Students will get out earlier on Fridays

Early-release Fridays in the Enumclaw School District will become earlier starting in the fall.

The Enumclaw School Board gave district leaders the OK to expand its Professional Learning Communities collaboration time Friday afternoons from 60 minutes to 75 minutes.

Board members said they’ve seen evidence the program is working and staff is using the time wisely.

“I’m sorry,” Chris VanHoof said of his no vote last year. “It probably should have been 75 from the beginning.”

Superintendent Mike Nelson noted each school and team has demonstrated their work and commitment to the cycle and evidence shows the kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics program has been implemented with integrity at each school and level in the system.

“We both (Terry Parker, curriculum, instruction and assessment director) feel that the staff conversations during early release time have been essential in this success,” Nelson wrote to the board in a memorandum.

In other business, the board:

• adopted a policy to include a student representative on the board of directors. The student representative will be a non-voting, advisory position.

• accepted a $6,000 donation from Black Diamond PTA to purchase books for the Black Diamond Elementary School book room and $21,522 from the sixth-grade camp booster club for the 2009-10 camp program.

• approved the district’s three-year technology plan. The plan, as required by the state, outlines goals for eighth-grade student technology literacy, technology integration skills for teachers and technology proficiencies for administrators, teachers and teacher-librarians.

• accepted Southwood Elementary School teacher LeaAnn Buck’s retirement, and leaves of absence for Sunrise Elementary School Teachers Shelly Henshaw and Elisabeth Carlson.

• hired Monica Pihel-Beainter as an Enumclaw Middle School paraeductor and James Erickson for district office maintenance as well as transferring him from custodial duties at Enumclaw High to Thunder Mountain Middle School.

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