SLV School District Perspectives
School Board Meeting Synopsis
June 15, 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.)
The board had no report out of closed session, which was listed on the agenda as follows:
Labor Negotiations Compensation for Represented and Unrepresented Employees (Government Code 54957.6)
2) Mathew Miller, liability claim against SLVUSD and Monterey Bay
Jim Rapoza wanted to thank the staff at SLE for a good year, with a successful combining of SLE and Quail Hollow staff and students. He has five grandchildren attending SLE currently.
Beth Thomas presented the school arts anthology for the Junior High.
Recognition - High School Science Fair Winners
Sarah Wood and Michele Lanctot gave a presentation on their project, " Ecology of the Intertidal Zone: A Study of the Impact of Mussels on the Biodiversity of Conspicuous Biota". Their advisor, Jane Orbuch was with them. They received the top award at the Santa Cruz County Science Fair, and went on to win awards in State and International competitions. Congratulations Sarah and Michele!!
SLE Site Plan/Progress Towards Goals
Ms. McKinney reported on her first three months as principal. One change is that the PIE parent group is now separate from the site council.
Ground was broken for Building C at the high school today, which will be the final phase of the high school renovation project. The hope is that Building B will be available for use by the time school starts.
The timeline for the Junior High has been delayed. The state architects were overloaded and outsourced a lot of the work - problems ensued, but were finally straightened out. Plans have been sent out to bidders, and the pre-bid walkthrough will be near the end of June. Demolition won't begin until the beginning of August. The plan is for the hazardous materials removal and demolition to be completed by the beginning of school (Sept. 1). If there is a place to put materials, demolition should only take a few days.
The high school science classroom remodeling is going out to bid at the end of next week. The wetlands bid is going out soon as well.
BCE demolition should also happen this summer, but plans won't be drawn up until later, with construction planned to start in the spring after the rains, and to be finished by fall of 2005.
SLV Pool Fees
Fees are not covering pool maintenance. The original bond was to cover construction, not maintenance. The proposal is for the following fee increases, to be made effective in 2005. :
- Resident Season Pass to be raised from $10 to $15, with a maximum of $50 per family
- Non Resident Season Pass - $60 with no family cap
- Walk-in fee to be raised from $3 to $5
After more information is obtained about fees at other local pools, the proposal will be brought to the board as an action item.
A question was asked of the board whether exploratory work should be done to investigate having a preschool on the Quail Hollow site. This would be a private contract similar to the afterschool program. The board said it's fine to investigate.
Based on declining birth rates, enrollment is expected to continue to go down. This year there were almost 300 fewer enrolled than last year, and next year is projected to be 200 fewer still.
Although we are in better shape than in previous years, SLVUSD still struggles with a budget deficit, most of it created by declining enrollment, unfunded mandates from state and federal arenas, and certain areas that create encroachments that are difficult to deal with, such as special education. Concern was expressed that we are dipping into our reserve, although the 3% reserve is being preserved. The budget was approved by all school board members present. (Jeff Bidmon is away.)
Meeting was adjourned at 9:35 PM.