Schoolboard approves make-up for snow days

Published on Thu, Feb 1, 2007 by ack Kintner

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School board approves make-up for snow days

By Jack Kintner

The Blaine school board dealt with snow postponements at its regular monthly meeting last Monday by approving some calendar changes and by recognizing eight community members for various achievements in ceremonies that had also been postponed because of snow.

It feels good to be back on schedule,” said superintendent Ron Spanjer, who pointed out that the district had just completed its first uninterrupted five-day week of classes since last November.
The calendar changes (see page 8) will mean that the last day of school will now be Tuesday, June 19, which is still the earliest dismissal date among county school districts, Spanjer said. Waivers for completing the full complement of school days were unlikely, he added, since no damage was done to the schools themselves by the severe weather.

The eight community members cited for outstanding achievements included:

• Blaine middle school P.E. teacher Dan Persse, recently cited as one of six regional P.E. teachers of the year. He will be a candidate for national P.E. teacher of the year in 2008.

• Blaine dentist Pat Rooney and staff who have conducted free oral health checkups for students in grades kindergarten through fifth for the past five years under the leadership of the Blaine Family Service center.

• Blaine high school teachers Mike Grambo, Brian Smith and Mike Shappell were recognized for earning national board certification.

• Board president Todd Berge, primary school secretary Dawn Corcorran and school nurse Mary Baker were three of 15 “Real Heroes” recognized by the Red Cross in Whatcom and Skagit counties last year.

Berge helped create a mobile mass casualty unit at the BP Cherry Point Refinery, and both Corcorran and Baker saved the lives of two young people.

Corcorran performed the Heimlich maneuver on a primary school student who was choking on a piece of candy and Baker attended a boy for several hours whose arm had been nearly severed in an accident and who was in imminent danger of bleeding to death while vacationing in a remote part of the B.C. coast.

The board itself was also given recognition, complete with cards and a cake furnished by students, as a part of national school board month.
Spanjer also said that he and Blaine police chief Mike Haslip have been meeting about the sex offender notification process, and that they will be attending a sex offender notification process community forum later this month in Bellingham.

The forums are sponsored by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) in response to legislation that directs them to convene work groups to help revise current statutes.

The Bellingham community forum, the closest of several to be held around the state, is set for February 21 and is open to the public.
The board’s next meeting will be Monday, February 26, at 7 p.m.