• Consider schedule possibilities that best serve the needs of students at the middle level to begin as early as fall 2016.
  • Review and consider the impact of the current middle school teaming model (students and teachers grouped in teams) connected to class size.
  • Weigh the pros and cons of continuing this model as part of the recommendation.

Basis for Establishment:

  • By aligning schedules at our four middle schools and extending the school day by 30 minutes, students would have more elective opportunities in support of The Bellingham Promise’s whole child approach.

Decision-Making Process:

  • Present, discuss and prioritize a variety of schedule options eventually reading consensus on a schedule that best serves students.
  • Present schedule proposal to executive team and recommendation to Superintendent Greg Baker.

Plan of Work:

  • Provide more opportunities for students through increased enrichment/exploratory program offerings (world language, music, art, tech…)
  • Maintain middle level philosophy
    Increase collaboration time for teachers
  • Ensure we have space and resources resulting for proposed schedule
  • Consider late ending time of current schedule
  • Examine Response to Intervention to determine efficiencies and best practices


  • Jennifer Cowan, Counselor, Shuksan
  • Jeannie Hayden, Principal, Kulshan
  • Robert Kalahan, Principal, Fairhaven
  • Laura Davis, Registrar, Whatcom
  • Jeanne Bach, Secretary (to Asst. Principal), Kulshan
  • Bryan Berreth, Teacher – Math, Kulshan
  • Breann Hulford, Teacher – Math/RtI, Fairhaven
  • Robert Knickrehm, Teacher – Math/Science, Whatcom
  • Randy Holmes, Teacher – Science, Whatcom
  • Josh Meese, Teacher – P.E., Whatcom
  • Stephanie Strow, Teacher – Social Studies, Shuksan
  • James Walsh, Teacher – Special Education, Whatcom
  • Ronni Weston, Teacher – Special Education, Kulshan
  • Morgan Schwab, Teacher – Music, Fairhaven/Whatcom
  • Sally Unger, Teacher – Spanish, Shuksan
  • Tom Kunesh, Parent, Whatcom
  • Holly Miller, Parent, Kulshan
  • Co-Chair, Mike Copland, Deputy Superintendent, Central Services
  • Co-Chair, Steve Clarke, Asst. Superintendent, Central Services


  • Regular meeting attendance
  • Respectful and collaborative interactions with group members

Timeline: All meetings take place from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. at District Office in Room 205

Budget Implications:

Consider staffing implications, ensuring hiring timeline and FTE allows for quality staff to be hired into proposed positions.