BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS 2014-15

  • BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS - October 9, 2014

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    BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

     

    St. Helena Unified School District

    October 9, 2014 


    ·       St Helena Unified School District Homecoming 2014

    The Spirit of the St. Helena High School (SHHS) Homecoming swirled through the Vintage Hall Boardroom on Tuesday evening.  Student Representative to the Board, Jack Preston, delivered his monthly presentation in video form.  Mr. Preston included reports from each school site, describing the excitement surrounding fall events, especially the SHHS homecoming.  You can access Jack’s report by clicking on the link below.

             Jack Preston's Report

     

    In addition to Jack’s report, the Saints Nation Team created a video outlining the week’s event.  The video featured footage of the Spirit Day activities and Float building.  Please visit the link below to enjoy this special video:  Saints Nation Video

     

    ·        Update on Career Technical Education (CTE) Program

    Principal Ben Scinto, provided the Board an update on St. Helena High School’s (SHHS) thriving CTE Program.  Previously standalone CTE courses, SHHS has delineated three additional Pathways (Hospitality, Tourism, & Recreation Pathway being the model) in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Sector: Agriscience, Agricultural Mechanics, and Ornamental Horticulture.  For 2015-2016, SHHS will also introduce a two course sequence in the Informational Technology Industry Sector, and is currently working to identify an Advisory Group that will steer offered coursework at the high school.

     

    ·        Healthy Kids Survey Report

    Dr. Toews presented information on the most recent California Healthy Kids Survey conducted in the 2013-14 school year. In this report, improvement was observed in the following areas: Declined use of alcohol and marijuana. The report details can be viewed clicking the link below:

    http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sthelena/Board.nsf/files/9PR4GW01C83E/$file/California%20Healthy%20Kids%20Survey%202014.pdf

     

    ·        Playground Committee update from Dr. Marylou Wilson

    Dr. Wilson shared information on the Playground Committee meeting which took place on September 23, 2014. The display case pictured below can be found at the elementary school. The items in the case came from the time capsule that was unearthed at the meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for October 28, 2014. It will be held in the cafeteria at the Elementary School beginning at 5:00 PM.


          District of Choice (DOC) Report

    Dr. Cindy Toews presented a report on District of Choice for the 2014-15 school year.  A total of 31 applications were received for the 2014-15 school year.  Of these applications, St. Helena Unified School District (SHUSD) was able to grant entry to 13 new DOC students.

    Applications for the 2015-16 school year are now available.  Please visit the SHUSD website at http://shusd.schoolwires.com/domain/350 to download an application.  The filing deadline is November 30, 2014.

     

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  • NEWS, NOTES & VOTES of 04-10-14 Board Meeting

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    BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
    St. Helena Unified School District
    April 10, 2014




    1. The Wizard of Oz Stars Receive Standing "O"

    Many of the stars of the High School's production of the Wizard of Oz attended last night's Board Meeting, where they were acknowledged and thanked, by the Board, for all of their talent, time, and hard work they put into their recent production of the Wizard of Oz. The smiling happy faces of the stars of the play were met with a hardy standing ovation from the Board of Trustees and everyone in the room. Included in this celebration was the introduction of the World's youngest "Dorothy" Miss Georgie Joy, the brand new daughter of Patti Coyle and Nick Joy, who was already wearing her ruby slippers! Kudos to all!

    2. Teacher and Staff Appreciation
    The Board approved Resolution #13-16 California Teacher Appreciation Day 2014, and Resolution #13-17 California School Employee Appreciation Day 2014, recognizing this year's Teacher and Staff Appreciation week. President Kerr thanked all of the District's Teachers and Classified Staff for their dedication, diligence, and ongoing support of St. Helena Unified School District. Interim Superintendent announced that the Annual Teacher/Staff Appreciation Event will be held on May 7, 2014, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, at the Odd Fellows Building.

    3. St. Helena High School Course Catalog Approved
    The St. Helena High School Course Catalog was approved by the Board. Math Teacher Brandon Farrell provided a detailed, systematic presentation to the Board explaining the new requirements of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), comparing the CCSS to the "old" style of teaching math, and outlining specifics about the programs the High School is currently considering to use in their math curriculum next year.

