May 2022
Selberg, Coppedge-Pope and Rupprecht selected as CPSD Employees of the Year
Three Clover Park School District employees were honored as Employees of the Year during a virtual celebration Thursday, May 5.

Since 1987, CPSD has honored exemplary employees in three categories: certificated, classified and administrative. Award recipients are chosen by an independent panel of Lakewood citizens.

2022 Employees of the Year are:

  • Dennis Selberg (left top), Library Media Specialist, Oakbrook Elementary School —Certificated Employee of the Year
  • Jody Coppedge-Pope (right top), Food Service Worker, Rainier Elementary School — Classified Employee of the Year
  • Marianne Rupprecht (middle below), Principal, Carter Lake Elementary School —Administrative Employee of the Year

You can watch the virtual ceremony on our district YouTube channel.
May 9 Regular Meeting
During its May 9 board meeting, the Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board of Directors heard a report from Superintendent Ron Banner.

Superintendent's Report
In his report, Banner discussed student achievement and community engagement.

Student Achievement
  • Several students won first place awards in the MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) competition held at Pacific Lutheran University.
  • Clover Park High School students Juan Vega and Brandon Ceron won first place in the glider competition.
  • Lakes High School students Jennifer Amado and Jaylen Gist-King won first place in the craft stick bridge competition.

Staff Appreciation
  • Banner congratulated the 2022 employees of the year and thanked them for their dedication to the district.
  • The first week of May was Certificated Employees Week. Buildings celebrated staff members throughout the week, and the district promoted the occasion with social media posts and postcards to each certificated staff member.
  • Banner noted that Friday, May 6, was National Nurses Day, School Lunch Hero Day and Military Spouses Appreciation Day.

Community Engagement
  • Banner recently engaged with the community in the following ways:
  • He joined the Lakewood city manager for their monthly meeting.
  • He attended the Lakewood Multicultural Coalition board meeting.
  • He attended the fundraiser for Living Access Support Alliance as the guest of Dr. Joyce Loveday from Clover Park Technical College.
  • He hosted the Lakewood Family YMCA executive director Toby Roberts at his council meeting to share the story of the local YMCA.
  • He supported city of Lakewood Parks Appreciation Day by participating in clean up at the Kiwanis and Ft. Steilacoom parks.
  • He attended the South Sound Military and Community Partnership Steering Committee meeting.
  • He participated in the annual Cops vs. Teachers charity basketball game at Lakes High School.
  • He hosted Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland at his Superintendent Youth Advisory Council meeting where she was able to hear directly from CPSD students on a variety of topics.

Director David Anderson moved to suspend policy 3241 on student discipline. The motion did not pass by a 3-2 vote.
As part of the Individual Action Agenda, the Board of Directors:
  • Authorized superintendent to continue district's agreement for legal services from Porter Foster Rorick, LLP for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Authorized superintendent to submit written petition requesting transfer of territory on Joint Base Lewis-McChord from Bethel School District (BSD) to CPSD. Additionally, superintendent is authorized to take all actions lawful and necessary to effectuate the transfer of territory, including negotiation with BSD.
  • Accepted and approved final building commissioning report for Dr. Claudia Thomas Middle School.
  • Awarded bid for Tillicum Elementary School window replacement to Construct Inc.
  • Approved and authorized contract with Charles H. Beresford Company for replacement of Lochburn Middle School science building flooring.
  • Approved and authorized contract with The Great Western Recreation for replacement of outdated playground equipment at Oakbrook and Tyee Park elementary schools.
  • Approved and entered into representation arrangement in mass-action lawsuit against JUUL Labs, Inc., to seek and recover damages on behalf of school to address damage caused by vaping epidemic.
  • Approved addition and purchase of updated science and health instructional materials to district curriculum.
  • Authorized purchase of Newsela Blended Learning District Suite to support supplemental instructional resources to support academic growth.
  • Adopted the following policies (view online):
  • 2021 on Library Media Centers
  • 2140 on Comprehensive Counseling Program
  • 4200 on Parent Access and Safe and Orderly Environment
  • Approved and authorized The Charles H. Beresford Company for contract for flooring replacement at Oakbrook Elementary School.
The next regular meeting of the school board will be Monday, June 13, at 6 p.m.
May 23 Regular Meeting/Workshop
The school board held a regular meeting/workshop on May 23. It heard updates on the district's COVID-19 mitigation strategies, comprehensive school counseling, the district's DoDEA world language grant, the 2022-23 draft budget and the superintendent's spring 2022 operational-infrastructural evaluation.

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies
Deputy Superintendent Brian Laubach updated the board on the district's current COVID-19 mitigation strategies. COVID-19 case rates are rising for all ages in Pierce County, which has led to increasing outbreaks and cases in schools.

The district has protocols for outbreaks at schools. Staff are strongly requested to wear a mask for up to 10 days and are required to get tested in 3-5 days following an outbreak. Students are strongly recommended to wear a mask for up to 10 days and get tested 3-5 days following an outbreak.

Laubach also provided updates on the district's testing center, symptoms, isolation and potential exposures.

Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Laubach provided a report on the district's comprehensive school counseling program. The program was created at the direction of senate bill 5030, which asks school districts to clarify roles of Professional School Counselors in alignment with best practices and develop a long-term Comprehensive School Counseling Plan (CSCP) at all schools.

The district's CSCP committee was formed and has been developing the plan during the 2021-22 school year. Implementation of the CSCP will begin during the 2022-23 school year and finalize during the 2023-24 school year.

DoDEA World Language Grant
Laubach presented on the district's Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) world language grant and provided an update on its implementation. The grant total is about $3 million with an implementation time frame of five years.

The primary goals of the grant are to honor heritage speakers' language, provide earlier world language learning opportunities, increase world language learning opportunities for grades 2-12 and leverage technology to help with world language learning.

The grant includes funding for teacher training on world language education and implementation of a brand new elementary world language program districtwide.

The ultimate goal of the program is to give students better foundational world language support in grades 2-8 with the intent of them taking higher level oral language classes at the high school level and eventually graduating biliterate.

2022-23 Draft Budget
Director of Financial Services Greg Hart presented the district's 2022-23 preliminary draft budget.

The review included: budget impacts for the 2022-23 school year; enrollment projections; fund balance projections; preliminary general fund revenue breakdowns; a look at the expenditure budget; and the budget development schedule.

Superintendent's Mid-Year Evaluation
Superintendent Ron Banner provided an update to the Board on his mid-year operational-infrastructural evaluation of the superintendent.
The next regular meeting/workshop of the school board has been canceled. The board will hold planning meetings on Wednesday, June 22, and Thursday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m.