LW School District No 414


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EDITORIAL: According to Lake Washington School District BY-LAWS, "The job of the Board is to represent the citizens and to lead the organization by asking critical questions and by determining and demanding appropriate and excellent organizational performance."

School Board of Directors are elected officials and are each authorized a $4,800/yr stipend to work with due diligence to represent their constituents and lead the Administration.    They presently waive their pay.  A self image of volunteerism mitigates their over-sight of our District Superintendent and accountability to their constituents. Though improving, the Board is not "demanding excellent organizational performance" from the Administration especially when it comes to overcrowding and facility planning solutions.

Infrastructure and facility needs are still not aligned with population growth owing to the Boards failure to pass two Bond measures.  .

Bond funding policy, re-boundary policy,facilities planning policy and regional feeder school adjustment policy are examples of when the BOARD's voice, active representation and administrative oversight is expected yet not fully achieved.

The Lake Washington School District has over 98,987 registered voters (2/2011). Yet, when the KIMBALL BOARD "asked the community" in 2005 if they should run a bond to completely overhaul and rebuild the schools only 427 citizens responded.  Community involvement in the decision making process reached a low point under KIMBALL. The PIERCE BOARD needs to "lead the organization" (By-Laws) with updated Decision-Making Policy language to involve the greater community in a timely manner.  Tracy Pierce has made great strides to this end by implementing a Regional Advisory Task Force on Facilities in preparation for the 2016 Bond.

"Community Involvement in Decision Making Policy" verbiage was adapted 12/2/74, last revised May 7, 1990 and is over twenty-two years old. The Board and Superintendent needs to update these governance policies to be more effective and accountable to their constituents.  Perhaps they have.

By Bob Yoder

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2011  6-Year Capital Facility Plan, 2010 - 2015 ,   This important document was removed from the  LWSD website.


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Public is allowed to speak once a month to the Board of Directors and Superintendent for approximately 3 minutes/month at their "Regular Business Meeting" on the 1st Monday of the month. Arrive early to sign-in for Public Comment. Public Comment is also taken during "Budget Readings". The meetings are usually held a 7 pm but they are sometimes held at 5:30 pm.

School Board Meetings, Public Comment days, and Work Session Meeting schedule is here. Email Kathryn Reith to confirm the meeting times and public comment period, kreith@lwsd.org.

The BOARD meets with Superintendent Pierce during bi-monthly "Work Study Sessions." The public may watch from the gallary in the Hughes Room, 1st floor. Sessions are held on the same day as the two "Regular Public Meetings," usually at 5:30 pm before the regular meeting. (email kreith@lwsd.org to confirm). These work sessions are a very good way to learn how our Board of Directors asks critical questions, determines appropriate superintendent performance, and leads the organization. Bring a snack, if you'd like. Study Sessions aren't taped. Minutes are taken only to document the Session topic and attendance. Handouts of PowerPoint presentations are sometimes available to the public.

Kathryn Reith is the Communications Director (media relations, community relations, public record request officer) can give you a LWSD Public Record Request form or they are online. Turn around time is 5 days - by state law. The District is cooperative on these requests. Diane Jenkins is the "Board Clerk" responsible for official filing of approved Board documents, Minutes, and Meeting Packets. djenkins@lwsd.org. Make an apointment with Ms Jenkins to access her file.

The Meeting Agendas, Minutes and BOARD Packets are usually in short supply. They are found at the information desk counter in the lobby and not on the chamber table near the Diaz where the Public Comment Sign-In sheets are placed. Sign-in for comment before the meeting starts.

Organizational Chart - revised in 2010. under Kimball and 2012 under Pierce.

2010 EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:)   No monetary incentives are awarded for outstanding work; rather ~ 'time off' during the summer applies.  Recognition appears the only incentive for outstanding work performed by the  Central Administration..  The BOARD needs to recognize the outstanding admistrative and teaching performance they see. 

Superintendent Tracy Pierce's salary was negotiated with Kimball.  TBA.   Chip Kimball retired from Superintendent and moved to Singapore:   His 'Total 'Cash' Compensation in 2010 was $211,576 (No Incentive Bonus).  $190,178/yr. Benefits: $20,198 annual annuity, $900/month automobile allowance, $200/month "other expenses", $100/month telecommunications, m,d,v ltc,l.

AS OF 5/2010 THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NO WRITTEN JOB DESCRIPTIONS.  They have been working on it, according to Ms. Reith.  For example, the  Organizational Chart (new, 2010) and Administration has Janene Fogard with three titles:  Deputy Superintendent, C.O.O. and Director of Finance. 

Janene Fogard had three titles in 2009:   Deputy Superintendent, C.O.O., Director of Finance
Title changed to Deputy Superintendent, Operational Services, 2010 
$157,300, effective 7/1/2009, 2010-12.

ALL:  $5,500 annual annuity, $475/month T&E, $250/year for significant in-district travel. $1750/yr. cell phone, mileage, and expense reimbursement. m,d,v,l,& disability insurance.  Benefit maximum $838.93

John Vaille, Chief Technology Officer (2009)  -- LEFT THE DISTICT, 2012
Title changes to Assistant Superintendent, Technology Services (2010)
$144,050, effective 7/1/2009, 2011-12.

Traci Pierce, Chief Schools Officer (2009)  PROMOTED TO SUPERINTENDENT, July, 2012
Promoted to Deputy Superintendent, Instructional Services (2010)
Deputy Sup. Salary was $157,300  

Dan Phelan, Chief Academic Officer - Was REPLACED IN 2011 by  MATT MANOBIANCO.  Manobianco was promoted and is runing the cirriculum under the PIERCE ADMINISTRTION.
Dan Phelan moved to Director of CTE & Accelerated Programs
$144,050, effective 7/1/2009  (2012 salary unknown, tba)

Directors (8):   $133,305, effective 7/1/2009  (under Janine Fogard, 2010)
 Directors of Operations (4): Forest Miller, Facilities/Transportation; Pat Fowler, Human Resources; Matt Manobianco, Curriculum & Standards; Paul Vine, Special Education

Directors of School Support (4): Ken Lyon, Kelly Pease, David Larson, Heather Sinclair. (moved from Fogard to under Traci Pierce, 2010)

Coordinators (7):
$120,740, effective 7/1/2009 EACH

Special Ed and School Support Coordinators (3) - Jon Holmen, Christy Colloins, and Wynn Spaulding.
Other (4): Kathryn Reith, Communications, *Barbara Posthumus, Business Services (Finance), Toby Brenner, Technology e-learning, & Linda Stevens, Assessment & Reporting.

Principals: (12-month Salary), 2009-2012
Senior High School: $123,185
Junior High School: $113,115
Alternative School: $113,115
Elementary School: $109,275
Senior High Associate: $108,475
Junior High Vice Principal: 103.455
Substitute Administrator: $92,884
Administrative Leadership Stipend $1370
$1150/year cellphone, mileage & expense reimbursement; Medical dental vision,
$1,400/year for Senior High Principal
Benefit maximum: $838.93

Report and opinion by Bob Yoder