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Board Brief 10/5/2021 Board of Education Meeting
Posted 10/8/21

 

Opening Comments

President Ordway thanked the audience for complying with masking requirements while inside during the meeting.

 

Reports to the Board

 

Week of the School Administrator October 10 - 16, 2021

Keith Rogenski, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Mr. Rogenski honored and acknowledged the outstanding work of all site and District-level administrators in the SRVUSD. 

 

Student Board Member’s Report

The Student Board Member updated the board on three themes and feedback garnered through conversations with peers and other students in the Student Senate:

  • Child nutrition - a successful pilot program at Monte Vista High School to advertise the next day’s food options on the website.

  • Schoology - students met with a District Administrator to share insights and requests for improvements. This feedback will be taken to Schoology to continue to make improvements. 

  • Incidents of bathroom vandalism - students are sharing with the Student Board Member that school site Administrators are handling.

 

Action Items

 

Items 10.3 and 10.4 The San Ramon Valley Unified School District and the San Ramon Valley Education Association - Consideration of Acceptance of the Initial Proposals for Labor Negotiations for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

Keith Rogenski, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

The District and SRVEA presented their initial proposals for annual reopener negotiations  for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

 

For the 2020-21 school year, SRVEA wishes to discuss and negotiate:

  • Salaries

  • Health and welfare

  • Leaves

For the 2021-22 school year, SRVEA wishes to discuss and negotiate:

  • Salaries

  • Health and welfare

  • Hours of employment

The SRVUSD wishes to discuss and negotiate:

  • School year calendar

  • Evaluation procedure

  • Salaries

 

Items 10.3 and 10.4 Student Board Member vote in favor

Items 10.3 and 10.4 both passed 5 in favor - 0 opposed

 

Fall 2021 Refinancing of $265 million of District’s General Obligation Bond

Gregory Medici, Chief Business Officer

This proposal will generate savings for the District's taxpayers in repayment costs.  It will reduce aggregate property taxes and will not increase the terms of prior outstanding bonds. (Meeting timestamp to view the report 45:40)

 

Student Board Member vote in favor

Motion Approved 5 in favor - 0 opposed

 

Consideration of Adoption of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund III Expenditure Plan (ESSER III Expenditure Plan)

Christine Huajardo, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

Proposal for the expenditure of $3.4 million dollars to be spent on the items listed in the meeting  agenda book on p. 54  (Meeting timestamp to view the report 1:03:20)

 

Student Board Member vote in favor

Motion Approved 5 in favor - 0 opposed

 

Consideration of Adoption of Resolution #33/21-22 Approval of Provisional Internship Permit Requests (PIPs)

Keith Rogenski, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Permits were requested for hard-to-staff areas in the secondary program in the Virtual Academy:

  • Biology and Chemistry

  • Art

  • Computers

 

Student Board Member vote in favor

Motion Approved 5 in favor - 0 opposed

 

Informational Items

 

First Reading of Board Policy (BP) and Administrative Regulation (AR)

BP/AR 1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedures

BP/AR 4030 Nondiscrimination in Employment

BP/AR 4119.11 Sexual Harassment

Keith Rogenski, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

 

These are driven by statute and regulations to which we are bound. These regulations will come back to the Board for final readings and action at the meeting on 10/26/2021.

 

Administrative Reports

 

Board members reported on the committees and events that they have attended in their official capacity. Michelle Wilson, Dougherty Valley High School  teacher, who has advanced as a finalist in the California Teacher of the Year competition, was lauded multiple times for this accomplishment.

 

The Board members were appreciative of the Board Workshop that took place on the morning of Monday 10/4 where they discussed governance themes, including the role of the Board of Education in employee negotiations and the optimal organization of agenda items in order to ensure they have adequate time to hear from the public while balancing the need to conduct its agendized work.  

 

Student Board Member Batra reported on the meetings he has attended and the work that he plans to do.


 

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. John Malloy, Superintendent

 

Covid Update - 

  • Testing is key to helping kids stay in school:

    • We are now able to provide both rapid (Antigen) and PCR tests at the District site. 

    • We need families to pre-register and complete Universal Consent Form so that we are prepared to launch rapid (Antigen) testing for asymptomatic close contacts at  our sites. 

    • More information, including clear instructions on how to register on the Global Virus Pass (GVP) site and why this is so integral to students staying in class will be coming in a communication soon.

    • We plan to roll out school site rapid (Antigen) testing for asymptomatic close contacts the week of 10/18/21. The communication will be that parents/caregivers/guardians should please register before that so their students can be quickly tested on site and return to class (if a negative test result)

  • We continue to work with SRVEA colleagues to make sure kids can stay connected to their learning when in quarantine. 

 

Vaccination mandate by Governor - 

  • We have not received any additional information about this mandate.

  •  We need to wait to hear next steps from the state. When we do, we will communicate.

 

Staffing  -

  • Shortages are still a struggle.

  • We continue to work hard on filling vacancies. 

  • Specialized secondary courses are exceptionally challenging (such as Physics in the Virtual Academy).

  • We have some temporary solutions, and we are also working on long term solutions.

 

Town Hall Meetings - 

  • October 13th: 3:30 p.m. for staff; 5 p.m. for the community.

  • Accepting questions and thoughts in advance via a form sent out to the community. 

  • Will take follow up questions live during the Town Hall using Thought Exchange.

Committees - 

  • Steering committees - focused on the District’s commitment to student success and to guide the SRVUSD in achieving the goals set for in the Strategic Directions process - are being formed and will begin meeting soon.

  • We are committed to finding ways to engage everyone in a way that works for them  - virtual, in-person, small group, etc.

  • The Access to Excellence Committee is a design and engagement committee: 

    • The goal is for members to bring their voice to the committee, but also to seek out and engage other voices in the community and bring them back to the group. 

    • There is a lot of agreement regarding the programming and support our students need; there is agreement that we want to maintain excellence, and we agree on much of what that excellence means,  but we lack some of the resources to do what we know our students deserve. 

    • We do have a revenue issue and we need to work through these challenges together.

 

Teacher of the Year Visit - 

  • Michelle Wilson of Dougherty Valley High School  has been selected as the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year, and as noted above, is advancing to the California Teacher of the Year competition.

  • Dr. Malloy was incredibly impressed with the way that Ms. Wilson incorporates the student voice in her classroom