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1/31/2013 9:59:00 AM
Double duty: Chelan and Manson schools share employee
Velasco
Velasco
Michelle Lovato
Staff Writer

Manson and Chelan school district leaders teamed up to bring Adelina Velsaco, a former Manson High School graduate, back to the neighborhoods in which she grew up to work as a bi-district parent-student coordinator and community liason.

In Manson, Velasco is a liaison and advocate for all parents, said Manson School District Superintendent Matt Charlton.
Her job includes involvement in several parent groups, evening parent activities and classes as well as ensuring parents and families in the district have another person advocating for the best education of their children, he said.

"She will also be responsible for coordinating Manson's 21st Century Target Afters and Enrichment activities for (first through eighth grade)," Charlton said. "Over 200 students participate in these programs (and are) receiving additional instructional support, homework assistance and engaging activities."

In Chelan, Velsaco is a Community/Family/Resource liaison, said Lake Chelan School District Superintendent Rob Manahan.

"Through our Visioning Process last year, the community and staff identified a need for a liaison to work with students, staff and parents and connect them with community resources," Manahan said.

"Adelina will be working with parent groups, community groups and individual students and families to ensure a successful learning environment where students can excel and will be provided with resources to take advantage of the many opportunities LCSD and our community have to offer."

Manahan said Velsaco has done a wonderful job.

"In the few short weeks Adelina has been with us, she has already done all of the above and more," Manahan said. "We feel so fortunate to have an individual such as Adelina as an advocate and resource to our families and community members."

The two districts already employ a shared business director and a technology support specialist and partner through the state preschools organization, food vendors and some school maintenance contracts. Chelan and Manson schools shared several grants through the years, as well as after-school programs, college and career readiness programs.

Sharing an employee offers both districts the opportunity to obtain more competitive bids on goods and services as well as the opportunity to provide better student programs and resources, Charlton said.

"In this case we were able to pool our limited resources and hire a more qualified and experienced candidate than either district could have done on its own," he said.

Velasco offers the two districts things out-of-town employees cannot.

"Velasco knows the Lake Chelan Valley," Charlton said.
"She knows our people, understands our values and knows who in the community to contact when she needs something for students or a family. Her family is well respected and have been long time supporters of education for all of the valley's students."

Velasco is bi-lingual and can relate to parents in Chelan Valley's varied cultures.

Velasco is a graduate of Manson High School and received her bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University and a master's degree from Eastern Washington University.

She has several years of experience working with students and families at the university, middle and high school levels. Most recently she served as the GEAR Up Director at Eastmont Junior High School.

Velasco's schedule is flexible between the two schools and she can be contacted at avelasco@manson.org in Manson. In Chelan, her email is velascoa@chelanschools.org. Her phone number is 509-860-0836.






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