Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - August 2, 2013

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District Stories
 Board of Directors now accepting applications to fill vacant seat
The Board of Directors is now accepting applications to fill Max Carrera’s vacant position on the school board. Carrera resigned from the school board August 1 to dedicate more time to his family and professional career. The Board of Directors will now appoint a member to fill the remainder of Carrera’s term through November 2015.

School Board Application Process

August 2-16

• Applications will be accepted now through Friday, August 16, 4 p.m. Application forms are available on the district website (www.wwps.org) or at the district office (364 S. Park St.).

August 20

• Executive session at 3 p.m. prior to regular board meeting to screen applications

• Regular board meeting at 4 p.m. and Board of Directors will announce finalists

*August 27

• Special board meeting/9:30 to noon (*tentative) to interview finalists and select new board member

September 3

• Regular board meeting/6:30 p.m. - New board member sworn in to fill the remainder of the term through November 2015


 Transportation fleet scores 100 percent on annual inspection
The district’s bus and van fleet recently received a 100 percent pass rate on the Washington State Patrol annual inspection. These buses are serviced through th

e Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative which offers member school districts Walla Walla Public Schools, Prescott, and Dixie discounted school bus maintenance and repair service. State patrol inspectors look at operating equipment, including lights, brakes, tires and all safety related components of the vehicles during the extensive inspection process.

"The guys are keeping the fleet in great shape," said Transportation Director Steve Olson.

"The cooperative saves taxpayers’ money, improves school bus safety and extends school bus life."

The cooperative also provides school bus inspection support, bus driver professional development, school bus preventative maintenance and record keeping services. The data shows how taxpayers are reaping the benefits of this cooperative. Shop rates for partner districts are $45 per hour. The average vendor shop rate is $90 to $105 per hour. The Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative buys diesel fuel in bulk at nearly 20 cents less per gallon than retail. This saves taxpayers on average nearly $10,000 per year in fuel costs. A variety of oil, fuel and air filters are used and cooperative costs average 60 to 80 percent below retail prices. Coolant is purchased for 90 percent below retail costs. The Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative is located at 1162 Entley Street near Koncrete Industries.


 District Office Summer Hours
- 8 a.m. to 12 noon & 1 to 4 p.m.

- WWPS District Office: 364 S. Park St.


School Stories
 Visit school websites for back to school information
The 2013-14 school year begins Tuesday, Sept. 3. Visit your child’s school website for back to school information, including school supplies lists. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!
Community Stories
 Children’s Rock Band "Recess Monkey" coming to Walla Walla Friday, August 2
Recess Monkey is coming to Walla Walla Friday August 2. Recess Monkey is a nationally acclaimed trio of elementary school teachers who make music for kids and families.

Concert schedule (Friday, August 2):

- 11 a.m. / Walla Walla City Library

- 3 p.m. / YMCA

- 7:30 p.m. / Downtown in front of Bright’s Candies

Recess Monkey: www.recessmonkeytown.com

For more information about the local concerts contact Beth Swanson, The Moms’ Network at 509-301-7471 or beth@themomsnetworkww.com


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