Senior Volleyball Girls

Superintendent's Blue Devil Blog: 10/29/2

 Hello, Blue Devils! I am trying something new this year on Fridays. I will be giving you some insight into the Superintendent's job, my personal Blue Devil experience, and end with a Covid-19 update.

(PICTURE: After two wins on Friday, senior volleyball girls will be leading their team to the Divisional tournament next weekend in Ronan. Come watch them play Saturday, 10/30/21, at 4:00 PM in the District Championship versus Dillon.) 

 Monday 10/25 

 RECORDS REQUEST - Started working on a records request. This can be done for 0.25/copy for non-board materials, and 0.15/copy for board minutes, and then we charge an hourly rate of the employee filling the request which is around $20/hour (Policy 1401). Please know that we are trying to put as much of our materials as possible, as well as posting all board minutes, agendas, and materials on our website for free. 

 EVALUATION - The first of three evaluation conversations with one of the administrators. We worked on the evaluation process of staff, walk through expectations, and observed several classrooms. 

 MAINTENANCE MEETING - Met with Jim Bowen on maintenance issues, projects, and ongoing support. 

 ANOTHER EVALUATION - The first of three evaluation conversations with one of the administrators. We worked on the evaluation process of staff, walk through expectations, and observed several classrooms. 

 FINGERPRINTING - Fingerprinted three individuals (2 for subbing and 1 volunteer). 

 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MEETING - Met with a board member on several items. 

 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING - Met with the school board to vote and hire a new Transportation Director and New Business Services Director and Clerk. 

 Tuesday 10/26 

 MAINTENANCE MEETING - Met with Jim Bowen on maintenance issues, projects, and ongoing support. 

 DISTRICT LEADERSHIP MEETING - Teachers and administrators from all buildings meet to discuss district-wide initiatives on curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Today's meeting delved into the upcoming Cognia review in the fall of 2023. Corvallis School District is accredited through a company that evaluates us in three main areas: leadership, learning, and utilizing our resources. There will be an onsite team from Cognia that meets with staff, the school board, and community members. 

 DISTRICT INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES TEAM MEETING - Meet with K-12 administrators on processes that affect our school district-wide. Today's topics included onboarding of new personal, Covid related topics, professional development opportunities, and more. 

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MEETING - Met a school board member on several topics. 

 SPECIAL SERVICES MEETING - Met with Dan Carrasco on several topics. 

 TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR MEETING - Met again with the new transportation director on his contract, the vision going forward, and more. 

 Wednesday 10/27 

 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING - Met with administrators and Janell Semple to discuss after-school programming at both the Middle School and Primary School. We are trying to find new employees to support with an after-school program at the Primary School starting in January. 

 FINGERPRINTING - Fingerprinted a volunteer that will support the Primary School. 

CORVALLIS SCHOOL FOUNDATION - Met with the director of the Corvallis School Foundation. 

LEGAL COUNSEL - Met with the District Lawyer on several topics. We routinely get advice as laws, procedures, and school policies change. 

 TRANSPORTATION MEETING - Met with new Transportation Director, Chris Mayer, on some bus mechanical and maintenance issues, as well as working on communication. 

 Thursday 10/28 

 EVALUATION - The first of three evaluation conversations with one of the administrators. We worked on the evaluation process of staff, walk through expectations, and observed several classrooms. 

 FINGERPRINTING - Fingerprinted two volunteers today who will be supporting at the Primary School. 

 BUSINESS DEPARTMENT MEETINGS - Met with Laura, Lyndi, and Heather today on business department questions. 

 ANOTHER EVALUATION - The first of three evaluation conversations with one of the administrators. We worked on the evaluation process of staff, walk through expectations, and observed several classrooms. 

TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR MEETING - Met with Chris Mayer on procedures and protocols we are working on for bus drivers. 

 Friday 10/29 

 MAINTENANCE MEETING - Met with Jim Bowen on maintenance issues, projects, and ongoing support. 

 CORVALLIS SCHOOL FOUNDATION - Met with the director of the Corvallis School Foundation. 

 BUSINESS DEPARTMENT MEETINGS - Met with Lyndi and Heather today on business department questions and possible new personnel. 

 VISIONING AND STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE - Worked on a new "State of the Union" like address for our Corvallis staff. Each semester I would like to give an update to our staff on our progress towards our goals which connect to the 5 Year Strategic Plan, Facilities Improvements, and our last Cognia Review. 

 DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT - Corvallis is hosting the Southwestern A District Volleyball Tournament. Games will run all day Friday and Saturday. Corvallis girls are coming into the tournament in second place. Their first game was a win over East Helena at 4:00 PM. They will now play at 8:00 PM versus Butte Central. If they win this they will be in the championship game at 4:00 PM Friday. 

 COVID UPDATE: 10/29/21 Total Active Cases as of Today: 14 ( PS= 3, MS= 7, HS=4, OTHER = 0) -- Total Active Cases Last Friday: 20 Total in Quarantine as of Today: 25 -- Total in Quarantine Last Friday: 34 

 Our next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be on November 9th. We will start with a special session at 6:00 PM, and the regular board meeting starts at 7:00 PM in the library. I have an open-door policy, please come visit me at the Central Office.

Jon Konen, Superintendent

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” -- Peter Drucker