November 15, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes

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

November 15, 2022 - 6:00 PM


Board President Natalie Hagglund called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Board Members Present: Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Miranda Evans, Natalie Hagglund
Board Member(s) Absent: Al Schreiber (Excused)

President Hagglund led the Pledge of Allegiance.

President Hagglund amended the agenda to add an Executive Session after Board Member Items to discuss the performance of a district employee. President Hagglund asked for a motion to approve the amended agenda for the November 15, 2022 Regular Board Meeting.

Moved by Director Charlotte Murry; seconded by Director Ken Christoferson.

Aye: Directors Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Miranda Evans, Natalie Hagglund.

Passed - Unanimously

October 18, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes

Director Miranda Evans moved to approve the Minutes for the October 18, 2022 Regular Board Meeting; seconded by Director Ken Christoferson.

Aye: Directors Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Miranda Evans, Natalie Hagglund.

Passed - Unanimously

November 1, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes

Director Charlotte Murry moved to approve the Minutes for the November 1, 2022 Regular Board Meeting; seconded by Director Ken Christoferson.

Aye: Directors Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Natalie Hagglund
Abstain: Director Miranda Evans


November 8, 2022 Special Meeting Minutes

Director Ken Christoferson moved to approve the Minutes for the November 8, 2022 Special Board Meeting; seconded by Director Miranda Evans.

Aye: Directors Ken Christoferson, Miranda Evans, Natalie Hagglund
Abstain: Director Charlotte Murry


President Hagglund announced the Board will hold a Public Hearing regarding the use of state matching funds for additional capital improvements and invited Ruth Floyd, Executive Director of Business Services, to the podium. Ms. Floyd provided details regarding anticipation of remaining State Construction Assistance Program (state matching) funds after completion of the bond projects authorized in 2017. Liz Jamieson provided an update highlighting 2017 bond budget revenue, expenditures and estimated remaining balance.

Bond Projects Update - Ruth Floyd and Liz Jamieson

At 6:09 p.m., President Hagglund opened the public hearing regarding the use of state matching funds for additional capital improvements and invited any persons attending the meeting virtually or in person to raise their hand and be heard for or against the use of these funds. There were no raised hands and no persons came forward to comment. President Hagglund declared the public meeting closed at 6:10 p.m.


1. Donations  
Student Advisor Hunter Sparrow presented the donation.

2. Enrollment Update - Deborah Rumbaugh
Superintendent Rumbaugh presented the November 2022 enrollment.

3Port Susan Middle School Report - Cherae Almanza

     a) School Improvement and Action Planning Update
Principal Almanza reviewed Port Susan Middle School's 3-year School Improvement Plans (SIP) in Literacy and Math; the Annual Action Plans (AAP) goals and strategies in support of the 3-year plan in Literacy and Math; and described Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) for students and teachers to achieve goals.

    b) Shining Star Recognition
Student Ella Omelchenko was honored as Port Susan Middle School's Shining Star by the School Board and staff. Principal Almanza shared criteria for selection and Ella's attributes as a Shining Star. A certificate, plaque and sponsor gift from Heritage Bank were presented and pictures were taken.

YMCA Program Report - Deborah Rumbaugh and Dan Powell
Dan Powell, YMCA Executive Director, Stanwood-Camano Branch, p
resented an overview of the YMCA's collaboration efforts and partnership with the Stanwood-Camano School District. Mr. Powell highlighted alignment of the district’s Promise with the YMCA’s goals; financial assistance and access for families; the Y's post-pandemic focus on well-being and closing societal gaps; strengthening partnerships with the community; and plans for 2023.

5. Financial Updates - Ruth Floyd
Ruth Floyd, Executive Director of Business Services, walked the board through the following financial updates:
    a) Year End Financial Report
    b) August 2022 Financial Report
    c) September 2022 Financial Report

6. Education on Race and Equity - Deborah Rumbaugh and Ben Gauyan
Dr. Ben Gauyan, Assistant Superintendent, Teaching and Learning, detailed the district’s work around equity training and steps for students and staff moving forward. Dr. Rumbaugh reflected on Dr. Gauyan’s report as an opportunity to share plans that are currently in place, and any issues that may arise from the investigation informing the work that needs to be done moving forward. The board discussed at length the importance of continuing these conversations in schools and in the community and using the recent incident as an important learning opportunity.

7Student Supports Update (Accountability Goals-Policy 2004) - Deborah Rumbaugh and Ben Gauyan
In accordance with Policy 2004 Accountability Goals, Dr.Gauyan presented a report on resources that are available to parents and guardians to assist students in meeting state standards. Discussion followed.


