News, Notes and Votes (ARCHIVED)

News, Notes & Votes
St. Helena Unified School District
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 
News notes votes  
1. Approval of 1-Year Agreement with SHTA
The Board approved the 1-Year Agreement with SHTA. Superintendent McGuire advised the Board that both Administration and SHTA were pleased with the negotiations process and the final results in the Agreement. He pointed out that the Agreement contains one reopener related to wages, which will be discussed after the November 6, 2012, Election.

2. Transportation Route Update
CBO Greg Medici explained the changes in the School Bus routes, which were a direct result of reductions in our “Fair Share” funding by the State. He outlined the exact bus routes before the reductions were made along with the new bus routes that were instituted at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. In addition, CBO Medici explained the cost savings the District has realized from making changes.
Several concerned parents from Angwin and Lake Berryessa, where some of the bus route changes have been made, spoke at the Board Meeting, expressing their concerns in connection with the inconvenience many families have experienced with these changes in bus schedules. Additional concerns regarding functional aspects of the buses were also discussed by the parents.
3. Proposed New District Organizational Chart and Duties Related to Certificated and Classified Personnel
Superintendent McGuire presented a proposed Organizational Chart for the District, outlining suggested changes that are required in order for the District to comply with the Study done by School Services of California, which stated that the District had reduced positions when downsizing decisions were made two years ago. The proposed changes result in an FTE increase of .50.
Superintendent McGuire stated that these proposed changes will be presented to the District’s Budget Committee, after which they will be brought back to the Board for final review. He stressed that the implementation of these changes, when approved, will be slow and deliberate to ensure that filling any open positions is done keeping in mind the best interest of the students, employees, and District as a whole.
4. 2011-12 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Results
Dr. Cindy Toews updated the Board on the results of the 2011-12 STAR Testing and Reporting. She advised that Overall, the District, SHES, RLS and SHHS show growth over last year’s API scores. The Primary School is a measure of 2nd Grade performance only. Due to the low number of students assessed at SHPS, there tends to be greater variability in performance year to year. The rise in API scores indicates that we are moving students up in performance bands, with fewer students being identified as below basic and far below basic. The trend in schools and district’s that have expericienced programmatic changes less significant than what SHUSD experienced over the past school year (e.g., IB, K-5 program, and textbook adoptions), is for AYP and API scores to show decline for two years. Therefore, it is a testament to the hard work of all those involved that growth was shown in many areas.
5. Approval of Restrooms and Maintenance Buildings Project and Design Budget
The Board approved the project and design budget for the construction of new Restrooms and Maintenance Buildings near the Football Field at the High School. This project will be completed as part of the Measure “B” project and will complement the existing Field House and Vocational Education Complex architecture.