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School Board Meeting Synopsis

June 1 , 2004

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Note from Laura About These Synopses (Basically, I report on what I think will be most interesting to community residents. Consult the minutes for a more complete listing of what happened in the meeting.)

Board Workshop -

The board had a workshop on the District's strategic plan. I did not attend.

Recognition of District Retirees

The following employees of the District are retiring. Nice words were said about each of them and cake was served. I want to personally add my thanks for the contributions they have made to the children of the SLV.

Margaret Berlin (15 years)
Wendy Naruo (29 years)
Robert Kemp (32 years)
Leah Erez (29 years)
Patricia Huntsinger (37 years)
Maureen Sullivan (17 years)
Susan Maurice (33 years)
Joy Richter (29 years)
Joyce Johnson (18 years)

Community Input

There was no community input at this meeting.

Update - Baldrige in Education

Superintendent Haff attended a workshop sponsored by Baldrige in Education (she is now on the board of directors for this organization). They heard a presentation about the winner of a recent Baldrige Award, which this year was given to a school district in Illinois. (As an aside, Ms. Haff mentioned that District serves 13,000 students and has a budget of $150 million dollars - compare these numbers with our District, where we have a third of the students and a seventh of the budget!!)


Children's Museum

Franklin Marshall, of the "Children's Learning Museum of Santa Cruz" is looking for a site for a children's museum, at least temporarily. Initially, the museum would consist of exhibits and art education. Quail Hollow is being considered. The organization has sponsored many projects for children so far, such as sending greeting cards to 911 victims and a children's TV show on community television where children learn about media, set design, production, etc. More information will follow as the Board considers the proposal.

Action Items

2004-05 Budget Approval (first reading)

As part of the presentation, Ms. Henden included enrollment projections for the next four years. These come mainly from the demographic study the District had done as part of the school closure process:

current 2951 (non-charter only)
04-05 - 2757
05-06 - 2603
06-07 - 2473

At this point, it looks like the District is a bit behind what it needs to be. Final projections will be finished by the next meeting. In any case, it looks like it's going to be a lot better than recent years.

Meeting was adjourned at around 8:30 PM.