November 15, 2006

School Board Meeting Notes for November 7, 2006

San Leandro School Board president Pauline Cutter reported that no action was taken during its closed session on November 7, 2006. After approval of the agenda and a report from student representative Tiffany Corpuz, Dean Koenig reported that the date for the Cherry Festival is June 2, 2007, and it will be a one-day event. He also reported that there will be a dedication at the new Aquatic Center in Washington Manor at 10am on December 2, 2006.

Mary Camezon, a School Assistance and Intervention Team (SAIT) consultant who has worked with Washington Elementary School for the past two years, reported on progress made during that time. According to Camezon, teachers learned to react and adapt quickly to data indicating where additional work was needed. The Academic Performance Index (API) score at Washington has grown by 59 points in the past two years, enough to exit the SAIT program. Camezon said that the next steps are to continue to focus and be a "data-driven" school and support teachers with coaching and training. She congratulated the teachers and said that Principal Elvia Teixeira's leadership made these improvements possible. Superintendent Christine Lim noted that the staff of Washington Elementary had nominated Teixeira for Administrator of the Year.

During public comments, Pam Richards noted that John Muir Middle School was having a '50s Dance Fundraiser on November 17, 2006, and invited everyone to attend.

Gerald Shovlin reported that he attended a California Associated for the Gifted Parent Institute with 40 other parents in late October. Shovlin requested that a meeting of the GATE Committee be convened and that gifted education not be neglected.

Head Custodian Billy Campbell congratulated his staff for their performance in getting the new adult school ready in time for the dedication on October 26.

For her Superintendent's Report, Lim noted that there was a staff day on October 23 and that a free and reduced breakfast program opened at Roosevelt Elementary. A Day of Remembrance for victims of domestic violence was held at San Leandro High School on October 27 on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of SLHS student Nayanci Gonzalez. San Leandro Unified School District Teacher of the Year Jill Synnott was honored at an event at Chabot College on October 25, 2006, that featured an inspirational video of Synnott in action. Lim also noted that the California School Board Association conference would be held in San Francisco from November 30 to December 2.

Trustee Stephen Cassidy asked if the video of Synnott could be shown at a future school board meeting.

The report from the Facility Committee noted that the proposal for security cameras at the high school was ongoing and that the Bancroft playing field is undergoing a cost analysis as to what surface should be installed. A project management request for qualifications is being prepared in anticipation of the passage of Measure B, the school facilities bond.

Trustee Rick Richards reported that the Eden Area ROP met on November 2, 2006, and two San Leandro students were honored as students of the month in marketing and welding.

The School Board cancelled the meeting normally scheduled for November 21, 2006, so the next meeting of the School Board is December 5, 2006.

Editor's Note: I left the meeting early, so these notes are incomplete.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at November 15, 2006 4:02 PM | TrackBack
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