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction). Discussion followed.


Natalie Hagglund asked the board if there were any items they wish to pull and discuss and offered an opportunity for public comment, specific to the Consent Agenda. There being none, Natalie Hagglund asked for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, items 1 through 8, as listed below.

Al Schreiber moved to approve Consent Agenda; seconded by Miranda Evans.

Aye: Al Schreiber, Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Miranda Evans, Natalie Hagglund

Passed - Unanimously

1. Approval of Donations. That the Board approves the Donations, dated February 16, 2021.

2. Approval of the Amended YMCA Pool Use Agreement for 2020-2021 for the Stanwood High School Swim Team. That the Board approves the Amended YMCA Pool Use Agreement for 2020-2021 for Stanwood High School Swim Team, dated February 16, 2021. (SL)

3. Approval of the Contract Agreement with Porter Foster Rorick, LLP, for the purpose of providing legal services. That the Board approves the Contract Agreement with Porter Foster Rorick, LLP, for the purpose of providing legal services, dated February 16, 2021. (MS)

4. Approval of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians to work collaboratively in administering COVID-19 vaccines. That the Board approves the Memorandum of Understanding with the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians to work collaboratively in administering COVID-19 vaccines, dated February 16, 2021. (SL)

5. Approval of the Copier Lease Agreement with Kelly Connect for a copier at Utsalady Elementary School. That the Board approves the Copier Lease Agreement with Kelly Connect for a copier at Utsalady Elementary School, dated February 16, 2021. (SL)

6. Approval of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Stanwood-Camano Education Association for Sub Rates During the 2020-21 School Year. That the Board approves the Memorandum of Understanding with the Stanwood-Camano Education Association for Sub Rates During the 2020-21 School Year, dated February 16, 2021. (DJ)

7. Approval of Personnel Consent Agenda. That the Board approves the Personnel Consent Agenda, including certificated/classified new hires, resignations, leave requests, retirements, and travel, dated February 16, 2021. (MS) 

8. Approval of Bills and Payroll.  That the Board approves the Bills and Payroll, dated February 16, 2021. (SL)


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1. Superintendent's Search

Natalie Hagglund shared about an upcoming study session to receive presentations from three superintendent search firms. Director Hagglund noted a fourth firm, GR Recruiting, reached out for an opportunity to present and provided a proposal. Discussion followed and the board came to consensus that the three groups will present as planned and the fourth will be considered, if needed.


Andrew Norton, Stanwood High School, reported:

Stanwood High School's first semester has ended and the transition to second semester has gone well; sports practice starts Feb 22 and conditioning is going well; high school clubs are continuing to meet virtually and a new Yarn Club has been added; the library is open Wednesday, 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM, with additional times available Monday and Friday, 8:30 AM to 10:00 am for students to check out and return books; the high school hosted a virtual tour of the new school for students; Stanwood High School is hosting the first ever virtual talent show and video entries will be accepted February 16 – March 2; Davis Place is offering virtual homework help for students; the Martin Luther King, Jr. virtual assembly shared during advisory went well; ASB is working on welcome back activities for students and continues to do weekly morning announcements.

Student Advisor Kiki Ruljancich was not in attendance due to her work schedule. Natalie Hagglund read Lincoln Hill High School's report:

Students are excited to come back to campus on February 22; the old Church Creek Campus is completely torn down; pictures were taken of the Graduate Paws in the hall of the old Lincoln Hill High School to use in the back of a display case; elections for student body officers will start soon; and, leadership students will be helping at the “Drive-Through” SCAF Philanthropist Breakfast later in March.


Al Schreiber thanked Andrew Norton for this report, adding it is always nice to hear from students. Director Schreiber reflected on this year’s retirements and expressed appreciation for all that retirees have done for the community, including the retiring Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent.

Charlotte Murry thanked everyone for tonight’s presentations, adding it is always great to see what is happening with Capital Projects, including the demolition work. Director Murry commented retirement is on everyone’s mind as the district looks to the future and adapting to the next phase. Director Murry expressed she is very grateful for all of the work retirees have done for schools, adding they will be missed and noting there is still work to be done.

Ken Christoferson commented is was a great meeting and thanked everyone for the work they are doing on the Equity Leadership Team, noting the work is challenging and the community will be better off for it and thanked the group for leading the way. Director Christoferson shared he is excited to see the culmination of building projects, adding it is a great entryway into the community and people here are proud of the work. He thanked everyone involved for meeting expectations. Director Christoferson reflected on this year's retirees, commenting he knows the district is in a better place because of their work, including a superintendent who has invested 20 years in the community.

Miranda Evans shared she enjoyed having a snow weekend over the long holiday, noting it seemed to be a nice change for kids and adults. Director Evans commented it is nice to have grades 4 and 5 back in buildings, adding it seems to be going well. She agreed with earlier comments about retirements, sharing it can be a double-edged sword - happy for retirees as they retire, yet excited as a board to be in a good place to put forth the effort to find a quality replacement. Director Evans commented she feels the board is headed in the right direction and is up for the challenge. She extended congratulations to all who are retiring. 

Jean Shumate shared she enjoyed the Equity presentation, adding it will provide a unique opportunity for the school district and community and she looks forward to the work that will continue. Dr. Shumate shared she feels fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful people and she looks forward to sharing more about that toward the end of the school year. Dr. Shumate thanked the board for their support during good and tough times. Dr. Shumate agreed with Director Christoferson’s earlier remarks that the school district is in a better place than before she arrived and shared it is an exciting opportunity for someone to come in and take the district to the next level.

Natalie Hagglund commented the board does not take the work they are entering into lightly and she looks forward to partnering with the community to make the search a positive experience and an opportunity where everyone feels they have been able to provide input.  Director Hagglund shared a John Wooden quote, “I believe that all effective leaders not only are great teachers, but also have a genuine love for teaching.” Director Hagglund commented that the focus cannot just be on administration, adding there must be focus on teaching those around you, even at the top. Director Hagglund shared they are always learning and will be looking for someone that is still interested in teaching those around them.

Natalie Hagglund adjourned the regular meeting at 7:22 PM.






Vice President







Jean Shumate, Ed.D.

Secretary to the Board