    4. FCMAT Report on Technology
    Chief Business Official Greg Medici and Assistant Superintendent Cindy Toews presented a summary of the FCMAT Report on Technology at St. Helena Unified. The Board and District Administration will be reviewing the report and working to accommodate the changes and improvements recommended in the Report, as appropriate for the District, in the near future.

    5. Timeline for the RLS and SHPS Principal Positions
    The process for filling the RLS and SHPS Principal positions has begun, and the timelines for hiring the new principals are as follows:

    RLS: This position has been posted and will close on April 18, 2014. The Hiring Committee will paper screen the applications between April 21 and 25, and the first-round interviews and writing assessment will take place on May 5. Second-round interviews are scheduled for May 12, with third-round interviews scheduled for May 13. The fourth-round interview and visit to the candidate's site will take place on May 19 after which the final recommendation will be made to the Board.

    SHPS: This position has been posted and will close on May 9, 2014. The Hiring Committee will paper screen the applications between May 12 and 16. The first-round interviews and writing assessment will take place on May 22, with second-round interviews scheduled for May 23 and third-round interviews scheduled for May 13. The dates for the fourth-round interview and visit to the candidate's site have not yet been determined.
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  • NEWS, NOTES & VOTES of 3-13-14 Board Meeting

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    BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
    St. Helena Unified School District
    March 13, 2014


    March 13, 2014

    1. K-12 Art Show
    With lots of beautiful artwork of our students on display all around the Board Room, Art Teacher Kendra Kelperis provided an update to the Board on the art accomplishments of the K-12 students. She acknowledged the talent and dedication of all of the Art Teachers in the District; and, she explained the District's progressive art instruction of curriculum, which is based on students learning and experiencing the seven elements of art beginning in Kindergarten through 12th Grade and building on that foundation every year. The art display provided a wonderful demonstration of the development of the students' talent through their 12 years of art classes at St. Helena Unified.
    High Expectations Lead to High Achievement!


    2. Winter Sports
    Members of the St. Helena High School Girls' Basketball Team and the Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School Girls' Volleyball Team were acknowledged by the Board of Trustees for their successes in their 2013-14 seasons. RLS Principal Mary Allen advised that the 7th Grade Girls' Volleyball Team won the Pennant in their League. She introduced Volleyball Coach Darlene Walsh, who introduced girls on the team who attended last night's meeting. Also, SHHS Girls' Basketball Team Coach Gomes, advised that the girls won 2nd place in their League. Coach Gomes also introduced girls on the team who attended the meeting.

    3. Approval of Employment Agreement with the Interim Superintendent and Appointment of Director of Curriculum & Instruction
    The Board approved the employment agreement with Mr. Bob Ferguson, who will become the Interim Superintendent after Superintendent McGuire leaves. Mr. Ferguson's contract calls for 55 days of service to the District through June 30, 2014. Because of the tight timing, Mr. Ferguson has visited the District a couple of times already to meet the District Office staff and Administrators; and, Superintendent McGuire has taken the school sites. Mr. Ferguson has previously served as Superintendent at Tamalpais High Union School District and El Dorado Union High School, and has held positions as Assistant Superintendent and Principal as well.

    The Board also approved the appointment of RLS Middle School Principal Mary Allen to the new position of Director of Curriculum & Instruction.


    4. Field Trip Committee Report
    Dr. Toews presented an update to the Board on the progress of the Field Trip Committee. She advised that this Committee was formed to address (1) the educational value of field trips, especially in light of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and (2) requests from the community, parent groups, and parents for the District to increase funding for field trips at the K-8 level. The Committee has developed the following six recommendations:

    1. Field trips be limited to 3 or 4 per year, per class/grade, with some
    flexibility at the Primary School due to the developmental level of the
    students; e.g., instead of 4 large field trips the students may participate
    in 1 or 2 larger trips and 4 to 6 smaller community-based field trips.

    2. Should additional study trips be requested per grade level, it will be
    aligned to the curriculum and be approved by the site administrator.

