December 2021
The Clover Park School Board welcomed a new member at its Dec. 13 meeting when David Anderson (top image) was sworn in along with returning director Alyssa Anderson Pearson (bottom image). Anderson replaces Dr. Marty Schafer as the representative for District 4.
Dec. 13 Regular Meeting
At its Dec. 13 board meeting, the Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board of Directors heard reports from Deputy Superintendent Brian Laubach and Superintendent Ron Banner and elected officers for the next term.

Laubach presented on a potential partnership between the district and the BEZOS Foundation to increase preschool services for children ages three to five living at or below poverty within CPSD boundaries. The program would provide free year-round and tuition-free instruction utilizing Montessori-inspired curriculum.

Superintendent's Report
In his report, Banner discussed the event honoring the anniversary of the four fallen Lakewood Police officers, community engagement and family engagement.

Lakewood Fallen Officers
  • This year marks the 12th anniversary of the deaths of four Lakewood Police officers at a coffee shop in Parkland.
  • Four Heroes Elementary School was named in honor and as a memorial for the officers.
  • Banner thanked Lakewood Police chief Mike Zaro and his department for the risks they take to protect CPSD schools and the Lakewood community.

Community Engagement
  • The district participated in the city of Lakewood's Reverse Parade of Lights with a decorated school bus. Banner thanked all district district employees, staff and students who participated, including the Lakes High School cheer squad who entertained the parade goers and won the "Most Spirited" award from the event organizers.
  • Banner thanked Diane Formosa from Caring for Kids, district staff and volunteers who helped support the Caring for Kids Holiday Fair at Thomas Middle School. The annual event provides holiday support directly to CPSD students and families.
  • Banner recognized an anonymous community member who donated thousands of dollars in new clothing as to support CPSD students and families.
  • More than 1,000 break bags have been distributed to support food insecure families over winter break. Banner thanked the district's student services department and the many community partners who helped provide these direct holiday supports to families.

Family Engagement
  • Student-teacher conferences were held in mid-November. More than 95 percent of elementary families participated in conferences, while more than 89 percent of secondary families participated.

The board elected Alyssa Anderson Pearson as board president, Carole Jacobs as board vice president and Anthony Veliz as the board’s legislative representative for one-year terms. David Anderson joined the board as director of district 4 and Paul Wagemann continues as the director of district 5.
As part of the Individual Action Agenda, the Board of Directors: 
  • Approved construction award for Tillicum Elementary School window replacement project.
  • Authorized superintendent to name the Clover Park High School gymnasium after former teacher and boys basketball coach Mel Ninnis.
  • Authorized purchase of computer replacements for office staff at Evergreen, Oakbrook and Tyee Park elementary schools, Lakeview Hope Academy and Hudtloff and Lochburn middle schools.
  • Accepted funding from Emergency Connectivity Fund to purchase computers to support student needs in response to COVID-19.
  • Accepted donation from GEO Group Foundation to support students at Clover Park High School.
The next regular meeting of the school board will be Monday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m.