YCS Staff Handbook

  • Chris Woods

    from Superintendent Chris Woods

    Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! I am very excited to be joining Yelm Community Schools (YCS) as your new superintendent. 

    As I researched YCS to determine if this was the place I wanted to be part of, I heard one consistent theme. The one thing I heard repeated was that YCS was special because of the people. In my short time here, I have met many staff who are willing to do whatever it takes to help students be successful, lend a hand to colleagues, show up with a great attitude, and give their best each day.

    Every new school year brings hope, excitement, opportunity, and a chance to set new goals. Two areas of focus for us this school year will continue to be High Academic Achievement for All and Creating a Culture of Belonging.

    Through rigorous and consistent instruction for all students, we can ensure High Academic Achievement for All students regardless of the school they attend and the challenges they face. 

    By Creating a Culture of Belonging, we can ensure an environment where all students and staff feel welcomed, accepted, and safe. When we feel a sense of belonging, we are more willing to engage in learning. 

    I look forward to an outstanding school year partnering with each of you to help our students reach their full potential.

    Chris M. Woods

    Communities Dedicated to Learning and Achievement

    Yelm Community Schools is a welcoming, safe, student-centered, and collaborative learning environment. In partnership with parents, students, and community leaders, YCS staff members are dedicated to helping all students meet performance expectations and achieve their full learning potential.

Yelm School Board

  • School board members are elected officials who devote many hours setting policy and planning for your public schools. In addition to making decisions during school board meetings, they try to keep lines of communication open with our community and represent the needs of the district before state and national groups affecting education.   

Director District No. 1

  • Mark RohwedderMark Rohwedder
    5721 Peninsula Dr. SE
    Olympia, WA 98513
    Served since: 7/25/13
    Term expires: 2025

Director District No. 3

  • Denise Hendrickon
    Denise Hendrickson
    PO Box 359
    Yelm, WA 98597
    Served since: 8/26/04
    Term expires: 2023

Director District No. 5

  • Bill Hauss
    Bill Hauss
    5819 SR 702
    Roy, WA 98580
    Served since: 8/26/04
    Term expires: 2023

Director District No. 2

  • Donna Edwards
    Donna Edwards
    15743 127th Lane SE
    Yelm, WA 98597
    Served since: 6/22/00
    Term expires: 2023

Director District No. 4

  • Debbie Edwards
    Debbie Edwards
    15739 Topaz Drive SE
    Yelm, WA 98597
    Served since: 11/15/84
    Term expires: 2025

School Board Meetings

  • Meetings of the board will be scheduled in compliance with the law and as deemed by the board to be in the best interests of the district and community. Therefore, the board will function through (1) regular meetings, (2) special meetings, and (3) emergency meetings.

    Public notice will be given for any special meeting, whenever a regular meeting is adjourned to another time, or when a regular meeting is to be held at a place other than the district board room.

    Regular meetings generally are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. All board meetings will begin at 6 pm. There are two types of board meetings. One is the monthly business meeting which is generally on the fourth Thursday of the month at the district office board room. The second type is a study session. These meetings are held at various schools on a rotating basis. All scheduled meetings are posted on the district calendar and on the website at www.ycs.wednet.edu/board/minutes. 

    Special meetings may be called by the president or on a petition of a majority of the board members. A written notice of a special meeting, stating the purpose of the meeting, will be delivered to each board member not less than 24 hours prior to the time of the meeting. Written notice will also be sent not less than 24 hours prior to the meeting to each local newspaper of general circulation and to any radio or television station that has filed a written request for such notices. Business transacted at a special meeting will be limited to that stated in the notice of the meeting.

    In the event of an emergency involving possible personal injury or property damage, the board may meet immediately and take official action without prior notification.

    All meetings are open to the public with the exception of executive sessions authorized by law. Any final action will be taken at an open meeting.

    All board meetings will be conducted in an orderly and businesslike manner using Roberts Rules of Order (Revised) as a guide, except when such rules are superseded by board bylaws or policies.

    All meetings, including study sessions and retreats, must be advertised as meetings that are open to the public. If the board wishes to devote all or most of a special meeting to an issue(s) to be discussed in executive session (Policy 1410), the special meeting should be called to order and recessed to an executive session. The purpose of the executive session should be announced and recorded in the minutes.

    A regular meeting does not require a public notice if held at the time and place provided by board policy. If the board does not meet at its regular location, the meeting should be treated as a special meeting with proper notice to the press stating the time, place, and purpose of the meeting.

    If you are scheduled to present to the board at either the monthly study session or business meeting, please contact the executive assistant at 458-6139 for assistance. Any written documentation you intend to provide to the board members may have to be submitted in advance to be mailed to the members in their board packets.