    3. The District absorbs the cost of entrance fees for 1-day field trips.

    4. The District absorbs half the cost of entrance fees for overnight field trips.

    5. The District will not fund transportation.

    6. Field trips should be closely aligned to integrated learning experiences
    that are tied to the CCSS.

    Dr. Toews stated that these recommendations were presented to the Budget Committee to consider, in their determination, what, if any, allocation for field trips should be included in the District's budget. The Budget Committee approved allocating $50,000 in the 2014-15 budget to support field trips at the K-8 level. This subject will go back to the Board, for action, at their April 10, 2014, Board Meeting.

    5. Approval of the 2013-14 Parent Survey
    The Board approved the 2013-14 Parent Survey. The Survey will be posted to the District's website, and will be available through Friday, March 28, 2014. Hardcopy versions of the Parent Survey will be available at each School Site and the District Office as well. Both the online and the hardcopy versions of the survey are available in English and Spanish. The final results will be reported to the Board of Trustees at their April 10, 2014, Board Meeting.
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  • NEWS, NOTES & VOTES of 2-13-14 Board Meeting

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    BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
    St. Helena Unified School District
    February 13, 2014


     

     

    SHHS Auditorium comes down!

     

     

     

    1.Student Calendars approved through 2016-17

     

    The Board approved the 3-year calendar proposal that the St. Helena Teachers Association and the District Administration jointly developed.  The calendars were approved by the SHTA unit members, and instructional days will increase in 2014-15 and 2015-16 for students and staff. 

     

    Below is a chart that outlines the changes in the number of instructional days.

     

    Year

    2013-14

    2014-15

    2015-16

    Instructional Days

    180

    181

    182

    Staff Development

    5

    4

    3

     

    The new calendars are available on the District's website.

     

    2.Report on Energy Use and Savings throughout the District in 2013

    Eloy Vento, Director of Facilities and Capital Planning for the District, updated the Board on the energy use and cost savings realized throughout the District in 2013.  He advised that the District is focused on its "Green Road Map," which includes extensive long-term planning for energy and water use to realize cost savings.  Solar panels have been installed at RLS; and, eventually, the system may be used as an educational tool.  Water conservation is a very important aspect of the "Green Road Map," and the Maintenance Department is using extensive scientific matrices to determine water use and where conservation of water may be implemented.  He said that the entire staff needs to be aware of the latest State-mandated reductions and encouraged to implement water conservation and energy savings wherever possible.  Superintendent McGuire added that a board policy will be developed, to address additional energy and water conservation; and, it will be brought to the Board of Trustees for action.

     

    3.Approval of the Common Core State Standards Implementation Plan

    The Board approved the District's Implementation Plan for the Common Core State Standards, which was a condition of the California Department of Education (CDE) apportioned funds to school districts, for the implementation of the Common Core Standards (CCSS), in preparation for the Smarter Balanced Assessments in 2014-2015.  

     

    4.Approval of the 2013-14 Classified Employees Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP)

     

    The Board approved the 2013-14 Classified Employees Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP) along with the Public Disclosure and Certification of the cost of the program.  Eight Classified employees have submitted letters of irrevocable commitment accepting the District's ERIP.  The initial cost to the District to fund this ERIP for Classified employees is $100,000, which will realize a cost savings to the District over the next five years.  District employment postings will be distributed for these openings over the next several months.

     

    5.Report on the Pending FCMAT Technology Study

    Superintendent McGuire presented a review of the recent study of the District's technology programs and services completed by Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistant Team (FCMAT).  The FCMAT study encompassed assessing the current state of technology and use throughout the District (including hardware, software, professional development, departmental staffing, organizational structure, data safeguards, and the use of technology) and provided recommendations to support the District's needs.  In brief, their recommendations were as follows:  

    1. A.   The District's Technology Plan should be updated to define technology requirements by grade level, school, and site for technology resource

    planning purposes.  The Tech Plan should also consider business

    administration technology needs on technology resources to plan for

    District-wide technology resource needs and planning.  Also, the District

    needs to develop a support plan for each system in service.

    1. B.   The District should update general and student/parent acceptable use policies in order to contain specific language regarding student instruction
    • on cyberbullying and internet safety and also set expectations and communicate  consequences for inappropriate use of personal devices
    • on the District's wireless network.

     

    1. C.   The District has made significant infrastructure and technology upgrades in connection with instructional technology; however, staffing for support has remained the same.

     

    1. D.   Strong procedures and documentation necessary to effectively manage
      technology are lacking.  

     

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