Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Computer virus grabs attention during busy school board meeting

I stumbled on the Lake Washington School District Board meeting running LIVE on Channel 26 at 7 pm last night.  (You can also watch it streaming online or in the district website archived recordings).  It was a full meeting with three principals presenting at the beginning.  Mead Elementary principal gave her overview as "the host school."  Principals from Eastlake and International recognized their National Merit scholar semi-finalists. 

A wicked computer virus circulating within and around the district computer system was the subject of the Superintendent's talk. It's called: GOBLIN MAL/xpadhg. The district has teams scanning computers and quarantining them. Progress was made over the weekend but "it's not clean yet" according to Pierce. Board member Carlson said infected thumb drives have become a huge reservoir of the virus. The district is issuing replacement storage thumb drives for the students and other alternatives.   Pierce said parents would be notified just as soon as the virus was eradicated. 

A 9th grader from Eastlake spoke up during Public Comment asking the Board to support American Sign Language (ASL) for the World Language Program.  Superintendent Pierce answered a survey is going out to parents asking them what languages they'd like see to expand current offerings. ASL is on the list.

Superintendent Pierce reported $92,230 in donations for the month of October.  Evergreen Healthcare gave $1300 to Juanita High for a white board.  LWSF made three donations to schools.  The PTSA's gave generously.

A Director from the Assistance League of the Eastside gave the Board and viewing public an update on "Operation School Bell" - a program that provides clothing to less fortunate students.  The Eastside chapter's program serves as a national role model throughout 22 states.  1500 LWSD elementary and middle school students are served.  The program started 20 years ago at Redmond elementary serving 60 students out of a portable.  It now partners with Fred Meyer serving 2400 students, including four North Shore schools and Bellevue School district.

The School Board conducted an informal First Reading of Executive Limitations (EL) revisions.  They were last reviewed about 10 years ago and a Second Reading is planned for their next Business meeting. 

By Bob Yoder

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