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School Board Meeting Synopsis

July 6, 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.)

Closed Session

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)

Superintendent Performance Evaluation (Government Code 54957)

Conference with Legal Counsel - Pending Litigation
Government Code: section 54956.9 (b)(1)(3)(c) (What is this?)
(What is this?)
- Mathew Miller - claim against SLVUSD and Monterey Bay

Community Input

I was late to the meeting and missed this section.


Child Nutrition Services

The evaluation is back from the state. They believe that despite our failing for years at achieving the goal of having a self-supporting food service program, that this is an achievable goal. Among the recommendations are to:

- Consider restructuring, which would involve layoffs cutting back from 80 to 54 hours per day of personnel.
- Reduce the number of menu choices to two at the elementary schools.
- Get food from sources other than Sodhexo.

Updates and decisions for the upcoming school year will be forthcoming, though the District has decided to pursue the layoffs.

SLV Pool Name

Drew Meyer's name has been officially withdrawn as a suggestion for the pool name. It was submitted last fall, but the bylaws state that a year must go by before action is taken on naming a facility after someone.

Proposed Home School

The former Liberty Family Academy (now Lighthouse Academy) is trying to find a "home" for the next school year (one year only). Originally, they had wanted to be an independent charter, but are exploring the option of being a title under our Charter 25 after exhausting other avenues in the county. The school would probably have a K-12 enrollment of about 100, with the preponderance being K-6. Although the title must have certain provisions under the Charter 25 document, most of the governance would come under the established charter umbrella which, in turn, being a dependent charter, comes under the District for much of its governance.

There are 14 students who currently live in the SLVUSD and are students at Liberty Family Academy. It is thought that many if not most current Liberty students would file R-4 forms (affidavits establishing themselves as private schools) with the State if Liberty is not chartered somewhere.

The Board had a lot of questions about the past and the future plans of the charter, as well as how much administrative time would be taken up by the charter. It was unclear by the end of the meeting what the course of action would be. There is only one regular meeting left (August 25) before the beginning of the school year, although there is a special meeting in two weeks for the consideration of bids for the Jr. High renovation.

Community Input: Jill Hitchman, chief proponent of the Redwood Academy charter which the Board rejected last spring, noted the differences in the approval process for independent vs dependent charters as far. She stated that "the double standard is laughable", and asked whether a public hear is required for approval of a new title under Charter 25. (It is not.)

Comment by Laura and Update:

Adding a title under an existing charter is very similar to adding a new program at a school - it's nothing like starting a new school. In any case, it's all moot since the former Liberty has decided not to pursue finding a "temporary home" at SLVUSD.

Action Items

Approval of Reduction of Classified Staff related to Child Nutrition Services

This was approved by the board with some negative input from the community.

Background: Text

Meeting was adjourned at 7:25 PM.