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Medical Lake prepares for summer program

Cheney Free Press of Cheney, Washington

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The Medical Lake School District is gearing up for the summer.

At the May 24 school board meeting, Kim Headrick, director of teaching and learning, gave an update on the upcoming Summer Reading Program for students at Hallett and Michael Anderson elementary schools. The program, which will run Aug. 1-18, will be a reading intensive program for students who are reading at their grade level or below it.

Students will engage in reading and writing instruction practices to meet their needs, as well as small group learning. They'll also be given books to read at home. Transportation will be provided for students in the program.

Headrick added that the district is collaborating with the city of Medical Lake's Parks and Recreation Department for recreational opportunities for students and their families during the summer.

"We're working to expand some academic and enrichment opportunities for our students," Headrick said.

The district is also applying for a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. Headrick said the grant would fund Parks and Recreation afterschool programs at Hallett and Medical Lake Middle School for the district. It will also provide recreational opportunities for summer programs, Saturday family events and field trips outside of school.

Headrick commended Medical Lake's parks and recreation director, Ashlee King, and Mayor John Higgins for partnering with the district.

During his superintendent's report, Tim Ames briefed the board on some of the summer maintenance projects, including a proposal for the demolition and remodeling of the high school concessions building, which came in at an estimated cost of $211,980.

Some of the other maintenance projects for the summer include replacing one of the doors in the high school, repairing the concrete and asphalt in Michael Anderson's bus loop and roof maintenance.

"We also have a groundskeeper this year who can take care of the weeds," Ames said. "We didn't have that before."

Ames added that he would speak with Higgins about potential water restrictions for the summer.

In action items, the board passed Policy 3410 — "Student Health." Ames said the policy removed scoliosis screening from the health services the district provides to all students. Under the policy, the district will continue to maintain student health records and immunization records, as well as provide temporary care for a student who becomes ill during the school day, vision and hearing screening, consulting services of a qualified health professional and immunization screening.

The board held the first reading of Policy 3246 — "Isolation and Other Uses of Reasonable Force." Ames said this policy now includes students on an individual educational program or a plan under Section 504.

In other business:

The board passed its annual resolution that authorizes Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to oversee athletics and activities for the 2016-17 school year.

It also approved a contract with Myers-Stevens to provide the district's voluntary student accident insurance.

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Original Publication Date: June 2, 2016

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