Northwest NEWS

April 29, 2002

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Students receive accolades at Riverview Board meeting

CARNATIONCedarcrest High School's Knowledge Bowl team, coached by Perry Garrison and Feather Alexander and made up of five sophomores, Gabe Long, Sam Al-Khoury, Chris Schlechty, Ashley Dowden and Rick Carden and two seniors, Keegan Grady and Brandon Pickering (captain), took 3rd place in the recent State Knowledge Bowl competition in Camas, Washington. Cedarcrest competed against 18 other AAA teams.
   The Knowledge Bowl challenge consisted of one written round in which teams could work cooperatively and four oral rounds, each consisting of 60 questions.
   Cedarcrest Principal Clarence Lavarias presented the Knowledge Bowl, wrestling and drill teams and the drama group to the Riverview School Board during the April 9 meeting, following the singing of the national anthem by Sam Stedman, a Cedarcrest freshman.
   The Knowledge Bowl coach praised the team for an excellent job and noted that this is the 1st team in 12 years to go to a state competition. It was noted that the only girl in the 3A finals was from Cedarcrest's team.
   The wrestling team was coached by Jeff Newcomer. The state wrestling tournament was held in the Tacoma Dome where Cedarcrest's team took 8th place. Andrew Claussen, Stephen Gunderson and Adam Speir all participated in the tournament, along with Robby Westermann who placed 3rd, Darren DeBoer, who placed 2nd and State Champion Aaron Pedeferri.
   The drill team's two state champions were introduced next, coached by Amber Grace. Jamie Simons won first place in the 1st and 2nd year Drill Down competing against 200 other girls, and Karrie Harrison took a 1st place standing in the 3rd and 4th year Drill Down competition.
   The drama coach, Karen King, introduced Neil DeVoe who chose to write a play for his senior project. The play, entitled "Then and Again" takes place in the near future and profiles the attitudes of people, and changes that have taken place in society.
   The drama team was on hand to act out the first scene for the board and visitors. Neil DeVoe, Joe Cruz, Brandi Denver, Melinda Craig, Nicole Howard, Jamie Simons, Ashley Dowden, Sam Stedman, Cole Birk and Robby Westermann performed.
   Mrs. King told the school board that the new theater should be done in June, when they will be presenting a 1950s version of the Wizard of Oz.
   Toby Nixon, representative for the 45th district, came before the board to talk about the 25 bills that had passed concerning schools since January. There are some new requirements placed on the school districts. Most notable were the following:
   S1444a Schools/bullyingRequires schools to have a policy on harassment, intimidation and bullying by August 1, 2003.
   S2834 Students/Medical order Allows schools to refuse admission to students with life threatening conditions unless the student provides a physician's medication or treatment order indicating what services they may require at school.
   S5823 Student Improvement goals T.O. Repeals the current performance improvement goals for fourth grade reading and fourth and seventh grade math.
   S6351a School Safety Schools receiving notice that a student has a past history of disciplinary actions or criminal or violent behavior must notify teachers, staff and school security.
   S6389 School Buses/USA Flags U.S. flag stickers may be placed on school buses.
   S6515a School technology facilities School capital funds used to buy computer equipment may also be used to pay for installation for the equipment and software.
   S6823 Schools/salary formula Modifies how average teacher salaries are calculated in order to reduce the amount of money the state sends to local school districts.
   Rep. Nixon pointed out that while many of the bills passed are mandates, a lot will go unfunded and the school districts themselves will have to find their own source of funding.
   A complete list of bills passed into legislation in the first quarter can be found at HYPERLINK "" under the heading of "Bill info."
   In other board news:
   April enrollment from the kindergarten roundup on April 3 (early registration) was up from last year, which may give good indications that enrollment will be up next year.
   A motion was made to approve the Affirmative Action Plan, which reflects new policies and the current state requirements. After discussion, the motion was voted on and passed by majority.
   The school board accepted the resignation of Bob Decker, who resigned for personal reasons, in Director District 5, which covers north of Duvall to the county line and east to Stossel Creek.
   The position is now vacant and the school board will be advertising in the paper until April 30th. Anyone interested may submit a letter expressing interest along with their qualifications. The term will last from May 2003 to November 2003 when there will be a general election.
   Several factors affecting the 2002-03 budget include anticipation of the loss of 60 FTE students, the extra high cost of out of district Special Education students, and the closure of the Duvall bridge, which will cost an extra $19,500 in September for transportation to re-route buses. Legislative funding reduction was discussed, with no resolution.
   Estimated revenue projections are going to be less than originally anticipated due to the elimination of funding passed by the state legislators. The study session brainstormed about budget reductions.
   Bids for the Cedarcrest athletic field will be open April 19th. There will be a Public meeting at the high school Monday April 22nd at 3PM to review bids received from general contractors and look at developer recommendations to the school board. The board is anticipated to award the bid at the April 23rd School board meeting.
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