School board appointsCummings

Published on Thu, Mar 2, 2006 by ack Kintner

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School board appoints Cummings

By Jack Kintner

The Blaine school board named Blaine elementary school principal Deb Cummings as the district director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at their monthly meeting Monday evening.

Cummings, 40, earned her bachelor’s in physical education and math from Western Washington University in 1989. She taught for five years in Coupeville before coming to Blaine in 1994. Two years later she was named elementary school principal and also became the district director of assessment in charge of measuring student performance against federal and state requirements. For the past two years she has also served as acting curriculum director.

Blaine superintendent of schools Dr. Mary Lynne Derrington said that Cummings will begin the new position in August, and that the search process for her replacement at the elementary school will begin shortly.

Blaine high school teachers Jim Nelson and Oliver Smith led a presentation on how state-wide standards developed over the past six years have changed vocational education requirements. The curriculum has become broader in scope and is now called career and technical education (CTE). Nelson said that Blaine’s CTE courses must be re-certified based on information furnished to the state office of the superintendent of public instruction (OSPI) by April 15. “The key is to show that students demonstrate application of statewide academic standards in their course work while developing occupation-specific skills, knowledge of career options and leadership and employability skills,” Nelson said.

Blaine’s CTE curriculum currently has six teachers working in four programs, including agriculture and science taught by George Kaas, health and human services taught by Kathy Wright, technology taught by Nelson and Jim Rasar and business and management taught by Steve Barthlow and Smith, the largest program because it includes a basic computer skills course required of all freshmen.

In other business, maintenance and facilities manager Jim Kenoyer said that planning and design for campus construction to meet anticipated growth needs to begin soon in anticipation of a bond that would be put before the voters, possibly in 2008. The board agreed, voting to begin the planning process, including architect selection, at their next meeting at 7 p.m. on March 27.