Director Miranda Evans moved to approve Consent Agenda items 1 through 7 listed below; seconded by Director Ken Christoferson.

Aye: Directors Charlotte Murry, Ken Christoferson, Miranda Evans, Natalie Hagglund.

Passed - Unanimously

1. Donations

2. Approve the Memorandum of Understanding with the Northwest Educational Service District 189 for Attendance and Reengagement Services.

3. Approve the Perkins Local Plan and agree to the Perkins Assurances as outlined in the Federal State, and Office of the Superintendent of Public Schools (OSPI) levels, for 2022-23.

4. Adopt Resolution 2022/2023-002 regarding the Certification of 2023 Excess Property Taxes. 

5. Approve the Maintenance Agreement with TK Elevator Corporation for Stanwood High School.

6. Approve the Personnel Report for November 15, 2022.

7. Approve Bills and Payroll.


Citizens wishing to address the Board are asked to submit online requests using the PUBLIC COMMENT link or email [email protected] two hours prior to the board meeting start time. For those attending the meeting in person, request forms are available in the boardroom for submission prior to meeting start time. Citizens who wish to provide documents to board members will hand them with to the Recording Secretary for distribution after the meeting. The Board President will call upon individuals who have requested to speak during the Public Comment section of the agenda. Individuals will state their name for the record and will be allowed three minutes to speak.

Shona Voelckers, district resident, addressed the board regarding the incident on November 4th during the Stanwood-Lakes football game and confronting racism in schools and institutions.

1. First Reading - Revised Policy 2255 Alternative Learning Experiences Courses
There was consensus from the board that Policy 2255 will move forward for a second reading. 
2. First Reading - Revised Policy 3122 Excused and Unexcused Absences
There was consensus from the board that Policy 3122 will move forward for a second reading.
3. Book Study - Marc Brackett, Permission to Feel
Superintendent Rumbaugh facilitated a conversation on a book study the Board will be participating in. Discussion on the book Permission to Feel will begin at the December 6, 2022 regular meeting.

Hunter Sparrow, Stanwood High School (SHS) provided detailed information on the recent Association of Washington Student Leaders Conference held at the high school on October 29, noting it was a successful event and many schools attended. The report also included information on preparing for the annual holiday Winter Wishes and highlights on events each graduating class is putting together.

President Hagglund shared the Lincoln Hill High School (LHHS) report as Jason Orzel was unable to attend the meeting. Highlights included the upcoming Student Leadership Retreat with Stanwood High's leadership students will take place on November 16, and LHHS leadership students will be volunteering on November 19 at the Camano Senior Center to help with an event the Center is hosting.


Director Charlotte Murry’s comments included: thanking everyone for being present; reflecting on the recent difficult events and looking forward to having resolution and direction to make things better for all students; she thanked Ruth Floyd for presenting year-end financials and noted there are challenges ahead in meeting budget needs, but she feels positive about legislative efforts.

Director Ken Christoferson’s comments included: thanking those who presented reports and those who provided comment; appreciating the opportunity to hear about what’s happening at Port Susan Middle School and the alignment of common language across areas of study to help struggling students; and receiving information on the collaboration that is taking place between the YMCA and the district as well as the YMCA and the community.

Director Miranda Evans’ comments included: appreciation for pausing on the district’s Promise during reports and Principals Almanza tying it to how Port Susan Middle School (PSMS) engages students (and tying it to the PSMS Knights’ promise); excitement for bringing back Shining Star recognitions; appreciation for the budget report; and appreciation for the equity conversations that are taking place, including identifying work the district has done and knowing there is still work to be done. Director Evans shared she appreciates the conversations that were sparked today.

Director Natalie Hagglund shared Director Schreiber is at the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) conference and graduates Wednesday from Leadership WSSDA, a program that allows board directors to take a deeper dive into the work that goes into the role of being a board member. Director Hagglund shared the board leaves for the WSSDA General Conference tomorrow and added she looks forward to attending. Director Hagglund noted there is one weekend left for the Stanwood High School play.

Superintendent Rumbaugh affirmed her interest in understanding and seeing how the district is different as an organization as a result of whatever the investigation reveals and affirmed her interest in learning how the district is going to be different, act different, and feel different.

At 7:40 p.m., President Hagglund announced the Board will move into an Executive Session until 8:40 p.m. to review the performance of a district employee and no action will be taken.  President Hagglund added the regular meeting will be adjourned as soon as the Board comes out of the executive session as there is no further business.

At 8:22 p.m., President Hagglund moved the Board out of Executive Session.

At 8:22 p.m. President Hagglund adjourned the regular meeting.





Vice President







Deborah Rumbaugh, Ed.D.

Secretary to the Board