News, Notes and Votes (ARCHIVED)

News, Notes & Votes 


November 8, 2012

 SHHS Student Dana Corin 

2nd Place Winner of the Youth “Spirit of Liberty” photo contest of the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, with her photo 





 SHHS ASB Officers 

Nick Cazet, Student Board Rep. 

Sarah Gamble, President 

Marina Spadarotto, Vice Pres. 

Josie White, Secretary 

Cole Lyons, Treasurer 


Julia Scibetta, Academics 

Jeanette Vasquez, Athletics 

Vanessa Ramirez, Athletics 

Steffanie Lopez, Social Affairs 

Litto Damonte, Social Affairs 

Paige Preston, Clubs 

Ruthie Sager, Rallies 



 FFA Fair Officers 


Becky White, President 

Jessica Bernal, Vice President 

Carlos Guiterrez, Reporter 

Jesus (Heri) Rios, Sentinel 

Haylee Saldivar Treasurer 

(Not pictured: 

Scarlett Cresswell, Secretary 



RLS ASB Officers 

Marieli Rubio, President (r) and 

Anna Sanchez, Secretary (l) and 

RLS Principal Mary Allen 

 1. High School Students Acknowledged at the Board Meeting 

Several St. Helena High School students were acknowledged at last night’s Board Meeting, beginning with Ms. Dana Cronin, a student in Mr. Frank Mazzi’s class, who won 2nd Place in the photo contest category, in the Youth “Spirit of Liberty” contest of the National World War I Museum. 

Next it was the acknowledgment of the Merit Scholarship Award won by Stephanie Lopez. 

The Associated Student Body Representatives for St. Helena High School and St. Helena Primary School were introduced. Each High School ASB Representative introduced a a different officer, providing a brief bio on each other. 

Finally, the Ag Department and Future Farmers of America made their presentation to the Board, with their FFA Officers introducing themselves and updating the Board on the activities and benefits that FFA membership affords them. 

2. Legislative Update by Mr. Kevin Gordon, Capitol Advisors 

Mr. Kevin Gordon and Mr. Gerry Shelton, of Capitol Advisors, updated the Board on action required, by St. Helena Unified School District and Napa County Office of Education, to successfully introduce and pass legislation allowing the District to receive funding for the High School students from Howell Mountain and Pope Valley. Also, they informed the Board of all of the Education Bills that the Governor approved this year. 

3. Approval of Tentative Agreement with CSEA on Health and Welfare Benefits 

The Board approved the Tentative Agreement with CSEA related to Health and Welfare Benefits. 

4. Results of the Healthy Kids’ Survey 

Dr. Cindy Toews presented the results of the Healthy Kids’ Survey to the Board. Dr. Toews told the Board, “Overall, while the District is not at the level we would like, there are positive trends in many areas.” She pointed out that St. Helena’s results indicate a higher level of school connectedness than surrounding districts. 

5. Budget Study Session for the 2013-14 Budget Development Cycle 

CBO Greg Medici reviewed the Budget Assumptions and Planning for the 2013-14 Budget with the Board, pointing out that, in October of each year, the District’s Budget Cycle for the next year’s budget begins. It was pointed out that members of the District’s Budget Committee were asked to attend this Board Meeting or watch online to ensure their understanding of the direction of the Trustees. Mr. Medici’s update included the District’s enrollment projections, the Budget Calendar for 2013-14, and current Budget assumptions. He also solicited feedback from the Trustees for development of the 2013-14 Budget. 

6. Facilities Update 

Superintendent McGuire updated the Board on the Facilities projects throughout the District. He began with a list of Measure B projects that have been completed: Vocational Education Complex, RLS Modernization Phase 1, Special Education Classroom at SHHS, Technology Infrastructure Standards, One Model 21st-Century Classroom, Auditorium Retrofit Study and Shoring Project. The bid for the Stadium Restroom and Maintenance Buildings project has been awarded, and work will begin on November 9, 2012, with completion expected in July, 2013. The RLS Modernization Phase 2 plan and specifications have been submitted to the Department of State Architect; and, currently, it is expected this project will conclude in the Fall, 2013. Funding for the remaining Measure B projects will be discussed by the Board in future meetings, and Measure C projects are just beginning.